Fulbright Nepali Post-Doctoral Program Grantees 2019-2020

Dr. Shyam Narayan Labh

Professor & Head (RMC), Department of Zoology, Amrit Campus, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu
Project: Expression Analysis of some Immune related Genes in Rainbow Trout (O.  mykiss   Walbaum) fed Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) Larvae.

Location of Research in US: University of Idaho

Dr. Shyam Narayan Labh is a permanent faculty and Head of Research Management Cell (RMC), at Amrit Science Campus, Institute of Science and Technology, Tribhuvan University.  He has been teaching Zoology/fisheries/Aquaculture for over three decades.

Prof. Labh obtained his Master Degree in Zoology (Fisheries) from Tribhuvan University, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Aquaculture Nutrition from the University of Delhi, and Post-Doc from FNBPD, ICAR-CIFE, Versova, Mumbai. He is the Founder and President of the Nepal Aquaculture Society. He is a Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London (FLS) and Fellow of the Zoological Society India (FZSI).

His current research interest is in applied animal nutrition, particularly fish nutrition and health. He will do post-doctoral research in “Nutrigenomics” at the University of Idaho, USA. This research is important because it may solve the food security problem of both US and Nepal by developing a technology to produce disease-free healthy fish.

Dr. Tek Prasad Gotame

Senior Scientist, Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC), Regional Agricultural Research Station, Parwanipur, Bara District
Project: Molecular Breeding for Heat Stress Tolerance in Tomato.

Location of Research in US: North Carolina State University

Dr. Tek Gotame is a Senior Scientist of Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC). He received a Master’s of Science in Agriculture (M.Sc. Ag.) from Tribhuvan University in 2003 and International Masters in Horticulture Science (IMaHS) jointly from University of Bologna (Bologna, Italy), Technical University of Munich (Munich, Germany), and University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Science (Vienna, Austria) in 2010. He received his PhD from the Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark in 2014 with a dissertation thesis entitled ''Understanding the effects of temperature on raspberry physiology and gene expression profiles.'' He has been working in Nepal Agricultural Research Council since 2004.

His current research interest is enhancing abiotic and biotic stress tolerance in solanaceous vegetables through conventional and molecular breeding. He will do postdoctoral research in molecular breeding in heat stress tolerance for tomatoes at North Carolina State University, USA.

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