Arjula Ramachandra Reddy is a distinguished biologist whose research work in the field of genetics and plant biotechnology is recognized worldwide. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore.
After obtaining a Ph. D., from Osmania University, he moved on to USA where he did research in genetics both at Iowa State University and Johns Hopkins University. He then joined the faculty of the University of Hyderabad in 1978, and has been at the university since. Prof. Reddy played an important role in establishing several national and international collaborations, and developing advanced research programs using cutting edge technologies such as functional genomics, association genetics and genetic engineering.
Presently, he is the first vice-chancellor of Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa; a member of the Review Committee on Genetic manipulation of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, India; Science Panel member, the Department for International Development/ Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (DFID/BBSRC) of the UK Government; and a member of the Core Committee of the European Area Network, ERANET Genomics (Forward Looking Activity in Plant Genomics: Challenges for the 21st century).
His research interests are: capturing differentially expressed genes during drought stress, cloning and functional analysis of promoter regions of target genes of drought response; isolation and characterization of family of drought responsive transcriptional activators; study of processes and pathways that are common to drought, salt and submergence; expression profiling of stress responsive genes.