Santanu Dasgupta

Senior Vice-President, Reliance Industries

Dr. Dasgupta spent more than 30 years in Biotechnology research in various key leadership roles. Dr. Dasgupta has contributed significantly to the discovery of various biotech traits and led many breakthrough global agriculture biotechnology programs. Apart from being the author of more than 50 papers in several International journals, Dr. Dasgupta is also the inventor of 70 patents across various countries in the area of pathogen resistance in plants, drought tolerance and gene expression, improved algae; high value chemicals and has contributed papers in over 200 National and international meetings and symposium.
Santanu is a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Bose Institute, Kolkata. Dr. Dasgupta completed his Post-Doctoral research from University of Kentucky, USA. In addition to many technical and leadership roles, Dr. Dasgupta also worked as Director, Regulatory policy and Scientific Affairs at Monsanto company, St. Louis and also in India and played a significant role in Biotech outreach and regulatory policy for Biotech traits in India. He is currently heading the Biology/Biotech R&D and Algae to Oil R&D at Reliance Industries with a focus on biofuel, food, feed, nutrition and biomaterials produced through synthetic biology route.
Membership:
Governing Body member of Institute of Biomedical Genomics, DBT 
Member of Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of BioNest, Panjab University
Member of Research Advisory Council, IIT, Bombay-Monash Academy
Research and Academic Council member, Institute of Nano Science and Technology, DST, Mohali 
Governing Body Member, Synbiobeta, San Francisco 
Special Invitee, Research Council, IMTECH, Chandigarh 
Ph. D examiner, Pune University, ICT, Mumbai, IIT Kharagpore, Mumbai University  Chairman, Institutional Biosafety Committee, RIL 
Life Member of Society of Biological Chemists (India). 
Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals 
International Association of Plant Biotechnology 
Plant Biotechnology India 
Molecular Breeders Network 
Plant Breeding and genetics Network