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One of 30 Top Biotech Influencers is New Dean at Tuskegee University

August 5, 2015

Hailed by Huffington Post as one of the "Top 30 Influencers in Biotech and Pharma", Dr. Channapatna S. Prakash now carries a new hat - that of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of Tuskegee University. A professor of crop genetics, genomics, and biotechnology, Dr. Prakash also served as editor-in-chief for GM Crops & Food since 2010. He is also a recipient of the prestigious 2015 Borlaug CAST Communications Award, recognizing his lifelong contribution to agricultural science communication.

Dr. Prakash has been working with the university for about 26 years, and was vital in starting its biotech program that has trained several minority students and scholars on agri-biotech. He also successfully developed biotech sweet potato with high protein content. Dr. Prakash has a Ph.D. in Faculty of Science (Forestry and Genetics), from The Australian National University and a M.S. in genetics and plant breeding and a B.S. in agriculture from the University of Agricultural Sciences in India.

 "I am delighted to take on a new admin role at my university, and look forward to work with stellar faculty and students at CAS. My goal is to ensure success of every student and faculty at my college. This will be an exciting opportunity for me to integrate arts and humanities with STEM—to move to a STEAM education, launch online courses, and work very very hard to bring much needed resources for the college," said Dr. Prakash in response to his new appointment.

Read the news release from Tuskegee University.