Uttam Kumar is a senior scientist and wheat breeder based at the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA). He focuses on developing climate-resilient high-yielding varieties for South Asia, coordinating with National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) in the region, as well as managing the BISA research station at Ludhiana, India.
The core traits to include in wheat varietal development pipelines are grain quality, industrial quality traits, zinc and iron, and natural resources conservation through the application of artificial intelligence (AI) in breeding and agriculture.
He is an adjunct faculty in PAU and supervised several PhD and postgraduate students. Kumar has authored and co-authored more than 60 publications in international peer-reviewed journals. He has more than 15 years of research experience including teaching MSc and PhD students.