Fort Valley State University
Dr. Nirmal Joshee is an Associate Professor of Plant Science in the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology at the Fort Valley State University (FVSU, Fort Valley, GA). Currently, he is serving as the Coordinator, Graduate Program in Biotechnology. Dr Joshee earned his Ph.D. in the year 1987 from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India on the reproductive biology of glycoalkaloid yielding solanums. He has conducted post-doctoral research work in Japan (Biotechnology Institute, Akita) on ‘Molecular Biology of Water Stress Induced Genes in Rice’ and the USA (University of Nebraska Medical Ctr., Omaha, NE) on ‘Human Gene Therapy’ before joining Fort Valley State University in 2001. Dr. Joshee is one of the founding members of American Council of Medicinally Active Plants, a society of professionals dedicated to the medicinal plant research. Dr. Joshee has been actively involved in research for the past twenty five years in the field of plant tissue culture and conservation, validation of medicinal plants used in traditional medical systems, molecular biology of stress induced genes in plants, gene transfer strategies for plant transformation, and sustainable use of fast growing tree Paulownia for Bioenergy. Graduate students conduct their thesis research on antitumor medicinal plant Scutellaria and lignocellulosic bioenergy crop Paulownia in my lab.
Ongoing Research Grants: 1. 2013-2016. Capacity building USDA NIFA. Title: Developing a sustainable bioenergy system: Paulownia production for fuel, chemicals, and materials. P.I.: Nirmal Joshee 2. 2011-2014. Capacity building USDA NIFA. Title: Germplasm conservation, Anti-adipocytic and anticancer activity and metabolic engineering in the genus Scutellaria. P.I.: Nirmal Joshee As Co- Investigator: 3. ($143,000) J. H. Lee, T. H. Terrill, N. Joshee. 2013. Strengthening instrumental analytical techniques of undergraduate and graduate students in food and agricultural sciences. USDA/NIFA-1890 CBG.