NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PLANT GENOME RESEARCH (NIPGR), ARUNA ASAF ALI MARG, NEW DELHI-110067, INDIA
Datta was educated at the University of Kolkata, India (PhD, 1968, and DSc, 1974). He is Distinguished Professor, Natl. Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR), New Delhi. His previous positions include: Vice chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University; General President, Indian Science Congress (2003-2004); founder director and Professor of Eminence, NIPGR; and President, National Academy of Sciences (2009-2010). His honours include: SS Bhatnagar Prize; Guha Memorial Award; GD Birla; BR Ambedkar; RD Birla; Sir Amulya Rattan Oration Award; Om Bhasin; TWAS Award; Adhar Chandra Mookerjee Award, Goyal Prize in Life Sciences; Ranbaxy Award; Padma Shree; Padma Bhushan; Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini, G. M. Modi Science award, Bharat Ratna Mother Teresa Gold Medal Award, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Gold Medal Award, Bharat Vikas Award, Glory of India Award, Best Citizens of India and Bharat Jyoti Puraskar. His membership includes: INSA; Indian Academy of Sciences; National Science Academy, India; and New York Academy of Sciences.
Molecular biology; morphogenesis of Candida albicans; candidiasis; Genomics, Vibrio cholerae,Catabolic pathway of N-acetylglucosamine GlcNAc catabolic pathway; biotechnology; oxalate decarboxylase; AmA1 (seed protein gene from Amaranth)
Section:02-Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
TWAS Award in Biology, 1996.