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Committee Members


Pankaj Bhowmik

Research Scientist, Research Officer & Adjunct Professor
Cell Technologies and Trait Development | Agri-Food Strategic Initiative, NRCC | UBC Okanagan

Research Scientist, Cell Technologies and Trait Development
Research Officer, Agri-Food Strategic initiative, National Research Council of Canada, Saskatoon
Adjunct Professor, Irving K. Barber School, UBC Okanagan


Dr. Bhowmik’s current research program is focused on genetic enhancement of protein, off-flavour, anti-nutritional quality and processability in pulse crops. Dr. Bhowmik with over 15 years of experience specializes in tissue culture, plant transformation, and gene editing.  At NRC Pankaj is in the process of developing a crop-agnostic CRISPR based gene editing platform that can be deployed for the improvement of any high-value crops such as cereals, oilseeds, pulse crops, greenhouse vegetables, industrial hemp and cannabis.


  • Canadian Association for Plant Biotechnology (CAPB)- executive member
  • American Oil Chemist Society (AOCS)- member
  • Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)-member