Professor & Canadian Research Chair
University of saskatchewan

Dr. Ravindra (Ravi) Chibbar, Ph.D. is a professor and Canada Research Chair, Crop Quality (Molecular Biology & Genetics), Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan. A widely respected plant sciences/crop quality scientist specialized in cereal crops, Dr. Chibbar obtained his Ph.D. degrees from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and the Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Chibbar has presented at, co-chaired and organized several symposiums and committees for national and international conferences, such as the ICC’s 4th Wheat Quality Conference in Saskatoon. His main research interests are to employ molecular biological strategies to improve grain/seed quality enhancement and agronomic performance and in cereal crops and grain legumes. He focuses on how improve grain quality (cereals and pulses) so that in addition to providing calories, grain-based products improve gut health and reduce incidence of obesity and cardiovascular diseases.

During the last decade, Dr. Chibbar has worked on several projects with Genome Canada. Through this work, he has developed genomics tools to understand and improve abiotic (low-temperature) stress tolerance in cereal crops. His group has constructed a hexaploid wheat bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) library, produced consensus map of wheat and barley genomes. He has identified genomic regions for pre-harvest sprouting resistance, low-temperature tolerance, several phenological traits under vernalized and non-vernalized conditions leading to flowering in wheat, and beta-glucan concentration in barley.

Dr. Chibbar is a co-recipient of the C.J. Bishop Award by the Canadian Society of Horticultural Science, Plant Biotechnology Institute, Outstanding Achievement Award, and G. Malcolm Trout Visiting Scholar award from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University. He was also awarded the Indian Society for Plant Physiology Golden Jubilee conference, K.K. Nanda Memorial Lecture (2008). He is a Fellow of AACC International, St Paul, MN, USA, International Association of Cereal Science and Technology (ICC), Vienna, Austria and K.K. Nanda Foundation for Advancement of Plant Science, New Delhi, India.

In February 2012, Dr. Chibbar was nominated to Chair the ICC India Task force to develop collaborative activities with India.