- Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Florida
- Education: PhD, Indian Council for Forestry Research and Education, 2004
- Recommended by: Chittaranjan Kole
Madhugiri Rao traces his longstanding interest in agriculture to his childhood, when he was continually impressed by the diversity surrounding him. That fascination stayed with him through school, where he studied genetic and population diversity, and still plays a role today in his work with plants of agricultural importance.