Dr. Bharat Chattoo is a senior professor with the Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology Centre, M.S. University of Baroda, Baroda. He has been the Head of the Department of Microbiology, M.S. University of Baroda, (1996-2001) and has been a professor since 1986. He was the Coordinator of Biotechnology Teaching Programme (1989-2011) and the Director of Centre for Genome Research as well as the Hon. Director of the Cluster Innovation Centre at M.S. University. He is also the founder Vice Chancellor of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Jammu (2001-2004).
Dr. Chattoo received his Ph.D. from the University of Delhi, with a thesis in the field of Microbial Genetics. Subsequently, he worked at the University of Rochester Medical Centre in the area of yeast molecular genetics. He has been a Visiting Scientist/Professor, at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, National Institute of Bioscience and Human Technology, Tsukuba, Japan, Rice Genome Programme, Tsukuba, Japan and United States Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, Maryland.
Dr. Chattoo has worked at the Sarabhai Research Centre, Baroda and served as chairman Centre of Biosciences, University of Roorkee. He was on staff as a scientist at the Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, and also worked at the Friedrich Miescher Institute, Switzerland.
Dr. Chattoo is a fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, National Academy of Sciences (Allahabad), Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and Guha Research Conference He serves on several expert committees of the Government of India and is a member of the task force of the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India and Gujarat Biotechnology Council of Government of Gujarat. He received the national technology award for transfer of technology to industry, received Lifetime Achievement Award for Rice Blast Research and he is a recipient of the Acharya J C Bose National Fellowship of DST. His current interests are in the functional genomics of fungal pathogens, genomics and proteomics approaches to the study of host-pathogen interactions and in bioprocess development.