Vivekanand Tiwari joins Breakthrough Energy’s Innovator Fellows program from ClimateCrop Ltd. in Israel. He has several years of extensive research experience in plant genetic engineering, gene editing, and plant physiology. His academic research was focused on understanding the mechanisms of plants’ abiotic stress tolerance and photosynthesis regulation. Vivekanand is the CSO at ClimateCrop and is responsible for designing scientific experiments and managing the R&D team.
Meeting the increasing demand for food amidst changing climate conditions and reducing CO2 emissions requires innovative solutions. ClimateCrop’s technology increases plant yield without increasing the use of resources like water or fertilizers, resulting in a lower carbon footprint per unit yield. Additionally, it enhances the plant’s ability to tolerate abiotic stresses, ensuring agricultural sustainability in changing climate conditions. Through the Breakthrough Energy Fellows program, ClimateCrop will develop the technology, connect with potential regulatory and business partners, and accelerate product commercialization.
Vivekanand developed a passion for plant science upon noticing plants’ vast array of shapes, sizes, and colors, and their ability to adapt to daily environmental changes. This piqued his curiosity and led him to investigate the mechanisms and factors behind these specific traits. Vivekanand’s scientific journey began with a Bachelor of Science from Veer Kunwar Singh University in India, followed by a Master of Science in marine biotechnology from Annamalai University and a Doctor of Philosophy in biotechnology from CSIR-Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute/MK Bhavnagar University, both also in India. Before joining ClimateCrop, he conducted extensive research on photosynthesis regulation at the Weizmann Institute of Science and Agriculture Research Organization in Israel.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
The most valuable advice I have ever received is always to perform my duties honestly and to the best of my abilities.
Who has had the greatest impact on your career path?
My wife has always selflessly supported me and stood by me through the ups and downs of my career path.
I recently discovered that ____: (Fill in the blank)
I recently discovered that I love hiking.