Govinda, a plant breeder, and a molecular biologist joined C4 rice project in 2010 as a postdoctoral research fellow. He led the mutant verification team from 2010 to 2012, and gene discovery team from 2013 to 2015 to hunt genes for C4 syndrome. Govinda has worked with soybean, sorghum, rice, wheat, maize, Setaria and has designed field experimental plans, supervised large scale cultivation of mutants and transgenic plants as well as performed high throughput phenotyping. Govinda's works on gene identification involved mutant characterization through detailed phenotyping and next-generation sequencing, and gene validation through a transgenic approach. He has fruitful collaboration with scientists from Australia, USA, UK, Korea, and China. Having worked in laboratory, greenhouse and field environments as a mutation breeder and next-generation sequencing practitioner, Govinda has gained extensive work experience in agronomy, plant breeding, molecular biology, plant physiology, and bioinformatics, various research skills and the ability to work with people of different cultural and academic diversity. Govinda is meticulous, attentive to detail, and an enthusiastic team player. He is diligent, quick to pick up new skills and comfortable to learn from others. He has good experience supervising and training staff members of different educational levels. Govinda also has provided thesis students with research guidance, supervision of data analysis and result interpretation.
Since the end of 2015, he has been working in different sectors in Nepal including but not limited to:
-Project evaluation, training, freelance consultant
-Trainer, training on Citrus Cultivation and Management. Gamgadi, Mugu
-Research and Development, private sectors, Nepal
-Freelance consultant, private sector and INGOs, Nepal
-Periodic assessment of private and non-governmental projects
-Training and supervision on the cultivation of vegetables and cereals at farmers’ field
-Supervision of hybrid rice seed production in Nepal
-Trade of hybrid seeds, agro-chemicals, and equipment from international companies
-Supervision of M.Sc. and Ph.D. students’ thesis works
-External examiner at Tribhuvan University, Nepal
-Publication of books and articles in journals.