Due to his remarkable work in genomics, Dr. Ibrokhim Y. Abdurakhmonov has been recognized by ICAC as its Researcher of the Year for 2013. Dr. Abdurakhmonov is a biotechnologist and currently serves as a director of the Center of Genomics and Bioinformatics, Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He has received numerous awards and honors from Uzbekistan’s government and various international organizations, is member of the Executive Committee of the International Cotton Researchers Association (ICRA), and serves on the editorial boards of many industry journals.
Dr. Abdurakhmonov’s team has made major contributions in developing Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)-based Simple Sequence Repeat (SSR) markers technologies for use in cotton breeding programs. He developed several molecular methods that are efficient, simple and can analyze large numbers of samples within short periods of time. He is also a recognized leader in the field of cloning and characterization of several important cotton gene families.
The ICAC first began honoring a researcher in 2009. Applications are accepted each year from Feb. 1 through March 31, with the winner being announced on May 1. The Selection Committee is comprised of six anonymous judges outside the ICAC Secretariat; the judges are changed every two years.