Dr. U.S. Singh was born on 1st January 1954 in a farming family and raised in a village in India. He pursued his graduate study from the University of Delhi, and his post graduate and Ph.D. from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, India. He began his career at the G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India where he served for 24 years in different capacities including 8 years as professor. His responsibilities involved teaching, research and extension in field of plant pathology and molecular biology and biotechnology. His major research areas included fungicides, plant-pathogen interaction, biological control, and scented rices.
He is recognized as an authority on eco-friendly management of plant diseases. He has authored or co-authored over 150 scientific papers and ten books in 17 volumes published by reputed publishers. Out of these four are on rice. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (India) and elected President of the Indian Phytopathological Society for the year 2013. Besides He is Fellow, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi, India (2006); Sipani Krishi Anusandhan Award, Asian Agri-History Foundation, Hyderabad (2005); Uttaranchal Ratan (Jewel of Uttaranchal), All India Intellectuals Conference (2005); Special Recognition, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India (2004); Pesticide India Award, Indian Society of Mycology & Plant Pathology, seven times (1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1999, 2000, 2004); Prof. M.J. Narasimhan Academic Merit Award’, Indian Phytopathological Society (1985); Plaque of Appreciation, Tarai Organic Farmers’ Association, Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand, India; Plaque of Appreciation, Krishak Manch (Farmers’ Forum), Kashipur, Uttarakhand, Indial (2005).
Presently Dr. U.S. Singh is the Senior Scientist (II) in Division of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology and also South Asia Regional Coordinator of the Project ‘Stress Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (STRASA)’ funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.