January 17, 2019
+91-44-24618817, 24616948
Faculty Member


Gopikrishna. G. Dr

Principal Scientist & Head, NGBD
Discipline: Animal Genetics & Breeding
Division: Nutrition, Genetics and Biotechnology Division
Specialization: Animal Genetics & Breeding

Contact Me

Phone: +91- 044 – 24618817 Ext:411
Fax: +91- 044 – 24610311
Email:gopikrishna@ciba.res.in, gknani@yahoo.com

Brief profile:

After completing Masters in Dairying (Cattle Breeding & Genetics) in 1978, I joined ICAR in June 1984. I was awarded Ph.D. in Dairy Cattle Genetics & Breeding in 1986. After working on genetic improvement in fine-wool sheep and rabbits for 14 years, I am presently working in CIBA since 1998, on quantitative genetics of aquatic species. I am currently the Head the Division of Nutrition, Genetics and Biotechnology. I have contributed to the discipline of Animal /Fish Genetics & Breeding. My interest is in genetic characterization, genetic improvement programmes of aquatic species and application of biotechnological tools in improving aquatic species.

Research areas:

  • Genetic characterization of fish/shellfish
  • Quantitative Genetics of aquatic species
  • Genetic improvement of fish/shellfish

Current Research Projects:

Funded By
1 Outreach Activity on Fish Genetic stocks Institute
2 Biotechnological interventions and application of bioinformatics tools for improvement of brackishwater fish and shellfish Institute
3 Upgradation of breeding and culture technology of Indian white shrimp Fenneropenaeus indicus through stock evaluation and culture demonstrations NFDB

Recognitions (National & International)

  • As a team member in an international collaborative Indo-Norwegian research project (NORAD), reported estimates of genetic parameters for the first time in India in tiger shrimp
  • As a team member in another Indo-Norwegian research project, constructed a linkage map in tiger shrimp using Single Nucleotide Polymorphism marker first time globally
  • As a team member, constructed a SNP based chip in tiger shrimp with 6000 SNPs first time globally
  • As a team member, detected Quantitative Trait Linked loci (QTL) for WSSV resistance in tiger shrimp
  • As animal breeder, I had built up a flock of genetically improved find wool sheep –Bharat Merino, the production of which is at par with exotic fine wool breeds of the world (1985 to 1998)
Best 5 Publications during the Career


  1. Gopikrishna, G., Taneja, V.K. and Pandey, R. S. 1995. Long-term selection for a quantitative trait in Tribolium castaneum. (i) Response to selection. Indian Journal of Animal Sciences. 65(8):905-917.
  2. Gopikrishna,G.,Taneja,V.K.and Pandey,R.S 1999. Long-term selection for a quantitative trait in Tribolium castaneum.(ii) Heritability and realized heritability. Indian Journal of Animal Sciences 69(6):417-420.
  3. Gopikrishna, G., Swain, N., Gour, D., Sharma, S.C., Maru, A., and Singh, G. 1994. Effect of genetic and non-genetic factors on weaning weight of Bharat Merino lambs in Kodai Hills. Indian Journal of Animal Science 64(7): 787-788.
  4. Gopikrishna, G., Sathianandan, T.V. and Sarada, C. 2006. Truss morphometry in the Asian seabass. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, 48(2): 220-223.
  5. Gopikrishna,G., Gopal, C., Shekhar, M.S., Vinaya Kumar, K, Kannappan, S and Ponniah, A.G. 2012. Growth performance and White Spot Syndrome Virus resistance in families of kuruma shrimp (Marsupenaeus japonicus). Indian Journal of GeoMarine Sciences, 41(1): 920-924.
Best 3 Publications during last 3 years

  1. Robinson, N.A., Gopikrishna, G., Baranski, M., Katneni, V.K., Shekhar, M.S., Shanmugakarthik, J., Jothivel, S., Gopal, C., Ravichandran, P., Gitterle, T. and Ponniah, A.G. 2014. QTL for white spot syndrome virus resistance and the sex determining locus in the Indian black tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon). BMC Genomics 15:731
  2. Vij, S., Purushothaman, K., Gopikrishna,G., Lau, D., Saju, J.M., Shamsudheen, K.V., Kumar, K.V., Basheer, V.S., Gopalakrishnan, A.,Hossain, M.S., Sivasubbu.S., Scaria.V.,Jena, J.K., Ponniah,A.G.and Orbán, L. 2014. Barcoding of Asian seabass across its geographic range provides evidence for its bifurcation into two distinct species Front.Mar.Sci. 1:30. doi:10.3389/fmars.2014.00030.
  3. Baranski M, Gopikrishna G, Robinson N.A, Katneni V.K, Shekhar M.S, Shanmugakarthik, J., Jothivel, S., Gopal, C., Ravichandran, P., Kent, M., Arnyasi, M., and Ponniah, A.G. 2014. The Development of a High Density Linkage Map for Black Tiger Shrimp (Penaeus monodon) Based on cSNPs. PLoS ONE 9(1): e85413. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0085413.