Jyotirmay Mitra, PhD

1955 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United States 
Plant Cytogenetics and Iris Chromosomes
"Jyotirmay Mitra"

Dr. Jyotimay Mitra received his A.B. and A.M. degrees in Calcutta in 1942/44. He performed his Ph.D. studies at Cornell University where he received his PhD in 1955. His doctoral studies on cytogenetics of plant chromosomes, was performed with Dr. LF Randolph or “Fitz” - as he was affectionately called - whose scientific studies of plant cytogenetics gained him a position as advisor to the USDA, and Chairman of the American Iris Society and worldwide recognition. Dr. Mitra’s doctoral work on cytogenetics resulted in many published monographs on Iris chromosomes that provide the basis for our scientific understanding of the genus. Dr. Mitra’s fundamental cytogenetic studies on iris extended to corn and other plants both at Cornell, and later in his own lab at NYU’s Department Biology where he was a professor from 1963-1995.


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Lowell Fitz Randolph grad student 1955 Cornell
 (Dr. Mitra was the last PhD student of Dr. Randolph at Cornell)
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Randolph LF, Mitra J. (1961) KARYOTYPES OF IRIS SPECIES INDIGENOUS TO THE USSR American Journal of Botany. 48: 862-870
Randolph LF, Mitra J. (1959) KARYOTYPES OF IRIS PUMILA AND RELATED SPECIES American Journal of Botany. 46: 93-102
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