Dhaka July 29, 2017. GNOBB would like to warmly congratulate Dr. Richard Malo for successfully completing his PhD from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular biology, University of Dhaka under the supervision of Professor (Dr.) Zeba I Seraj. He was awarded the CSISA (Cereal System Initiative for South Asia) scholarship for pursuing his PhD. The research work was conducted in the International Rice Research institute (IRRI), Los Banos, The Philippines, under the supervision of Dr. Sigrid Heuer. His dissertation is focused on heat tolerance in rice entitled "Development of High temperature tolerance in rice during flowering".His work was focused on validation of candidate genes found from a proteomic study on spikelets. In particular, two small heat shock proteins were transformed from heat tolerant rice variety N22 to the moderately tolerant popular rice variety IR64. Constitutive overexpression of these small heat shock proteins showed significant improvement over IR64 background exhibiting potential in developing high temperature tolerant variety. These lines developed from his work are now being evaluated further in advanced generations in IRRI. Global warming and the succeeding changes in climate is affecting the food production worldwide. To combat this situation rice crops are needed that can grow in extreme weather like heat or cold and unsuitable lands. From this perspective Richard’s work on heat tolerant rice development is a need of the time. Dr. Richard Malo has completed his BSc. And MS from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular biology, University of Dhaka.