Dr Gupta is a crop scientist with research focus on improving the sustainability and efficiency of crop production systems (cereals and legumes) through optimum resource use, variety evaluation, and breeding field experimentations and molecular techniques for managing biotic (fungal) and abiotic (drought) stresses. She is coordinating Food Security Stream of Master of Agriculture and postgraduate subjects with a key focus on food production and technology. Dr Gupta obtained her PhD from H P Agriculture University, Palampur, India in 2003. She worked as Junior Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow (2005-2006) before she was appointed as Asstt Scientist at HP Agriculture University in 2006. She was actively involved in research (sustainable production of cereals, legume and fodder crops through pre-breeding, applied crop breeding and molecular techniques), teaching and supervision of graduate and postgraduate students. She was awarded prestigious Vavilov Frankel Fellowship in 2008 by Bioversity International Rome funded by GRDC, Australia and worked on lentil linkage map and QTL mapping of Ascochyta blight at The University of Melbourne, Australia. She is passionate about taking on challenges for sustainable food production and security.