Dr. Shirin Akhtar is an enthusiastic and young faculty member at Bihar Agricultural University (BAU), Sabour, Bhagalpur, India. Her field of specialization is vegetable breeding. She received a PhD from Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, West Bengal. Her areas of research are biotic and abiotic stress resistance as well as quality improvement in vegetables, particularly solanaceous crops and okra. She is engaged in teaching undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD courses and mentoring postgraduate and doctoral students towards new research ideas. She has authored two books, ten book chapters, more than forty research articles in journals of national and international repute, and several popular articles and folders.