Dr. Charith Raj Adkar Purushothama is an adjunct professor at Université de Sherbrooke and a biotech entrepreneur focusing on developing on-site diagnostic kits and novel crop protection strategies. He has helped several horticulture industries develop in-house plant disease diagnosis laboratories for biovigilance and mitigate pathogens through integrated pest management. He holds an M.S. degree in Microbiology and Ph.D. in Plant Virology. He is well-recognized in the field of Viroid and non-coding RNA biology. He has authored 60+ scientific reports and presented findings at more than 30 international conferences.