Prof. A. K. Misra graduated (BVSc & AH) from Mathura Veterinary College in 1979 and obtained MVSc and PhD degrees in Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics from the same college in 1981 and 1996. Prof. Misra secured II position in order of merit in all the 4 years of BVSc & AH and was awarded 'University Silver Medal'. He topped the University in MVSc and was awarded 'Chancellor's Gold Medal'. His PhD work on embryo biotechnology in buffalo was adjudged as the outstanding post-graduate research work, for which he received 'Jawaharlal Nehru Award' of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi.
During his career in research, education and extension, Prof. Misra worked in several capacities including Director, Project Directorate on Cattle (ICAR), Meerut; Professor, Animal Reproduction, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar; General Manager (CEO) of Sabarmati Ashram Gaushala (SAG), a unit managed by the National Dairy Development Board. Besides, working as the Additional General Manager, Project Manager, Manager (ET/SS/ONBS), Deputy Manager,
Asst. Executive, following recruitment as Trainee Executive by the NDDB. Prof. Misra has the unique distinction of working with 'excellence' in the corporate body/ industry, state agricultural university and an ICAR institute.
Prof. Misra has been involved in the development of embryo transfer and frozen semen technology in cattle and buffaloes; and produced the first buffalo calf by successful freezing and thawing of embryos, non-surgical and surgical embryo transfer in India/Asia and was involved in the production of first buffalo calf through OPU-IVF. His team successfully demonstrated vitrification of immature buffalo oocytes for the first time in India. In association with NDDB, he successfully implemented ONBS project for the first time in Asia and produced a record 11 calves following transfer of 15 embryos, in to 14 recipients (78.6% conception), collected from a single flushing of a cow in a village, which was widely acclaimed by the media and the Prime Minister. Prof. Misra has taught 5 UG and 10 PG courses and guided many students for their Master/Doctoral research, authored/ edited 7 books/book chapters, 6 manuals, besides many reports. He has published 70 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals (International- 30, National- 40), besides 4 popular articles and 130 scientific papers/ lectures presented in national/international conferences/seminar/ training programmes (including 17 International and 56 National Key Note/ Invited /Lead Papers/ Lectures). He has been the Member of the Editorial Board of 'Journal of Buffalo Science' (international) and Indian Journal of Animal Science, and has reviewed research papers of the journals-Theriogenology (USA), Livestock Science (The Netherlands), Buffalo Journal (Thailand) and a large number of Indian Journals. He has also been used as consultant/ resource person by the FAO, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna-Austria, Integrated Watershed Development Project Hills-II (Kandi), Solan (H.P.), a World Bank Project, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mumbai, Uttaranchal Livestock Development Board, Dehradun, besides advising several state/ central government and non-government organizations as Chairman/ Member of several national/ international committees related to Dairying/ Animal Reproduction/ Embryo Biotechnology.
He has visited many countries including USA, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Denmark, Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada, France, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan as Visiting Professor/ Invited/Sponsored Speaker/Chairman of the Session or other professional work. He has been expert in the selection committee/ assessment of ASRB, IVRI, Public Service Commission Uttarakhand and a large number of Agricultural/ Veterinary universities. He has been honoured with 'Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Award: 2005-06', 'Jawaharlal Nehru Award -1997' of ICAR, 'Fellow- National Academy of Veterinary Sciences (India) 1999-2000', 'Fellow-Indian Society for the Study of Animal Reproduction (ISSAR)-2009', 'CR Sane Oration Award-2010' of ISSAR, 'Nils Lagerlof Memorial Award (1993) of ISSAR', besides many other awards. As a sportsman, he represented Cricket and Hockey teams of the CSA University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur (UP) and was Captain of the Hockey Team of the College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry Mathura.