Interviews and Biographies
Published in May 2019
Sudhir Kumar Sopory or S K Sopory or known by few just as Sopory is an Indian educationist, plant physiologist, scientist and former Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Prof Sopory is an elected Fellow of several major Indian science academies including four major science academies i.e. IAS, INSA and NASI and NAAS and International ‘The World Academy of Sciences’ (TWAS) and is a recipient of many honours, including the 1987 Shanti Swarup Bhatangar (SSB) Prize, the highest Indian award in the science and technology categories and The Government of India awarded him the India’s fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2007, for his contributions to science and technology
Published in October 2018
Prof B K Thelma, known as Thelma among the BioScience community is a well recognized leader in Medical Genomics Scientific research and among the few scientists who translated her research into application. Dr Thelma is an excellent example to understand how Genomics is done and how it is applied for the welfare of general public. Thus we are trying to write as much as possible about her for our readers who search for new avenues and career prospects in Genomics.
Published in June 2018
Dr Poonam Sharma, Director, Gyan Bindu Acedemy studied at Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi and successfully obtained her M. Phil. and Ph.D. from there in 2000. She has published over a dozen of research papers and review articles in several referred and reputed national and international journals. She has attended several national and international conferences/seminars related to her area of academic research interests. She has already published eight books while another two are in the press. She is the Founder and Director of Gyan Bindu Academy Pvt. Ltd., a 2005 start up which has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years into India’s top Life Sciences/Biosciences study assistance services provider.
Published in May 2018
We arranged a talk with CEO of India’s pioneer biotech company built on stem cell based technologies at Hyderabad, India. She talks about current govt. regulations and business revenue generation of Stem cell industry. Recently govt. has also decided to frame Stem Cell therapy guidelines with high possibility to bring it in the gamut of healthcare industry. The purpose of this talk is to share the experience of leaders of this niche biotech business and to help next generation entrepreneurs understand the nuances to take risks and stay motivated.
Published in November 2016
Dr. Ramareddy’s research background was strengthened in the field of Microbiology. He earned his Ph.D in Microbiology from Kansas State University, Manhattan in (1970). He was graduated with B.Sc in Chemistry and Biology, A.N.R. College, Gudivada, India. Dr. Ramareddy got his M.Sc in Microbiology from U.P. Agricultural University, Pantnagar, U.P., India (1965).
Published in August 2016 Issue
Padma Bhushan 2008,Former DG-ICMR, Fellow- IASc, INSA, NASI
Acting Director, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh; President, National Academy of Medical Science, Immunology Foundation and Yakult Probiotic Foundation.
In 2015, Prof. Ganguly has been selected for the award of Helmholtz International Fellow by Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, Germany for significant contribution to the field of infectious diseases. He has been awarded distinguished scientific award from Yakult, Japan in 2016. He has received 119 Awards, including 8 International and 111 National Awards. He has been honoured with the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award by Her Excellency, Mrs. Pratibha Patil, the 12th President of India on 26th January, 2008 in the field of “Medicine”.
Published in March 2016 Issue
Alcee Fortier Distinguished Service Professor, John Brady Endowed Professor in Biological Sciences Department of Biological Sciences, Nicholls State University. Dr Boopathy discovered a way to convert TNT into vinegar and landed his ‘‘first real job’’ with the department of Energy in Chicago. In addition to teaching and research, Boopathy reviews research proposals for the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Energy. He also edits the International Journal of Biodeterioration and Biodegradation and was selected as a 2006 Fulbright Senior Scholar to visit Indonesia.
Published in Januray 2016 Issue
PROFESSOR M S SWAMINATHAN
Padma Shri (1967), Padma Bhushan (1972), Padma Vibhushan (1989), First World Food Prize (1987)
Fellow FRS, NASc, INSA, IASc, AAAS, WIF, Currently, UNESCO – Cousteau Professor in Ecotechnology & Chairman, M S Swaminathan Reasearch Foundation (MSSRF)
Wikipedia Profile of Prof M S Swaminathan
When the international edition of Time magazine named Indian agricultural scientist M. S. Swaminathan as one of the 100 most influential Asians of the twentieth century, many readers wondered who Swaminathan was. While less well known than the other Indians on Time ‘s list, such as poet Rabindranath Tagore and nonviolence advocate Mohandas K. Gandhi, Swaminathan may have touched the lives of impoverished Indians more directly than those other historical figures. As the originator of the so-called Green Revolution, M S Swaminathan set in motion fundamental changes in agricultural production in India that have put an end to India’s age-old status as a nation on the brink of starvation. In this magazine words can’t express his efforts and his whole life cannot be described in few pages, but in a magazine article we are giving here excerpts from the talk we did. He did uncountable miracles in this long tenure and still at the age of 90+ he is successfully working in MSSRF.
Published in November 2015
Professor Ashok Pandey
Chief Scientist and Head, Dept. of Biotechnology and Biofuels Division, CSIR- NIIST
His major research and technological development interests are in industrial and environmental biotechnology, which span over biomass to fuels & chemicals, waste to wealth/energy, industrial enzymes, solid-state fermentation, etc. Professor Pandey has ~ 1275 publications/communications, which include 16 patents, 63 books, 650 papers and book chapters, etc with h index of 91 and >36,000 citations (Goggle scholar). He has transferred several technologies to industries and has done industrial consultancy for about a dozen projects for Indian/international industries. Prof Pandey is Editor-in-chief of Bioresource Technology, Honorary Executive Advisors of Journal of Water Sustainability and Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability, Subject editor of Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (India) and editorial board member of several international and Indian journals.
Published in October 2015 Issue
Emeritus Professor, Aligarh Muslim University
Prof S M Hadi posesses more than 40 years of research and teaching experience in Molecular Biology. A number of these years were spent in laboratories in the USA, Switzerland and UK. In switzerland he had the occasion to work in the lab of Noble Laureate Prof Werner Arber (discoverer of restriction enzymes) in the University of Basel.
Published in August 2015 Issue
Professor Kambadur Muralidhar is a distinguished Biologist and an outstanding teacher of our country. He is well known in Zoology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Education circles of our country. Kambadur Muralidhar initiated and nurtured a long range research programme on the Biochemical Endocrinology of the Indian water buffalo at the Universities of Hyderabad and Delhi resulting in the completion of 26 PhDs and 26 M Phil theses and more than 135 publications in peer reviewed journals and book chapters. Muralidhar has rendered yeomen service to society having assisted all the funding agencies, having been Chief Editor of PINSA, Vice Chairman of RAB, CSIR, Chairman of DST-Animal Sciences PAC, PhD adjudicator for more than 35 Universities and Research Institutions, a member of RC for many Institutions like CCMB, NII, IICB, ARI, Bose Institute and having mentored more than 2500 PG students. He is a committed educationist, having assisted University of Delhi in initiating a new Honors Course in Integrated Biology at DU, the first of its type in the country, having brought out a bench mark report for UGC in 2001 on PG and UG Zoological Sciences curriculum for the whole country and having assisted NCERT in bringing new text books in Biology for classes XI and XII strictly according to the NCF-2005 and Yash Pal Committee report in 2006. This is being adopted by all the 27 school boards across the country as a result of a new initiative by the Union Government for uniform Core syllabus for the country.
INTERVIEW – Dr. Datta Madamwar
Published in May 2015 Issue
HOD, BRDB, Sardar Patel University, Gujarat.
What we face problem is most of the people these days are on internet, they try to get information through internet. Students really don’t go in depth and they look for short term achievements. Even for writing the articles, they go mobile and pick selected some lines, where they lack writing practices. If they try to do writing on their own with a pen that would be better.
INTERVIEW Dr. Kartik Chandran
Published in February 2015 Issue
Asst. Prof, Coloumbia University.In an interview with Biotech Express, Dr Kartik Chandran talks about how he got his start and reveals how to make a successful career after studies. He is a true inspiration for budding talent of India. The India born US scientist Dr. K Chandran is known in the field of environmental biotechnology for his achievements and contributions for the society.
INTERVIEW – Prof Indu Shekhar Thakur
Published in January 2014 Issue
Dean, SES, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Our Indian community should come forward to know the problems and technology available to combat the environmental problems. Environmental Sciences must become the subject from primary level to higher studies. If everyone shows concern to protect our environment then we can solve the problems like ‘global warming’.