Elected Fellow – 2007
Basic Sciences: Microbiology
Kodimangalam, Madurai District, Tamil Nadu, India
Madurai Kamaraj University, India (1976); Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, India (1980); M.Sc. (Biology); Ph.D. (Microbiology)
Senior Professor and Head, Department of Genetics, MKU, Madurai (since 2007); Head, Department of Genetics, MKU, Madurai (since 2001); Professor of Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, MKU, Madurai, (1991); Invited Professor and Divisional Chair, Department of Biotechnology, Division of Biological and Health Sciences Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, México (1995-1997); Invited Professor, Faculty of Sciences at Luminy, University of Provence, Marseille, France (1994); Reader in Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, MKU, Madurai, (1987); Invited Associate Professor, Faculty of Sciences at Luminy, University of Provence, Marseille, France (1987); Lecturer in Microbiology, Department of Microbiology MKU, Madurai (1981); Lecturer cum Curator in Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, Punjab University, Chandigarh (1980).
Metagenomics and bioprospecting; Molecular biology and Genomics of Zymomonas mobilis and filamentous fungi; Bioprocess technology for enzymes and biofuel production: Recombinant strains; Enzyme engineering and enzyme technology; Bioremediation of industrial effluents; Genetic diversity of Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria.
Awards and fellowships
International Professorship (2007); Invited Professor and Divisional Chair (1995-1997); Department of Biotechnology, Division of Biological and Health Sciences, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, México; “Prof. Alfredo Sánchez Marroquin” Cátedra Divisional in Biotechnology at Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana- Iztapalapa, México and Patrimonial excelencia Nivel II fellowship from CONACyT, México (1995-1996); Invited Professor (1994); Faculty of Sciences at Luminy, University of Provence, Marseilles, France; Exchange Visiting Scientist, Indo-French project, CNRS (1992), Marseilles, France; Overseas Associate, DBT Programme, MIT, Cambridge, USA. (1990).
Alagappa Centenary Excellence Award for Pure and Applied Sciences (2010); 76th Indian Science Congress-MKU Eminent Scientist Award (2009); Life Time Achievement Award, Indian Association of Applied Microbiologists, India (2008); AMI-Prof. S.R. Vyas Award (2006); Tamil Nadu Scientist Award (TANSA) (1999); Louis Pasteur Award (1995-1998); Visiting Professor, Sri Venkateshwara University, Tirupathi (1998).
Tamil Nadu Academy of Sciences (2010); Association of Microbiologists of India (2006); Biotechnology Research Society of India (2004).
Senior Prof & Head, Department of Genetics, School of Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai - 625 021, Tamil Nadu.
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