Professional Experience

  • 1979 - 82: Post-doctoral Fellow, Allahabad University, Allahabad         
  • 1982 - 85: Scientist, National Sugar Institute, Kanpur         
  • 1985 - 86: Scientist, Biotechnology, Zentral Labotorium, Sudzucker, Germany
  • 1987 - 2015*: Scientist, CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary S&T, Trivandrum         
  • 1992*: Visiting Scientist, GBF, Germany [Sept-Oct]         
  • 1992 - 1993*: Visiting Scientist, University of Louis Pasteur, France [Dec-Jan]
  • 1995*: Visiting Scientist, University of Louis Pasteur, France [July-Dec]
  • 1997*: Visiting Scientist, University of Sunderland, UK [May]
  • 1998 - 2000*: Professor Titular, Federal University of Parana, Brazil [April 1998-March 2000]
  • 2000*: UNESCO Professor, Malaysia, Thailand [December]
  • 2003 - 2013*: Visiting Professor, Universite Blaise Pascal, France [June/July each year]
  • 2008 - 2010*: Visiting Professor, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland [December each year]
  • 2016 - present: Eminent Scientist, Centre for Innovative & Applied Bioprocessing, Mohali

*Including visits to Germany (1992, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2003), Italy (1988), France (1992-93, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2003-2017), Greece (1995, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015), UK (1997, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2012), Argentina (1999, 2009), Brazil (1998-2000, 2006, 2007, 2010), Malaysia (2000, 2003, 2016), Thailand (2000, 2002), Ireland (2001), Hungary (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006), Australia (2003, 2008, 2010), USA (2004, 2017), Mexico (2004, 2013), Korea (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2016), Japan (2007), Switzerland (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), Singapore (2008), Taiwan (2009, 2010, 2012, 2016), Hong Kong (2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017), China (2011, 2013, 2016, 2017), Spain (2016), Sweden (2014) and South Africa (2016)


Editorial Experience

  • Editor-in-chief: Bioresource Technology- Elsevier, UK (2011-cont)
  • Executive Editor: Bioresource Technology, Elsevier, UK (2010-cont)
  • Editor: Bioresource Technology- Elsevier, UK (2004-2011)
  • Honorary Executive Advisor: Journal of Water Sustainability, Australia (2013-cont)
  • Honorary Executive Advisor: Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability (2014-cont)
  • Subject Editor: Proceeedings of National Academy of Sciences (India)- Part B: Biological Sciences (2016-cont)
  • Editor: Elsevier book series of six volumes of biomass, biofuels & Biorefineries (2013-2016)
  • Editor-in-chief: Current Developments in Biotechnology &Bioengineering (Elsevier book series of twelve volumes of books- 2014-17)
  • Editor-in-chief: Biomass, Biofuels and Biochemicals (Elsevier book series of books- 2017-cont)
  • Editorial Board Member: CURRENTLY
    • International: Iranica Journal of Energy & Environment, 2014-cont
    • Biofuels Research Journal, 2014-cont The Scientific World JOURNAL, 2011-cont
    • Journal of Waste Conversion, Bioproducts and Biotechnology (JWCBB), 2011-cont
    • The Open Process Chemistry Journal, 2008-cont Food Technology and Biotechnology- 2007-cont
    • Biologia- Cellular and Molecular Biology, 2007-cont The Open Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Journal- 2007-cont
    • Malaysian Journal of Microbiology, 2004- cont
    • Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology, 1997-cont
    • Process Biochemistry, 1995-cont     
    • Indian: Biotech Express, 2016-cont
    • Indian Journal of Biotechnology, 2002-cont
    • Journal of Microbial World, 2001-cont     
  • PREVIOUSLY
    • Bhartiya Vaigyanik avm Audyogik Anusandhan Patrika, 1999-2015
    • Journal of Scientific & Industrial Research- 2005-2014
    • Bharat ki Sampada, 2005-2007
    • International Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment, 2003-2004
    • Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 2004-2015
    • Journal Chemtracks, 2003-2005 Bioresource Technology, 2001-2004         
    • Indian Journal of Microbiology, 1996-2005         
    • Indian Food Industry, 1996 Journal of Microbial Biotechnology, 1995-1999

Administrative and Technical Experience

  • Guest Professor, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China (April 2017 - present)
  • Adjunct Professor, VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu (2017 - present)
  • Member, Research Degree Committee, Akal College of Agriculture, Eternal University, Baru Sahib (Sirmaur), Himachal Pradesh (2017 - present)
  • Member, Empowered Committee, Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development, Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India, Imphal (2016 - present)
  • Member, Food Safety Knowledge Assimilation Network (FSKAN), Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India, New Delhi (2016 - present)
  • Adjunct Professor, MACFAST, Thiruvalla, Kerala (2016 - present)
  • Member, Program Advisory Committee- Life Sciences and Medical sciences, International S&T Cooperation, DST, New Delhi (2016 - present)
  • Academecian, European Academy of Sciences & Arts, Salzburg, Germany (2016 - present)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Biotech Express (2016 - present)
  • Subject Editor- Proceeedings of National Academy of Sciences (India): Part B- Biological Sciences (2016 - present)
  • Member, Advisory Board, TERI Higher Education Program (September 2015 - August 2017)
  • Member, Academic Council, MACFAST (www.macfast.org), Thiruvalla (2015 - present)
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Institute of Bioresource and Sustainable Development, Imphal (2015 - 2018)
  • Co-chairman, DBT New Delhi, Task Force on Biosystems and Bioprocessing Engineering (2014 - present)
  • Coordinator, Indo-Sweden Workshop on Biomass-based Bioeconomy, Stockholm (2014)
  • Member, DST Expert Committee on Chemical and Engineering Sciences- International Programs (2014 - present)
  • Member, DST, New Delhi, Expert Committee on Woman Scientists Scheme-A (WOS-A) (2013 - 2015)
  • Member, DST, New Delhi, Expert Advisory Group on Industrial/Analytical Instrumentation-IDP (2013 - 2016)
  • Member, DST New Delhi, Expert Committee for SEED (Science of Equity, Empowerment and Development of Society), (2013 - 2016)
  • Coordinator, CSIR network project on FUNHEALTH under XII FYP (2012-2017)
  • Member, Composite Evaluation Committee-International Collaboration Programs, DST, New Delhi (2012 - 2015)
  • Vice-chairman, DBT, New Delhi Task Force on Bioprocess and Products Development (2012 - 2015)
  • Member, Research Advisory Committee, Pushpsgiri Inst of Medical Science & Research, Thiruvalla (2010 - 2013)
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Evolva Ltd, Hyderabad (2010 - 2012)
  • Member, Research Advisory Committee (Alternate Energy), Indian Oil Corporation (2010)
  • Member, Advisory Board (Academic-Life Sciences), The Energy and Resource Institute, New Delhi (2009 - 2015)
  • Member, Core Expert Group on second generation biofuels, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, New Delhi (2009 -present)
  • Member, DST, New Delhi Task Force on Expert Advisory Group on Analytical Instrumentation, Sensors & Allied Instrumentation and Industrial Instrumentation (2009 - 2012)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Bioscience Research Institute, Chennai (2009 - 2012)
  • Coordinator, CSIR network projects on enzymes under NWP 006 program on Exploration of India’s Rich Microbial Diversity (2008 - 2012)
  • Member, Advisory Committee, SCMS Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology R&D, Cochin (2008 - 2011)
  • Member, DBT Task Force on Bioprocess and Products Development (2008 - 2011)
  • Member, CSIR Committee on International Affairs, New Delhi (2008)
  • Member, Research Board, Kalaslingam University, Krishnan Koil, Tamil Nadu (2007 - 2015)
  • Member, Board of Management, Kalaslingam University, Krishnan Koil, Tamil Nadu (2007 - 2011)
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, International Institute of Biotechnology and Toxicology, Padappai, Kanchipuram (2006 - 2009)
  • Member, Faculty of Applied Science, University of Kerala (2005 - 2009)
  • Member, Board of Studies in Biotechnology (PG), University of Kerala (2005 - 2009)
  • Member, Board of Futuristic Studies, University of Kerala (2005 - 2009)
  • Member, Institutional Biosafety Committees, CTCRI, Trivandrum (2003 - present)
  • Member, Institutional Biosafety Committees RGCB, Trivandrum (2003 - 2008)
  • Chairman, TIFAC Project Monitoring Committee, DST, New Delhi (2003 - 2006)
  • Member, DBT Task Force on Food Biotechnology (2003 - 2006)
  • Member, Kerala Biodiversity Committee (2002)
  • Member, DBT Overseas Associate Selection Committee (2002)
  • Member, Kerala Biotech Park Task Force (2000)
  • Expert Member, TIFAC, Dept of Science and Technology, New Delhi (1995)
  • Member, Faculty of Science, Cochin University of Science & Technology (1994 - 98)
  • Safety Officer, Regional Research Laboratory, Trivandrum (1993 - 1998, 2002 - 2004)
  • Convener, RRL-CUSAT Research Committee (1992 - 1998)
  • Member, Indo-Swedish DBT Review Committee for grants (1996)
  • Head, Biotechnology Division 1997-2015; Head, Biotechnology Unit (1992 - 1997)
  • Member, Committee on Garbage Disposal from Trivandrum City, Kerala Govt (1991)
  • Member, High Level Committee on Tapioca Alcohol, Govt of Kerala (1989 - 91)