Professor Ashok Pandey is presently Scientist & Head of Biotechnology Division of Regional Research Laboratory, CSIR, Trivandrum. He graduated from the University of Kanpur in 1974 (Biology) and took his Master's degree with a first class in 1976 in Chemistry. He followed this with a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Allahabad. During 1982-1986, he worked as scientist in India and Germany and in 1987 he joined RRLT. During this period, Professor Pandey undertook short/long visits to several institutions in Germany, France, Italy, Greece, UK, Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia Thailand and Hungary.
Professor Pandey has strong research interest in the area of Industrial Biotechnology, especially in Bioprocess Technology. The research carried out till-date has credited him with 270 publications including patents (3), books/journals as author/editor (11), technical reports (11), reviews and chapters in the books (50), original papers (101) and research communications in conferences/symposia. Currently he is Ed Bd member of four journals and ad-hoc reviewer for several other biotech journals.
Professor Pandey is the recipient of many national and international awards and fellowships, which include the award of UNESCO Professorship in 2000, Visiting Professorship for Brazil during 1998-2000, Raman Research Fellowship Award in 1995, GBF, Germany and CNRS, France Fellowships in 1992, 1993 and Young Scientist Award in 1989.
Professor Carlos Ricardo Soccol is presently working as the Head of the Process Biotechnology Laboratory and Co-ordinator of the Ph D programme in Biotechnology in the Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil. He obtained his graduate degree in Chemical Engineering in 1979 and Master's degree in 1983 from UFPR, followed by the Ph D in Biotechnology from the Technological University of Compiegne, France in 1992. During 1994, he did his Professor Titular thesis in Industrial Biotechnology at UFPR. Professor Soccol has undertaken shorts visits to several institutions in France, UK, Mexico and Agrentina.
Professor Soccol has strong research interest in the area of Process Biotechnology, especially in the area of enzyme and fermentation technology. The research carried out till date has credited him with 236 publications including patents (2), books/journals as editor (2), review and chapters in the books (25), original papers (65) and research communications in conferences/symposia.
Professor Soccol has won several awards which include 'First Best Work' award in 10th Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Tuber Crops (1994), 'Best Scientific Work' award in First Latin-American Seminar on Potato Culture (1995), Science & Technology award of the Govt. Of Parana (1996), 'Best Scientific Work' award, VI South Regional Meeting of Food Science & Technology (1999), etc. He is occupying the position of the Editor of the Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology since 1997.
Dr. Jose Angel Rodriguez Leon is a Senior Researcher at the ICIDCA (Cuban Research Institute for Derivatives nom the Sugar Industry). He graduated as Chemical Engineer at the Havana University in 1968. Since 1968 to 1970 he worked as Chemical Instructor in the Unit Operations Department at the School of Chemical Engineering of the Havana University. In 1970 he was selected as member of the Bioengineering Division of the National Research Center of Cuba (CNIC). He obtained his Ph.
D. in Biological Sciences at the Academy of Sciences of Cuba in 1983. Since 1972 to 1986 he was the Head of the Biotechnology Laboratory of the Chemical and Biological Institute of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba. He was trained as post graduated at the Chemical Technology School of Prague and in the Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganism of the Academy of Sciences of Russia. Dr. Rodriguez-Leon is dedicated to the field of solid state fermentation since 1980 and published more than 30 scientific articles related with the subject and participated in more than 50 Scientific Congresses. He had obtained three patents related with solid state processes. Since 1992 he is. a permanent member of the Chemical Engineering Tribunal for Scientific Grades in Cuba. He was Member of the Expert Committee of the Ministry for Science, Technology and Environment of Cuba (CITMA) and collaborated in the field of Solid State Fermentation with other countries like Germany, Brazil, France, India and Mexico.
Dr. Poonam Nigam Ph D. 1985; 2-years R&D Germany (1985-1987), Chartered Biologist, London 1992; employed at the University of Ulster, UK since Jan. 1990. Twice nominated by Royal Society, London as visiting British Scientist to Indian National Science Academy. 20 years research experience in Microbial-Biotechnology, 10 years University-teaching experience. Invited author of six chapters in Encyclopaedia of Food Microbiology, 2000. Author of one European patent, 85 research papers, 25 reviews, 17 chapters in Encyclopaedia & books. Recipient of Grants from Royal-Society, UNESCO, Fed. Of Eur. Microbiol. Society, Eur. Reg. Dev. Fund, British Council & CSIR. Member of Editorial Boards of Bioresource Technology, World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology, Brazilian Archives of Biology & Technology. Peer Reviewer three other biotech journals. Included as Expert & Mentor in European Handbook of Women-Experts in Science, Engineering & Technology, Consultant Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia, and Prophyta GmbH, Malchow, Germany, Course-Director Biotechnology & Food Biotechnology. Supervisor of Postdoctoral, PhD, M. Res., Mphil projects.