Dr Anirban Roy Choudhury

CSIR-IMTECH, Chandigarh

Product: probiotic spores encapsulAted Hydrogel Beads

Dr Anirban Roy Choudhury is a Senior Principal Scientist in the field of microbiology and biotechnology at CSIR- Institute of Microbial Technology which is one of the premier CSIR labs based out of Chandigarh. With more than 2 decades of experience in the industry and academia, Dr Anirban is an adept researcher in Bioprocess Development and Scale up; Fermentative production of polysaccharides and Polysaccharide based biomaterials.

The main areas of his research domain include fermentative production of various commercially important biomolecules and his laboratory is actively working on polysaccharides which are one of the most abundant but relatively less exploited biomolecules.  He is extensively involved in the research of polysaccharides ranging from screening, production and scale up of polysaccharide fermentation to developing biomaterials which has diverse applications.


Dr Dr Madhavan Nampoothiri


Product: Exopolysaccharides

Dr K. Madhavan Nampoothiri, PhD FBRS, is presently working as Senior Principal Scientist and Head of Biprocesses and Product Section of the Microbial processes and technology division of CSIR-NIIST, Trivandrum.  Dr. Madhavan took his graduation and Post graduation in Zoology from University of Kerala. In 1997, he obtained his PhD in Microbial Biotechnology from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). After the doctoral studies, he worked as Research Associate in Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore; as Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Post-doctoral fellow at IBT 1 , Forschunzentrum , Juelich in Germany and as Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral fellow in the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.


In 2001 he joined CSIR-NIIST. He is actively involved in Microbial Biotechnology R&D and his research interests are in the areas of functional genomics, bioprocess and microbial products, infectious diseases, therapeutic enzymes and inhibitors, probiotics and biopolymers etc.  Dr. Madhavan has  one Indian patent and six US patents. He has also made about 40 NCBI gene sequence submissions. In 2003, he received the Young scientist award from Biotech Research Society of India and was the recipient of outstanding performance award for the year 2008-09 from CSIR-NIIST. In 2016, he was elected as Fellow of the BRSI. Dr. Madhavan has research collaborations with institutes and universities in Germany, France, Hungary and Mexico.


Dr Sudhir Singh

DBT - CIAB, mohali

Product 1: d-allulose
Product 2: kojibiose

Dr. Sudhir Singh is currently working as a Scientist-D in DBT-CIAB, Mohali. The main focus of his research is gene mining, biocatalyst engineering and enzyme characterization for the development of  approaches for the production of value-added bio-products from the low-cost feedstock. His research group generated metagenomic resources from the thermal-springs and ethnic fermented food products. They also discovered novel genes encoding enzymes with superior catalytic properties of high value to the food industry, e.g., D-allulose 3-epimerase, amylosucrase, xylanase,endoglucanase, type I pullulanase etc. By deploying these enzymes, his team has achieved biosynthesis of various dietary functional molecules from low-cost feedstock. 


Dr. Sudhir’s findings of D-Allulose and Turanose are the first reports from India on these rare sugars. He has five granted patents to his credit and has been conferred the Professor Hira Lal Chakravarty Award by the Indian Science Congress Association, DST, India. He is a selected member of the National Academy of Science, India and his team also received the Gandhian Young Technological Award (GYTI) by SRISTI.


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