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PhD (Chemical/Biological Engineering; University of Nebraska, NE, USA)

PhD (Fermentation Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Bombay, INDIA)

B Tech (Biochemical Engineering; Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, Kanpur, INDIA)


Post-doctoral Research: Bioprocess/Biochemical Engineering (Massey University, New Zealand & University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA)



Research Chemical Engineer/Senior Scientist

United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service [ARS], Peoria, IL, USA


Adjunct Professor (Biochemical Engineering), University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA


Professional Activities: 


American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Central Illinois, Illinois, USA (2008 & 2009)

American Chemical Society (ACS), Illinois Heartland Section, Illinois, USA (2008)


Editor in Chief

World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology [Springer, The Netherlands, Since 2006]


Book Editor

Biomass to Biofuels [John Wiley & Sons, United Kingdom, 2010]


Associate Editor

Renewable Energy [Biomass] [Elsevier, United Kingdom, 2005 - 2010]

World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology [Springer, 2003-2006]


Editorial Board Member

Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology [Springer-Verlag Berlin], 2003-2008

Energy Sources [Taylor & Francis, New York], 2001-Present

World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology [Springer, 2001-2003]

Renewable Energy [Elsevier, 2000-2004]


Professional Membership

Member - American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE); Member - Society for Biological Engineering (SBE, USA); Advisory Board Member (SBE, USA); Past member - American Chemical Society (ACS); Past affiliate member - International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC); and Past member - Bioscience & Biotechnology Society, Japan

Research Collaborations:

Rice University (Houston, TX), University of Illinois (Urbana Champaign, IL), North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC), The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH),  University of Toledo (Toledo, OH), Bradley University (Peoria, IL), Massey University (New Zealand), Eastern Regional Research Laboratory (ERRL, USDA, Wyndmoor, PA), and Southern Regional Research Laboratory (SRRL, USDA, New Orleans, LA)



Outstanding Service Award, World J Microbiology & Biotechnology, and Springer Science + Business Media, The Netherlands, 2012;

Nominated for James E. Bailey Award (Society for Biological Engineering; SBE, USA), 2013;

Nominated for Biotechnology Progress Award for Excellence in Biological Engineering publication, 2013 (USA);

ChemLuminary Award, American Chemical Society (ACS, USA);  

Outstanding Performance Awards, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 2008, 2009, 2011; Nominated for Proctor & Gamble Award (American Society for Microbiology (USA), 2006;

Empire Who's Who list 2003; 

European Union proposal reviewer (Systems Biology);

Natural Science & Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canada,

Discovery Proposal reviewer;

Cooper Sharples Fellowship, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 1993;

University Grants Committee (UGC) Fellowships, Wellington, New Zealand, 1988, 1985;

University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, Senior Research Fellowship, India, 1982; 

UGC, New Delhi, Junior Research Fellowship, 1980.



Edited a book on Biomass to Biofuels and published over 120 research papers in international scientific journals. In addition I  have authored/coauthored 28 book chapters/review articles, 5 US patent disclosures, one International Energy Agency report, 7 technical reports, and over 90 conference presentations relevant to Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Industrial and Applied Microbiology, biofuels separation, process design and economics, bioenergy, bioreactor design and scale-up, cell immobilization, cell recycle membrane reactors, product recovery and purification, and batch, fed-batch, and continuous fermentations.