• Prof Ashok Pandey 
  • Chief Scientist and Head
  • pandey[at]niist.res.in | ashokpandey56[at]yahoo.co.in
  • 0471-2515279(Off)    0471-2330022(Res)  

(A) Biotechnology R & D

Major Programs:

(1)     Bioprocess and product development: Solid-state and submerged fermentation for the production of enzymes, organic acids, mushrooms, aroma compounds, biologically active secondary metabolites, pigments, etc

(2)     Bioconversion of biomass– Chiefly agro-industrial residues such as sugarcane bagasse, cassava bagasse, coffee pulp/husk, sugar beet pulp, oil cakes, bran, straws, husk, etc.

(3)     Bioethanol: Lignocellulosic bioethanol

(4)     Developing green technologies for organic/speciality chemicals: Biopolymers, amino acids, etc

(B) Industrial Consultancy:

  • Distillery Division of Chittur Co-operative Sugars, Palghat, Kerala on quality of alcohol being manufactured (1988-89)
  • Industry Department, Govt of Kerala on setting up tapioca based distillery in the state (1989-91)
  • Sree Sakthi Paper Mills Pvt Ltd, Ernakulum on application of xylanase in paper and pulp manufacture
  • Nirmal Seeds Pvt Ltd, Pachora, Jalgaon on use of chitinase as biocontrol agent
  • Hi-Tech Biosciences Ltd, Pune
  • Colgate-Palmolive, USA

(C) Processes/know-how developed:

  • Solid-state fermentation for the production  of gamma linolenic acid
  • process for the production of L(+) lactic acid using cassava bagasse
  • Solid-state fermentation for the production of clavulanic acid.
  • Solid-state fermentation for the production of phytase enzyme using agro-industrial residues by Aspergillus ficuum.
  • Solid-state fermentation for the production of food grade alpha amylase using fungal culture by Rhizopus sp
  • Solid-state fermentation for the production of xylanase by Bacillus sp for paper and pulp industry
  • Solid-state fermentation for the production of inulinase enzyme using a bacterial strain of Staphylococcus sp
  • A process for the production of fungal spores in solid cultures by Aspergillus niger
  • Solid-state fermentation for the production of glucoamylase using agro-industrial residues by Aspergillus niger.
  • A two-stage anaerobic bioreactor system for the treatment of natural rubber effluent.

(D) Human Resource Development

i) No of Ph D/M Sc/M Tech Thesis supervised :46

  • Ph D (Biotechnology) thesis : 8 (3 from CUSAT, 2 from Kerala University, 2 from UFPR, Brazil as co-guide guide, 1 from UBP, France as co-guide)

  • M Sc (Microbiology/Biotechnology/Applied: 36 (Barkatullah University- Bhopal, GG University-Chemistry) thesis Bilaspur, M S University- Tirunelveli, CUSAT-Cochin, Bharathiar University- Coimbatore, Calicut University- Calicut, Periyar University- Salem, Bharathidasan University- Thiruchirppalli, University of Bangalore- Bangalore, Allahabad Agricultural Institute Deemed University, Kerala University- Trivandrum)

  • M Tech (Biotechnology): 2   (Anna University, Chennai, BHU, Varanasi)

  • ii) M Sc/ M Tech/ Other Short-term projects/training :19

  • M. Sc. Biochemistry:2 (University of Kerala)

  • M. Sc. Biotechnology: 8 (Universities of Pune, Shimla, Goa, Bharathiar,Pondicherry, Avinashlingam Deemed Univ)

  • M. Pharmacology: 2 (Medical College, Trivandrum)

  • M. Tech. Biotechnology :4 (Anna University, Chennai)

  • B Sc Biotechnology : 7 (University of Kerala)

  • iii) RA/SRF/LA : 15

  • Research Associates :  7 (sponsored projects and CSIR)

  • SRF /Research & Lab Assistants:7 (sponsored projects)

  • Others :1 (Tamilnadu Govt.’s Young Scientist Awardee

  • iv) Visit/Training to foreigners:09

    1. Ms B Bogar, PhD scholar, Technical University of Budapest, Hungary, January- April 2001; October 2001-January 2002
    2. Ms Z Karmen, MS student, Technical University of Budapest, Hungary, October-December 2001
    3. Dr M D Jaafar, Scientist, MARDI, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 2001-January 2002
    4. Ms Viviana Nagy, PhD scholar, Technical University of Budapest, Hungary, January-March 2004
    5. Ms Crisztina Cosov, PhD scholar, Technical University of Budapest, Hungary January-March 2004
    6. Dr Christopher Augur, IRD, Marseille, France, July-Dec 2005
    7. Ms Helene Mauboussin, MS student, University Blaise Pascal, Clermont Ferrand, France, July-September 2004
    8. Mr Karoly Takacs, MS student, Technical University of Budapest, Hungary, January-March 2005
    9. Mr Laszlo Megyeri, MS student, Technical University of Budapest, Hungary January-March 2005
    10. Mr Alaxnder, Graduate student, University Blaise Pascal, Clermont Ferrand, France, July-August 2005