Dr Prabhakar Ranjekar: Former Director grade scientist and Head of Department of Biochemistry, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune. He is Fellow of National Academy of Science and National Academy of Agricultural Science.
His 47 years of extensive research experience encompasses various domain areas like Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. He has carried out pioneering research work in Plant Molecular Biology at NCL. He has mentored 37 PhD students and several post doctoral fellows. He has over 250 publications in peer reviewed international and national journals. Dr Ranjekar is a recipient of prestigious research grants like Rockefeller foundation and McKnight foundation, USA, Australian Govt grant, Indo-Swiss Program to name a few. He also has received several grants from DBT during his research tenure at NCL.
His enormous research contribution in plant molecular biology and biotechnology has given him recognition nationally and internationally. Dr Ranjekar has hold positions like visiting scientist at Cornell University, Indiana University, USA and Asst. Prof at Laval University. He is a member of DBT task force and is also on research advisory committees of various national research institutes and universities.
Dr Shobhana Bhide: An eminent scientist with over 40 years of teaching and research experience. Dr Bhide retired as a Prof of Biochemistry from Department of Chemistry, University of Pune. In her 30 years of academic career, she has held various positions in departments of Chemistry, Univ of Pune, Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Department of Chemistry,Fergusson College, Pune, Symbiosis Institute of Biomedical Sciences and many more. She was actively involved in teaching throughout her career in University of Pune. Thrust area of her research work are biochemical aspects of polysachrides, Lectins and Glycosidases. She has 35 publications to her credit and is an author of a book, Practical Course in Biochemistry for undergraduates. Dr Bhide is a recognized PhD guide of University of Pune for Biochemistry and Biotechnology. She has guided 19 students in their PhD or M Phil research work.
During her extensive research career, Dr Bhide was Principal Investigator on various projects supported by UGC, Department of Atomic Energy, Govt of Maharashtra to name a few. Additionally, she has also held various positions like Chairperson of Board of paper-setters in Biochemistry for State Eligibility Test (SET) examination, Chairperson of Departmental Examination Committee, Paper setter for UPSC Examinations, Resource person for UGC sponsored refe4rsher courses in Biochemistry, Member of Board of studies in Biochemistry at Shivaji University, Kolhapur and Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad etc
Dr Bhide, received her PhD degree from University of Pune and has also received Post doctoral fellowship from Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan. She also holds Diploma in German language.
Dr Pramod Khandekar: Dr Khandeker is a renowned scientist with over 40 years of diverse research experience in both industry and academics. His domain expertise are in rDNA product development, commercialization and Biopharmaceutical development. He has held senior positions in various industries like Cadila pharma, Roche Institute, NII and has a made a significant contributions in chimeric vector development for cloning in yeast, muscle specific gene expression in chick heart muscle.
In University of Pune he held various positions like Professor Biotechnology, Director Bioinformatics. Additionally, Dr Khandekar was professor and chair of Biotechnology in Sinhagad college of Engineering. He is also member of renowned organizations like DBT, Molecular Biology DST, RCGM to name a few.