About Us

Vaishnavi Bio-Tech Limited (VBTL) is one of the Asia's largest Industrial Fermentation establishments in the business of Manufacturing and Marketing of Natural and Non GMO Bio Technology products viz., Nutraceuticals like Food Preservatives & Additives, Animal Health Care (cattle / poultry feed supplements), Nutritional & Organic Agri Inputs, Biofertilizers,  and other value added products based on Carbohydrates.

VBTL is technologically supported by the Prathista R&D Centre (DSIR - Govt. Of India recognised) of Prathista Industries Limited, Choutuppal, Yadadri-Bhongir District, Telengana State in India.


VBTL Food Ingredients & Food additive products are being licensed by FSSAI, Govt. of India.

 

VBTL Agricultural in-puts are certified by reputed Organic certifying agencies like INDOCERT as per USDA-NOP standards and European Union Standards and also VEDIC Organic Certification Agency.

Vaishnavi Bio-Tech Limited (Research and Technology driven company) was promoted and incorporated by a team of First generation Technocrats.

Being Young and First generation entrepreneurs, the team headed by Mr. K Suryanarayana Murthy has decided to take up Innovative subject for commercialization to pioneer and  crusade the cause of organic and biotechnology to the forefront for the benefit of community around and more particularly to the farmers.   


Since then, VBTL is in the business of Manufacturing and Marketing of Eco-Friendly Bio Technology products viz., Bulk Drugs, Food Preservatives & Additives, Organic Agri Inputs, Biofertilizers, Animal Health Care (cattle / poultry feed supplements) and other value added products based on Carbohydrates which are being produced through Industrial Fermentation Process.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • KSN Murthy
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  • Dr E A Siddique
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  • Dr N Sreeram Reddy
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  • Dr. V Rama Murthy
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  • Dr Praveen V Vadlani
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KSN Murthy

Managing Director

K. SURYANAYANA MURTHY
MANAGING DIRECTOR               
Email: ksn@vaishnavibiotech.com
   

Factory

Vaishnavi Biotech Limited
Survey No.27, Village Vadia,
Taluka: Sihor, District : Bhavnagar.
State: Gujarat . India.
PinCode: 364240
Tele/Fax Works. +91 2846 223324

JOB PROFILE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

- As a board member actively participating in the board meetings, Presentation for of the Current status  of the organisation to the Board. Incorporating Strategies, ideas to the board for suggestions and implementation/approval.
- Marketing activities in India and abroad generating revenue for the company by exporting few
  products to international country like USA, Africa & European etc.,
- Maintaining and developing Leadership skills as senior responsible person in organization.
- Active participation in Techno Commercial Negotiations in the interest of Organizatio
- Co-ordinating with Marketing Heads for achieving Better Results.
- Co-ordinating with Factory & Production Departments to meet the requirements of Marketing Team.
- To develop the new Major Clients for future Business.
- Identifying New Dealer franchise /Stockiest.
- Identifying New Areas to set up Factory Outlets to promote the Branded Products
- Liaisons with both State and Central Government Departments for Products Approvals, Certifications  etc.,
- Conducting Training and Workshops for NGOs and non profit making Organizations regarding Eco- friendly Agricultural Practices to be adopted in India and in overseas Countries.
- Active Part in selecting, finalising Marketing, Field Staff in coordination with HR.
- Organising Product demonstrations and Trails at various Universities for MOU.
- Conducting Campus Interviews from various Universities to Select Management Trainees.
- Identification of New Vendors, Participation in Negotiations & Finalisation in coordination with Commercial Departments.
- Cordial relations with Financial Institutions to get timely support.
- Cordial Relations with Functional Heads for Effective Delivery of Productivity.
- Cordial Relations with Co- Board Members for better Interaction to share activities time to time for the betterment of Organisation Interests.

 
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION               
- Degree in Mechanical Engineering
- Commerce Graduate from Andhra University
- Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing and Sales Management

WORK EXPERIENCE
Managing Day to day operations of VAISHNAVI BIO TECH LIMITED (closely held Limited Company) successfully as Whole Time Director
               

THE DETAIL EXPERIENCE AS LISTED BELOW
Born in 21st March 1964 at Coastal Andhra Pradesh and professionally brought up in Hyderabad with commendable multi-disciplinary areas for 22 years in the field of Day to Day management for successful Business House as one of the Promoters and responsible total operations of the Company.
               

Before entering in to own Business, associated with few reputed and professionally managed Organization to gain Industrial experience for 20 Years and dealing with Government Departments in finalising Government Rate contracts and actively participated in Techno Commercial Negotiations. Gained commendable knowledge in Marketing and key functions of Management activities for over 25 Years of experience along with dealing in Finance, Marketing (supply chain management) activities.

Dr E A Siddique

Independent & Neutral Director (Without financial Implications)

SUMMARY

Professor Ebrahim Ali Abubacker Siddiqueue was born in Ilyangudi, Sivaganga District, Tamil Nadu on July 15, 1937. Graduate in Botany from Madras University in 1959, he obtained Master´s Degree in Genetics in 1964 and Ph.D in Genetics in 1968 at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.

Prof. Siddiqueue served the Indian Council of Agricultural Research althrough in various capacities, as Cytogeneticist, Principal Scientist and Professor (Genetics) at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Project Director, Directorate of Rice Research and Deputy Director General (Crop Science), Indian council of Agricultural Research. On his superannuation, he served the Council as National Professor followed by Hon. Chair Distinguished, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting & Diagnostics, Department of Biotechnology. He serves at present as Adjunct Professor, University of Hyderabad and Indian Agricultural Research Institute and Hon. Director, Institute of Biotechnology, Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University.

Prof. Siddiqueue has made significant contributions towards growth and development of Indian agriculture in general and rice in particular by his vision, planning, coordination and execution of innovative research and development programmes. His 45 year long research career was devoted totally to strengthening and shaping of the country´s rice research and development. As research leader his outstanding contributions include launch of Hybrid Rice Research and National Rice Biotechnology Networks, Regional Research Consortia for Rice Improvement in Rainfed Eastern India.

As researcher, Prof. Siddique´s contributions to rice are of both applied and basic value. Applied research led to the development of more than one dozen high yielding varieties for different agroecologies and socio-economic niches. Unique in their making and utility value, some considered to be landmarks in rice breeding are the world´s first high yielding basmati rice Pusa Basmati-1, Pusa-44, the only variety till date amenable to combine harvest in the North-Western segment of Indogangetic Plain, Pusa 2-21, the first ever quick maturating variety and DRRH 1, India´s first hybrid rice. Whereas Pusa Basmati-1 enabled the country increase by many folds the volume of basmati rice export and formed the base for India´s first basmati hybrid Pusa RH 10, Pusa 44 sustains the most productive rice-wheat system. His notable contributions of basic value helped (a) understand the qualitative and quantitative genetic architecture of various indices of rice quality and tolerance to stresses, (b) identify and address the genetic bottlenecks impeding hybrid breeding, (c) map and tag temperature sensitive genic male sterility sources of indigenous origin and intersubspecific hybrid sterility neutralizing gene loci, (d) develop molecular signature for traditional basmati rices and (e) discover still uncovered yield genes in wild/weedy progenitor species.

Aside his contributions at national level, Prof. Siddique has contributed equally at international level by serving as IRRI´s expert rice breeder in Egypt, as FAO/UNDP expert consultant in many Asian countries including for the establishment of the National (Mekong) Rice Research Institute in VietNam and National Rice Research Institute in Egypt and as Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Rice Research Institute, The Philippines.

Prof. Siddique has published over 150 research papers in peer reviewed national and international journals, besides many book chapters and edited the Proceedings of four International Symposia/Dialogue on rice.

Prof. Siddique´s contributions to rice research have been recognized through national awards and Academy Fellowships. He is recipient of Hari Om Ashram Trust Award, Om Prakash Bhasin Award, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Prize, Norman Borlaug Award, INSA Silver Jubilee and Prof. Sunderlal Hora Medals, GP Chatterjee Memorial Lecture Award of ISCA, Agriculture Leadership Award, Fellowships of the Indian National Science Academy, National Academy of Sciences (India), National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Society of Plant Genetic Resources and the National Civilian Recognition ´Padmashree´.

Dr N Sreeram Reddy

Independent & Neutral Director (Without financial Implications)

SUMMARY

Worked as an associate professor and professor teaching agricultural sciences to graduate and post graduate students specializing in Genetics and Plant breeding (Crop improvement) for 21 years.

Involved in applied research for 10 years in the development of twelve high yielding rice varieties.

Involved in development of two hybrid rice varieties (APHR1 and APHR2) the first of its kind in tropical countries of the world.

Conducted collaborated research in rice improvement with International Rice Research Institute in Philippines and Changsha Institute, China .

Served as Associate Dean and Dean of Agriculture for a period of seven years performing multitude of administrative tasks.

EDUCATION

Degree - Year of Graduation - University

Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) - 1962- Andhra University, India

Master of Science (Agriculture) - 1966 - Madras University, India

PhD - 1975 - Kansas State University, USA & I A R I , New Delhi

EXPERIENCE AND CONTRIBUTIONS IN TEACHING, RESEARCH AND EXTENSION:

TEACHING
Worked in different capacities as Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor over a period of 28 years at different campuses of ANGR Agricultural University, Hyderabad, India.

Offered the courses to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students relating to Botany of field crops, Plant Breeding, Cytology, Genetics and Cytogenetics, Seed Production, Disease resistance, Mutation Breeding, Plant Genetics, Molecular Genetics, Seed testing, breeding of self pollinated crops, breeding of cross pollinated crops etc.

Guided 4 Ph.D students in Genetics and Plant Breeding as major advisor.

Responsible for starting multimedia auto tutorial systems as the means of computer aided instruction to the undergraduate students at Agricultural College, Bapatla.

RESEARCH
Engaged in varietal improvement of rice in Andhra Pradesh, India. Actively involved in the formulation of research projects and implementation at ten rice research centers of the university.

Responsible for the development and popularization and release of genetically Brown Plant Hopper (BPH) resistant varieties in rice viz., Vajram (MTU 5249), Pratibha (MTU 5293), Chaitanya (MTU 2067), Krishnaveni (MTU 2077), Nandi (MTU 5182) and Vijeta (MTU 1001).

Responsible for initiating the research work on hybrid rice at Agricultural Research Station, Maruteru with the coordination of Directorate of Rice Research and International Rice Research Institute and Changsha Institute, China.

Involved in the development and release of the first two rice hybrids in India viz., APHR. 1 and APHR.2. These hybrids were the first of its kind in the tropical countries of the world. The rice hybrids thus developed were suited for semi arid regions of Andhra Pradesh, India.

EXTENSION
Conducted many farmers meetings at village level with the aim of transferring technology to the farmers.

Participated in Kharif and Rabi action plant meetings conducted by the Joint Directors of Agriculture of various districts and involved in the formulation of action plan for improving the productivity of the rice crop.

Conducted the Kisan Melas in the pursuit of transfer of technology to the farmers at A.R.S Maruteru and Agricultural College, Bapatla and also participated in State Level Kisan Melas as well as those conducted at Zonal Headquarters.

Organized many training programmes on production technology of rice to the Officers of the Dept. of Agriculture.

Organized the hybrid rice seed production programmes separately for the farmers and the personnel of public and private sectors.

Participated in the diagnostic survey programmes and field visits of the farmers to identify the spontaneous field problems and rendering technical advice to the farmers.

COUNTRIES VISITED
Deputed to Kansas State University, USA for Ph.D programme under USAID project in 1971.

Visited International Rice Research Institue, Philippines twice during 1987 and 1992 to undergo Special Training Program on Hybrid rice breeding and seed production.

Participated as a member in the Overseas Study tour of the Deans and Associate Deans to study the educational systems of different countries viz., Australia, U.S.A, U.K and submitted the recommendations to the University for Adoption at ANGRAU in the year 1996.

Member in Quinquennial Review Team (QRT).

Selected as a member of QRT by ICAR from Agricultural faculty to assess the functioning of CS Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur and to render suitable recommendations for efficient functioning of the university.

Visited East African countries, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya representing Prathista Industries Limited to tie-ups with respective Countries National Agricultural Research Institutes and Agricultural Universities.

Visited Guyana representing Prathista Industries Limited to tie-up with National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) in South America.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Rice varieties developed by my team occupy nearly 25% of rice growing area in India (10 million hectares out of 40 million hectares).

Developed Brown Plant Hopper (BPH) resistant rice varieties for the first time in India.

Developed three out of the six most widely grown rice varieties in India (Swarna, Samba Mahsuri, Vijeta) according to Impact analysis study conducted by International Rice Research Institute, Philippines. (to be published).

The three rice varieties (Swarna, Samba Mahsuri, Vijeta) are spread over in cultivation in twelve states of India as well as some foreign countries.

Sambha Mahsuri which is also known as Sona Mashuri is widely accepted by consumers in United States and other parts of the world.

Received “Excellent Performance Award” from Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for maintaining quality of education.

PRESENT ASSIGNMENT SINCE 2008
Whole Time Director to lead Research and Development activities pertaining to Vaishnavi Bio-Tech Limited to bring focus on Private-Public Partnership programs with various Universities and also National laboratories.

Dr. V Rama Murthy

Independent & Neutral Director (Without financial Implications)

Factory

Vaishnavi Biotech Limited
Survey No.27, Village Vadia,
Taluka: Sihor. District : Bhavnagar.
State: Gujarat . India.
PinCode: 364240
Tele/Fax Works. +91 2846 223324

EDUCATION

- Ph.D., 1986, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston (USA).

- Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston (USA), 1986. (Dissertation:  Studies on the regulatory aspects of interferon-cell interactions.)

- Diploma in Computer Management, National Productivity Council, Baroda, 1981.

- M.Sc. (Microbiology), University of Bombay, Mumbai, 1976.

- B.Sc. (Microbiology and Chemistry), University of Bombay, Mumbai, 1974.

CAREER
- 1976-78, Jayant Vitamins Limited, Ratlam (India).

- 1978-82, Sarabhai Research Centre, Baroda (India).

- 1982-86, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston (USA).

- 1990-2K, Thapar Corporate R&D Centre, and TIET Patiala (India).

- 1992-94, Harvard University, Cambridge (USA).

- 2000 onwards, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore (India).

- 2005 onwards, Director, Prathista Industries Limited, Hyderabad.

HONORS
- Rockefeller Foundation Biotechnology Career Fellowship, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1992-94.

- Robert Welch Fellowship in Biological Chemistry, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, 1987-90.

- Willard F. Verwey Award for Best Student in Microbiology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, 1986.

- J.E. McLaughlin Award in Infection and Immunity, NSRF, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, 1986.

- James E. McLaughlin Fellowship in Infection / Immunity research, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, 1983-1986.

- University merit rank holder in B.Sc., University of Bombay, Mumbai, 1974.

Curriculum Vitae

Date of Birth:  31st March 1954

Present Address:
Department of Biotechnology,
PSG College of Technology,
COIMBATORE 641 004 (INDIA),
Email: vramamurthy@hotmail.com , ram@bio.psgtech.ac.in    

Positions Held - Major responsibility                          

2006- 2008 - Consultant, Pelican Biotech & Chemicals Labs, Alapuzha (India)    

2005 - Director (non-executive), Prathista Industries Limited, Secunderabad (India)    

2K onwards - PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore (India): Professor and Head.Establishment of the Department of Biotechnology.    

1999-2K - Bharat Starch Industries Limited, Baroda (India): Principal Scientist. In charge of Microbiology and R&D in citric acid plant.    

1992-94 - Harvard University, Cambridge (USA): Rockefeller Fellow. Research on algal biotechnology and genetic engineering    

1990-99 - Thapar Centre for Industrial R&D, Patiala (India): Head, Biotechnology Division Process development and product application research.    

1991-99 - Thapar Institute of Engg. and Technol., Patiala (India): Head, School of Biotechnology. Program and curriculum development, teaching and training postgraduate students.    

1986-90 - Baylor College of Medicine, Houston (USA): Welch Fellow. Research and teaching; postdoctoral training.    

1982-86 - University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston (USA): McLaughlin Pre-doctoral Fellow. Teaching; research for doctoral dissertation    

1978-82 - Sarabhai Research Centre, Baroda (India): Scientist. Product development - industrial enzymes and their applications.    

1976-78 - Jayant Vitamins Limited, Ratlam (India): Microbiologist. Process engineering and research - vitamin C manufacture    

DOCUMENTATION & PUBLICATION :
- Technologies Transferred : 3
- Peer Reviewed Journals : 45
- Review and Book Articles : 13
- Patents : 3

TEACHING EXPERIENCE: Research thesis advisor

Ph.D : Completed
- Dr. Gurbaksh Singh - Thapar University, Patiala    
-Dr. Suresh P Thacker - Thapar University, Patiala    
-Dr. Shaneen Jolly - Thapar University, Patiala    
-Dr. Ritu Sharma - Thapar University, Patiala    
-Dr. Sudhir Syal - Thapar University, Patiala    

Ph.D : Ongoing                          
- Ms. S Vidyalakshmi – Anna University, Chennai    
- Ms. J Jayapriya – Anna University, Chennai    
- Mr. C Sabarinath – Anna University, Chennai    
- Mr. B Balaji – Anna University, Coimbatore    
-Mr. S Prabhu Narayan – Anna University, Chennai    

Subjects taught: at undergraduate and post-graduate level Medical Microbiology, Molecular Virology, Genetic Engineering, Cell Biology, Cancer Biology, Industrial Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology, Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy, BioStatistics, Intellectual Property Rights, Bioethics.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS             

Technology Developed and Transferred:
- ”Spirulina mass cultivation” – Ballarpur Industries Limited, Bangalore
- “Plant performance enhancer” – Prathista Industries Limited, Hyderabad
- “Maltose and Maltodextrin manufacture” – Prathista Biotech Limited, Hyderabad

Patent Awarded:
A Process for the Preparation of Jaggery (using phosphoric acid), Indian Patent No. 189965.

Recent Research Projects Mobilized:
Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, (1997-2003) entitled "Utilization of Fly ash for Soil Amendment to Increase Forest Productivity" - Principal Investigator.

Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Govt. of India, (1998-2000) entitled "Nutrient Cycling in Eucalyptus Plantation" - Principal Investigator.

Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research, New Delhi, (1998-2000) entitled “Influence of Fungal auxin on Host Plant Gene Expression During Ectomycorrhiza formation” - Principal Investigator from India.

Department of Biotechnology, GoI, (2003-2005) "Interaction between transcription elongation and splicing during murine adenosine deaminase gene expression" - Principal Investigator.

Defence R&D Organization, Govt. of India, (2005-2007) entitled " Biosensors for Water and Air Quality Measurement " - Principal Coordinator.

Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, (2007-2010) entitled "Glabridin derivatives for estrogen receptor beta mediated growth control of prostate cancer cells" – Co-Principal Investigator.

Small Business Innovation Research Initiative (DBT), GoI (2007-2008) “Development Of Lipid Lowering Phytoformulations ” CoPrincipal Investigator.

Technopreneur Promotion Programme (DSIR), GoI (2009) “Increase in productivity of Spirulina by distributed agitation system” – Principal investigator.

RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT:
Provide leadership by managing high quality services and develop customer-oriented teams for technological problem solving and delivery. Plan and contribute to the professional growth of junior colleagues.

Commissioned of the first Spirulina mass production plant in India. Developed process strategies for increasing productivity, a mathematical model for predicting the performance of Spirulina ponds. (1991-93).

Adenosine deaminase, is one of the early model systems for developing gene therapy protocols. Identified a mechanism of tissue specific expression of this gene by differential transcription elongation block. Characterized the sequences responsible for transcription block. Developed an in vitro reporter system for transcription control. (1986-90) Commissioned of the first Spirulina mass production plant in India. Developed process strategies for increasing productivity, a mathematical model for predicting the performance of Spirulina ponds. (1991-93).

Studied the regulatory aspects of interferon-cell interactions. Observed the loss of IFN?? as a result of interaction with fibroblasts and correlated with pharmacokinetic data. Unlike IFN?? and IFN??, IFN?? - induced antiviral response was mediated through a secondary molecule leading to an indirect cascade. (1982-86).

Developed manufacturing process for several commercial enzymes: proteases, amylase, amyloglucosidase, cellulase; strain improvement; novel process for cattle feed improvement, jute up-gradation and health food formulation. Developed process know-how for increasing plant productivity in the conversion of sorbitol to sorbose. (1976-82).

AWARDS AND HONORS:
- Rockefeller Foundation Biotechnology Career Fellowship, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1992-94.
- Robert Welch Fellowship in Biological Chemistry, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, 1987-90.
- Willard F. Verwey Award for Best Student in Microbiology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, 1986.
- J.E. McLaughlin Award for Paper Presented in Infection and Immunity, National Student Research Forum, Galveston, 1986.
- James E. McLaughlin Fellowship in Infection / Immunity research, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, 1983-1986.
- University merit rank holder in B.Sc., University of Bombay, Mumbai, 1974.

Dr Praveen V Vadlani

Independent & Neutral Director (Without financial Implications) Kansas State University, USA

Vaishnavi Biotech Limited
Survey No.27,
Village Vadia,Taluka: Sihor.
District : Bhavnagar,
State: Gujarat . India.
PinCode: 364240
Tele/Fax Works. +91 2846 223324

ACADEMIC RECORD

* BS.  Chemical Engineering - National Institute of Technology, Surathkal ,India - 1988

* MS. Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology - Indian Institute of technology, New Delhi, India - 1990

* Thesis Title: Studies on immobilized Lactobacillus bulgaricus

* PhD  Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology - Indian Institute of technology, New Delhi, India - 1995

* Dissertation Title: Operational characteristics of up flow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor During and after start-up

* MBA - Kansas State University, Manhattan, USA - 2009

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

Class Work

GPA in courses taken during MS degree 3.8 on 4.0

GPA in courses taken during BS degree 3.9 on 4.0

GPA in courses taken during MBA degree 4.0

ACADEMIC AWARDS

• Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers Award for getting the highest grade in V, VI and VII semesters in Chemical Engineering. National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, India in 1987.

• Dinesh Rao Memorial Award for getting the highest grade in Chemical Engineering ( I to VIII semesters). National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, India in 1988.

• University First Rank in Chemical Engineering, Mangalore University, 1989

• Dean’s Scholar for academic excellence in MBA, Kansas State University, Manhattan, USA, 2009

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE                                    

Assistant Professor, Department of Grain Science and Industry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 02/07 – Present

Accomplishments

• Established a fully functional bioprocessing lab and have initiated productive research programs in biofuels, biochemicals and specialty products

• Wrote 37 grant proposals to various funding agencies, including USDA, DOE, commissions and industry since 2007.  Secured $1,464,280 in research funding; directly responsible for $ 476,540 as PI and $230,100 as Co-PI since 2007

• Developed collaborative relationships with faculty in 6 departments and 3 colleges at K-State and with faculty at 3 universities, and with researchers at 3 different industries

• Designed and developed two new courses: GRSC 745 Fundamentals of Bioprocessing (Spring Semester) and GRSC 905 Enzymes and Bioprocessing Applications (Fall Semester). TEVAL score for GRSC 745 (overall effectiveness of teacher): 4.3 (Spring 2008); 4.6 (Spring 2009); and 4.8 (Spring 2010). GRSC 905: 4.4 (Fall 2009)

• Member of 2 committees at University level, 1 committee at College level, and 2 committees at Department level; External reviewer for proposals and journal manuscripts; Served as Subject Editor for two journals; Delivered invited lectures. Volunteered time for public service activities at Department, College and University level.

Invited Lectures, Department of Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering, Rice University, Houston, TX, 04/03 – Present.

Visiting Faculty, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 06/98 – 12/98.

Visiting Faculty, Department of Chemistry, Sri Sathya Sai University, Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, India, 06/08 - Present

Accomplishments

• Compiled and taught a course Engineering Biotechnology at undergraduate and graduate level.

• Supervised Heat & Mass Transfer Laboratory course for sophomore chemical engineering students.

• Advised undergraduate and graduate research and was the internal examiner for a MS thesis

Post-doctoral Fellow, Institute for Post-graduate Studies & Research, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 08/97 – 05/98

Accomplishments

• Performed research on mixing and hydrodynamic studies in laboratory rigs and fermenters and advised graduate research.

• Participated in the project for producing 2, 3-butanediol from sugarcane molasses.

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Biotechnology, Anna University, Chennai, India, 08/95 – 05/97

Accomplishments

• Taught a course Bioprocess Engineering

• Thesis advisor for an undergraduate project

INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE                         

Principal Research Scientist, AgRenew Inc, Manhattan, Kansas 2002 - 2007                             

Accomplishments

• Process and product development of challenging, commercially-viable industrial biotechnologies using renewable resources.

• Identify emerging technologies of commercial interest and develop collaborative teams with universities and other established industries for synergistic relationships.

• Write proposals to state, federal and private funding agencies and be the Project Director for the awarded projects.

• Develop and sustain state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and supervise the smooth execution of in-house and sponsored research projects.

Research Associate, Biomass Pilot Plant, Chemical Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 1998-2002

Accomplishments

• Involved in pilot plant research and development process for bioconversion of paper fines to useful chemicals.

• Supervised research work of undergraduate and graduate students at the plant and investigated the performance of the various bio processing strategies.

• Designed and developed various process equipment and wrote safety reports for the plant

• Made presentations to funding agencies and involved in new product development.

Research Officer, SPIC Pharmaceuticals Division (SPIC group of industries is a major industrial conglomerate in India), Chennai, India, 1995-1997

Accomplishments

• Overall in-charge for the R&D fermentation division consisting of fomenters, product recovery unit and analytical equipments. Supervised four research assistants

• Provided leadership to investigate innovative bioprocess strategies and low-cost raw materials for maximizing penicillin G and V production (Pharmaceuticals).

• Attended supervisory development program at SPIC Management Center.

AFFILIATION/SERVICE ACTIVITIES

Senior Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2000 - present

Senior Member, Society of Biological Engineers, 2005 - present

Life Member, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1993 - present

Member, Phi Kappa Phi, an Academic Honor Society, 2006 -present

Member, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, 2007 – present

Member, USDA  Biofuels and Biobased Products SBIR panel,  2008,2009

Member, AACC International,  2007 - Present

Subject Co-Editor, Chemical Engineering Research and Design Journal; Food and Bioproducts Processing ; and Enzyme Research,  2009

Moderator, AACC International Annual Meeting , 2007, 2008

External Reviewer, Biotechnology Progress, Biotechnology& Bioengineering, Bioresource Technology, Cereal Chemistry, 2003 - present

External Examiner, Ph.D Thesis, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2006

MS Theses, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia , 2008-present

Faculty Advisor, Product Development Team, Grain Science and Industry Department, Kansas State University, 2008-present

Student Advisor, Aggie Cricket Club, Texas A&M University, 2001 - 2002

Editor, Board for Student Publications, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India, 1991 - 1992

PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS/RESEARCH PROJECTS

Peer Reviewed Publications

 Brijwani K, Rigdon A, Vadlani PV (2010) Fungal laccases: production, function and applications in food processing, Enzyme Research, Special Issue: Enzymes as Additives or Processing Aids in Food Biotechnology doi:10.4061/2010/149748 [KAES: 10-389-J]

Oberoi HS, Vadlani PV, Ananda N, Bansal S, Singh S, Kaur S, Babbar N (2010) Enhanced ethanol production from kinnow mandarin (Citrus reticulata) waste via a statistically optimized simultaneous saccharification and fermentation process. Bioresource Technology (Published online)

 K. Brijwani, Vadlani PV (2010), Lipase-mediated hydrolysis of corn DDGS oil: Kinetics of linoleic acid production, Biochem. Eng. J. 52: 289-295 [KAES: 10-225-J]

Ananda N, Vadlani PV (2010) Production and optimization of carotenoid-enriched DDGS by Phaffia rhodozyma and Sporobolomyces roseus fermentation of whole stillage. Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (DOI: 10.1007/s10295-010-0765-y) KAES: 10-083-J]

Brijwani K, Oberoi HS, Vadlani PV (2010) Production of a Cellulolytic Enzyme System in Mixed-Culture Solid-State Fermentation of Soybean Hulls Supplemented with Wheat Bran. Process Biochem 45(1):120-128 [KAES: 09-231-J]

Pfromm PH, Amanor-Boadu V, Nelson R, Vadlani PV, Madl R(2010) Bio-butanol vs. bio-ethanol: A technical and economic assessment.  Biomass and Bioenergy 34 : 515-524

Oberoi HS, Vadlani PV, Madl R, Saida L, Abeykoon JP (2010) Ethanol production from orange peels: two-stage hydrolysis and fermentation studies using optimized parameters through experimental design. J. Agric. Food Chem. 58(6): 3422-3429 [KAES: 09-270-J]

Oberoi HS, Vadlani PV, Brijwani K, Bhargav VK, Patil RT (2010) Enhanced ethanol production via fermentation of rice straw with hydrolysate-adapted Candida tropicalis ATCC 13803. Process Biochem  45(8): 1299-1306 [KAES: 10-017-J]

Oberoi HS, Babbar N, Dhaliwal SS, Kaur S, Vadlani PV, Bhargav VK, Patil RT Enhanced Oil Recovery by Pre-treatment of Mustard Seeds Using Crude Enzyme Extract Obtained from Mixed-Culture Solid-State Fermentation of Kinnow (Citrus reticulata) Waste and Wheat Bran. Food Bioprocess Technol DOI 10.1007/s11947-010-0380-y

Campbell GM, Vadlani PV (2009) Baby, remember my name. Food and Bioproducts Processing 87(C3): 163-163.

Campbell GM, Azapagic A, Vadlani PV (2009) Managing the transition decades: Tactical options for an uncertain route towards a clear strategic goal. Chemical Engineering Research & Design 87(9A): 1101- 1102

Singh R, Vadlani PV, Harrison M, G.N. Bennett GN, San K-Y (2008) Aerobic production of isoamyl acetate by overexpression of the yeast alcohol acetyl-transferase AFT1 and AFT2 in Escherichia coli and using low-cost fermentation ingredients. Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering 31(4): 299-306 [KAES: 08-52J]

Vadlani PV, Matthews AP, Karr GS (2008) A two-stage fermentation process: production of propionate and acetate salt as road deicer from cheese whey. Biological Engineering 1(1): 95-104 [KAES: 08-35J]

Vadlani PV, Ramachandran KB (2008) Evaluation of influent composition and concentration in a batch reactor for effective start-up of the UASB reactors. J Environmental Engineering (in press) [KAES: 08-53J]

Vadlani PV, Ramachandran KB (2008) Evaluation of UASB reactor performance during start-up operation using synthetic mixed acid waste. Bioresource Technology 99(17): 8231-8236 [KAES: 08-65J]

Vadlani PV*, Mathews AP, Karr GS (2008) Low-cost propionate salt as road deicer: evaluation of cheese whey and other media components. World J Microbiol Biotechnol 24: 825-832 [KAES: 07-296J]

Agamuthu, Choong LC, Hasan S, Vadlani PV (2000) Kinetic evaluation of composting of agricultural wastes. Environmental Technology. 21, 185-192, (2000).

Singhal A, Gomes J, Vadlani PV, Ramachandran KB (1998) Axial dispersion model for upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactors, Biotechnology Progress, 14, 645 – 648 (1998).

Ananda N, Vadlani PV*, Madl RL (2010) Rice bran is an effective substitute for yeast extract in ethanol fermentation. Journal of Biobased materials and Bioenergy (in review)

Ananda N*, Vadlani PV (2010) Fiber reduction and lipid enrichment in carotenoid-enriched distillers dried grain with solubles (DDGS) by secondary fermentation of red yeasts. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (In review)

BOOK CHAPTERS

• Bansal S, Brijwani K, Vadlani PV and Madl R. (2010) Integrated wheat-based biorefinery:  Value-added bioproducts using enzymes and microbial fermentation.  In; Wheat Science Dynamics: Challenges and Opportunities (eds. Chibbar, R.N. and Dexter, J.E.) Agrobios (International), Jodhpur, India (in press) Chapter 19)

• Chen L, Zhang Y, Madl R and Vadlani PV (2010) Nutritional enhancement of soybean meal and hull via enzymatic and microbial bioconversion. In: Soybeans: Cultivation, Uses and Nutrition. Editors: Maxwell JE. Nova Science Publishers, Inc (in press) ISBN: 978-1-61761-762-1[KAES: 11-005-B]

• Ghosh P, Ramachandran KB, Vadlani PV (1995) Application of fluidization principles for bioprocesses. Three-Phase Sparged Reactors, Eds: K.D.P. Nigam and A.Schumpe, Gordon and Breach Publishers, 303 – 338, (1995).

• Vadlani PV, Ramachandran KB (1993) Operational characteristics of an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor. In: Recent Trends in Biotechnology, Proceedings of Ninth National Convention of Institution of Engineers, Tata McGraw-Hill, New Delhi, India, 175-178.

PATENTS

• McKeeman T, Karr GS, Vadlani PV (2008) Method and apparatus for multi-system bioenergy facility.  US Patent Application 11/844307

• Robb T, Vadlani PV, Mielgo I, Madl R (2008) Improved quality and value of co-products of the ethanol production industry. WO/2009/079183 and PCT/US2008/084814

• Vadlani PV, Mukhopadhyay A (2009) Value added Products from Paper Mill Sludge. Disclosure filed. KSURF, Kansas State University

CONFERENCES

Oral Presentations

• Brijwani K+, Vadlani PV. Solid State Fermentation of Soybean Hulls for Cellulolytic Enzyme Production: Physicochemical Characteristics of Substrate and Bioreactor Design. Society of Industrial Microbiology Annual meeting, San Francisco, August 1-5, 2010.

• Brijwani K+, Vadlani PV. Cellulolytic Enzyme Production in Solid State Fermentation: Role of Physico-Chemical Characteristics of a Substrate. AACC International Annual Meeting, Savannah, GA, October 24-27, 2010

• Ballard, T+, Bansal S, Agrupis S, Haag L, Vadlani PV, Staggenborg, S. Seeding Rate Effects on Ethanol Production in Corn and Sorghum. International Symposium on Renewable Feedstock for Biofuel and Bio-based Products, Austin, TX, August 11-13, 2010.

• Bansal S+, Vadlani PV, Staggenborg, S. Evaluation of Different Agricultural Feedstocks for Bioethanol Production. 39th Biochemical Engineering Symposium. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, April 17th, 2010.

• Zhang Y+, Kumar A, Vadlani PV, Narayanan S. Cyanophycin biosynthesis using engineered Escherichia Coli BL21 and thin stillage from ethanol industry. 32nd symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals. April 19-22, 2010. Hilton Clearwater Beach, FL

• Zhang Y+, Kumar A, Vadlani PV, Narayanan S, Production of Nitrogen-Based Platform Chemical: Cyanophycin Biosynthesis using Recombinant Escherichia coli. International Symposium on Advanced Biological Engineering, Beijing, China. July 23-25, 2010.

• Zhang Y+, Kumar A, Vadlani PV, Narayanan S, Production of nitrogen-based platform chemical: cyanophcyin biosynthesis using recombinant Escherichia Coli. 39th Biochemical Engineering Symposium. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS,  April 17th, 2010.

• Pfromm PH, Amanor-Boadu V, Nelson R, Vadlani PV, Madl R, Bio-butanol vs. bio-ethanol: A technical and economic assessment, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN, November 8-13, 2009

• Mukhopadhyay A, Vadlani PV, Mulukutla RS, Renk FJ, Bioconversion of Paper Mill Waste to Chemicals, TAPPI Engineering, Pulping and Environmental Conference, Memphis, TN, October 11-14, 2009

• Yoo J+, Alavi S, Vadlani PV, Amanor- Boadu V, Novel Thermo-mechanical Pre-treatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass for Efficient Ethanol Production from Agricultural Residues, AACC International Annual Meeting, Baltimore, September 14-16, 2009

• Ananda NS, Vadlani PV, Carotenoid production on whole stillage by mixed and monoculture fermentation of Phaffia rhodozyma and Sporobolomyces roseus, Biofuels from Maize: Current Economics and Future Sustainability, AACC International Annual Meeting, Baltimore, September 14-16, 2009

• Brijwani K, Oberoi HS, Vadlani PV, Cellulolytic enzyme system production in mixed fungal culture and its utilization for lignocellulosic biomass hydrolysis, Breeding and Bioconversion of Plants for Sustainability under Biotechnology and Sustainability, AACC International Annual Meeting, Baltimore, September 14-16, 2009

• Mukhopadhyay A, Vadlani PV, Mulukutla RS, Renk FJ, Bioconversion of Paper Mill Waste to Value-Added Chemicals, Society for Industrial Microbiology (SIM) Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, July 26-30, 2009

• Vadlani PV, Katz J, Ethanol Industry Emergence in an International Context: Biofuels from Renewable Resources, Academy of International Business (AIB) Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, June 27 – 30, 2009.

• Vadlani PV, San K-Y, Bennett GN, Production of Natural Flavor Chemicals: Isoamyl Acetate Biosynthesis from Renewable Sugars Using Engineered Escherichia Coli, Advances in Fermentation/Biological Conversion, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, November 16-21, 2008

• San K-Y, Vadlani PV, Bennett GN, Production of Platform Chemicals from Renewable Sugars: Low-Cost Succinic Acid Fermentation Using Engineered Escherichia Coli, Environmental Biotechnology: Green Bioprocessing, AIChE Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, November 16-21, 2008

• Ananda KN, Vadlani PV, Murphy, D, Prasad, PVV Effect of environmental stress on ethanol production efficiency from grain sorghum, AACC International Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, September 21-24, 2008. Abstract in Cereal Foods World 53: A20

• Vadlani PV, Madl, RL, Robb T, Microbial bioconversion of fiber present in distillers’ grain (DG) to single cell protein, AACC International Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, September 21-24, 2008. Abstract in Cereal Foods World 53: A42

• Vadlani PV, San K-Y, Bennett GN, Value-added Chemicals from Grain Sorghum: Isoamyl acetate and Succinic Acid Biosynthesis via Fermentation and Engineered Escherichia coli. AACC International Annual Meeting, October 7 – 10, 2007

• Vadlani PV, Mathews AP, Karr GS, Low-Cost Propionate and Acetate Salts as Road Deicer from Cheese Whey. American Insitute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting November 4 – 9, 2007, Salt Lake City, Utah

• Vadlani PV, Ramachandran KB, Effect of Inoculum quality on the Start-up of UASB reactors, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) Annual Meeting, Kalpakkam, India, December 1996

• Vadlani PV, Ramachandran KB, Steady State characteristics of UASB reactors, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) Annual Meeting, Bombay, India, December 1993

Poster Presentations:

• Zhang Y+, Kumar A, Vadlani PV, Narayanan S, Cyanophycin Biosynthesis from Sorghum-Derived Sugars and Recombinant Escherichia coli. AACC International Annual Meeting, October 24-27, 2010. Savannah, Georgia

• Bansal S+, Zhang Y+, Vadlani PV, Biomass-Based Integrated Biorefinery: Biochemicals and Lignin Composites Manufacturing. ASME 2010 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, Erie, PA, October 12-15, 2010.

• Yoo J+, Alavi S, Vadlani PV, Amanor- Boadu V, Thermo-mechanical Extrusion Processing as a Pretreatment for Efficient Ethanol Production from Soybean Hulls, K-State Center for Sustainable Energy, Kansas State University, KS. May 6, 2010.

• Chen L+, Vadlani PV, Madl R. Nutritional Enhancement of Soybean Carbohydrates and Hulls forAnimal Feed Using Microbial Cultures. Kansas Soybean Expo, Topeka, KS, Jan 6th, 2010

• Brijwani K+, Vadlani PV. Improved Ethanol Production from Cellulosic Biomass: Enhanced Enzyme Production from Agro-Industrial Residues using Solid State Fermentation. Center for Sustainable Energy, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS May 2010.

• Ananda NS+, Vadlani PV, Madl R, Production of carotenoid-enriched animal feed by secondary fermentation of whole stillage. Recent Advances in Fermentation Technology (RAFT) VIII, San Diego, November 8 - 11, 2009

• Zhang Y+, Kumar A, Vadlani PV, Narayanan S, Production of platform chemical from ethanol industry byproduct: cyanophycin biosynthesis using metabolically engineered Escherichia coli BL21. Advances in Fermentation Technology (RAFT) VIII, San Diego, November 8 - 11, 2009

• Zhang Y, Kumar A, Vadlani PV, Narayanan S Cyanophycin biosynthesis using engineered Escherichia Coli BL21 and thin stillage from ethanol industry. 32nd Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, Clearwater Beach, FL, April 19-22, 2010

• Ananda NS, Vadlani PV Production of carotenoid-enriched whole stillage and wheat bran by fermentation using Phaffia rhodozyma and Sporobolomyces roseus Society for Industrial Microbiology (SIM) Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, July 26-30, 2009

• Vadlani PV, Value-added Chemicals from Paper Mill (PM) Sludge. Bioenergy and Environment, Consortium of Plant Biotechnology Symposium, Washingtion DC, February 9-11, 2009

• Brijwani K, Vadlani PV, Oberoi HS, Coon E, Bioethanol Production from Wheat Straw: Enzymatic Digestion and Co-Culture Fermentation usingSaccharomyces cerevisiae and Pachysolen tannophilus, Symposium on the Sustainability of Biofuels Production and Processing in the Central Plains, Manhattan, KS, September 15-16, 2008

• Oberoi HS, Vadlani PV, Brijwani K, Coon E, Cellulase and Xylanase Production Studies: Solid State Fermentation using Wheat Straw and Bran as Substrates and Aspergillus oryzae and Trichoderma reesei cultures, Symposium on the Sustainability of Biofuels Production and Processing in the Central Plains, Manhattan, KS, September 15-16, 2008.

• Prasad PVV, Vadlani PV, Anand KN, Madl RL, Carbohydrate and Ethanol Production Efficiency of Grain Sorghum, American Society of Agronomy (ASA) Joint Annual Meeting, Houston, TX, October 5-9, 2008.

• Vadlani PV, Ramachandran KB, Hydrodynamics studies in UASB reactor, International Conference on Mixing, Tioman Island, Malaysia, April 1998

Invited Speaker

• Value-Added Products from Sorghum via Enzymatic and Microbial Bioprocessing. Great Plains Sorghum Conference & 27th Biennial Sorghum Research and Utilization Conference, Mead, Nebraska, August 11-12, 2010.

• Biofuels Production and Economics, CHE 670 Sustainability Seminar, Chemical Engineering Department, Kansas State University, July 23, 2010.

• Kansas State University: College of Agriculture and Biofuels, Mariano Marcus State University, Batac City,  Ilocos Norte,  Philippines, July 14th, 2010

• Production of Chemicals via Microbial Bioprocessing, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Philippines, Diliman Campus, Philippines, July 16th, 2010.

• Biofuels from Renewable Resources, College of Engineering, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, July 18th, 2010.

• Value-added Chemicals and Improved Animal Feed Product from Agricultural Resources: Biocatalysis and Microbial Fermentation. BIT’s Inaugural Symposium on Enzymes and Biocatalysis, Shanghai Everbright Convention and Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China, April 22 – 24, 2010

• Ethanol production from biomass resources. Symposium on bioprocessing and sustainability. Panama City, Panama, November 30 – December 6, 2009

• An Integrated Approach to Biorefining, Cellulosic Ethanol: Critical Constraints to Success, AACC International Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, September 13 – 16, 2009

• Traditional Ethanol via Fermentation Production and Use, Biofuel Processes and Applications, Overland Park, Kansas City, September 10, 2009

• Production and Use of Biogas, Biofuel Processes and Applications, Overland Park, Kansas City, September 10, 2009

• Biofuels and Platform Chemicals from Agricultural Resources: Biocatalysis and Microbial Fermentation, Emerging Trends in Catalysis and Biocatalysis, Department of Chemistry, Sri Sathya Sai University, Puttaparthi, India, August 11 – 13th, 2009

• Integrated Wheat-based Biorefinery: Value-added Bioproducts using Enzymes and Microbial Fermentation, International Wheat Quality Conference IV, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 2-6, 2009

• Platform chemicals from renewable resources via bioprocessing, Center for Biopolymer by Design, Kansas State University, March 5, 2009.

• Bioprocessing: Status and Potential, Sri Sathya Sai University, Puttaparthi, India, June 7, 2008

• Industrial Biotechnology: Recent Advances, School of Biotechnology, JNTU, Hyderabad, India, June 16, 2008

• Industrial Biotechnology: Future Challenges and Opportunities, Rice University, Biochemical Engineering Class, Houston, TX, March 29, 2007; April 10, 2008

• Value-Added Products from Plant Resources: Biofuels and Biochemicals. Plant Biology and Environment: Changing Scenario, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, India, December 17 – 19, 208

• Bread or BTUs: Industrial Wheat Applications, K-State Research and Extension, ARC-Hays Fall Field Day, Fort Hays, KS, August 23, 2007

• Bioprocessing of Cellulosic materials to high value products, MeadWestvaco Innovation Center, Rayleigh, NC, November 13, 2007

• Cellulosic Ethanol: Status and Potential, Bioenergy and Water in Kansas, Kansas Water Office and KCARE, Garden City, KS, December 7, 2007

Collaborators

Dr. Ka-Yiu San, Department of Bioengineering, Rice University; Dr. George Bennett, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Rice University; Dr. Donghai Wang, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Dr. Scott Staggenborg, Agronomy, Dr A.P. Mathews, Civil Engineering, Kansas State University; Dr. Klein Ileleji, Purdue University; Dr. Tom Robb, Abengoa Bioenergy Inc; Dr. Mulukutla, MeadWestvaco; Dr. Sukh Bassi, MGP Ingredients, Dr. K.B.Ramachandran, IIT Madras, India.

Graduate Students

Ananda K. Nanjundaswamy, PhD (2007-present); Achira Mukhopadhyay,MS (2009); Mathew Shell, MS (2007-present); Zhang Yixing, MS (2008 – present); Khushal Brijwani, PhD (2008 – present); Gustavo Correa (Co-advisor), MS (2008 – present); Liyan Chen, PhD (2009 – present); Anne Rigdon (Co-advisor), PhD (2009 – present); Kyle Probst PhD (2010 – present).

Graduate Student Advising Committee Member

Esam Salim, MS (2007-2008). Juhyun (Camila) Yoo, PhD (2008-present), Yonghui Li, PhD (2008-present), Grain Science and Industry; Subramanian Sathish, PhD (2007-present), Agronomy; Todd Ballard, PhD (2009-present), Agronomy; Patrick Zhang, PhD (2009-present), Industrial Engineering .

Visiting Scientists/Faculty

Dr. Harinder S. Oberoi, Senior Scientist, CIPHET, India( 2008-09); Saida Lavudi, Assistant Professor, School of Biotechnology, JNTU, India (December, 2009); Dr. Shirley Agrupis (Borlaug Fellow 2009-10), Associate Professor, Mariano Marcos State University, Philippines; Mr. Nkosi Douglas (Borlaug Fellow 2010-2011), Scientist, Animal Production Institute, South Africa.

Undergraduate Research Students

David Murphy, Biochemistry; Jonathan Wilson, Feed Science; Emily Coon, Mechanical Engineering; Josh Hughes, Biology; Karen Snook, Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University

Current Teaching

GRSC 745: Fundamentals in Bioprocessing.  Offered in spring semester for senior and graduate students; GRSC 905: Enzyme and Bioprocessing Applications. Offered in fall semester for graduate students; and GRSC 101 Introduction to Grain Science and Industry (ethanol and biodiesel topics).

Projects

Current Projects

• Demonstrate pelletizing forage crops and perennial grasses in the field to increase cellulosic ethanol production. $690,000. DOE-USDA Biomass Research and Development Initiative. 2008-2011. PI Scott Staggenborg. Co-PIs: Wang D, McKinney L,  Vadlani PV

• Screening sorghum germplasm for abiotic stress tolerance and biofuel production. $66,000. Kansas Sorghum Commission. 2008-2010. PI Prasad PVV. Co-PIs: Vadlani PV, Roozeboom, C.

• Improved Ethanol Production from Cellulosic Biomass: Enhanced Enzymatic Digestion and Fermentation from Inhibitor-free Hydrolysis. $49,372. Graduate Assistantship Award, Center for Sustainability Energy, KSU. Aug 2008- July 2010, PI Vadlani PV

• Innovative Bioprocessing of Lignocellulosic Biomass: Process Improvements for Enhanced Lactic Acid Productivity. $56,558. MeadWestvaco, Inc. 2009-2010. PI Vadlani PV

• Nutritional enhancement of soybean carbohydrates and hulls for animal feed using microbial cultures. Kansas Soybean Commission. $77,519. 2009-2011 PI Vadlani PV, Co-PIs Madl R and O’Brien D.

• Bioconversion of Paper Mill Waste to Value-added chemicals Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, Department of Energy, $160,000. 2010-2011. PI Vadlani PV

• Improve Mechanical Processes to Achieve Process Efficiencies and Biomass Densities. $375,000. Kansas Bioscience Authority. 2010-2011. D Wang, D Maier, R Nelson, Vadlani PV, R Madl

• Comprehensive biorefining of distillers’ grain to obtain hemicelluloses gum, zein proteins, and cellulose enzymes. $698,296. MGPI proposal to Kansas Bioscience Authority (KBA). 2009-2012. KSU subcontract: PIs Madl R, Shi Y-C, Vadlani PV (pending)

• Establishment and Operations of Kansas Bio-Plastics Commercialization Collaborative. $22,000. US Small Business Administration, 2010-2011 Kansas State University Subcontract: PI Vadlani PV

• Aerobic Stabilization of Silage. $24,889. USDA-FAS Fellowship to host Borlaug Fellow from South Africa. 2010-2011. PI Vadlani PV

COMPLETED PROJECTS

• Biomass conversion to biofuels.  $24,981.  USDA-FAS Fellowship to host a Borlaug Fellow from the Philippines. 2009-2010. PI Vadlani PV, Co-PIs Madl RL, Staggenborg, S.

• Improving Grain-based ethanol process efficiency and physical and nutritional properties of DDGS. $36,000. KSU College of Agriculture MiniGrant program. 2007-2008. PI Behnke K Co-PIs: Vadlani PV, Madl RL, Lamsal B

• Innovative Bioprocessing of lignocellulosic biomass to high value products. $55,000. MeadWestvaco, Inc. 2007-2008. PI Vadlani PV

• Rice Bran as a Nutrient Source to Enhance Ethanol Fermentation Efficiency: Feasibility Studies. $15,779. Nutracea, Inc. 2008. PI Vadlani PV

• Non-corrosive propionate based road deicer, USDA SBIR Phase II, 2002 -2005 ($300,000).

• Innovative and low-cost process to produce isoamyl acetate using metabolically engineered E.coli, USDA SBIR Phase I, 2004 – 2005 ($80,000). PI with Rice University subcontract.

• Protein content enhancement of DG: bioconversion of fiber into single-cell-protein. Value-added project using co-products from the bio-ethanol industry, a proprietary collaborative project with a large bio-energy Industry, 2005 – 2006 ($143,000). Co-PI with Ron Madl, Co-PI, BIVAP.

• Low-cost succinate production using grain sorghum and engineered E.coli, USDA SBIR Phase I, (http://www.ehponline.org/members/2005/113-12/innovations.html) 2005 – 2006 ($80,000). PI with Rice University and K-State subcontract.

• Protein content enhancement of DG: microbial adaptation and pilot plant studies. A large collaborative project with a large Bio-energy Industry, 2006 – 2007 ($100,000). Co-PI with Ron Madl, Co-PI, BIVAP.

• Biobutanol production from corn grain: feasibility of using existing ethanol plant facilities. A proprietary project with a chemical company, 2007 ($100,740). Co-PI with Peter Pfromm (PI), Richard G Nelson, Ronald L Madl and Vincent Amanor-Boadu (Co-PIs).