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CSIR - CENTRAL FOOD TECHNOLOGICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

COUNCIL OF SCIENTIFIC & INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH

MINISTRY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, GOVT. OF INDIA,
MYSURU - 570020

Balaji Prakash

Sr. Principal Scientist

Ph.D. (IISc Bangalore); Post-Doc (Max-Planck Institute, Dortmund, Germany).

Email : balaji.prakash@cftri.res.in

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Expertise

Prior to joining CSIR-CFTRI, Balaji Prakash, was a Professor, at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur for 14 years. His basic training in Structural biology was at IISc Bangalore (1991-96) and at Max-Planck Institute, Dortmund, Germany (1997- 2002). His work is well recognized among peers in the country and abroad, evident from the  awards bestowed upon him.He is fascinated by the way Enzymes work: Using a combination of biochemistry, structural Biology and bioinformatics, his work at IIT Kanpur addressed catalytic mechanisms of important family of enzymes like GTPases, kinases and sugar nucleotidylyltransferases. At CFTRI, targeting these and other pathways, he develops novel peptides/molecules with potential applications and relevance to food science.

Area of interest

Structural Biology, Enzyme catalysis, Bioinformatics, X-ray crystallography, Structure-based Design of molecul

Awards and Certificates

Awards.

2017 - Member, Editorial Board, Nature Scientific Reports

2013 – Elected, Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, India.

2011 – Elected Member, Guha Research Conference (GRC), India. • 2009 - DBT National Bioscience Award.

2004 - International Senior Research Fellow for Biomedical Science award by the Welcome Trust, U.K.

2006 - Invited participant at 2nd Indo-American Frontiers of Science Symposium in Irvine, California.