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                                              Dr. Seshagiri Raghukumar, presently the Managing Director of MykoTech Pvt. Ltd., was born on 26 May, 1946 in Tamil Nadu, India.  After completing his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Botany from Madras University, India, he did his Ph.D. on marine fungi under the guidance of the famous mycologist, Prof. C.V. Subramanian, at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Botany, Madras University from 1967 to 1972.  He worked as a Scientist at the Institute for Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany between 1976 and 1981, during which time he was groomed by Dr Alwin Gaertner in the taxonomy and ecology of the marine fungi belonging to thraustochytrids.  He joined the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India in 1982 and worked there till 2004.  His major research interests at NIO included the biology of the marine protists, the thraustochytrids, biomass of fungi and thraustochytrids in marine samples, the ecology and taxonomy of marine wood-degrading fungi, microbiology of marine detritus, the microbiology of the Arabian Sea and marine biotechnology.  He participated in numerous oceanographic cruises and headed several research projects during his tenure at NIO.  In addition, he taught several courses in marine microbiology, biodiversity and biotechnology.  Dr. Raghukumar has published more than 60 original research papers on these topics in numerous international and national journals and has described several fungi new to science.  He also holds several Indian and US patents in the area of marine biotechnology.  He was a visiting scientist at many institutions abroad and was the last outgoing President of the Mycological Society.  Dr. Raghukumar was instrumental in establishing MykoTech Pvt. Ltd. and has been fully involved in bringing up the company since February 2004.  He is a keen SCUBA diver and tennis player. He is married and has two children.

Dr G. Subramanian is a Director of Myko Tech Pvt. Ltd.  He was formerly the Director of the National Facility for Marine Cyanobacteria and Professor and Head of the Department of Microbiology at the Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu.  He is a member of numerous national Research Committees.  Dr Subramanian has a research and teaching experience of more than 40 years and successfully transferred several technologies to industries during his tenure at the University.  He has published more than 70 papers in national and international journals, completed several national and international research projects and has guided a number of Ph.D., M.Phil. and post-doctoral students. In addition to earning a numerous awards and distinctions, he is also a member of several learned bodies including editorial boards of various scientific journals.

 


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