Er. Arjun Prasad
Scientist B
Science Education Division
Ph. 0471- 2548218
E. mail : arjunp6100323-ker@kerala.gov.in
Current Role
The duties and responsibilities include design and implementation of schemes and programs aimed at fostering science and technology development in the State. Currently, the following programmes are being managed: Crafting Young Scientists of Tomorrow (CRYSTAL)

  • National Mathematics Day celebrations
  • National Science Day celebrations
  • Sastraposhini scheme
  • Scheme for Promoting Young Talents in Science (SPYTiS)
  • Science Education Centre
  • Science Media Support
  • Student Project
  • Partnering Academic Industrial Research (PAIR) program
Education
  • 10/2009 -01/2012 Master of Technology in Molecular Biotechnology at University of Bonn, Germany
  • 09/2004 -l l/2008 Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering at University of Kerala, India
Experience
Research Experience

  • Worked on bioethanol and amino acids production from lignocellulosic materials at Biotechnology Division & Centre for Biofuels, CSIR- National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, India. Expertise on high pressure reactor (0.7L scale), 20L scale and parallel bioreactor cultivation systems
  • Worked on the analysis of growth and secretion of Corynebacterium glutamicum at different oxygen transfer conditions in automated microscale assay and scale-up to stirred tank reactor as part of my Master of Science programme at Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany. Worked on microscale and 7.5L bioreactor cultivation systems for 10 months
Awards & Recognitions
  • Completed Faculty Development Programme organized by Teaching Learning Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Madras and conducted by Prof. Jeffrey E Froyd (The Ohio State University, OH, USA) and IIT faculty from 6-8 December 2018
  • Completed “Leadership Essentials and Strategic Insights” for Scientists of Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment (KSCSTE), Trivandrum held at Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode during December 18-22, 2017.
  • Completed internet-based course on Environmental Management at Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India during September – December 2015
  • Presented poster at the International Conference on Industrial biotechnology (ICIB-2012) held at Punjabi University, Patiala, India on November 21-23, 2012
  • Presented a research paper in the International Conference on Recent trends in Molecular Medicine held at Sree Buddha College of Engineering, India during February 23-24, 2012.
  • Participated in the 1st CLIB-Graduate Cluster Symposium on Expression and Biocatalysis at the University of Duesseldorf, Germany on October 1, 2010
Publications
  • Friedrich Käß, Arjun Prasad, Jana Tillack, Matthias Moch, Heiner Giese, Jochen Büchs, Wolfgang Wiechert, Marco Oldiges 2014. Rapid assessment of oxygen transfer impact for Corynebacterium glutamicum. Bioprocess and biosystems engineering 37 (12), 2567-2577
  • Karthik Akanksha, Arjun Prasad, Rajeev K Sukumaran, KM Nampoothiri, Ashok Pandey, SS Rao, Parameswaran Binod 2014. Dilute acid pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of sorghum biomass for sugar recovery-A statistical approach. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology 52(11):1082-9
Membership in Professional Bodies
  • Member, International Association of Engineers (IAENG)
  • Member, The Biotech Research Society (BRSI)
  • Life Member, Kerala Academy of Sciences