Dr. Suman Preet Singh Khanuja
Fellow, Elected 2002

Born in New Delhi, India on 13 August 1958. Educated at SBM Higher Secondary School, Delhi, 1971-75; B.Sc., 1980 and M.Sc. 1982, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar; Ph.D., Indian Agricultural Research Instiute, 1987; Post Doctoral, University of California, San Diego, USA, 1990.

Director & Mentor, SKiES Life Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Delhi/Lucknow, 2013 to date; Founder & Mentor, Suman Khanuja Innovation Enterprises (SKiES India) 2011 to date.

Scientist, 1986-91 and Scientist (Senior Scale), National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, IARI, New Delhi, 1991-96; Visiting Fellow, USDA, Beltsville (ARS), Maryland, USA, 1995; Scientist E-II and Head Genetic Resources and Biotechnology Division, CIMAP, 1996-2001; Director, CIMAP, Lucknow, 2001-08; Chief Scientific Advisor (bioAgriculture & bioNutrition), Avesthagen Limited, Bangalore 2008; Chief Executive Officer & Director Mayar Biotech SEZ, Sohna, NCR, 2009-10; Chief Mentor & Director, Nutrahelix Biotech, Delhi/Mumbai 2010-12.

Awards/Honours: IARI Best Teacher Award, 1995; CSIR Technology Prize, 1999; All India Biotechnology Association Award, 2000; IDMA, Mumbai Patent Appreciation Award for US Patent No.6,423,741 on "Antimicrobial composition and the method for producing the same", 2004; EOAI-SOM Award 2003-2005; FICCI Award 2004-05; ISCA Platinum Jubilee Lecture Award 2005, and Prof SK Mukerjee Commemoration Lecture (Young Scientist Award), 2005-2006; All India Industrial Exhibition Society, Hyderabad Best Invention Prize, 2007; Nina Saxena Award, 2007; Golden Peacock Eco-Innovation Award 2008; Upbhoktashri Award 2008; VASVIK Award, 2008; CSIR Award for Innovations in Rural Development (CAIRD 2008); CSIR Technology Award for Life Sciences, 2012.

Fellow: National Academy of Sciences, India; Indian Society of Agricultural Biochemists; Plant Tissue Culture Association of India; Medicinal & Aromatic Plants Society of India, (President, 2006-2013).

Research Areas: Molecular and General Genetics, Biotechnology, Plant Genetics and Breeding, Plant Metabolomics; Technology Sectors: Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, Natural Products, Botanicals, Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals, Secondary Agriculture, Agribusiness

Address: Director & Mentor, SKiES Life Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Delhi/Lucknow, Founder SKiES India; Former Director, CIMAP/CSIR, C 41-42, Double Storey, Ramesh Nagar, New Delhi 110015; [Tel: Off. (011) 25937717; Res. (011) 25191632; Cell: 09711773867; Email: spskhanuja@gmail.com; khanujazy@yahoo.com]