GARSHOM ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD 2018
Prof. D. Sakthi Kumar Ph.D is currently working as Deputy Director for Bio Nano Electronics Research Centre (BNERC) and as Professor in Graduate School of Interdisciplinary New Science, Toyo University, Japan. He completed his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. respectively from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala. After receiving his Ph.D.; he worked as research associate at the Thin Film Laboratory, Dept. of Physics, IIT Delhi, India. He joined BNERC after winning prestigious JSPS, Japan postdoctoral fellowship in 2001. He is interested in research fields such as developing bio-nano devices and nanodrugs to fight against cancers, biomaterials, scaffolds for implantations, bio/chemical/optical sensors, plant nanotechnology, carbon nanotubes for bio imaging and as a treatment method for cancers, quantum dots for bio imaging and solar cell applications etc. He has authored a book and edited 2 books. He has more than 130 peer reviewed research articles including many review articles, published many book chapters (10+) and holds 8 patents and has delivered many invited talks (20+) in international seminars. Under his guidance 18 students received their doctoral degrees. For his work in biopolymers; the Society of Polymer Science, Japan honoured him with Asia Excellence Award in 2012. He is currently serving as Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group).
Prof. Sakthi Kumar was instrumental in founding and currently serves as the Chairman of Indian JSPS Alumni Association (IJAA), which is actively working to boost India-Japan collaboration in the field of Science and Technology. Prof. Sakthi Kumar under IJAA, Organized India-Japan International Science seminars to boost collaboration in science field between India and Japan from 2010 onwards with the support from JSPS, Japan, MEXT Japan and DST, India in different cities in India. In 2012 he organized India-Japan Science seminar in Tokyo with the support of JSPS, Japan and Indian Embassy, Tokyo to mark the 60th year diplomatic relations between India and Japan. Under his leadership IJAA started “Friends of Japan Clubs” in research institutions and universities to broaden the India-Japan relationship in grass root level.
Under his effort 9 Indian Institutions has signed MoU with Toyo University and BNERC supporting to develop new Advanced Materials and Nano Research Centre in Kerala.
Dr. Sakthi Kumar hails from Kottayam, is married to Neena and they have two children Ankit and Abhay.