Dr. Mukund Vinayak Deshpande

Dr. Mukund Vinayak Deshpande

Dr. Mukund Vinayak Deshpande

Ph D, D Sc, FMASc

Scientist G

Biochemical Sciences Division

National Chemical Laboratory

Pune- 411008, India


Academic qualifications:

B Sc (Microbiology) 1973; M Sc (Microbiology) 1975;

Ph D (Chemistry), Title:"Studies on Cellulases and Hemicellulases") 1982;

DSc (Microbiology, Title:"Fungal Differentiation and Biochemical Correlates") 1995, University of Pune, Pune, India

Graduate students: Ph.D. awarded- 11

Registered for Ph.D.- 5

Research interests:

1. Fungal morphogenesis: Dimorphism in Benjaminiella poitrasii and Yarrowia

lipolytica; Conidiation in Conidiobolus coronatus

2. Carbohydrate based enzymes: Cellulases, chitinases, chitin deacetylase,

chitosanase and amylolytic enzymes.

  1. Other enzymes: Proteinases, glucose isomerase and polyphenol oxidase, glutamate dehydrogenase, ornithine decarboxylase
  1. Chitin metabolism as a target for biocontrol agents/ antifungal drugs
  2. Mycoinsecticides for insect pest control
  3. Biosensors.

Publications: 104 (List enclosed)

(Research papers, 65; Reviews, 10; Chapters, 28)

Popular articles, 20 (English, Hindi and Marathi); Report, 3; Books, 5; Patents, 4; Technical brochures, 2

Total IF 106.223 (Ave.1.031) Total citations: 909 (as on July 2010)

Awards, honours, etc.:

  • Doctor of Science degree has been awarded by the University of Pune, 1994.
  • Elected as Fellow of Maharashtra (State) Academy of Sciences in November 1994.
  • Awarded Department of Biotechnology Overseas (Short-term) Associatship (1995).
  • Awarded Commonwealth Science Council Fellowship (1998)

Editor for Journal of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Indian Journal of Microbiology, Asian Chitin Journal, Journal of Chinese Clinical Medicine(JCCM)

(Editorial Board member)

Reviewer for the papers communicated to- Biotechnol. Lett., Enzyme Microbial Technol., Eur.J.Biochemistry, FEMS Microbiol. Lett., Microbiology, Microbiol. Res., ,World J. Microbiol. Biotechnol., Mycopathologia

Curr. Sci., Indian J. Biochem. Biophys, Indian J. Chem. Technol., Indian J. Expt. Biol.

Member Scientific Advisory Board, 3rd International Symposium on Chitin Enzymology, Senigallia (Ancona) Italy, May 6-10, 2001.

Convener International Workshop organised on Entomopathogenic fungi- a valuable alternative to fight against insect pests at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India, from September 16-18,2002.

Convener Technical Session on Mycology and Fungal Biotechnology, II Global Conference of ISMPP, Udaipur, November 25-29,2005.

Convener Public Private partnership in plant protection for sustainable agriculture meeting organized at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India from May 12-13, 2006

Convener Technical Session on Agriculture Microbiology, 48th Annual conference of Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI), Chennai, December 18-21, 2007

Convener The International Conference on the Biology of yeasts and filamentous fungi organized at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India from February 15-17, 2007

Member of the Committee to prepare a document on ‘Biopesticides: Analysis of constraints and strategies for future growth’ for Hon’ble minister of Science & Technology (released on April 2009 in ICOB V conference, New Delhi)

Member Local Organising Committee for 5th International Conference on Biopesticides held at New Delhi from April26-30, 2009

Member Executive Committee for Society for Promotion and Innovation of Biopesticides (SPIB), 2008

Organising Secretary, 50th Annual Conference of Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI) held at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India from December 15-18, 2009

Visits abroad:

Sweden and USA - Under UNDP programme on Protein Food and Energy from Renewable Resources (1983-1984).

U.K. - Under TCT programme of British Council on Biosensors (1989).

U.K., and Austria - Under Department of Biotechnology Overseas (Short- term) Associateship on Chitin Metabolism as a Target for Biocontrol Agents (1995); Invited for giving lecture on "Enzymatic degradation of cellulosic waste: Status of cellulase research in effective utilization of waste material". Institute of Biotechnology, Graz, Austria (1995).

UK- Under Higher education Link Programme of British Council on Biological Control Agents (1998).

Italy, Switzerland and Greece- Under Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology (2001).

Mexico- Invited to give lecture in VIII International Fungal Biology Conference (2002).

Belarus- Under Indo-Belarus Collaborative programme on Biocontrol Agents (2003).

Switzerland, Germany and UK- Under Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology (2003).

Switzerland- Under Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology (2004).

Switzerland and Mexico- Under Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology and Indo-Mexico Programmes (2005).

Thailand- Invited to participate in POP workshop (2006)

China- Invited to participate in a Conference on Biocontrol (2006)

Mexico- Indo-Mexico programme (2008)