• Koushik Mazumder, PhD
  • Scientist-C
  • Joining Date in NABI: 01-02-2012
  • 0172-5221125
  • koushik[at]nabi.res.in

Discipline and Specialization:

Food Science and Technology, Carbohydrate Chemistry

Training/advance exposure in the area of work:

Post-doctoral research fellow (June 2008-June 2011): Structural characterization of hemicelluloses from lingo-cellulosic biomass at Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, University of Georgia, USA.

Contribution to the scientific advancement

1. Isolation and structural characterization of dietary fibers from Indian millets.
2. Our research study for the first time suggested the probable mechanism on in vitro antioxidant potential of millet dietary fibers with respect to their structural characteristics.
3. Structural modifications of polysaccharides to improve their film forming and functional properties.

Current area of research:

1.Structural characterization and biological significances of dietary fibers from millets
Structural characterization and biological significances of dietary fibers from millets.

2. Application of carbohydrates as edible films and coatings
Absence of postharvest treatment, traditional storage on farms, infestation of microorganism and pests, non-availability of processing methods are the responsible factors for the highest rate of postharvest losses in fruit and vegetable in India. Due to limited availability of cold chain facilities especially during storage and transportation, development of films and coatings to prolong the shelf life of fruits and vegetables is the high priority in this research area.

Our research goal is to extract polysaccharides from the secondary agricultural by-products and their modification to improve the functional properties. The nontoxic and biodegradable polysaccharide based composite films and coatings will be utilized to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables maintaining their sensory and safety qualities.

Awards and Fellowships

1. Best paper presentation award by the ACCTI (Association of Carbohydrate Chemist and Technologist, India) during the Carbohydrate conference-2006, held at Delhi University, New-Delhi, India.

2. National Eligibility Test (NET) Fellowship-2000 awarded by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India.

3. Graduate Aptitude Test of Engineering (GATE 2001; Chemistry) with 96.99 percentile score.