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Souvik Kusari

Souvik Kusari

Institute of Environmental Research (INFU)

Chair
Environmental Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry

Biography

Souvik Kusari is a scientist at the Institute of Environmental Research (INFU), Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, TU Dortmund, Germany. He is presently a Visiting Researcher at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, UK, and also Visiting Lecturer at the University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon, Africa. Dr. Kusari’s focus and goals have been directed primarily towards endophyte research and bioprospecting, including but not limited to, the following:1. fungal and bacterial endophyte(s) characterization; 2. diversity and chemical ecology of endophytes; 3. biosynthesis of bioactive or novel, or cryptic, or ‘unnatural’ natural products, incl. small molecule inducers; 4. evolutionary plant-endophyte interactions; 5. natural product chemistry of endophytes and associated host plants; 6. metabolomics based chemometrics.He continues to search for endophytes producing novel pro-drugs and drugs, including associated plant compounds,and those providing a multitude of benefits to the hosts plants, and thus evaluates the plant-endophyte cost-benefit relationships using microbiological, molecular, biochemical, bioassay-guided and analytical methodologies with the ultimate goal of industrial and/or agricultural application of endophytes.In addition to his direct research and teaching activities, he has undertaken several value-added professional courses and training in several countries, such as the International Summer Schools (ISS) in 2007 (University of Novi Sad, R. Serbia) and 2009 (University of Maribor, Slovenia) with the funding of DAAD initiative “Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe”. He has also received several professional honors and awards, including the Young Researcher Award 2008 awarded by panel of judges headed by the Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Prof. Dr. Richard R. Ernst, for his discovery of camptothecin biosynthesis by an endophytic fungus harbored in Camptotheca acuminata. He has been admitted as the member of the RSC (UK) and the Society of Biology (UK). Furthermore, he has been elected as a Chartered Biologist by the Society of Biologyin 2011.Recently, he has been invited to the 63rdLindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2013, which is one of the world’s most prestigious forums for direct and personal scientific exchange between Nobel Laureates and the selected researchers across different disciplines and nationalities. His professional association also extends to a number of other internationally renowned professional, scientific, and learned societies, such as the European Mycological Association (EMA), the Phytochemical Society of Europe (PSE), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and many more. He is also an ad hoc reviewer of several international journals from reputed publishing houses.For Dr. Kusari’s complete professional candidature, including his publications, books and lectures, please see his official homepage(s).

Research

Kusari’s focus and goals have been directed primarily towards endophyte research and bioprospecting, including but not limited to, the following:1.Fungal and bacterial endophyte(s) characterization; 2.Diversity and chemical ecology of endophytes; 3.Biosynthesis of bioactive or novel, or cryptic, or ‘unnatural’ natural products, incl. small molecule inducers; 4.Evolutionary plant-endophyte interactions; 5.Natural product chemistry of endophytes and associated host plants; 6. Metabolomics based chemometrics.