Dr. T. S. Suryanarayanan

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Scholar
Field of Specialization: Biology (Mycology)
Name: Dr. T. S. Suryanarayanan
Official Address and Designation: Director
Vivekananda Institute of Tropical Mycology (VINSTROM)
Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith
RKM Vivekananda College campus, Mylapore
Chennai 600 004
Tamil Nadu
Telephone (O): 91-44-24993057 ext. 52 
E-mail: t_sury2002@yahoo.com
Duration of Grant: Six months
Project Title: Suitability of cellulases from fungal endophytes for production of 'greener' biofuels
Abstract of Project :
An ecological group of fungi known as the endophytes live inside plant tissues without producing any apparent symptoms of their presence. The biosynthetic ability of endophytes is extraordinary as they produce molecules of unprecedented architecture with potential bioactivities. It has been recently recognized that they produce different types of enzymes of industrial importance. The objective of this project is to study the endophytes with cellulolytic ability for their enzymatic potential to degrade plant wastes. It will further assess the feasibility of using endophytic cellulase enzymes for ultimately converting plant waste into ethanol.
Academic Background :
Ph.D. Mycology University of Madras 1974-1979
M.Sc. Botany University of Madras 1971-1973
B.Sc. Botany University of Madras 1968-1871
Professional Background :
Director VINSTROM 2009-till date
Associate Professor RKM Vivekananda College, Chennai 1979-2009
Hon. Res. Associate Uni. New Brunswick, St. John, Canada 2004-2007
Dr. T. S. Suryanarayanan