Prof. Sunil Kumar Khare joined IIT-Delhi, Department of Chemistry in 2000 as an Assistant Professor and holds the position of a Professor at present, an alumnus of IIT Delhi from where he received his doctoral degree in Biochemistry (1990). He did his Postdoctoral research at National Food Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan. Prof. Khare has more than 29 years of academic and industrial research experience with 145+ publications and 2 patents. His current noteworthy contributions have been in differential proteomics of solvent-tolerant and halophilic class of extremophiles and deciphering nanotoxicity mechanisms in plant and microbial systems. He had been invited to University of Blaise Pascal, Clermont Ferrand, France as visiting Professor in the past (2014). He was the Visiting Fellow (DBT) at Northern Regional Research Laboratory, USDA, Peoria IL, USA (2006). Prof. Khare has been honored with awards like United Nations-Amway award in 1998. He is also an elected fellow of prestigious societies like International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses (IFIBiop), France, Biotech Research Society of India Fellow of BRSI (FBRS), UNU-Kirin Fellow, Japan (1997) and member of National Academy of Sciences, India. He has been a member of several national scientific committees and boards. He is Associate Editor of 3 Biotech and Editorial Board Member for Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B and Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology. He has been actively involved in the administrative responsibilities such as Vice Chairman, GATE-JAM, IIT Delhi (2014-16) and later being appointed as Chairman, GATE-JAM, IIT Delhi (2016-17). Currently, he serves as the Associate Dean, Research & Development, IIT-Delhi.
Professor Khare's research integrates chemistry and biology with expertise in the realm of Microbial Bio chemistry, bringing in the hidden traits and exploiting the less known microbes for various biotechnological and industrial benefits. The group's major research theme include the discovery of extremophiles and novel enzymes, purification and their molecular and structural adaptations to understand their life processes. Within these realms, the group is working on following research areas:
I. MICROBIAL BIOCHEMISTRY
II. APPLIED ENZYMOLOGY: ENVIRONMENTAL & FOOD BIOCHEMISTRY
III. NANOTOXICOLOGY & NANOBIOCATALYSIS