Kinshuk Raj Srivastava is an Assistant Professor at Regional Centre for Biotechnology. He is an expert in the area of Chemical Biology and Biotechnology. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay in 2012. Right after his graduation, he moved to the University of North Carolina for further training in Biochemistry and Biophysics under the supervision of Prof. Barry R. Lentz. Next, he joined Prof. Lapidus group in the Department of Physics, Michigan State University to learn cutting-edge physics-based techniques, like microscopy, and optical spectrometers for understanding complex biological mechanisms.
Being a Chemistry undergraduate, Dr. Kinshuk was motivated to exploit the biological building blocks for providing an innovative solution to long-standing untraceable chemical problems. With this motivation, Dr. Kinshuk joined Prof. David Sherman group at the University of Michigan as a research associate and there his work demonstrated an enzyme-based method to catalyze several chemical transformations, intractable to small molecule catalyst. Very recently, Dr. Kinshuk moved back to India and started his independent scientific career at Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad. His research studies focus on enzyme engineering and development of biocatalytic based methods for a) synthesis of pharmaceuticals and biomaterials, and b) degradation of plastic waste and lignocellulosic feedstocks to energy, chemicals, and fuels. He has co-authored >21 peer-reviewed publications so far, in reputed international journals and couple of his works appeared in several scientific news.
Dr. Kinshuk is a member of several scientific societies such as Biophysical Society and Protein Society and has delivered several lectures within India and USA. Dr. Kinshuk has received many prestigious fellowships, and the most recent one is Ramalingaswamy Fellowship, awarded by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.