Dinabandhu Sahoo

Dinabandhu Sahoo obtained his M. Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Delhi. He was the first Indian student to visit Antarctica during 1987-88 in the 7th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica. He undertook two trips to Arctic during 1991 and 1992. He was a visiting fellow at Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA in 1992, INSA �JSPS visiting fellow at Japan during 1999-2000 and visiting a fellow at Stamford , USA 2002. He has visited all the seven continents and five oceans within a record time of 18 months during 1988-89. He participated in many National and International Conferences. Dr. Sahoo was Chairman of the Applied Phycology Session during 4th International Phycological Congress, held at USA, 1991; Chairman, Applied Phycology Session, 14th International Seaweed Symposium held at France, 1992, Chairman, contributed paper session, 5th International Phycological Congress, China, 1994 and Chairman, Algal Biotechnology Session, 7th International Phycological Congress held at Greece, 2001. He was the Convenor of the mini symposium on Seaweed Cultivation and Utilization during 19th International Seaweed Symposium held at Japan, 2007. Dr. Sahoo organized an International Conference on Applied Phycology in 2006, the 7th Asia-Pacific Conference on Algal Biotechnology, in 2009 and International Algal Summit in 2012 in New Delhi, India. Dr. Sahoo is recipient of several awards including Young Scientist Award and Zahoor Qasim Gold Medal. He is member of several International and National bodies, holding positions in various societies including member, Working Group of Asian Network for using Algae as CO2 sink and Council Member of the Asia-Pacific Society for Applied Phycology. He received the highest award from National Environmental Science Academy, India in 2009 for his outstanding contribution in the field of Marine Science and a Prestigious Award for Popularization of Plant Science in 2009. Dr. Sahoo co-directed a documentary film �Chilika: The Untold Story�. He has published several research papers and books. Presently he is the Secretary of Indian Phycological Society and a faculty member at Department of Botany, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007, India. Email: dbsahoo@hotmail.com

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