Dr. Samuel S. Gnanamanickam

Born in Kannanallur, Tamil Nadu, India on 18 July 1945. Educated at Board High School, Parappadi & St. John's College, Palayamkottai, 1959-63; Agricultural College & Research Institute, Coimbatore, 1964-69; University of Hawaii-Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 1972-76; B.Sc. 1967; M.Sc. 1969; Ph.D 1976.

Have had a Life Insurance Agent sales position with New York Life Insurance and Western & Southern Life in Fort Worth, Texas, 2011-18.

British Council Exchange Young Scientist, 1979; NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, London, Ont, Canada, 1978-80; Visiting Scientist, IRRI, Philippines, 1987-89; Rockefeller Foundation's Biotechnology Career Fellow/Visiting Professor [3 month/yr] at University of Hawaii 1990-92, Kansas State University, 1995-97 and University of Wisconsin/Cornell U, 1997-2000; Professor (Plant Pathology), Centre for Advanced Studies in Botany, University of Madras, 1990-2006; Senior Scientist, Novozymes Biologicals, Salem, VA, United States, 2006-08. Assistant Research Scientist, Taxas A&M University, Dallas, Texas, United States, 2009 to 2010. Adjuct Faculty in Biology/Microbiology, Community Colleges, 2010. Retired from Research/teaching in 2011.

Awards/Honours: Tamil Nadu Scientist Award [TANSA], 1999; Adjunct Professor of Plant Pathology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA since January 2004.

Fellow: National Academy of Biological Sciences; Madras Science Foundation

Research Areas: Plant pathology, rice biotechnology, Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR), Discovery microbiology, Biofungicides, Turf breeding, Life insurance.

Address: 5312 Scenic Point Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76244, USA; [Tel: Res. 817-230-4304; Cell: 858-231-6037; Email: samgnanam@gmail.com]