Dr. Opender Koul

Born in J&K State, India on 14th April 1949, Educated at D.A.V. School, Srinagar, up to 1963; B.Sc., J&K University, 1968; M.Sc., Allahabad University, 1970; Ph.D., Kashmir University 1975.

Director, Insect Biopesticide Research Centre, Jalandhar, 1996 to date and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand, 2010 to date.

Post-Doctoral Fellow and Research Associate, CSIR, 1975-78; Scientist, CSIR, at RRL, Jammu, 1978-80, Group Leader (Entomology), Malti-Chem Research Centre, Vadodara, 1980-88; Visiting Scientist, University of Kanazawa, Japan, 1985-86, and University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 1988-92; Scientist, CSIR at RRL, Jammu, 1992-1996; Visiting Scientist, Institute of Plant Protection, Poznan, Poland, 2001; UNIDO Expert, Neem Expert Group, Kunming, China, 2006; Member Task Force "Biopesticides and Crop Management", DBT, Government of India, 2006-2010; Member Advisory Group for Promotion of Neem, Ministry of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Government of India, 2007-2010, ICS-UNIDO Consultant, Biopesticide Expert Group, Nigeria, 2007; Biopesticide Expert, Tsukuba University, Japan, 2009; Visiting Professor, Kasetsart University, Thailand, 2009; Member Task Force "Biological Agents for Agriculture", DBT, Government of India, 2010-2013; Member External Advisory Board, ADAPPT Net Work for African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, European Development Fund, NRI, UK, 2009-2013; Member External Advisory Board, ACP European Union Project, Belgium, 2013-2018; Member Expert ARP Panel BIRAC Committee, 2019 to date.

Awards/Honours: INSA Young Scientist Award, 1979; Kothari Scientific Research Institute Award, 1980; KEC Science Society Award, 2002; Prof. R. C. Saxena Memorial Medal, Entomological Research Association, MPUAT, 2009; Late P. P. Singhal Memorial Award in Entomology from P. I. Industries, India, 2010. Member, X Plan Working Sub Group (Plant Protection), ICAR, Govt. of India, 2001; Editor-in Chief, Biopesticides International, 2005 to date; Member Editorial Board, Journal Plant Protection Research, Poland, 2009 to date; Member Advisory Council, Advancement of Insect Science, PAU, Ludhiana, 2010 to date; Member Editorial Board, Industrial Crops and Products, Elsevier, USA, 2011-2014; Member Editorial Board, Psyche, Hindawi, USA, 2012 to date; Associate Editor, Industrial Crops and Products, Elsevier, 2014-2017; Editor-in-Chief, Industrial Crops and Products, Elsevier 2018 to date; Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Entomology, 2020 to date; Ranked among Top 2% Scientists from India (All Fields) by Independent Stanford Global Study 2020.

Fellow: Entomology Academy of India

Research Areas: Insect toxicology/physiology, insect-plant interactions, insect chemical ecology, plant protection, biopesticides

Address:, Insect Biopesticide Research Centre, 30 Parkash Nagar, Jalandhar 144003, Punjab; 16, Kasturba Nagar, Jalandhar Cantt 144005, Punjab; [Tel: Off. (0181) 2270582; Res. (0181) 2262755, Cell: 9815666657; Fax: (0181) 2274336; Email: okoul@koulresearch.org; okoul@yahoo.com]

Member Executive Council 1 Jan, 2007 to 31 Dec 2009; Recognition Award 2003-04