Dr. Opender Koul

Born in J&K State, India on 14 April 1949. Educated at D.A.V. School, Srinagar, upto 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 BIRAC committee, 2019.

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.

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