SUNUM Seminar - Dr. Suphiya Khan - Desert Gold

Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis (Link) Schneider) is an oil yielding and potential biodiesal desert shrub (family Simmondsiaceae). Over 300 products containing jojoba have already   appeared in markets.  International demand for jojoba products is increasing continuously. Therefore, it is promoted by central and state governments for plantation for its renewable source of high quality oil. As its oil is non-edible, it is not affected by food vs/biofuel debate. Seed planted populations in fields and farms are highly variable in yields and growth habits. New elite genotypes from traditionally breeding programs provide a yield increase of only 1% per year and long selection cycle makes genetic improvement slow. Obviously, selection programs that improve the productivity and oil quality of the genotypes are highly desirable to meet the needs of the emerging jojoba industry.


Therefore my talk will covered the cumulative molecular and phytochemical approach for selection of the best germplam. Recylcing of the waste of jojoba seed cake, blending of jojoba oil with other oils for different commercial applications viz Aircraft fuel formation.


Brief Biodata

Dr Suphiya Khan presently working as a Associate Professor in the department of Bioscience and

Biotechnology, Banasthali University, India. She has fourteen years of teaching and research experience.

Her strong background mainly relates to DNA fingerprinting, chemoprofiling, development of nanoadsorbents

and Fluoride (F) phytoremediation technology. She has received various awards viz DBTresearch

Associateship, young scientist By ISGBRD;ICAR, recognition award for research and teaching

and Indian National Academy of Sciences (INSA) international visiting scientist fellowship. Dr Khan has

been awarded as a principle investigator and co-investigator in various projects duly funded by different

funding agencies UGC, MHRD, DST and DBT. Currently, she is handling Center of excellence on Water

and Energy which is duly funded by MHRD with 2.5 crore rupees. She has also attracted grant of 8.5

crore from CSR Bajaj Foundation. Her work has been recognized internationally at various scientific

conferences and journals. She has also won travel grants by Department of Science and Technology,

Govt. of India. Recently, she has delivered invited talk at Hanzhou, China and Doha, Qatar. She has

published over 30 peer reviewed articles, published two books on DNA fingerprinting and

chemoprofiling. Dr Suphiya Khan’s research interest focused on development of cost effective

defluoridation technology for rural as well as urban people. She served as a reviewer of peer-reviewed

journals in the area of DNA fingerprinting and Fluoride contamination. In addition to research, Dr

Suphiya Khan is actively involved in teaching of undergraduate and post graduate students. This year

one of her student got young scientist award from all the three National Academies (INSA, NASI, INASc).

Dr Khan is the part of various governing bodies of University viz: Board of studies, Faculty of Science and

Academic council. She also delivered radio talks on career counseling and part of various Institutional

projects viz Women Technology Part (WTP), DST-FIST (Funds for improvement of various Science and

Technology Infrastructure) and DST-CURIE (Consolidation of University Research for Innovation and

Excellence in Women Universities). Further to this, Dr Khan has begun international collaborations with

University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia and Aston University, UK.