Dr. C. Anandharamakrishnan has two decades of experience in R&D and administration at the CSIR - Central Food Technological Research Institute (CSIR-CFTRI), a prestigious Food Research Institution in the country. He was a Principal Scientist and Coordinator for the Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR) at CSIR-CFTRI, before being appointed as the Director of Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology, Thanjavur.
Dr. Anandharamakrishnan completed his Doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University, United Kingdom, under the Commonwealth Scholarship programme. He pursued his B.Tech (Chemical Engineering) and M.Tech from A.C. College of Technology, Anna University, Chennai. His areas of research include design of engineered nano and micron scale delivery systems for the controlled and targeted release of food bioactive compounds, spray drying and spray-freeze-drying of food products and computational modeling of food processing operations. His research endeavours are well documented in the form of highly commendable publications in reputed international journals, 2 International patents and 7 Indian patents. He is also the author of 4 books and 17 book chapters published by coveted publishers. He has supervised 8 PhD theses and more than 40 Bachelor’s and Master’s theses.
Dr. Anandharamakrishnan is the elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and the Institute of Engineers (FIE). He is the Editor of Journal of Food Science and Technology, Editorial Board member of the Journal of Food Science and Engineering and International Journal of Applied Nanotechnology; peer reviewer for more than 15 International journals and member of the Board of Studies in various academic institutions. He is the recipient of several awards including, Prof. Jiwan Singh Sidhu Award 2010 from the Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India), Best Scientist Award- 2012, Best Applied Research paper published - 2014 by CSIR-CFTRI and Dr B. D. Tilak Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award 2016 from the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE). He is also recipient of the prestigious M.S. Swaminathan Scientific Tamil Excellence Award 2017 and recently Dr. M. Sabir Oration Award 2017 by Indian Society of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology.
Under his leadership, IIFPT was recognised by the Indian Technical Congress for it’s contribution in promoting food security and research. IIFPT was also ranked 87th in overall MHRD-NIRF 2017 rankings and the Institute was awarded as Excellent Institute for Food Processing Technology in India during the 11th National Education Summit & Awards 2017. IIFPT also received ASSOCHAM's award for Best Institute for Women Skill Development 2017, FICCI's award for Excellence in Institutional Social Responsibility 2017 and Skoch Gold Award - 2017 for 'Mahua Nutribar', 'Millet Idli and Dosa Mix Technology' & 'Non-Dairy Functional Millet Ice Cream'.