Dr. Sreekala K. Nair obtained her Ph.D. degree in Mycology from Goa University, Goa. As a
part of taxonomy capacity building and sourcing of biomolecules of fungi, she has been
trained in the isolation, taxonomical identification, bioprospecting of various species of fungi
isolated from different substrates at various sites in forests of the Western Ghats. She is the
recipient of Young scientist award from Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB),
Department of Science and Technology, Government of India in the year 2012. For this, Dr.
Nair carried out isolation of pigment producing microbes from Tamil Nadu, with high
industrial value. She is currently focusing on development of mass spectrometry-based
methods for the identification of fungi from diverse substrates including clinical samples.
She is applying functional proteomics approaches to understand antibacterial and antifungal
activities of fungi, which can be used as biopesticides.