Professor – Molecular Microbiologist
Author – TEDx Speaker
Electron Beam Technology Expert- Microbiology – Microorganisms in built and natural environments
Suresh Pillai is the Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Texas A&M AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow at Texas A&M University. He is also the Director of Texas A&M University’s National Center for Electron Beam Research. He is a member of the Graduate Faculties of Food Science & Technology, Toxicology, Veterinary Pathobiology, Poultry Science and the Water Program.
His B.S. degree Botany and his M.S. degree was in Industrial Microbiology. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Microbiology & Immunology. In 2018, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Peru’s Universidad Nacional del Altiplano (UNAP). He served as the Chair of the Texas A&M University Professional Program in Biotechnology from 2004-2010 and from 2000-2005, he served as the Associate Director of the Institute of Food Science & Engineering at Texas A&M University. He is a Fellow of the International Forum on Industrial Processes and has served on the FDA’s Science Advisory Board for the National Center for Toxicological Research and the Foundation for Food & Agricultural Research.
His current research is focused on harnessing eBeam technology for a wide variety of applications including the development of vaccines, food pasteurization and the remediation of environmental pollutants. His research is currently funded by a variety of federal agencies including the EPA, the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy and is a subject matter expert for the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the US National Nuclear Security Administration.