Kirtiraj Kundlik Gaikwad, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Paper Technology, IIT Roorkee, India. He is a fellow of the Linnean Society of London, UK. Before joining IIT Roorkee, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Ecole Polytechnic de Montreal, Canada. He has mainly worked in the field of food packaging technology.
Dr. Gaikwad received several national and international awards, including a FSSAI Research Award; DST INSPIRE Faculty Award by DST, Govt. of India; Young Scientist Award by the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), USA; and a J Bank Research Award by the Society of Chemical Industries (SCI) London, UK.
Dr. Gaikwad has published 90 research papers in SCI-indexed journals, five patents, and several book chapters. He has authored two books: Food Packaging System and Novel Packaging Systems for Fruits and Vegetables. He has received several grants from DST and SERB and UCOST funding agencies to carry out his research projects.
He is dynamically involved in teaching (graduate and doctorate students) and research. He received his PhD in Packaging Technology from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea; his MS in Packaging Technology from Michigan State University, Lansing, USA; his MTech in Food Technology in 2011 from SHUATS, Allahabad, India; and BTech in Food Science from Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Agriculture University, India.