2012 IFT Fellows
, Chief Scientist, Central Food Technological Research Institute (CSIR-CFTRI), India, was honored for his outstanding food biotechnology research and products of commercial/societal relevance for healthfood applications including natural pigments, flavors, phenolic derivatives, and their functional attributes.
Gokare is a prominent researcher and teacher in the area of plant and food biotechnology in India. He has guided 23 students for Ph.D.s and over 40 students at the Master's degree level in the field of plant biochemistry and biotechnology. His area of research is very relevant to the Indian food sector as well as to the development of herbal products for the well-being of people worldwide. He has been innovative in developing products and analytical methods to advance scientific knowledge in the field of food science and technology. He is a prolific writer and innovator as evidenced from developing 14 processes, publishing 205 refereed research papers, and 45 review papers and being granted 40 patents. Gokare has been recognized for his research work in the areas of plant biochemistry, plant physiology, biotechnology, micro-algal technologies, bioactive molecules, and metabolic engineering. He has successfully managed 28 externally funded projects obtained through competitive grants. He is Fellow of nine professional organizations. He has received several research awards from scientific organizations in India. He has ensured that technological developments in food science and of relevance and utility to India are viewed in an integrated fashion and that scientific and workforce needs are identified and understandably explained.