Professor Mani V. Subramanian, former Director of Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing at University of Iowa, died on 23rd September in San Diego, California following a long battle with cancer.
Mani earned his Ph.D., in biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 1978 and moved to the United States as a post-doctoral fellow. He had an illustrious career, first in the corporate sector with Dow Chemical, Maxygen, and Novartis/Sandoz Agro, and then in the academic world as a Professor in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. Mani joined the faculty at the University of Iowa in 2005 as the Director for Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing where he started its cGMP biomanufacturing facility, expanded its client base, and created a research program centered on discovery of biocatalytic processes for biochemical engineering.
Mani is survived by his wife, Rama, and his son, Venkat. On behalf of the CBB, our deepest condolences to Rama, Venkat, and his extended family and friends.