Saji George

Associate Professor

T: 514-398-7920  |  saji.george [at] mcgill.ca (Email)  |  Macdonald-Stewart Building MS1-039

Degrees

PhD: Microbiology, Biophotonics, Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

MSc: Biotechnology, School of Biosciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India.

BSc: Food Science and Quality Control, St George’s College Aruvithura, Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam, India.

Short Bio

Professor George received Bachelor’s degree in Food Science & Quality Control and Master’s in Biotechnology from Mahatma Gandhi University, India. After obtaining PhD from National University of Singapore, Dr George completed postdoctoral training in nanotoxicology from University of California, Los Angeles, USA. In 2011, Dr George joined Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore as a senior lecturer where he was spearheading research activities at the Centre for Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN).

Dr George addresses research questions related to the implications and application of nanotechnology with the ultimate goal of developing sustainable nanotechnology applications for food safety and security. He has completed several research projects funded by Singapore government and industries that addressed functional relationship between nanomaterial properties and their hazardous and beneficial biological outcomes.

Dr George has authored/ co-authored 47 journal articles, six patents, two book chapters and fifteen invited talks. Dr George is a committee member of ISO/TC229 working group 3 (WG3) dealing with standards for health risk assessment of nanomaterials. He has been serving as reviewer and editorial board member for many leading journals in the field of nanotechnology (nano-bio interactions).

Awards and Recognitions

Innovation Champion, PS21 ExCEL Awards 2016. Public Service Division, Singapore

Most Innovative Project (Team award), PS21 ExCEL Awards 2015. Public Service Division, Singapore.

Outstanding Mentor Award (in 2012 and 2014) from Ministry of Education, Singapore.

Certificate on Teaching and Learning (Cert TL)-NYP Oct 2013.

Best Poster Awards at BES-SM8 and SSBMB-YSS 2013.

Postdoctoral Fellowship- University of California Toxic Substances Research and Training Program (TSRTP). University of    California, Los Angeles, USA-2008.

SPIE Officer’s Travel Grant Award, Singapore- 2007.

Lee Foundation Travel Award, Singapore. 2005.

National Eligibility Test, CSIR/UGC, India. 2002.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) with Score of 95.93, India 2002.

University Gold Medallist. B.Sc. Food Science and Quality Control, 1999.

Winner of National Merit Cum Scholarship Certificate (for outstanding performance in All India Senior Secondary Education, 1994).

Active Affiliations

Biomedical Engineering Society
ISO- TC229
Material Research Society (MRS)

Research Interests

Developing sustainable nanotechnology applications for food and agriculture demands deeper understanding on the biological implications of nanomaterials, beyond the creation of novel functional properties. Dr George’s research program has two interrelated components: (i) Developing robust risk assessment strategies, including the detection, exposure assessment, and hazard profiling of engineered and incidental nanomaterials using high throughput screening platforms (ii) Developing safety assured nanotechnology applications for delivery of therapeutics (drugs, vaccine and micro nutrients) to farmed fish and animals. The overall aim is developing guidelines for safe use, tools for regulatory oversight, and safety assured nanotechnology for food safety and security.

Current Research

  1. Silica Particles in Food: Isolation, Quantification and Characterization of Processing Dependent Physiochemical Transformation
  2. Hazard Profiling of Nanomaterials Using High Throughput Screening Platforms for Predictive Toxicology
  3. Biological Processing Mediated Physicochemical Transformation of Nanomaterials

Courses

FDSC 300 Principles of Food Analysis 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

FDSC 536 Food Traceability 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

FDSC 525 Food Quality Assurance 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Publications

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