Tbilisi State Medical University, Georgia
Maia Merlani has completed her PhD from Tbilisi State University. She is a Senior Research Scientist at Tbilisi State Medical University, Department of Plant Biopolymers. Her field of interest is a Chemistry and synthesis of Natural Compounds. She is the author of more than 55 papers in reputed journals and presentations at 60 international scientific conferences. She was granted Georgian Presidential Scholarship for Young Scientists (1997), NATO Scholarship (2002, 2003-2006) and Matsumae International Foundation Scholarship (2013). She is a member of organizing committee of several international conferences in the field of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Her current research activities focus on environmental engineering and biotechnology. Recently, he focuses on biomass researches, more specifically on biorefinery and bioenergy production from biomass such as micro- and macro-algae and organic wastes.