Dr. Sandeep Panda received PhD degree in Life Sciences (2015) from North Orissa University, India. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mining Engineering (Mineral – Metal Recovery and Recycling Research Group), Suleyman Demirel University, Turkey. Since 2009, he has participated as Principal/Co-Principal Investigator & Team Member in over 10 R&D and Industrial research projects funded by both National and International agencies (including projects from the European Union). He is the recipient of several prestigious academic awards, the recent of which is the “Young Scientist Award” by Odisha Bigyan Academy (India) in 2017. As of 2020, he has published 41 international indexed journal papers, over 10 conference papers, 4 book chapters and 3 Editorial books. His main research areas include: Bio-hydrometallurgical approaches for metal extraction from primary and secondary resources, Bio-desulphurization, Bio & Chemical approaches for Mine Water treatment and application of eco-friendly approaches for sustainable mineral-metal waste recycling and management.