Dr.(Mrs.) B L A Prabhavathi Devi is working as Senior Principal Scientist and Head, Centre for Lipid Science & Technology of CSIR-IICT, Hyderabad.
Dr Prabhavathi Devi did her Primary Education i.e.1st to 5th Class in Gram Panchayat School, Akkivaripalem and 6th & 7th Class in ZPH School, Pedapulivarru, Guntur District, A.P. She studied 8th to 10th in SLB AP Residential School for Girls, Vikarabad (1980-83).
She obtained her Intermediate (Bi.P.C., 1983-85) and Bachelors (CBZ, 1985-1988) degree from JMJ College for Women, Tenali, Guntur (Dist)
Dr Prabhavathi obtained her Masters (1988-1990) and PhD degree in Organic Chemistry (1990-1997) from Hyderabad Central University, Hyderabad and then joined in IICT in the year 1997 as Scientist-B in Oils & Fats Division. She did her PhD under the supervision of Prof. M. Nagarajan on the "Synthesis and Complexation Studies of Polyamino Polycarboxilic Acid Crown Ethers".
Dr. Prabhavathi has significantly contributed for the development of synthetic aviation lubricants, enzymatic degumming technology for rice bran oil, value addition to the by-products of vegetable oil processing industry, vegetable oil based nutraceuticals, specialty oleochemicals, enzymatic modification of lipids for high value products, structured fats, biodiesel, bio-surfactants, total synthesis of bioactive lipids etc.