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The Department is capable of undertaking contract research projects sponsored by a company, commercial organization or institution with a predefined work scope and schedule.

  • Ongoing Research Projects









    Year & AMOUNT

    Dr. Utpal Roy

    Studies on extremophile isolates for novel antimicrobial substance: Biochemical and  Genetic characterization of Antimicrobial substances Produced by a selected wild- type  extremophiles isolated against multi-drug clinical isolates.


    Department of Science and Technology (DST)


    Rs. 11.34 lacs


    Dr. Anghshuman Sarkar
    Study the Effect of nanoparticles on protein synthesis and expression of small GTPases
    Board of Research
    in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS)
    2011 - 2014

    Dr. Utpal Roy

    Biochemical and genetic characterization of antimicrobial (Candidacidal) Peptides Produced by the strain E. faecalis APR 210”.


    2011- 2014


    7.74 lacs

    Dr. Sumit Biswas
    Structure Elucidation of VCO395_300 Protein from Vibrio cholerae (leading to an alternate method of checking cholera)
    Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS).
    Rs. 23.36 lakhs

    Dr. Anasuya Ganguly

    Testing novel and existing materials for manufacturing Tissue Engineered Heart Valves (TEHVs)


    Aditya Birla Group

    2011 - 2014

    Rs.15 Lakhs

    Dr. Vijayashree Nayak

    A New Biodegradable Polymer Scaffold for

    CartilageTissue Engineering


    Board of Research

    in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS)

    2011 - 2014

    Rs. 22 Lakhs


    Dr. Vijayashree Nayak

    Advanced study on association of Salmonella typhi carriage and its link with hepatobiliary carcinoma

    Aditya Birla Science & Technology Company (ABSTC)



    2011 - 2014

    Rs.10 Lakhs


    Dr. Anghshuman Sarkar
    Effect of Cadmium toxicity on human neural cells and predicts a potential candidate for recovering from Cadmium stress.
    BITS Seed Grant
    2011 - 2013

    Dr. M. Srikanth

    Consulting services for a pilot project on waste to Energy project in Nashik

    Indo German Environment Programme, German Development Cooperation


    2011 – 2013

    Rs. 10.23 Lakhs

    Dr. Meenal Kowshik

    Biological Synthesis of Metal Sulfide and Metallic Nanoparticles Using Halophilic  Archaebacteria

    Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES)

    2010 - 2013

    Rs 17 Lakhs



    Dr. Judith M. Braganca

    Screening of Haloarcheal cultures for synthesis of polyhydroxy alkanoates.

    University Grants Commission (UGC)


    2009 – 2012

    Rs. 10 Lakhs


    Dr. M. Srikanth

    Experimental pilot scale horizontal plug flow reactor for anaerobic digestion of food waste






    2009 – 2012

    Rs. 3.65 Lakhs

    Dr. Utpal Roy

    Screening of extremophile isolate for novel antimicrobial substances: Cloning and characterization of selected antimicrobial substances against multidrug resistant human pathogens



    14.92 lacs


  • Completed Research Projects









    Year & AMOUNT

    Dr. Utpal Roy

    Isolation and screening of microorganisms from extreme and unusual environment for  new and novel antimicrobial peptides to combat some clinically important  multidrug resistant  fungal pathogens.


    Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)



    Rs. 17 lacs

    Dr. M. Srikanth

    Expression of cyclodextrin glucosyl transferase (CGTase) gene in hydrocarbon degrading  bacteria and their role in bioremediation.


    Department of Biotechnology (DBT)

    2007 – 2010

    Rs. 17.02 Lakhs

    Dr. M. Srikanth

    Genetic diversity of polyaromatic hydrocarbon degrading bacteria


    2006 – 2009

    Rs. 9.8 l Lakhs

    Dr. Meenal Kowshik

    Studies on marine micro-organisms for synthesis of nanoparticles

    DST  under the SERC fast track proposal for young scientists

     2006 - 2009

    Rs 8.28 Lakhs



    Dr. Meenal Kowshik

    Preparation and characterization of nanosized TiO2 and studies on its  photodegradation capability of model organic pollutants.


    2006 - 2009

    Rs 19.2 Lakhs


  • Publications

    Degradation of anthracene and pyrene supplied by microcrystals and by non-aqueous phase liquids - Srikanth Mutnuri, N.Vasudevan and Matthias Kaestner*, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Vol. 67 (2005), pp. 569 – 576

    Changes in Fatty Acid Composition of Chromohalobacter israelensis with varying Salt Concentrations - Srikanth Mutnuri, N.Vasudevan, Matthias Kaestner and Hermann Heipeiper*. Current Microbiology, Vol. 50 (2005), pp. 1–5.

    Influence of bioaugmentation with wheat bran on bioremediation of anthracene contaminated soil - Srikanth Mutnuri, N.Vasudevan* and D.Beck, Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Environmental Sciences, 2005.

    Kakarlapudi R, Mulage P, Sharma S and Kowshik M (2007) Biological synthesis of silver nanoparticles using marine bacterial culture isolated from the west coast of India, Proceedings of International Conference on Applied Bioengineering, Sathyabhama University, Chennai, 12-15

    Desai V & Kowshik M (2009) Antimicrobial activity of titanium dioxide nanoparticles synthesized by sol gel process, Research Journal of Microbiology, 4:97-103.

    Judith M. Braganca and Irene Furtado (2009). Haloarchaea associated with salt crystals obtained from solar salterns of Goa, India. Visual Image, Microbe American Society for Microbiology.

    Judith M. Braganca and Irene Furtado (2009) Isolation and characterization of Haloarchaea from low salinity Coastal sediments and waters of Goa – India. Current Science 96(9): 1182 – 1184

    S. Gayathri and Judith M. Braganca (2009). Biosensors for monitoring environmental pollutants: A review . Environmental Science: An Indian Journal.5(9).

    Biocatalytic production of a commercial textile dye (Indigo) from a xenobiont – Srikanth Mutnuri*, Chanakya Bandi and Anasuya Ganguly, Research Journal of Microbiology, Vol 4, Is 3 (2009), pp 82 – 88.

    Effect of plant secondary metabolites on anaerobic digestion of food waste – Vidhya Prabhudesai, Anasuya Ganguly and Srikanth Mutnuri* “Annals in Microbiology” Vol 59, Is 4 (2009), pp 643 – 648.

    B. B. Salgaonkar, M. Kabilan and Judith M. Braganca (2010). Sensitivity of Haloarchaea to Eubacterial Pigments Produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa SB1. World J Microbiol Biotechnol. DOI 10.1007/s11274-010-0519-z

    Biodegradation of hydrocarbons in the presence of cyclodextrins - Sivaraman C, Anasuya Ganguly and Srikanth Mutnuri* "World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology" Vol 26, Is 2 (2010), pp 227 - 232.

    Biogas Generation Potential by Anaerobic Digestion for Sustainable Energy Development in India – P.Venkateswara Rao, Ranjay Dey, S.S.Baral and Srikanth Mutnuri. Renewable and Sustainable Energy reviews Volume 14, Issue 7, September 2010, Pages 2086-2094.

    Deepti Singh,Vijayashree Nayak and Ashok Kumar; Proliferation of Myoblast cells on three dimensional supermacroporous cryogels, Internatioal journal of Biological Sciences, 2010, 6(4), 371-381.

    Debnath A, Gomes A, Saha A, Biswas S, Chakrabarti P, Giri B, Biswas AK, Dasgupta S, Gomes A. A lethal cardiotoxic-cytotoxic protein from the Indian monocellate cobra (Naja kaouthia) venom.Toxicon. 2010 Sep 15;56(4):569-79.

    Isolation of Hydrocarbonoclastic bacteria from Bilge oil contaminated water - Sivaraman C, Anasuya Ganguly, Marcell Nikolausz and Srikanth Mutnuri. Accepted in International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology Vol 8, No.3, Summer 2011.

    Sequence trademarks in oncogene associated microRNAs, Sharma S, Biswas S. Bioinformation. 2011;6(9):364-5.

    Sachin Seshadri, & Meenal Kowshik, (2011) Deoxyribonucleic Acid Functionalized with Gold Nanoparticles: A Golden Route to Molecular Biology, Journal of Bionanoscience, 5, 1-8

    Sachin Seshadri, Saranya K & Meenal Kowshik, (2011) Biological Synthesis of Lead Sulfide Nanocrystallites by a marine yeast Rhodosporidium diobovatum, Biotechnology Progress, 27 (5) 1464-1469.

    SushmaJ, Meenal Kowshik & Sutapa Roy Ramanana, (2011) Low temperature synthesis of hydroxyapatite nano-rods by a modified sol-gel technique  Synthesis of Hydroxyapatite nano-rods by a modified sol-gel technique, Materials Science and Engineering C, 31, 1534-1538.

    Bhanudas Naik, Vilas Desai, Meenal Kowshik, Vadakkethonippurathu Sivankutty Prasad, Gerard Franklyn Fernando, Narendra Nath Ghosh (2011) Synthesis of Ag/AgCl–mesoporous silica nanocomposites using a simple aqueous solution-based chemical method and a study of their antibacterial activity on E. coli, Particuology, 9:243-247.

    Singh, Deepti; Tripathi, Anuj; Nayak, Vijayashree; Kumar, Ashok ; Proliferation of Chondrocytes on a 3-D Modelled Macroporous Poly(Hydroxyethyl Methacrylate)-Gelatin Cryogel, Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition, Volume 22, Number 13, 2011 , pp. 1733-1751(19)

    Chandra Sekhar C and Chakrabarty D 2011 Fibrinogenolytic toxin from Indian monocled cobra (Naja kaouthia) venom. J. Biosci. 36 355–361]

Conference or Workshops

Conferences / Workshops organised by the Department

International Conference on Microbes in waste water Treatment from January 24th to 27th, 2011. Organised in association with Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France welcome you to the first International Water Association - IWA’s

American Society for Microbiology Sponsored International Workshop on Bioremediation (IWB-2010) JANUARY 4 - 16 , 2010

National conference on Anaerobic Digestion and Renewable Energy through Microbes (Jan13th - 15th, 2009) Sponsored by DAAD, DST and UGC

Workshop on ‘Executive Development Programme on Public Health and Ethics’ (November 30th to 1st December, 2008)

63rd BRNS - IANCAS National Workshop on ' Radiochemistry and Applications of Radioisotopes in Science  - A Hands on Training programme' from January 20 to 28, 2007, organised by BRNS and BARC, Mumbai in collaboration with BITS Pilani, Goa Campus.

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