Prof. Vidya Rajesh

Department of Biological Sciences
Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs Division

Malaria vaccine candidates, Analysis of candidate genes, pathways and interactomes for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Environmental bioremediation of heavy metals using micobe-biopolymer composite materials
Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
Hyderabad Campus
Jawahar Nagar, Kapra Mandal
Dist.-Medchal-500 078
Telangana, India
About the faculty:
Prof. Vidya Rajesh is presently working as the Professor of Biological Sciences Department and also serving as Associate  Dean, Faculty Affairs Division, at BITS, Pilani Hyderabad Campus. 

1. Ph. D (Molecular Biology), BITS-Pilani, 2007.

The topic of her doctoral thesis was “Studies on Sequence Diversity and Characterization of the Apical Membrane Antigen of Plasmodium in  Indian Isolates”
 2. M.E Biotechnology at BITS, Pilani, 2000.
3. M.Sc in Microbiology from Nagpur University, in 1995. 




Actively involved  in teaching both at the undergraduate and the post graduate level at BITS, Pilani. Some of the courses that I have taught/ teaching are:

  1. Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology
  2. Microbiology
  3. General Biology
  4. Genetic Engineering
  5. Cell biology
  6. Laboratory
  7. Transgenic Technology
  8. Experimental Techniques
  9. Instrumental Methods of Analysis
  • Versatile in handling courses from 1st year undergraduate level to Post Graduate and Ph.D level.
  •  Meticulous in operational aspects of courses
  • Thoroughly  enjoys academic interactions and discussions with students
  •  Guided more than 75 students for Study oriented, Lab oriented and Organizational projects. 
  •  Guided 3 Ph.D students for their doctoral thesis and more than 15  M.E Dissertation students 



Research Interest

Primary Research Interest: Molecular genetics of Human Diseases  

1.    Malaria 
a) Genetic Analysis of Malarial vaccine candidate antigens in Indian Isolates.
b)  Evaluation of drug resistance using ARMS PCR. 
2.  Autism Spectrum Disorder :
a) Genetic Analysis of candidate genes for Autism Spectral Disorder (ASD) in Indian population.
b) Pathway analysis and protein Interactomes for Autism Spectral Disorder (ASD)
c) Molecular Studies of herbal formulations for Autism Spectrum Disorder 
Collaborative Research Interest: 
1. Environmental Bioremediation:   
a) Microorganism and biopolymer composites based removal of toxic heavy metals from environment




Sponsored Projects


1. Molecular Studies on Bacopa monnieri to evaluate the modulation of neuronal receptors for schizophrenia using cell based and mouse models - Under DBT AYUSH  Call for Proposals (UNDER REVIEW) ; 2021.    
1.     Polymorphism studies of the malaria vaccine candidate Serine Repeat Antigen (SERA)  in Indian Isolates – Under DST-SERC under Fast Track scheme  - 19.6 lakhs (2009-2012).
2. Characterization of the prenatal and perinatal risk factors of autism spectral disorder in Indian autistic population – UGC, ongoing, 6.52 lakhs,  2010– 2013.
3. Molecular Studies on T3 binding domain of the thyroid hormone receptors in Autistic Individuals. Under DST- Cognitive Science Research Initiative,  23.75 lakhs, (2011-2014). 
4. Development of suitably customized polymers and clay based absorbents for effective removal of chromium from e-waste, (PI - Prof. N. Rajesh), DST, 42.82 lakhs, (2013 - 2016). 
5. Polymorphism studies and molecular characterization of Plasmodial Rhoptry Neck Protein 2 (RON-2) from Indian field isolates - DST SERB (34.92 lakhs) 2017 - 2020. (as PI)
6.  Efficacy of Appropriately Tailored Biopolymer and Carbonaceous Adsorbents for the Separation and Recovery of Europium - DST SERB (31.53 lakhs) 2017 - 2020. (as Co-PI) 
1. DST - FIST, Biological Sciences Department, BITS, Pilani - Hyderabad Campus - coordinated, submitted and defended the project in the capacity of Head, Biological Sciences Department and acquired sanction for 100 lakhs. (2012)
2. DST-TBI, BITS, Pilani - Hyderabad Campus (Thrust Areas: Biotech/Pharma, ICT and MEMS) - coordinated, submitted and defended the grant for the  Biotech/Pharma thrust area along with other participating departments. 5.00 Crores, 2012 - 2017. 
3. DBT - BUILDER, Neuroscience, Department of Biological Sciences and Pharmacy,  BITS, PILANI - Hyderabad Campus - PI from Biology, Cell models and molecular genetics of Schizophrenia, 3. 00 Crores, 2020-2021.




Doctoral Students Supervised

1. Name of the Student: MadhuPoornima Mamidala  (ID No. 2010PHXF802H);
Supervisor : Prof. Vidya Rajesh
Title of Thesis :  Autism Spectrum Disorder: Characterization of risk factors, co-morbid conditions and Herbal Medicines. 
Year of Completion : 2016.
2. Name of the Student: Mr. C.N. Rahul (ID.No. 2010PHXF801H);
Supervisor : Prof. Vidya Rajesh
Title of the Thesis :  Genetic and Structural Characterization of Serine Repeat Antigen (SERA)in the human malarial parasite Plasmodium from Indian Isolates
Year of Completion : 2016.
3. Name of the Student: Ms. Manasi Mudaliar ( ID No. 2010PHXF0432H ) 
Supervisor: Prof. Vidya Rajesh and Co-Supervisor: N. Rajesh.  
Title of the Thesis : Genetic, Metabolic and Physiological Studies of Indigeneous Halomonas BVR 1 isolated from Electronic Industry Effluent for Remediation of Heavy Metals.  
Year of Completion : 2017
4. Name of the Student: Ms. Sathvika T. ( ID No. 2013PHXF0406H); 
Supervisor: Prof. N. Rajesh; Co-Supervisor : Prof. Vidya Rajesh. 
Title of Thesis:  Immobilization of Microorganisms in suitable matrices for the Sequestration of chromium from Industrial Effluents. 
 Year of Completion : 2019.
5. Name of the Student: Mr. Arun Raj Balasubramanian (2017PHXF0415H)
Supervisor: Prof. N. Rajesh; Co-Supervisor: Prof.  Vidya Rajesh. 
Title of the Thesis: Efficacy of Appropriately Tailored Biopolymer and Carbonaceous Adsorbents for the Separation and Recovery of Europium 
Year of Completion : Ongoing (likely to complete in 2022). 





1. Arunraj. B, Vidya Rajesh, Rajesh. N, Potential application of graphene oxide and Aspergillus niger spores with high adsorption capacity for recovery of europium from red phosphor, compact fluorescent lamp and simulated radioactive waste, J. Rare. Earths. (Just Accepted)
2. B. Arunraj, Undru Sri Guna Kaushik, Vidya Rajesh404, 126466 (2021). and N. Rajesh, Combinative influence of graphitic carbon nitride and Halomonas BVR1 bacteria augment the adsorptive recovery of precious ‘Euro’pium. Chemical Engineering Journal,
3. E. Nandini, B. Arunraj, N. Rajesh, Vidya Rajesh, “Improvised method for urinary p-cresol detection and measurement using high performance liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry”, Heliyon, 5 (12), e02978 (2019).
4. B. Arunraj, Sathvika Talasila, Vidya Rajesh and N. Rajesh, “Removal of Europium from aqueous solution using Saccharomyces cerevisiae immobilized in glutaraldehyde cross-linked chitosan”, Separation Science and Technology, DOI: 10.1080/01496395.2018.1556303, (2019).
5. B. Arunraj, Talasila Sathvika, Vidya Rajesh and N. Rajesh, “Cellulose and Saccharomyces cerevisiae Embark To Recover Europium from Phosphor Powder”, ACS Omega, DOI:10.1021/acsomega.8b02845, (2019).
6. T. Sathvika, Smruthi Balaji, Mritunjai Chandra, Amitesh Soni, Vidya Rajesh, N.Rajesh,” A co-operativeendeavour by nitrifying bacteria Nitrosomonas and Zirconium based metal organic framework to remove hexavalent chromium”, Chemical Engineering Journal, 360, 879–889, (2019).
7. Manasi Mudaliyar, Aditya Tibrewal, N. Rajesh, Vidya Rajesh, "Identification and Characterization of the microbial communities found in electronic industrial effluent and their potential for bioremediation", Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 164, 379-387, (2018).
8. Manasi, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, "Biosorption study of cadmium, lead and zinc ions onto halophilic bacteria and reduced graphene oxide", Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 6, 5053-5060, (2018).
9. T. Sathvika, Amitesh Soni, Kriti Sharma, Mallipeddi Praneeth, Manasi Mudalliar, Vidya Rajesh*, N. Rajesh*, "Potential application of Sacchormyces cereviseae and Rhizobium immobilized in multiwalled carbon nanotubes to adsorb hexavalent chromium," Scientific Reports - Nature, 8, 9862, (2018).
10. T. Sathvika, Manasi Mudaliar, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, "Leveraging the potential of Endomycorhizzal spores and montmorillonite for hexavalent chromium adsorption from aqueous phase", Chemistry Select, 3, 2747 -2755 (2018).
11. Manasi, Sreedev Mohapatra, N. Rajesh and Vidya Rajesh, "Impact of heavy metal lead stress on polyamine levels in Halomonas BVR1 isolated from an industry effluent", Scientific Reports - Nature, 7, 13447, (2017).
12. Mahesh Kumar Kalikiri, Madhu Poornima Mamidala, Ananth.N. Rao, Vidya Rajesh , "Analysis and Functional characterization of sequence variations in ligand binding domain of thyroid hormone receptors in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) patients", Autism Research, 4, (2017).
13. C.N.Rahul, K. Shiva Krishna, Atul P. Pawar, Vidya Rajesh, “In silico approach to ascertain the calcium dependent role of Plasmodium falciparum SERA 5”, Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics, 35 (1), 17-25 (2017).
14. S. Kalidasan, A. Santhana Krishna Kumar, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, "The journey traversed in the remediation of hexavalent chromium and the road ahead", Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 317, (2016), 157-166.
15. Madhu Poornima Mamidala, N. Rajesh, Vidya Rajesh, " Mass Spectrometric evaluation of neurotransmitter levels in IMR 32 cell line in response to Ayurvedic medicines", Rapid Communication in Mass Spectrometry, 30, 1413 -1422, (2016).
16. Manasi, N. Rajesh, Vidya Rajesh, " Evaluation of genetic basis of heavy metal resistance in an isolate from electronic industry effluent", Journal of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, 14, (1) 177-180, (2016).
17. T. Sathvika, Manasi, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, " Prospective application of Aspergillus sps. immobilized in sodium montmorillonite to remove toxic hexavalent chromium from waste water", RSC Advances, 5, 107031 - 107044, (2015).
18. Rahul C. N, Shiva Krishna K, Meera M, Sandhya Phadke,Vidya Rajesh, “Characterization of sequence diversity in Plasmodium falciparum SERA-5 from Indian isolates, Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease, 5 (Suppl.1), 80 - 84, (2015).
19. T. Sathvika, Manasi, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, “Microwave assisted immobilization of yeast in cellulose biopolymer as a green adsorbent for the sequestration of chromium.” Chemical Engineering Journal, 279, 38 – 46, (2015).
20. Manasi, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, “An indigenous Halomonas BVR1 strain immobilized in crosslinked chitosan for adsorption of lead and cadmium” International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 79, 300 – 308, (2015).
21. C.N. Rahul, K. Shiva Krishna, M. Meera, Sandhya Phadke, Vidya Rajesh, "Plasmodium vivax: N-terminal diversity in the blood stage SERA genes from Indian Isolates” Blood Cells, Molecules and Diseases, 55, 30 – 35, (2015).
22. Madhu Poornima Mamidala, Mahesh Kumar Kalikiri, Praveen Kumar P. T. V., N Rajesh, Om Sai Ramesh Vallamkonda, Vidya Rajesh, "Consanguinity in India and its association with Autism Spectrum Disorder", Autism Research, 8, 224 – 228, (2015).
23. Manasi, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, "Adsorption Isotherms, Kinetics and Thermodynamic studies towards understanding the interaction between a microbe immobilized polysaccharide matrix and lead.” Chemical Engineering Journal, 248, 342 – 351, (2014).
24. Manasi, Vidya Rajesh, A. Santhana Krishna Kumar, N. Rajesh, " Biosorption of cadmium using a novel bacterium isolated from an electronic industry effluent", Chemical Engineering Journal, 235, 176 – 185, (2014).
25. C.N. Rahul, Shiva Krishna Katakam, Meerabai, Vijjay Kumar, Sandhya Phadke, Vidya Rajesh, "Plasmodium vivax: C-terminal diversity in the blood stage SERA genes from Indian Isolates", Experimental Parasitology, 134, 82 – 91, (2013).
26. C.N. Rahul, Shiva Krishna Katakam, Atul P. Pawar, Meerabai, Vijjay Kumar, Sandhya Phadke, Vidya Rajesh, “Genetic and structural characterization of PvSERA-4: Potential implications as therapeutic target for P.vivax malaria”. Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics, 32 (4), 580 – 590, (2014).
27. Madhu Poornima Mamidala, Anupama Polinedi, Praveen Kumar. P. T. V, Rajesh N., Om Sai Ramesh Vallamkonda, Vrajesh Udani, Nidhi Singhal, Vidya Rajesh, “Prenatal, perinatal, and neonatal risk factors of Autism Spectrum Disorder: A comprehensive epidemiological assessment from India”, Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34 (9), 3004-3013, (2013).
28. Madhu Poornima Mamidala, Anupama Polinedi, Praveen Kumar P.T. V, Rajesh N., Om Sai Ramesh Vallamkonda, Vrajesh Udani, Nidhi Singhal, Vidya Rajesh, " Maternal hormonal interventions as a risk factor for Autism Spectrum Disorder: an epidemiological assessment from India." Journal of Biosciences, 38 (5), 887 – 892, (2013).
29. A. Santhana Krishna Kumar a, Revathi Ramachandran, S. Kalidhasan, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, “Potential application of dodecylamine modified sodium montmorillonite as an effective adsorbent for hexavalent chromium”, Chemical Engineering Journal, 211-212, 396 – 405, (2012).
30. A. Santhana Krishna Kumara, Timsi Gupta, Shruti Singh Kakan, S. Kalidhasan, Manasi, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, “Effective adsorption of hexavalent chromium through a three center (3c) co-operative interaction with an ionic liquid and biopolymer”. J. Hazardous Material, 239-240, 213 – 224, (2012).
31. S. Kalidhasan, Priyanka Amba Gupta,Vinusha Reddy Cholleti, A. Santhana Krishna Kumar, Vidya Rajesh and N. Rajesh, “Microwave assisted solvent free green preparation and physicochemical characterization of surfactant-anchored cellulose and its relevance towards the effective adsorption of chromium” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 372, 88 – 98, (2012).
32. S. Kalidhasan, A. Santhana Krishna Kumar, Vidya Rajesh and N. Rajesh, “Ultrasound Assisted Preparation and Characterization of Crystalline Cellulose-Ionic Liquid Blend Polymeric Material: A Prelude to the Study of its Application towards the Effective Adsorption of Chromium”. Journal of Colloidal and Interface Science, 367, 398 – 408, (2012).
33. S. Kalidhasan, A. Santhana Krishna Kumar, Vidya Rajesh and N. Rajesh, “An efficient ultrasound assisted approach for the impregnation of room temperature ionic liquid onto Dowex 1 x8 resin matrix and its application towards the enhanced adsorption of chromium (VI)” Journal of Hazardous Materials 213, 249 – 257, (2012).
34. A. Santhana Krishna Kumar, S. Kalidhasan, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, “Application of Cellulose-Clay Composite Biosorbent towards the Effective Adsorption and Removal of Chromium from Industrial Wastewater” Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 51,58 – 69, (2012).
35. N.Rajesh, A. S. Krishna Kumar, S. Kalidasan, Vidya Rajesh. “Trialkyl amine impregnated macroporous polymeric sorbent for the effective removal of chromium from industrial waste water.” Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, 56, 2295 – 2304, (2011).
36. A.S. Krishna Kumar, S. Kalidasan, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh. “Microwave assisted preparation and characterization of biopolymer-clay composite material and its application for chromium detoxification from industrial effluents.” Advanced Material Letters, 2 (6), 383 – 391, (2011).
37. S.Kalidasan, A.S.Krishna Kumar, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh. “A preliminary spectroscopic investigation on the molecular interaction of metal – diphenylthiocarbazone complex with cellulose biopolymer and its application.” Spectrochimica Acta; Part A, 79, 1681 – 1687, (2011).
38. A. S. Krishna Kumar, S. Kalidhasan, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, “An enhanced adsorption methodology for the detoxification of chromium using n-octylamine impregnated Amberlite XAD-4 polymeric sorbent.” Journal of Environmental Science and Health: Part A, 46 (13),1598 – 1610, (2011).
39. Pradeep Sekhar C, Kalidhasan S, Vidya Rajesh, Rajesh N. “Bio-polymer adsorbent for the removal of malachite green from aqueous solution” Chemosphere, 77 (6), (2009), 842 - 847.
40. Vidya Rajesh, Vijay Kumar Singamsetti, Vidya S, Gowrishankar M, Elamaran M , Jyotsna Tripathi, N.B. Radhika, Dhanpat Kochar, Akash Ranjan, S.K.Roy, Ashis Das. “Plasmodium falciparum: Genetic Polymorphism in Apical Membrane Antigen – 1 gene from Indian Isolates”, Experimental Parasitology, 119, 144 – 151, (2008).
41. Vidya Rajesh, Elamaran M, Vidya S, Gowrishankar M, Dhanpat Kochar, Ashis Das, “Genetic diversity of the P. vivax Apical Membrane Antigen –1 (AMA-1) in isolates from India.”, Experimental Parasitology, 116, 252 – 256, (2007).
42. S. Vijay Kumar, Sarita Ranjan, Vishal Saxena, Vidya Rajesh, S. K.Roy, Dhanpat Kochar, Akash Ranjan, Ashis Das. “Plasmodium falciparum : Genetic diversity of C terminal region of MSP-1 in isolates from Indian sub-continent”, Experimental Parasitology, 110, 384 – 388, (2005).





  1. B. Arunraj, Vidya Rajesh and N. Rajesh,  "Rational sustainable approach utilizing graphene oxide and Aspergillus niger spores for the recovery of europium from real samples" DAE Second Symposium on Current Trends in Analytical Chemistry (CTAC-2021), Oct 20-23, 2021. 
  2. Nandini E, Arun Raj B, , Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, "Metabolite profiling for the evaluation of urinary biomarkers in Autism Spectrum Disorder patients from India", Indian Analytical Science Congress, -2019 (IASC -2019), Indian Analytical Science Congress 2019 (IASC -2019) Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, September 19 - 21, 2019. 
  3. Arunraj B, Sathvika T, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, "Removal of Europium from aqueous solution using Saccharomyces cereviseae immobilized in Glutaraldehyde crosslinked chitosan, Emerging Trends in Separation Science and Technology, BITS, Pilani KK Birla Goa campus, May 23rd - May 26th, 2018. 
  4. Arunraj B, Sathvika T, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, " Novel Ion chromatographic method for the determination of Europium after its separation from other lanthanides using microorganism immobilized bio-polymer adsorbent", 2nd International conference on Recent Trends in Analytical Chemistry, University of Madras, 15th March - 17th March, 2018. Best oral Presentation prize.
  5. Arunraj B, Sathvika T, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, "Quantitative determination of Europium III by Ion chromatography using lactic acid as an eluent", Indian Analytical Science Congress, Kottayam, Kerala, February 8th to February 10th, 2018. 
  6. Sathvika T, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, " Yeast immobilized in carbon nanotubes for the effective removal of chromium VI from aqueous medium", Indian Analytical Science Congress, KOttayam, Kerala, February 8th - February 10th, 2018. (Best Poster award)
  7. Sathvika T, Amitesh Soni, Kriti Sharma, Manasi, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, "Synergistic effect of nitrogen fixing bacteria immobilized in a carbanaceous material (MWCNT) for the sequesteration of hexavalent chromium", 5th Symposium on advanced Biological Inorganic Chemistry, Kolkata, January 7th - 11th, 2017.
  8. Riya Rakshit, C.N.Rahul, Vidya Rajesh, " Structural modelling of Plasmodium falciparum moving junction complex RON proteins and identification of inter RON interaction sites" , International Conference on Structure based Drug Designing and Applications to Infectious Diseases, Hyderabad, 1st Feb - 5th February, 2016. 
  9. T. Sathvika, S. Akhil, Manasi, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, " Nitrogen fixing bacteria (Rhizobium) immobilized in clay as a sustainable option for the removal of hexavalent chromium from waste water", ICMG, IISc, Bangalore, 17th Feb - 20th Feb, 2016. 
  10. T. Sathvika, Manasi, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, "Rhizobium sps. immobilized in multi walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) for the effective adsorption of chromium", NFCFA, BITS, Pilani - Goa campus, 18th - 19th December, 2015.
  11. T. Sathvika, S. Akhil, Manasi, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, " A symbiotic nitrogen fixer immobilized in sodium montmorillonite for the effective sequestration of chromium from waste water", Nascent Development in Chemical Sciences - NDCS 2015, BITS, Pilani, Pilani Campus, Rajasthan, 16th - 18th October, 2015. 
  12. C.N.Rahul, Shiva Krishna K, Vidya Rajesh, "Structural modelling of Plasmodium vivax blood stage Serine Repeat Antigens (PvSERA)", CIDSCON 2015 - 5th Annual Conference of Clinical Infectious Diseases Society, New Delhi, 21st - 23rd August, 2015. 
  13. Manasi, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, " A graphene oxide microbe combination as an effective adsorbent for the remediation of zinc", International conference on Frontiers in Biological Sciences, NIT, Rourkela, 22nd - 24th January, 2015.
  14. T. Sathvika, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, " A novel fungal biopolymer combination as an adsorbent for effective removal of hexavalent chromium ", International conference on Frontiers in Biological Sciences, NIT, Rourkela, 22nd - 24th January, 2015.
  15. MadhuPoornima Mamidala, Mahesh Kumar Reddy, Vidya Rajesh, "An epidemiological study on maternal polycystic ovarian syndrome as risk factor for Autism Spectral Disorder," International symposium - Evidence in Global Disability and Health, Hyderabad Central University, 22-23rd February, 2014. 
  16. Manasi, Vidya Rajesh, Satvika T.,  N. Rajesh, " Removal of zinc using a novel microbe-polysaccharide adsorbent', 16th CRSI National Symposium in Chemistry, IIT, Bombay, 7th - 9th February, 2014. 
  17. Manasi, A. Santhana Krishna Kumar, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, "Adsorption of Cadmium and Lead using a novel bacterial strain isolated from E-waste", Indian Analytical Science Congress, Goa, 15th - 17th August, 2013. 
  18. Madhu Poornima Mamidala, Mahesh Kumar Reddy K., Praveen Kumar PTV, N. Rajesh, Vidya Rajesh, “Thyroid malfunction as a risk factor for Autism Spectrum Disorder”, International Conference on Cerebral Palsy and developmental medicine, Lucknow, March 6 -10, 2013. 
  19. A.Santhana Krishna Kumar, S. Kalidasan, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, “Cellulose impregnated with mercaptobenzothiazole for the effective adsorption of mercury from aqueous solution , CRSI National symposium in Chemistry (NSC-14) NIIST, Trivandrum, Feb 2-5, 2012. 
  20. C.N. Rahul, Shiva Krishna K, Ekta Khetan, Sheetal Modi, B.V.S. Manjula, Vidya Rajesh, “Cloning of vaccine candidate antigen PvSERA-4 of malarial parasite P.vivax from Indian field Isolates”, National  Symposium on Immunology – Voyage from serology to molecular biology in Health care, February 16th – 18th, 2012. (Second best poster award). 
  21. A. Santhana Krishna Kumar , Timsi Gupta, Shruti Singh, S. Kalidhasan, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, “Chitosan-Ionic liquid blend polymeric sorbent material for the effective adsorption of chromium” International Conference on Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, University of Delhi, 18-21 Dec, 2011. 
  22. C.N. Rahul, Shiva Krishna K, P.B.S. Manjula, P. Vaideesh, A.K.Das, Vidya Rajesh, “Characterization of sequence diversity of the octamer repeat domain of Plasmodium falciparum Serine Repeat Antigen (pfSERA) in Indian Isolates”. XIth Symposium on Vector and Vector Borne Diseases, Jabalpur, October 14th – 17th, 2011.  
  23. A.Santhana Krishna Kumar, Revathy Ramachandran, S. Kalidasan, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, “An efficient approach for the adsorption of chromium using dodecylamine modified sodium montmorillonite clay” at the International conference on Vistas in Chemistry held at IGCAR, Kalpakkam, October 11-13, 2011. 
  24. S. Kalidasan, A.Santhana Krishna Kumar, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, “Ionic liquid impregnated polystyrene divinylbenzene adsorbent for the effective adsorption of chromium”,  International conference on Vistas in Chemistry held at IGCAR, Kalpakkam, October 11-13, 2011. 
  25. Madhu Poornima Mamidala, C.N. Rahul, N. Rajesh, Vidya Rajesh, “Assessment of Assisted Reproductive Technology and its associated risk with Autism Spectral Disorder in Indian population”, European Human Genetics Conference, 28th – 31st May, 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Abstracts published in European Journal of Human Genetics, Volume 19, Supplement 2, May 2011.
  26. A. S. Krishna Kumar, N. Rajesh, Vidya Rajesh. “Green composite for the effective adsorption of heavy metal chromium”. National seminar on Nanostructure materials and Applications (NSNMA-2011), March 04-05, Madurai, India. 2011.
  27. S. Kalidhasan, Vidya Rajesh and N. Rajesh, “Bio-polymer adsorbent for the removal of malachite green from aqueous solution”, 19st – 21th February, National Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry, BITS, Pilani, 2010.
  28. A. Santhana Krishna Kumar, S.Kalidhasan, Vidya Rajesh, N. Rajesh, “ Removal of Chromium from Industrial effluents using Amberlite XAD 1180 resin impregnated with n-Octylamine ”, Poster presentation in International Conference on Natural Polymers(ICNP), 24th – 26th Sept. 2010, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala,  2010.
  29. Vidya Rajesh,  Jyotsna Tripathi, Ashish Runthala, Ashis K. Das, “Genetic Polymorphism and selection in AMA-1 gene of Plasmodium falciparum”, Oral Presentation in the 12th International Conference on “The Interface of Chemistry-Biology in Biomedical Research”, 22nd – 24th February, 2008, BITS, Pilani, India. 2008.
  30. Vidya Rajesh and A.K. Das, “Environment and malarial antigens” Poster presentation in International symposium on Applied Phycology and Environmental Biotechnology (ISAPEB-2007), 29-31st October 2007,BITS, Pilani- India. 2007.   
  31. Vidya Rajesh, Ashish Runthala, Gowrishankar M, Dhanpat Kochar, Ashis Das “Evaluation of Antibody Profiles in naturally infected Individuals, to peptides based on different AMA-1 epitope variants.” Poster presentation in the 33rd Indian Immunology Society Conference, 28 –31 January 2007, New Delhi, India. 2007.
  32. Shilpi Garg, Vishal Saxena, Vidya Rajesh, Dhanpat Kochar, Ananias Escalante, Ashis Das, “Genetic Analysis of Plasmodium vivax isolates from severe malaria cases” Poster presentation in the national symposium on Tribal Health, 19-20 October, 2006, Jabalpur, India. 2006.
  33. Vidya Rajesh, Vijay S, Vishal Saxena, Samayita C, Kochar D, Akash Ranjan, Ashis Das, “Polymorphism studies and structural analysis of variation in AMA-1 from field isolates in India” Oral Presentation in the International Conference on Malaria, November 4-6, 2005, New Delhi, India. 2005. 
  34. Vidya Rajesh, Akash Ranjan, Ashis Das, “Polymorphism studies of Apical Membrane Antigen (AMA-1) of P. falciparum.” Poster presentation in International Symposium On Emerging Trends in Genomics And Proteomics Education and Research,  January 12th and 13th , 2003  –  BITS, PILANI. 2003.  




Administrative Experience

Roles and Responsibilities

1. July 2018 - Till date:  Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs Division, BITS, Pilani Hyderabad campus.   
2. January 2014 – June 2018: Associate Dean, Academic Research Division, BITS, Pilani –                 Hyderabad Campus.
3. August 2012 – Jan 2014: Professor In-charge, Academic Research Division, BITS, Pilani –       Hyderabad Campus
4. July 2008 – August 2012: Head of the Department (HoD), Biological Sciences Department, BITS,           Pilani – Hyderabad Campus.
5. July 2008 – October 2009: Faculty In-charge, Student Welfare Division, BITS, Pilani – Hyderabad       Campus.
6. September 2005 – May 2008: In-charge, Instruction cell, Practice School Division, BITS, Pilani -        Pilani campus.


Contribution in various Institutional Bodies
  •       Senate
  •      Doctoral Counselling Committee
  •      Research Board
  •      Mission 2012 and Mission 2015 teams
  •       Examination Committee (2008 – 2012)
  •       Academic Counselling cell (2010 – till date)
  •       Golden Jubilee celebration team (2014-2015)
  •       Standing committee for Student’s Discipline (2008 – 2013)
  •       Cross Campus committee on academics (CCDCA)
  •       Chairperson, Departmental Research Committee (2010 – 2012)
  •       Institutional Biosafety committee
  •       Library committee
  •       Department level Recruitment committee for Biological Sciences