SK Verma

Senior Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus

Environmental Biotechnology
Department of Biological Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani- 333031, Rajasthan. India.

Journal Publications

1.  Kumar, S., Singh, P., Verma, S.K., 2023. Selection of highly specific DNA aptamer for the development of QCM-based arsenic sensor. ChemBioChem n/a, e202300585.

2.  Singh, P., Kumar, S., Verma, S.K., 2022. Development of fluorescent aptasensor for detection of acephate by utilizing graphene oxide platform. Talanta 123843.

3.  Mishra, S., Verma, S.K., 2023. Isolation and characterisation of copper resistant bacteria from Khetri copper mines and analysis of the expression of copper-induced proteins. International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology 41, 221–230.

4.  Mishra, S., Kumar, S., Verma, S.K., 2022. Arsenic Resistance Mechanisms in Pseudomonas mendocina SMSKVR-3 Strain Isolated from Khetri Copper Mines, Rajasthan, India. Curr Microbiol 79, 69.

5.  Kumar, S., Mishra, S., Singh, P., Singhal, A., Verma, S.K., 2022. Hydrometallurgical Recovery of Copper Tailing Waste by Bioleaching at Hindustan Copper Limited, India. The Asian Review of Civil Engineering 11, 25–34.

6.  Mishra, S., Verma, S.K., 2021. Differential expression of proteins in Pseudomonas mendocina SMSKVR-3 under arsenate stress. Journal of Basic Microbiology 61, 351–361.

7.  Anand, A., Tripathi, K., Kumar, A., Gupta, S., Raghuvanshi, S., Verma, S.K., 2021. Bio-Mitigation of Carbon Dioxide Using Desmodesmus sp. in the Custom-Designed Pilot-Scale Loop Photobioreactor. Sustainability 13, 9882.

8.  Singh, S., Nagappan, S., Verma, S.K., 2020. Antimicrobial Haplindole Alkaloids as Chemical Marker for Rapid Identification of Stigonematales (Cyanobacteria). Analytical Chemistry Letters 10, 602–608.

9.  Nagappan, S., Kumar, R.R., Balaji, J.R., Singh, S., Verma, S.K., 2019. Direct saponification of wet microalgae by methanolic potassium hydroxide using acetone as co-solvent. Bioresource Technology Reports 5, 351–354.

10.  Nagappan, S., Kumar Verma, S., 2018. Co-production of biodiesel and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3 fatty acid) from microalgae, Desmodesmus sp. MCC34. Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects 40, 2933–2940.

11.  Gudlavalleti, R.H., Bose, S.C., Verma, S.K., Khatri, P., Scaria, J., Dhewa, S., Chaubey, V.K., 2017. A Novel Fluorometric Bio-Sensing-Based Arsenic Detection System for Groundwater. IEEE Sensors Journal 17, 5391–5398.

12.  Sarwa, P., Verma, S.K., 2017. Identification and Characterization of Green Microalgae, Scenedesmus sp. MCC26 and Acutodesmus obliquus MCC33 Isolated From Industrial Polluted Site Using Morphological and Molecular Markers. International Journal of Applied Sciences and Biotechnology 5, 415–422.

13.  Verma, S.K., Gupta, R., Singhal, A. and Devi, A., 2017. Utilization of Industrial Waste as a fertilizer in Ornamental Plants. Res J Chemistry and Environment, Vol 21, 1-7.

14.  Singh, S., Verma, S.K., 2016. Synergistic Effects of the Alkaloids of Prosopis juliflora, Causing Multiple Organ Toxicity in Mouse Model. Journal of Biologically Active Products from Nature 6, 323–336.

15.  Nagappan, S., Verma, S.K., 2016. Growth model for raceway pond cultivation of Desmodesmus sp. MCC34 isolated from a local water body. Engineering in Life Sciences 16, 45–52.

16.  Senthil, N. and Verma, S.K., 2016. The static extraction of lipid from microalgae Desmodesmus sp. MCC34. Research Journal of Biotechnology Vol, 11, p.5.

17.  Sarwa, P., Verma, S.K., 2014. Recovery and Recycling of Zn(II) from Wastewater by Scenedesmus sp. MCC 26 Isolated from a Heavy Metal Contaminated Site. CLEAN – Soil, Air, Water 42, 1298–1303.

18.  Sarwa, P., Vijayakumar, R. and Verma, S.K., 2014. Adsorption of acid red 66 dye from aqueous solution by green microalgae Acutodesmus obliquus strain PSV2 isolated from an industrial polluted site. Open Access Library Journal, 1(3), 1-8.

19.  Sarwa, P., Verma, S.K., 2013. Decolourization of Orange G Dye by Microalgae Acutodesmus obliquues Strain PSV2 Isolated from Textile Industrial Site. International Journal of Applied Sciences and Biotechnology 1, 247–252.

20.  Singh, S., Verma, S.K., 2012. Application of Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry (DART-MS) for Identification of an Epiphytic Cyanobacterium, Nostoc Sp. Analytical Letters 45, 2562–2568.

21.  Singh, S., Verma, S.K., 2012. Study of the distribution profile of piperidine alkaloids in various parts of Prosopis juliflora by the application of Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry (DART-MS). Natural Products and Bioprospecting. 2, 206–209.

22.  Kumar, R.A., Yadav, S.K., Verma, S.K., 2012. Antidepressive-like effect of microcystin-FR in Swiss albino mice tested by a battery of behavioural depression models. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 4 (1), 293-299.

23.  Kumar, R.A., Ramani, K., Verma, S.K., 2011. Induction of Colon tumor and intestinal tumor in Swiss albino mice by the DihydroMicrocystin-LR, [D-Asp3] Microcystin-WR and [D-Asp3] Microcystin-HtyR produced by the cyanobacterial strains isolated from water bodies in semi-desert region of India. South Asian Journal of Experimental Biology 1, 188–197.

24.  Singh, S., Verma, S.K., 2011. Antibacterial properties of Alkaloid rich fractions obtained from various parts of of Prosopis juliflora. International Journal of Pharma Sciences and Research 2, 114–120.

25.  Jain, P.K., Kush, D., Ramachandran, S., Verma, S.K., 2011. Isolation and characterization of R-plasmid pPRS3a from Bacillus cereus GC subgroup A PRS3. International Journal of Integrative Biology 11, 1–7.

26.  Jain, P.K., Ramachandran, S., Shukla, V., Bhakuni, D., Verma, S.K., 2009. Characterization of metal and antibiotic resistance in a bacterial population isolated from a Copper mining industry. International Journal of Integrative Biology 6, 57–61.

27.  Ramachandran, S., Coradin, T., Jain, P.K., Verma, S.K., 2009. Nostoc calcicola Immobilized in Silica-coated Calcium Alginate and Silica Gel for Applications in Heavy Metal Biosorption. Silicon 1, 215–223.

28.  Scaria, J., Ramachandran, S., Jain, P.K., Verma, S.K., 2009. Construction and Testing of EGFP Based Bacterial Biosensor for the Detection of Residual Tetracyclines in Milk and Water. Research Journal of Microbiology 4, 104–111.

29.  Ashwin, KR., Ramani, K., Verma, S.K., 2008. Tumorigenic property of filamentous cyanobacteria isolated from stagnant of Pilani. Indian Journel of Pharmacology 40, supll 2, S167

30.  Vannela, R., Verma, S.K., 2006a. Cu2+ Removal and recovery by Spi SORB: batch stirred and up-flow packed bed columnar reactor systems. Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering 29, 7–17.

31.  Vannela, R., Verma, S.K., 2006b. Co2+, Cu2+, and Zn2+ Accumulation by Cyanobacterium Spirulina platensis. Biotechnology Progress 22, 1282–1293.

32.  Scaria, J., Chandramouli, U., Verma, S.K., 2005. Antibiotic Resistance Genes Online (ARGO): A Database on vancomycin and β¬lactam resistance genes. Bioinformation 1, 5–7. 10.6026/97320630001005

33.  Vannela, R., Ramachandran S., Verma, S.K., 2005. Optimization of process parameters for continuous removal and recovery of Cu2+ by immobilized Spirulina platensis. ICFAI Intl. Journal of Science and Technology 1, 90-100.

34.  Vannela, R., Scaria, J., Verma, S.K., 2004. Bioaccumulation and Biosorption of heavy metals by Spirulina Platensis. International Journal of Biodetrioration and Biodegradation 53(4), 229.

35.  Raveender, V., Scaria, J., Verma, S.K., 2002. Application of Mutant Strains of Cyanobacteria for Cd2+ Removal. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 69, 0632–0637.

36.  Verma, S.K., Singh, S.P., 1995. Multiple metal resistance in the cyanobacterium Nostoc muscorum. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 54, 614–619.

37.  Verma, S.K., Singh, R.K., Singh, S.P., 1993. Copper toxicity and phosphate utilization in the cyanobacterium Nostoc calcicola. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 50, 192–198.

38.  Dwivedi, A., Kumar, H.D., Verma, S.K., Singh, H.N., 1992. pH regulation of growth, photosynthesis, glutamine synthetase activity and micronutrient transport in the cyanobacterium Hapalosiphon welwitschii. FEMS Microbiology Letters 98, 241–244.

39.  Singh A.K., Verma, S.K., Singh, H.N., Singh, Rai, A.K., 1992. Glutamate inhibition of aerobic N2-fixation and its regulation by nitrate and ammonium in cyanobacterium Nostoc muscorum. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology 30, 384-387.

40.  Verma, S.K., Singh, H.N., 1991. Evidence for energy-dependent copper efflux as a mechanism of Cu2+ resistance in the cyanobacterium Nostoc calcicola. FEMS Microbiology Letters 84, 291–294.

41.  Verma, S.K., Singh, S.P., Singh, R.K., 1991. Nutritional control of copper uptake in the cyanobacterium Nostoc calcicola Bréb. Biology of Metals 4, 192–196.

42.  Verma, S.K., Singh, A.K., Katiyar, S., Singh, H.N., 1990. Genetic transformation of glutamine auxotrophy to prototrophy in the cyanobacterium Nostoc muscorum. Archives of Microbiology 154, 414–416.

43.  Verma, S.K., Singh, S.P., 1990. Factors regulating copper uptake in a cyanobacterium. Current Microbiology 21, 33–37.

44.  Singh, S.P., Verma, S.K., Singh, R.K., Pandey, P.K., 1989. Copper uptake by free and immobilized cyanobacterium. FEMS Microbiology Letters 60, 193–196.

45.  Verma, S.K., Singh, S.P., 1988. Heavy metal uptake in the cyanobacterium Nostoc calcicola Breb. The Journal of the Indian Botanical Society 67, 74-77.

46.  Singh, C.B., Verma, S.K., Singh, S.P., 1987. Impact of heavy metals on glutamine synthetase and nitrogenase activity in Nostoc calcicola. The Journal of General and Applied Microbiology 33, 87–91.


Chapter in Books


  1. Mishra, S., Verma, S.K., Methods to Detect Arsenic Compounds, in: Arsenic in Plants: Uptake, Consequences and Remediation Techniques. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, pp. 345–366.
  2. Mukherjee, S., Verma, S.K., Chowdhury, R., 2015. Remediation of Arsenic Toxicity, in: Chakrabarty, N. (Eds.), Arsenic Toxicity: Prevention and Treatment. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, Florida. pp. 133-154.
  3. Verma, S.K., 2010. Intellectual Property in Asian Countries: Studies on Infrastructure and Economic Impact, in: World intellectual property organization (WIPO) (Eds.). United Nations University. pp. 45-59.
  4. Ashwin, K.R., Verma, S.K., 2009. Secondary metabolite production of cyanobacteria, in: Khattar, J.I.S., Singh, D.P., Kaur, G., (eds), Algal biology and biotechnology. I. K. International publishing house Pvt. Ltd. India. pp. 205-215.
  5. Verma, S.K., Jain, S., Vannela, R., Rosanto, P.I., 2002. Bioremediation of cadmium by metal resistant strain of Cyanobacteria, in: Rajak, R.C., (Eds.), Biotechnology of Microbes and Sustainable Utilization. Vedams, India. pp. 370-376.
  6. Scaria, J., Raveender, V., Verma, S.K., 2001. Molecular Databases, in: Khan, I.A., Khanum, A., (Eds.), Emerging Trends in Bioinformatics. Ukaaz Publications, Hyderabad, India. pp. 24-60.
  7. Katiyar, S., Yadav, C.J., Verma, S.K., Singh, H.N., 1991. Phenotypic characteristics of mutant resistant to inhibitory action of PSII herbicides in heterocystous form and their genetic transformation, Bioenergetics and Biotechnological Processes, in: Singhal, G.S., Ramasarma, T., (Eds.). Today & Tomorrow’s Printer & Publishers, New Delhi, India. pp 89-91.