Jitendra Panwar

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

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


Research Interest:

Broad Research Interest:  Microbial Biotechnology, Nano-biotechnology, Nano-fertilizers, Nano-adsorbents, Fungal Secretome, Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, Microbial degradation of plastics, Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) production by extremophiles, Plant-microbe interactions, Rhizosphere biology.

Ongoing Research:

  1. Microbial assisted plastic degradation: Weaim to identify novel microbial isolate(s) having potential for plastic-degradation and to elucidate the mechanism behind plastic-degradation which could significantly expand their applicability in controlling the worldwide problem of plastic pollution.
  2. Myco-remediation of waste water:Our lab is interested to test the potential of metal-tolerant soil fungi towards multiple heavy metal ions and dye removal and to explicate the in-depth mechanistic aspects that could provide possible solution to control the wastewater pollution at industrial scale. For this, we intend to design & develop column based system for continuous operations in order to fulfil the real time industrial scale perspectives.
  3. Polyhydroxyalkanoates production by microbes: Weaims to explore the potential of novel extremophiles towards PHA production by utilizing cheaper carbon source and to elucidate the underlying mechanism.
  4. Mycosynthesis of nanoparticles (NPs):Our lab has developed efficient, cost-effective and eco-friendly protocol towards mycosynthesis of metal and metal oxide (viz. silver, iron oxide and zinc oxide) NPs and tested their applications as nano-fertilizer, nano-adsorbents, catalyst and antimicrobial agents. We intend to elucidate the actual synthesis mechanism by identification and detailed characterization of proteins involved in NPs synthesis and/or in their stability. The proteomic studies provide valuable and novel information regarding protein-NPs interactions.
  5. Applications of NPs:Our research work is directed to study the potential of NPs as antimicrobial agents and deciphering the molecular mechanism behind antimicrobial activity. We are also interested to understand the agricultural importance of nanoparticles. In addition, efforts are on to develop the nano-adsorbent system for continuous removal of heavy metals from textile industry effluents. 
  6. Applications of fungal secretome:Unveiling the potential of extreme environmental fungal isolates for efficient production of various industrial enzymes is another research area of interest. It will lead to the development of optimized and cost effective protocols for enhanced enzyme production for commercial uses. 

Research Group:

Note: Interested candidates are welcome to join my research group. Candidate having own fellowship (CSIR-NET-JRF, DST-Inspire, PDF etc.) are encouraged to apply and can join anytime in a year. Please contact by sending email to

Ph.D. Students

Name & EmailThesis TitleRole & Completion DatePresent Status
1Navin Jain
Biomimetic Synthesis of Ag and ZnO Nanoparticles and their Potential ApplicationsSupervisor, November 2014Product Quality Associate, Argenx, Ghent, Belgium
2Arpit Bhargava
Mycosynthesis of Inorganic Nanoparticles and their Evaluation in Catalysis and Nano-fertilizationSupervisor, August 2016Research Analyst and Consultant-IP, Clarivate (India)
3Vikram Pareek
Elucidating the Antibacterial Mechanism of Silver Species against Gram-Negative Bacteria
Supervisor, May 2020
PDF, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Norte Dame, Indiana, USA
4Saswat Kumar Pradhan
Synthesis of Metallic Nanoparticles for the Removal of Heavy Metals from WastewaterCo-Supervisor, June 2020Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biotechnology, IMS Engineering College, Ghaziabad
5Vishalakshi Bhanot

Myco-transformation of Polystyrene Sulfonate by Curvularia dactyloctenicola VJP08: A Mechanistic Perspective

Supervisor, October 2023PDF, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California, USA
Microbial remediation of Heavy Metals and dye contaminated waste waterSupervisor, Ongoing-
7Anil Kumar K.
Design and Optimization of Packed Bed Column for the Continuous Removal of Pollutants using Nanosized Sorbents Immobilized Porous SupportCo-Supervisor, April 2024-
Exploring novel extremophiles for polyhydroxyalkanoates production: A mechanistic perspectiveSupervisor, Ongoing-

Abhimanyu Kumar

Yet to be decidedSupervisor, Ongoing-

Post-Doctoral Fellows

NameProjectDurationPresent Status
Dr. Hemraj Chhipa
Nano-technology for Enhanced Utilization of Native Phosphorus by Plants and Higher Moisture Retention in Arid SoilsJune 2013-Dec. 2013Asst. Professor (Microbiology), Dept. of Basic Science, Agriculture University Kota, Jhalawar. 
2Dr. Prameela Jha (DST-Women Scientist)Endophytic Bacteria Mediated Phytoremediation of Organic PollutantsJuly 2012-May