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Dr. Shanmugam Mayilraj
Microbial taxonomy and Biotechnology

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Dr. S.Mayilraj, MSc., MTech.,Ph.D
Senior Principal Scientist and Professor (AcSIR)
UNESCO Fellow, DFG Fellow, Raman Fellow, DAAD Fellow, JSPS Fellow
Actinobacteria Division
Microbial Type Culture Collection(MTCC)
An International Depositary Authority (IDA)
Institute of Microbial Technology(CSIR-IMTECH)
Sector 39-A, Chandigarh.160 036. INDIA

Write-up of research and development interests/focus, past and present goals:

Area of Research: For the past one decade our group has been studying the bacterial
diversity of different ecological niches of India and described several novel
bacterial taxa.
Currently our group is working on culture collection
related activities and exploration and exploitation of unseen prokaryotic
diversity using polyphasic approach. Recently we have extended it to next
generation sequencing and comparative genomics. Our group has also initiated
work on development of bioremediation technology for explosives, focusing on
NRPS and PKS through culturable and metagenomic approach; understanding the
Human Microbiome.

Current Projects:

collection related activities, research on microbial taxonomy- MTCC (CSIR-DBT);
Development of bioremediation technology for Explosive compounds (DRDO); Man as
a Super organism: Understanding the Human Microbiome (CSIR); Water quality monitoring of The Ganga river from
Gomukh to Hooghly to National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)

Significant recognition: Awards, fellowships, international funding of distinction, technologies transferred/licensed etc.:

  • MIRCEN-UNESCO Fellow (1998)
  • DFG-INSA Fellow (2005)
  • NASA Technical Brief Award (2008)
  • Raman Research Fellow (2009)
  • DAAD Fellow (2012)
  • JSPS Fellow (2012)

Selected list of Publications and Patents:

Selected List of Publications: Publications in 2017

Genome insight and comparative pathogenomic analysis of Nesterenkonia

jeotgali strain CD08_7 isolated from duodenal mucosa of Celiac Disease patient.

Frontiers in Microbiology;

Bacillus maritimus sp. nov., a novel member of the genus Bacillus isolated from marine sediment.

IJSEM; DOI 10.1099/ijsem.0.001569

Solibacillus kalamii sp. nov., isolated from a high-efficiency particulate arrestance filter

system used in the International Space Station. IJSEM; DOI 10.1099/ijsem.0.001706

Present group members:

* Malkit Singh (Sr. Technician)

* Navjot Kaur Kular (SRF)

* Deepika Pal (SRF) 

* Bhawna Vyas (SRF)

* Munesh Kumari (SRF) 

* Gurwinder Kaur Saini (Senior Project Fellow)

* Rajendran Mathan Kumar (JRF)

* Harjot Kaur  (Project Fellow)

* Bhawana Bisht (Project Fellow)

* Ayanka Bharadwaj (Project Assistant)  

Past group members:

* Sukriti Kalra (PA)

* Navneet Kaur (PA)

* Varpreet Kaur (PA)

* Anupama Joshi (PA)

* Ishwinder Kaur Dhindsa (PA & SRF)

* Revti Raichand Sharma (PA)

* Chandandeep Kaur (PA)

* Siddhika Pareek (PA)

* Parveen Mual (PA)

* Baldev Singh Chaddha (PA)

* Dr. Monu Bala 

* Dr. Nitin Kumar Singh

*  Anand Kumar (Project Fellow) 

* Ms. Himani Pandey (Project Assistant)

* Mr. Girish Nair (Project Assistant)

* Mr. R. Mathan Kumar (JRF) 

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