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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 2016
"Re-classification of Bacillus isronensis Shivaji et al., 2009 as a member of the genus Solibacillus as Solibacillus isronensis comb. nov.
and emended description of genus Solibacillus Krishnamurthi et al., 2009" (2016). Poonam mual; Nitin Kumar Singh; Ashish Verma; Peter
Schumann; Srinivasan Krishnamurthi; Syed Dastager; Shanmugam Mayilraj. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol
Understanding the mechanism of biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles using culture supernatant of Ochrobactrum
strain ARC-61 and its antimicrobial activity (2016).
Geeta Gahlawat,Sristy Shikha, Baldev Singh Chaddha, Saumya Roy Choudhuri, Shanmugam Mayilraj, Anirban Roy Choudhury. Microbial Cell Factories
Genome sequencing of Serinicoccus chungangensis strain CD08_5 isolated from duodenal mucosa of celiac disease patient
Atul Munish Chander*., Gurwinder Kaur*., Girish Nair., Devinder Kumar Dhawan., Rakesh Kumar
Shanmugam Mayilraj# and Sanjay Kumar Bhadada#. GenomeA
Genome mining and comparative genomic analysis of five coagulase-negative Staphylococci (CNS) isolates from human colon and gall
bladder (2016).
Girish Nair., Gurwinder Kaur., Indu Khatri, Nitin Kumar Singh., Sudeep Kumar Maurya., Srikrishna Subramanian., Arunanshu Behera, Divya Dahiya, Javed N. Agrewala* and Shanmugam Mayilraj*.  Journal of Data Mining in
Genomics & Proteomics 
Genome sequencing of Kocuria palustris strain CD07_3 isolated from duodenal 
mucosa of celiac disease patient (2016). Atul Chander, Ramesan Nair, 
Gurwinder Kaur, Rakesh Kochhar, Shanmugam Mayilraj, Devinder Dhawan and 
Sanjay Bhadada. GenomeA

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) 

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