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K. Pakshirajan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


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Department of Biotechnology
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Guwahati 781039. Assam
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E-mail: pakshi@iitg.ernet.in

About me

Dr. Pakshirajan specializes on biological removal of pollutants (organic/inorganic) and resource recovery from wastes.

Dr. Pakshirajan is a receipient of many awards and honours. These include Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Award for Young Scientist, National Academy of Sciences India (NASI) Young Scientist Award, Top Reviewer Award, Bioresource Technology, Elsevier Publications. He has authored and co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed journal publications, produced 7 Ph.Ds and guides 5 Ph.D. students. He is an active life member of renowned professional societies which include Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Academic Profile:

Ph.D. (2004)                           Department of Chemical Engineering

                                                Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai

                             

M.Tech. (1999)                       Department of Life Science and Biotechnology

                                                Jadavpur University, Kolkata

                             

B.Pharm (1997)                      C.L. Baid Metha College of Pharmacy

                                                The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai

Career Profile:

September 2008 – Present      Associate Professor

Department of Biotechnology

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati

 

Jul 2004 – September 2008    Assistant Professor

Department of Biotechnology

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati

 

April 2004 – Jul 2004                         Project Officer

Department of Chemical Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai

Specialization and Areas of Research Interest:

Environmental Biotechnology: Biological removal and recovery of inorganic compounds from wastewaters; Biological treatment of industrial wastewaters; Biodegradation of xenobiotics

Biofuels and other Biotechnological Products: Production; Process design, kinetics and optimization; Environmental applications 

Awards, Recognitions and Professional achievements:

 

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HIYOSHI YOUNG LEAF AWARD - 2010 by Hiyoshi Corporation, Japan, for outstanding contribution in the field of environmental conservation and protection

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BOYSCAST Fellowship for the year 2010-2011 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, to conduct advanced research in the area of Industrial Microbiology/Environmental Biotechnology for a period of twelve months at Department of Environmental Resources, UNESCO-IHE, Westvest 7, 2611 AX Delft, The Netherlands.

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Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Award for Young Scientist 2010 for research in the area of Biological Sciences

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National Academy of Sciences India (NASI) Young Scientist Award 2008 for research in the area of Biological Sciences

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Top Reviewer 2008 Award of the journal Bioresource Technology, Elsevier Publications

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Editorial Board Member of the following two highly prestigious journals:

Reviewers in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology, Springer, The Netherlands International Journal of Adaptive and Innovative Systems, Inderscience Publishers

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Lead Guest Editor of the special issue ‘Biotechnology in Environmental Monitoring and Pollution Abatement’ to be published in BioMed Research International (formerly titled Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology), a peer-reviewed, open access journal (impact factor = 2.436) by Hindawi Publishing Corporation

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Reviewer of journals: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Bioresource Technology, Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics, Process Biochemistry, Biochemical Engineering, International Journal of Bioscience and Technology, Hazardous Materials, International Journal of Adaptive and Innovative Systems, Frontiers of Environmental Engineering and Science in China

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Partial Financial Support Award by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Centre for Cooperation in Science & Technology among Developing Societies (CCSTDS), for poster presentation of the paper entitled “Surface hydrophobicity of acidophilic heterotrophic bacteria of mine origin under metal stress’ in the 17th International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium held in Frankfurt, Germany, during September 2007.

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Full Financial Support Award by the Japanese Government through the University of Tokyo for oral presentation of the paper entitled “Regeneration and reuse of a fungal biosorbent in removing heavy metals from wastewaters” in the fourth International symposium on ‘Southeast Asian Water Environment’ held in Bangkok, Thailand, during December 2006.

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Full Financial Support Award by the Japanese Government through the University of Tokyo for oral presentation of the paper entitled “Azo dye decolourization study using a mixed culture” in the first International symposium on ‘Southeast Asian Water Environment’ held in Bangkok, Thailand, during October 2003.

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Best Paper Award for the paper entitled “Application of factorial design for evaluation and interpretation of Pb (II) and Cu (II) removal from binary metal system by biosorption using Phanerochaete chrysosporium” at international conference on Industrial Pollution and Control Technologies, ICIPACT-2001 held in Hyderabad during December 2001.

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Best Paper Award for the paper entitled “Studies on inhibitory effects of Cu (II) and Pb (II) on the growth of Phanerochaete chrysosporium” at 54th Annual conference of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineering Congress, CHEMCON-2001 held in Chennai during December 2001.

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Best Paper Award for the paper entitled “Heavy metal removal by biosorption using Phanerochaete chrysosporium at 42nd Annual conference of the Association of Microbiologist of India held in Jaipur during October 2000.

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University Grants Commission (UGC) Scholarship Award for pursuing MTech in Biotechnology at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, through the Jawaharlal Nehru University entrance examination 2007.

 

Sponsored Research Projects (as PI only):

Ongoing:

Title

Sponsoring agency

Amount sanctioned (Rs.)

Duration

Strategy Development for the mitigation of heavy metals in surface waters around coal mining areas using native cyanobacterial strains

Department of Biotechnology (DBT)

14,65,000

Two years starting June 2012

Carbon monoxide conversion using native hydrogenogenic microorganisms for sulphate rich wastewater treatment

Department of Biotechnology (DBT)

7,50,000

One year starting April 2014

Completed:

S. No.

Title

Sponsoring agency

Amount (Rs.)

Period

1.

Decolorization of textile dyeing wastewaters by the white rot fungi Phanerochaete chrysosporium in a novel rotating biological contactor reactor

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

11,49,840

November 2007 – November 2010

3.

Non-conventional two phase partitioning bioreactor systems for biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by Mycobacterium frederiksbergense

Department of Biotechnology (DBT)

11,60,000

November 2008 – October 2010

3.

In situ production of sophorolipid by the yeast Candida bombicola for pre-treatment of fats and oils containing dairy wastewaters

Department of Science and Technology (DST)

16,80,000

August 2008 -

July 2011

Courses Taught

Course title

Core/Elective

Microbial Biotechnology

Elective

(B.Tech, M.Tech & Ph.D)

Biofuels

Elective

(B.Tech, M.Tech & Ph.D)

Biomolecular and Cellular Process Engineering

Core (M.Tech)

Environmental Biology and Microbiology

Elective

(B.Tech, M.Tech & Ph.D)

Solid Waste Management

Elective

(B.Tech, M.Tech & Ph.D)

Industrial Wastewater Treatment

 Elective

(M.Tech & Ph.D)

Environmental Biotechnology

Core (B.Tech)

Bioseparation Engineering

Core (B.Tech)

Biochemical Engineering Laboratory

Core (B.Tech)

Microbiology

Core (B.Tech)

Experimental and Analytical Techniques for Chemical Engineers

Elective

(M.Tech & Ph.D)

Chemical Reaction Engineering

Core (B.Tech)

Modern Biology

Core (B.Tech)

 Publications

Refereed international journals

1.      N.K. Sahoo, K. Pakshirajan and P.K. Ghosh (2014) Biodegradation of 4-bromophenol by Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6 in batch shake flasks and in a continuously operated packed bed reactor, Biodegradation, 25, 265-276.

2.      K. Pakshirajan and J. Mal (2013) Biohydrogen production using native carbon monoxide converting anaerobic microbial consortium predominantly Petrobacter sp., International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 38, 16020-16028.

3.      M.A. Ahceampong, K. Pakshirajan and P.N.L. Lens (2013) Assessment of the effluent quality from a gold mining industry in Ghana. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 20, 3799–3811.

4.      K. Pakshirajan, A.N. Worku, M.A. Acheampong, H.J. Lubberding and P.N.L. Lens (2013) Cr(III) and Cr(VI) removal from aqueous solutions by cheaply available fruit waste and algal biomass. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 170, 498–513.

5.      K. Pakshirajan and P. Radhika (2013) Enzymatic decolourization of textile dyeing wastewater by the white rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium. Textiles and Light Industrial Science and Technology, 2(1), 42-48.

6.      M.A. Ahceampong, K. Pakshirajan, A. Annachhatre and P.N.L. Lens (2013) Removal of Cu(II) by biosorption onto coconut shell in fixed-bed column systems. Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, 19, 841-848.

7.      K. Pakshirajan, M. Izquierdo and P.N.L. Lens (2013) Arsenic(III) removal at low concentrations by biosorption using Phanerochaete chrysosporium pellets. Separation Science and Technology, 48, 1111-1112.

8.      N.K. Sahoo, K. Pakshirajan and P.K. Ghosh (2013) Biodegradation of 4-bromophenol by Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6 in a newly designed packed bed reactor. Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering, 115 (2), 182-188.

9.      A. Pandey, P. Chattopadhyay, S. Banerjee, K. Pakshirajan and L. Singh (2012) Antitermitic activity of plant essential oils and their major constituents against termite Odontotermes assamensis Holmgren (Isoptera: Termitidae) of North East India.  International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, 75, 63-67.

10.  S.J. Sarma and K. Pakshirajan (2012) Pyrene biodegradation by Mycobacterium frederiksbergense using an encapsulated oil system. Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds, 32(4), 457-468.

11.  K. Sen, K. Pakshirajan and S.B. Santra (2012) Modeling the biomass growth and enzyme secretion by the white rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium: a stochastic-based approach. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 167(4), pp. 705-713.

12.  K. Pakshirajan and S. Kheria (2012) Continuous treatment of coloured industry wastewater using immobilized Phanerochaete chrysosporium in a rotating biological contactor reactor. Journal of Environmental Management, 101, 118-123.

13.  K. Sen, K. Pakshirajan and S.B. Santra (2012) Modelling the biomass growth and enzyme secretion by the white rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium in presence of a toxic pollutant. Journal of Environmental Protection, 3, 114-119

14.  N.K. Sahoo P.K. Ghosh and K. Pakshirajan (2011) Kinetics of 4-bromophenol degradation using calcium alginate immobilized Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6. International journal of Earth Science and Engineering, 4: 663-668.

15.  P. Saravanan, K. Pakshirajan and P. Saha (2011) Biodegradation kinetics of phenol by predominantly Pseudomonas sp. in a batch shake flask. Desalination and Water Treatment, 36(1-3), 99-104.

16.  N.K. Sahoo, K. Pakshirajan and P.K. Ghosh (2011) Batch biodegradation of para-nitrophenol using Arthrobacter  chlorophenolicus A6. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 165(7-8), 1587-1596.

17.  K. Pakshirajan, S. Jaiswal and R.K. Das (2011) Biodecolourization of azo dyes using Phanerochaete chrysosporium: effect of culture conditions and enzyme activities. Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research, 70, 987-991.

18.  P. Sangeeta, S. Kheria and K. Pakshirajan (2011) Biodecolourization of real textile industry wastewater using the white rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium. Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research, 70, 982-986.

19.   P. Saravanan, K. Pakshirajan and P. Saha (2011) Kinetics of phenol degradation and growth of predominantly Pseudomonas species in a simple batch stirred tank reactor. Bulgarian Chemical Communications, 43(4), 502-509.

20.  P. Saravanan, K. Pakshirajan and P. Saha (2011) Studies on growth kinetics of predominantly Pseudomonas sp. in internal loop airlift bioreactor using phenol and m-cresol. Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering, 28(7), 1550-1555.

21.  B. Mahanty, K. Pakshirajan and V. V. Dasu (2011) Understanding the complexity and strategic evolution in PAHs remediation research. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 41(19), 1697–1746.

22.  P. Saravanan, K. Pakshirajan and P. Saha (2011) Repeated batch operation of internal loop airlift bioreactor in degrading phenolics as single and mixed substrate by using Pseudomonas sp. Sustainable Environment Research (Formerly Journal of Environmental Engineering and Management), 21(3), 135-140.

23.  A. Daverey, K. Pakshirajan and S. Sumalatha (2011) Sophorolipids production by Candida bombicola using dairy industry wastewater. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 13(3), 481-488.

24.  N.K. Sahoo, K. Pakshirajan and P.K. Ghosh (2011) Biodegradation of p-nitrophenol using Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6 in a novel upflow packed bed reactor. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 190(1-3), 729-737.

25.  N.K. Sahoo, K. Pakshirajan, P.K. Ghosh and A. Ghosh (2011) Biodegradation of 4-chlorophenol by Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6: Effect of culture conditions and degradation kinetics. Biodegradation, 22(2), 275–286.

26.  A. Daverey and K. Pakshirajan (2011) Pretreatment of synthetic dairy wastewater using the sophorolipid producing yeast Candida bombicola. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 163(6), 720-728.

27.  A. Ghosh, K. Pakshirajan, P.K. Ghosh and N.K.Sahoo (2011) Perchlorate degradation using an indigenous microbial consortium predominantly Burkholderia sp., Journal of Hazardous Materials, 187 (1-3), 133–139.

28.  S. Kumar, V. Venkata Dasu  and K. Pakshirajan (2011) Assessment of Physical Process Conditions for Enhanced Production of Novel Glutaminase-Free L-Asparaginase from Pectobacterium carotovorum MTCC 1428. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 163(3), 327–337.

29.  K. Pakshirajan, A. Sivasankar and N.K. Sahoo (2011) Decolourization of synthetic wastewater containing azo dyes by immobilized Phanerochaete chrysosporium in a continuously operated RBC reactor, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 89(4):1223–1232.

30.  S.J. Sarma, K. Pakshirajan and B. Mahanty (2011) Chitosan coated alginate-polyvinyl alcohol beads for encapsulation of silicone oil containing pyrene: a novel method for biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 86(2), 266-272.

31.  S. Kumar, V. Venkata Dasu and K. Pakshirajan (2011) Purification and characterization of glutaminase-free L-asparaginase from Pectobacterium carotovorum MTCC 1428. Bioresource Technology, 102(2), 2077-2082.

32.  S.J. Sarma and K. Pakshirajan (2011) Surfactant aided biodegradation of pyrene using immobilized cells of Mycobacterium frederiksbergense, International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, 65(1), 73-77.

33.  K. Pakshirajan and S. Singh (2010) Decolourization of synthetic wastewater containing azo dyes in a batch operated rotating biological contactor reactor with the immobilized fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 49(16), 7484–7487.

34.  B. Mahanty, K. Pakshirajan and V. V. Dasu (2010) Batch biodegradation of PAHs in mixture by Mycobacterium frederiksbergense: analysis of main and interaction effects. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 12(4), 441–447.

35.  A. Daverey and K. Pakshirajan (2010) Effect of different oils and media constituents on the production of sophorolipids by Wickerhamiella domercqiae. International Journal of Microbes and Environmental Management, 1(1), 11-15.

36.  N.K. Sahoo, K.Pakshirajan and P.K.Ghosh (2010) Enhancing the biodegradation of 4-chlorophenol by Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6 via medium development. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, 64, 474-480.

37.  A. Daverey and K. Pakshirajan (2010) Sophorolipids from Candida bombicola using mixed hydrophilic substrates: production, purification and characterization. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 79, 246-253.

38.  S.J. Sarma and K. Pakshirajan (2010) An immobilized cell system for biodegradation of pyrene by Mycobacterium frederiksbergense. Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds, 30(3), 129-140.

39.  S. Singh and K. Pakshirajan and A. Daverey (2010) Enhanced decolourization of Direct Red – 80 dye by the white rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium employing sequential design of experiments. Biodegradation, 21(4), 501-511.

40.  S. Singh, A. Daverey and K. Pakshirajan (2010) Screening and optimization of media constituents for decolourization of Mordant Blue - 9 dye by Phanerochaete chrysosporium. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 12(3), 313-323.

41.  S. Singh and K. Pakshirajan (2010) Enzyme activities and decolourization of single and mixed azo dyes by the white rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, 64(2), 146-150.

42.  B. Mahanty, K. Pakshirajan and V. V. Dasu (2010) A two liquid phase partitioning bioreactor system for biodegradation of pyrene: comparative evaluation and cost benefit analysis. Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 85(3), 349-355.

43.  A. Daverey and K. Pakshirajan (2010) Kinetics of growth and enhanced sophorolipids production by Candida bombicola using a low cost fermentative medium. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 160(7), 2090-2101.

44.  K. Pakshirajan (2010) Prediction of coliform bacteria in surface waters using artificial neural networks. Journal of Information Intelligence and Knowledge, 2(3), 191-202.

45.  K. Pakshirajan and T. Swaminathan (2010) Biosorption of lead by the immobilized fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium in a packed bed column. International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, 12 (2-4), 214-228.

46.  S. Kumar, V.V. Dasu and K. Pakshirajan (2010) Localization and production of novel L-asparaginase from Pectobacterium carotovorum MTCC 1428. Process Biochemistry, 45(2), 223-229.

47.  P. Saravanan, K. Pakshirajan and P. Saha (2010) Hydrodynamics and batch degradation of phenol in an internal loop airlift reactor. International Journal of Environmental Engineering, 2 (1-3), 303-315.

48.  A. Daverey and K. Pakshirajan (2009) Production, characterization and properties of sophorolipids from the yeast Candida bombicola using a low-cost fermentative medium. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 158(3), 663-674.

49.  S. Kumar, V.V. Dasu and K. Pakshirajan (2009) Development of medium for enhanced production of glutaminase free L-asparaginase from Pectobacterium carotovorum MTCC 1428. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 84(3), 477-486.

50.  P. Saravanan, K. Pakshirajan and P. Saha (2009) Degradation of phenol by TiO2-based heterogeneous photocatalysts in presence of sunlight. Journal of Hydro-environment Research, 3(1), 45–50.

51.  A. Daverey, K. Pakshirajan and P. Sangeetha (2009) Sophorolipids production by Candida bombicola using synthetic dairy wastewater. International Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering, 1(4), 173 -175.

52.  K. Pakshirajan and T. Swaminathan (2009) Biosorption of lead, copper and cadmium by Phanerochaete chrysosporium in ternary metal mixtures: statistical analysis of individual and interaction effects. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 158(2), 457-469.

53.  B. Mahanty, K. Pakshirajan and V. V. Dasu (2009) Pyrene encapsulated alginate bead type for sustained release in biodegradation: preparation and characteristics. Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds, 29(1), 56-73.

54.  P. Saravanan, K. Pakshirajan and P. Saha (2009) Treatment of phenolics containing synthetic wastewater in an internal loop airlift bioreactor (ILALR) using indigenous mixed strain of Pseudomonas sp. under continuous mode of operation. Bioresource Technology, 100(18), 4111-4116.

55.  K. Pakshirajan and T. Swaminathan (2009) Biosorption of copper and cadmium in packed bed columns with live immobilized fungal biomass of Phanerochaete chrysosporium. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 157(2), 159-173.

56.  A. Daverey and K. Pakshirajan (2009) Production of sophorolipids from the yeast Candida bombicola using simple and low cost fermentative media. Food Research International, 42(4), 499-504.

57.  K. Pakshirajan, Eldon R. Rene and T. Swaminathan (2009) Decolourization of azo dye containing synthetic wastewater in a rotating biological contactor reactor: A factorial design study. International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 37 (2-3), 266-275.

58.  P. Saravanan, K. Pakshirajan and P. Saha (2009) Batch growth kinetics of an indigenous mixed microbial culture utilizing m-cresol as the sole carbon source. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 162(1), 476 - 481.

59.  K. Pakshirajan and C. Manda (2009) Optimisation of pesticide crystal protein production from Bacillus thuringiensis employing artificial intelligence techniques. International Journal of Adaptive and Innovative systems, 1(1), 77 - 86.

60.  P. Saravanan, K. Pakshirajan and P. Saha (2008) Performance of batch stirred tank bioreactor and internal loop airlift bioreactor in degrading phenol using Pseudomonas spp. - A comparative study.  Journal of Environmental Protection Science, 2, 81 – 86.

61.  P. Saravanan, K. Pakshirajan and P. Saha (2008) Kinetics of phenol and m-cresol biodegradation by an indigenous mixed microbial culture isolated from a sewage treatment plant. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 20(12), 1508 - 1513.

62.  S. Kumar, S. Kundu, K. Pakshirajan and V.V. Dasu (2008) Cephalosporins determination with a novel microbial biosensor based on permeabilized Pseudomonas aeruginosa whole cells. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 151(2-3), 653 - 664.

63.  P. Saravanan, K. Pakshirajan and P. Saha (2008) Kinetics of growth and multi substrate degradation by an indigenous mixed microbial culture isolated from a wastewater treatment plant in Guwahati, India. Water Science and Technology, 58(5), 1101 – 1106.

64.  P. Saravanan, K. Pakshirajan and P. Saha (2008) Biodegradation of phenol and m-cresol in a batch and fed batch operated internal loop airlift bioreactor by indigenous mixed microbial culture predominantly Pseudomonas sp. Bioresource Technology, 99(18), 8553-8558.

65.  K. Pakshirajan, D. Chugh and P. Saravanan (2008) Feasibility of m-cresol degradation using an indigenous mixed microbial culture with glucose as co-substrate. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 10 (3), 303-308.

66.  B. Mahanty, K. Pakshirajan and V.V. Dasu (2008) Synchronous fluorescence as a selective method for monitoring pyrene in biodegradation studies. Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds, 28 (3), 213-227.

67.  M. A. Haider, K. Pakshirajan, A. Singh and S. Chaudhry (2008) Artificial neural network – genetic algorithm approach to optimize media constituents for enhancing lipase production by a soil microorganism. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 144(3), 225-235.

68.  B. Mahanty, K. Pakshirajan and V.V. Dasu (2008) Biodegradation of pyrene by Mycobacterium frederiksbergense in a two phase partitioning bioreactor system. Bioresource Technology, 99(7), 2694 - 2698.

69.  P. Saravanan, K. Pakshirajan and P. Saha (2008) Growth kinetics of an indigenous mixed microbial consortium during phenol degradation in a batch reactor. Bioresource Technology, 99(1), 205 – 209.

70.  B. Mahanty, S.J. Sarma and K. Pakshirajan (2007) Evaluation of different surfactants for use in pyrene biodegradation by Mycobacterium frederiksbergense. International Journal of Chemical Engineering Science, 5(4), 1505 – 1512.

71.  M. Ali Haider and K. Pakshirajan (2007) Screening and optimization of media constituents for enhancing lipolytic activity by a soil microorganism using statistically designed experiments. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 141(2-3), 377 - 390.

72.  K. Pakshirajan (2007) Surface hydrophobicity of acidophilic heterotrophic bacteria of mine origin under metal stress. Advanced Materials Research, 20 & 21, 362 - 365.

73.  B. Mahanty, K. Pakshirajan and V. V. Dasu (2006) Production and properties of a biosurfactant applied to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon solubilization. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 134(2), 129 – 142.

74.  K. Pakshirajan and T. Swaminathan (2006) Continuous biosorption of Pb, Cu and Cd by Phanerochaete chrysosporium in a packed column reactor. Soil and Sediment Contamination, 15, 187 – 197.

75.  K. Ravikumar, K. Pakshirajan, T. Swaminathan and K. Balu (2005) Optimization of batch process parameters using response surface methodology for dye removal by a novel adsorbent. Chemical Engineering Journal, 105, 131 – 138.

76.  S.R. Prabagaran, K. Pakshirajan, T. Swaminathan and S. Jeyachandran (2004) Media optimization of Bacillus thuringiensis PBT – 372 using response surface methodology. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Quarterly Journal, 18(2), 183 – 187.

77.  K. Pakshirajan and T. Swaminathan (2002) Biosorption of lead, copper and cadmium by Phanerochaete chrysosporium - an equilibrium and kinetic study. Water and Environment Management Series, 1041-1052.

78.  M. Gopal, K. Pakshirajan, and T. Swaminathan (2002) Heavy metal removal by biosorption using Phanerochaete chrysosporium. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 102(1-3), 227 - 237.

Refereed National Journals

1.      S.J. Sarma, K. Pakshirajan* and K.B.G. Saamrat (2011) Pyrene biodegradation by free and immobilized cells of Mycobacterium frederiksbergense using a solvent encapsulated system. Indian Journal of Biotechnology, 10, 496-501.

2.      K. Pakshirajan and B. Khataniar (2008) Modelling the bacteriological quality of Brahmaputra River in relation with some important physico-chemical parameters employing statistical regression method. Journal of the Assam Science and Society, 48 (1 & 2), 27 – 32.

Chapters in Books

1.      A. Ghosh, K. Pakshirajan and P.K. Ghosh (2013) Bioremediation of perchlorate contaminated environment. In: Biological Remediation of Explosive Residues, Singh, S.N., (Ed), Springer, Germany, pp 163-178.

2.      N.K. Sahoo, A. Ramesh and K. Pakshirajan (2012) Bacterial degradation of aromatics: An overview on metabolic pathways. In: Microorganisms in Environmental Management, Satyanarayana, T., Johri, B.N. and. Anil Prakash (Eds), Springer, New York, pp 201-220.

3.      A. Daverey and K. Pakshirajan (2011) Recent advances in bioremediation of contaminated soil and water using microbial surfactants. In: Microbes and Microbial Technology, Ahmad, I., (Ed), Springer, New York, pp 207-228.

Presentations in International Conferences

 1.      T. Nandwana, K. Pakshirajan and N.K. Sahoo. Artificial neural network (ANN) modelling of a packed bed bioreactor system treating substituted phenol containing wastewater. 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Control, Modelling and Systems Engineering (ICMS 2014), January 29-31, 2014, Cambridge, Massachussetts, USA.

2.      K. Pakshirajan. Pesticidal crystal protein production by Bacillus thuringiensis PBT-732 using agro-industry wastes, 4th Biopesticides International Conference (BIOCICON 2013), November 28-29, 2013, Tamilnadu, India.

3.      S. Abraham, N. K. Sahoo, K. Pakshirajan and P.K. Ghosh. Batch and column Study on 4-CP removal using calcium alginate immobilized Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6. International conference International conference on future environment and energy, ICFEE 2012, February 26-28, 2012, Singapore.

4.      N.K. Sahoo, P.K. Ghosh, K. Pakshirajan. Kinetics of 4-bromophenol degradation using calcium alginate immobilized Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6. International conference on advances in civil engineering, October 21-23, 2011, KL University, Guntur Andhra Pradesh India.

5.      S.J. Sarma and K. Pakshirajan. Oil encapsulated microspheres: A novel method of enhancing the bioavailability and biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. 4th International Conference on Biotechniques for Air Pollution Control, October 12-14, 2011, A Coruna, Spain.

6.      N.K. Sahoo, S.P. Abraham, P.K. Ghosh and K. Pakshirajan. Biodegradation of 4-chlorophenol using calcium 
alginate immobilized Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6. Twelfth International Conference on Environmental Science 
and Technology (CEST2011), September 8-10, 2011, Rhodes island, Dodecanese, Greece.
 
7.      N.K. Sahoo, S.P. Abraham, P.K. Ghosh and K. Pakshirajan. Kinetics of 4-bromophenol degradation using
 calcium alginate immobilized Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6. International Conference on Environmental
 Pollution and Remediation (ICEPR 2011), August 17-19, 2011, Ottawa, Canada. 

8.      K. Pakshirajan, S. Singh and R. Pothi. Decolorization of real textile dyeing waste water by white rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium. Fourth International Perspectives on Water Resources & the Environment conference (IPWE 2011), January 4-6, 2011, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

9.      N.K. Sahoo, K. Pakshirajan and P.K. Ghosh. Biodegradation of p-bromophenol using Ca-alginate immobilized Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6 gel beads. International Conference on Climate Change and Water, January 3-5, 2011, Indian institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, India.

10.  N.K. Sahoo, K. Pakshirajan and P.K. Ghosh. Batch biodegradation of p-nitrophenol using Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6. International Conference on Genomic Sciences - Recent Trends (ICGS-2010), November 12-14, 2010, Madurai, India.

11.  S.J. Sarma, K. Pakshirajan and K.B.G. Saamrat. A novel two phase system for pyrene biodegradation using free and immobilized microorganisms. International Conference on Genomic Sciences - Recent Trends (ICGS-2010), November 12-14, 2010, Madurai, India.

12.  P. Sangeeta, S. Kheria and K. Pakshirajan. Biodecolourization of real textile industry wastewater using the white rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium. International Conference on Genomic Sciences - Recent Trends (ICGS-2010), November 12-14, 2010, Madurai, India.

13.  K. Pakshirajan, S. Jaiswal and R.K. Das. Biodecolourization of azo dyes using Phanerochaete chrysosporium: effect of culture conditions and enzyme activities. International Conference on Genomic Sciences - Recent Trends (ICGS-2010), November 12-14, 2010, Madurai, India.

14.  N.K. Sahoo, K. Pakshirajan and P.K. Ghosh. Kinetics of growth and biodegradation of p-nitrophenol p-chlorophenol by Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6. Ninth International Conference on Hydro-Science and Engineering (ICHE 2010), August 2-5, 2010, Chennai, India.

15.  N.K. Sahoo, K. Pakshirajan and P.K. Ghosh. Growth and biodegradation kinetics of p-bromophenol and p-nitrophenol by Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6. International Conference on Environmental Health and Technology (EH&T 2010), March 15-17, 2010, Kanpur.

16.  N.K. Sahoo, K. Pakshirajan and P.K. Ghosh. Effect of culture conditions and degradation kinetics of Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6 for enhancing the biodegradation of 4-chlorophenol, International Conference on Emerging Trends in Biotechnology (ETBT 2009), December 4-6, 2009, Varanasi.

17.  A. Daverey and K. Pakshirajan. Utilization and pretreatment of dairy industry wastewater by Candida bombicola for the production of sophorolipids. III International Conference on Environmental, Industrial and Applied Microbiology (BioMicroWorld2009), December 2-4, 2009, Lisbon Portugal.

18.  B. Mahanty, K. Pakshirajan and V.V. Dasu. Two liquid phase portioning bioreactor system for biodegradation of pyrene by Mycobacterium frederiksbergense. Biotechniques for Air Pollution Control, September 28 – 30, 2009, Delft, The Netherlands.

19.  A. Daverey and K. Pakshirajan. Utilization of agro-industrial wastes for the production of sophorolipids by the yeast Candida bombicola. First International Conference on Recycling and Reuse of Materials ICRM, July 17 - 19, 2009, Kottayam, India.

20.  S. Singh and K. Pakshirajan.  Decolourization of azo dyes and enzyme activities by the white rot fungi Phanerochaete chrysosporium. International Congress of Environmental Research, December 18 - 20 2008, Goa, India.

21.  S. Kumar, V. Venkata Dasu and K. Pakshirajan. Development of medium for maximum production of L-asparaginase from Pectobacterium carotovorum MTCC 1428. International Congress of Genetics, July 12-17, 2008, Berlin, Germany.

22.  P. Saravanan, K. Pakshirajan and P. Saha. Evaluation of indigenous mixed microbial consortium for bioremediation of petroleum refinery effluent. International Symposium on ‘Sanitary and Environmental Engineering’ June 23 -27 2008, University of Florence, Italy.

23.  B. Mahanty, K. Pakshirajan and V.V. Dasu. Effects of naphthalene, indole and biphenyl on pyrene degradation by Mycobacterium vanbaalenii and Mycobacterium frederiksbergense: A fractional factorial design approach. International Conference on New Horizons in Biotechnology, November 26 - 29, 2007, Trivandrum, India.

24.  P. Saravanan, K. Pakshirajan and P. Saha. Performance of batch stirred tank reactor in degrading phenol using indigenous mixed microbial consortium. International Conference on New Horizons in Biotechnology, November 26 - 29, 2007, Trivandrum, India.

25.  K. Pakshirajan and K. Sen. Prediction of coliforms in surface waters based on easily estimable parameters using artificial neural networks. International Conference on New Horizons in Biotechnology, November 26 - 29, 2007, Trivandrum, India, pp 225.

26.  K. Pakshirajan and P. Saravanan. Activated sludge process modeling by ASM 1 and back propagation neural networks. CIT International Conference on ‘Modeling and Simulation’ August 27 –29, 2007, Coimbatore, India.

27.  K. Pakshirajan and T. Swaminathan. Regeneration and reuse of a fungal biosorbent in removing heavy metals from wastewaters. Fourth international symposium on ‘Southeast Asian Water Environment’ December 6 - 8, 2006, Bangkok, Thailand.

28.  R. Saisheela, N. Bhaskar, K. Pakshirajan, Eldon R. Rene and T. Swaminathan. Biotransformation of Cr (VI) by mixed culture – Studies on inhibition kinetics of microbial growth. International conference on ‘Advances in Industrial Wastewater Treatment’ February 9 – 11, 2005, Chennai, India.

29.  T. Swaminathan, Eldon R. Rene, K. Jagannathan and K. Pakshirajan. Treatment of effluents containing hazardous pollutants using rotating biological contactor. Second international symposium on ‘Southeast Asian Water Environment’ December 1 – 3, 2004, Hanoi, Vietnam.

30.  C. Krittika, K. Pakshirajan and T. Swaminathan. Azo dye decolourization study using a mixed culture. First international symposium on ‘Southeast Asian Water Environment’ October 23 - 25, 2003, Bangkok, Thailand.

31.  K. Pakshirajan and T. Swaminathan. Application of factorial design for evaluation of Pb and Cu removal from binary metal system by biosorption using Phanerochaete chrysosporium. International conference on ‘Industrial Pollution and Control Technologies’ December 7 – 10, 2001, Hyderabad, India.

Presentations in National Conferences

1.      A. Ghosh, P. K. Ghosh and K. Pakshirajan. Perchlorate removal by bacterial strain Dechlorosoma sp. KJ. National Conference on Integrated Water and Wastewater Management, November 20 - 22 2008, Kolkata.

2.      N.K. Sahoo, K. Pakshirajan and P.K. Ghosh. Screening of media constituents for chlorophenol biodegradation by Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6 employing full factorial design of experiments. Annual Research Symposium Chemference July 5 – 6, 2008, Kanpur.

3.      A. Daverey and K. Pakshirajan. Production and characterization of sophorolipid by Wickerhamiella domercqiae NRRL Y-6992 grown on a synthetic medium. Annual Research Symposium Chemference July 5 – 6, 2008, Kanpur.

4.      B. Mahanty, K. Pakshirajan and V.V. Dasu. Biodegradation of ternary PACs mixture by Mycobacterium frederiksbergense. Annual Research Symposium Chemference July 5 – 6, 2008, Kanpur.

5.      D. Vijayashankar, K. Pakshirajan, R. A. Damodar, and T. Swaminathan. Acid Yellow Dye Degradation and Colour Removal in a Laboratory Scale Electrochemical Cell. 60th Annual session of Chemical Engineering Congress ‘CHEMCON 2007’December 27 – 30, 2007, Kolkata.

6.      A. Daverey and K. Pakshirajan. Screening of media constituents for sophorolipid production using Wickerhamiella domercqiae by Plackett-Burman design technique. 48th Association of Microbiologists of India Annual conference December 18-21, 2007, Chennai.

7.      N.K. Sahoo, K. Pakshirajan and P.K. Ghosh. Evaluation of actinomycetes and bacteria isolated from soil samples in biodegradation of chlorophenols. 48th Association of Microbiologists of India Annual conference December 18-21, 2007, Chennai.

8.      S. Kumar, K. Pakshirajan and V. Venkata Dasu. Studies on the localization and production of bacterial L-asparaginase. 48th Association of Microbiologists of India Annual conference December 18-21, 2007, Chennai.

9.      B. Mahanty, K. Pakshirajan and V.V. Dasu. Effect of glucose and triton X-100 on pyrene biodegradation by Mycobacterium frederiksbergense and Mycobacaterium vanbaalenii: Plackett Burman design. 59th Annual session of Chemical Engineering Congress ‘CHEMCON 2006’ December 27 – 30, 2006, Gujarat.

10.  P. Saravanan, K. Pakshirajan and P. Saha. Modeling of phenol removal in a batch reactor using mixed culture. 59th Annual session of Chemical Engineering Congress ‘CHEMCON 2006’, December 27 – 30, 2006, Gujarat.

11.  D. Vijayashankar, R.A. Damodar, K. Pakshirajan and T. Swaminathan. Decolourization of an azo dye containing synthetic wastewater using electrochemical oxidation technique. 59th Annual session of Chemical Engineering Congress ‘CHEMCON 2006’, December 27 – 30, 2006, Gujarat.

12.  B. Mahanty, V.V. Dasu and K. Pakshirajan. Production and properties of a biosurfactant from pyrene utilizing microbial culture. 46th Annual conference of ‘Association of Microbiologist of India’ December 8 – 10, 2005, Hyderabad.

13.  K. Pakshirajan and T. Swaminathan. Studies on inhibitory effects of Cu (II) and Pb (II) on the growth of Phanerochaete chrysosporium.  54th Annual session of Chemical Engineering Congress ‘CHEMCON 2001’ December 19 – 22, 2001, Chennai.

14.  M. Gopal, K. Pakshirajan and T. Swaminathan. Studies on heavy metal removal by biosorption using Phanerochaete chrysosporium. 41st Annual conference of Association of Microbiologists of India, November 25 – 27, 2000, Jaipur.

Technical Reports

1.      Ph.D. Thesis: Studies on heavy metal removal by biosorption using Phanerochaete chrysosporium. Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, March 2004.

2.      M.Tech. Thesis: Cell surface hydrophobicity of acidophilic heterotrophic bacteria of mine origin under metal stress. Jadavpur University, Kolkata, June 1999.

3.      B.Pharm Thesis: New spectrophotometric method for determination of cefotaxime sodium. The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai, April 1997.

Research Guidance (Ph.D. & M.Tech.)

Research programme

Name of the scholar

Title of thesis

Year of award

Guide/Co-guide

Ph.D

Pichiah Saravanan

Biodegradation of phenolic compounds using an indigenous mixed microbial culture

2008

Prof. P. Saha

Chemical Engg. Department

IIT Guwahati

Ph.D

Biswanath Mahanty

Studies on biodegradation of pyrene using Mycobacterium frederiksbergense

2009

Prof. V. Venkata Dasu

Biotechnology Department

IIT Guwahati

Ph.D

Achlesh Daverey

Studies on sophorolipids production and pretreatment of fat and oil containing wastewater using Candida bombicola

2011

None

Ph.D

Sanjay Kumar

Production, purification and characterization of L-asparaginase from Pectobacterium Carotovorum MTCC 1428

2011

Prof. V. Venkata Dasu

Biotechnology Department

IIT Guwahati

Ph.D.

Naresh K. Sahoo

Studies on biodegradation of substituted phenols by Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6

2012

Dr. P.K. Ghosh

Civil Engg. Department

IIT Guwahati

Ph.D.

Kausik Sen

Textile dyeing wastewater treatment potential of Phanerochaete chrysosporium: experiments and simulation

2013

Prof. S.B. Santra

Physics Department

IIT Guwahati

Ph.D.

Atreyi Ghosh

Studies on microbial reduction of perchlorate in batch and continuous systems

2014

Dr. P.K. Ghosh

Civil Engg. Department

IIT Guwahati

M.Tech

A. Sivashankar

Decolourization of textile dyeing wastewaters using Phanerochaete chrysosporium in a rotating biological contactor reactor

2010

none

M.Tech

Sumeet Kheira

Industrial wastewater treatment using Phanerochaete chrysosporium in a rotating biological contactor reactor

2011

none

M.Tech.

Joyabrata Mal

Carbon monoxide conversion using native hydrogenogenic microorganisms isolated from a local wastewater treatment plant

2013

none

Current Guidance (Ph.D. & M.Tech.)

Research

Programme

Name of the scholar

Title of thesis

(tentative)

Co-guide

Ph.D.

Arindam Sinha

Biological carbon monoxide conversion for biofuel and environmental applications

None

Ph.D.

Lalit Goswami

Biological treatment of biomass gasification effluent

Dr. G. Pugazhenthi

Chemical Engg. Department

IIT Guwahati

Ph.D.

Madhavi Singh

Reactive oxygen species mediated inactivation of microorganisms in wastewater

Dr. Vishal Trivedi

Biotechnology Department

IIT Guwahati

Ph.D

Mothe Gopi Kiran

Heavy metal removal by sulfate reduction

Prof. Gopal Das

Chemistry Department

IIT Guwahati

Ph.D.

Vibha Sinha

Chromium removal from industrial wastewater using microbe assisted plant system in constructed wetlands

Prof. Rakhi Chaturvedi

Biotechnology Department

IIT Guwahati

M.Tech.

Sanjay Kumar

Dairy wastewater as a cheap substrate for biodiesel production by using Rhodococcus opacus

none

Other Activities

Coordinator of Training Programs 

  Coordinator of the Quality Improvement Programme – Short Term Course on "Biotechniques for Pollution Control and Resource Recovery ", organized by Centre for the Environment, IIT Guwahati, 1–8 July 2013.

  Coordinator of the Quality Improvement Programme – Short Term Course on "Engineering Aspects of Enzyme and Microbial Processes", organized by Biotechnology department, IIT Guwahati, 4 – 8 June 2007.

Invited Speaker in Conferences/Symposia

  Presented an invited lecture on “Microbial removal of metal ions” in the One day Workshop on Chemical 
and Environmental Engineering, organized by Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras, Chennai, 
March 16, 2013.
 
  Presented an invited lecture on “Microbial surfactants and their role in environmental applications” 
in the National Workshop on Advances in Applied Microbiology and Bioprocess Engineering with 
special reference to Petroleum Biotechnology, organized by Centre for Petroleum Biotechnology, 
Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Tezpur University Napaam, August 23-24, 2012.

  Presented an invited lecture on “Waste Management in Business Organizations ” in the Seminar on the Occasion of World Standards Day, organized by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Guwahati, November 21, 2012.

  Presented an invited lecture on “Traditional organic foods of select tribal communities of Northeast India: relevance to sustainable food and nutritional security of the region” in the International Workshop on Forming a Network for Education for Sustainable Development in Asia, organized by The Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO, Kyoto, Japan, October 27-31, 2010.

  Presented an invited lecture on “Utilization of agro-industrial wastes for the production of sophorolipids by the yeast Candida bombicola” in the First International Conference on Recycling and Reuse of Materials ICRM, organized by Institute of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Kottayam, July 17 - 19, 2009.

  Presented an invited lecture on “Biohydrogen and biodiesel from microbes and microalgae” in the national conference seminar on ‘Biohydrogen: an innovative fuel’, organized by the departments of Petrochemical Technology and Biotechnology, Periyar Maniyammai University, Tanjaur, January 21-23, 2009.

  Presented an invited lecture on “Removal and Recovery of heavy metals from wastewaters using live fungal biomass of Phanerochaete chrysosporium” in the 78th Annual Session of The National Academy of Sciences India (NASI), organized by Panjab University, Chandigarh, November 21-23, 2008.

  Presented an invited lecture on “Enhanced production of sophorolipids from the yeast Candida bombicola using sugarcane molasses and soybean oil” in the 3rd International Congress on Bioprocesses in Food Industries (ICBF - 2008), organized by Osmania University, Hyderabad, November 2 – 5, 2008.

  Presented an invited lecture on “Heavy metals containing wastewaters: environmental significance and treatment by biosorption technique” in the national seminar on ‘Toxicity of Chemicals & their Hazards with Special Reference To Heavy Metals’, organized by St. Edmunds College, Shillong, October 23 -24, 2008.

Invited Speaker in Training Programs

  Presented two invited lectures on "Introduction to Biofilms" and "Biofilm Fundamentals" in the Summer school 
on Biofilms for Biotechnology, organized by UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft,the Netherlands, 
September 19-23, 2011.
 
  Presented a lecture on "FT diesel, methanol, glycerol and ABE (butanol)” in the Quality Improvement 
Programme – Short Term Course on " Advances in Biofuel Research”, organized by Centre for Energy 
and Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Guwahati, November 29-December 3, 2010.
 
  Presented a lecture on "Biological soil treatment” in the Quality Improvement Programme – 
Short Term Course on "Role of Environmental Geotechnology in Waste Management”, organized by 
Civil Engineering department, IIT Guwahati, November 2-6, 2009.
 
  Presented a lecture on "Alkaloids” in the Quality Improvement Programme – Short Term Course 
on "Advances in Drug Discovery”, organized by Biotechnology department, IIT Guwahati, July 20-24, 2009.
 
  Presented a lecture on "Bioactive compounds of alkaloids class” in the Quality Improvement 
Programme – Short Term Course on "Approaches to the Screening of Bioactive Molecules from 
Natural Resources”, organized by Biotechnology department, IIT Guwahati, June 13-17, 2009.

  Presented two invited lectures on “Biofuels from microbes and microalgae” and “Biocatalysts for industrial biotransformations” in the Summer School on ‘Green Chemistry’, organized by the department of Chemical Sciences, Tezpur University, Napaam, June 2-22, 2009.

  Presented a two-hour lecture on "Biosurfactants – properties, production and application" in the Quality Improvement Programme – Short Term Course on "Surfactants and Interfacial Phenomena in Process Technology", organized by Chemical Engineering department, IIT Guwahati, 14 – 18 July 2008.

  Presented lectures on "Biological waste gas purification technologies", “Membrane bioreactors in water and wastewater treatment’ and “Biosorption for heavy metal removal from contaminated wastewaters” in the Quality Improvement Programme – Short Term Course on "Recent Trends and Technologies in Industrial Waste Treatment and Management ", organized by Civil Engineering department, IIT Guwahati, 3 – 7 December 2007.

  Presented a lecture on "Arsenic treatment methods: bioremediation techniques

” in a training workshop for the analysts and public health engineers of Assam state involved in the UNICEF-IITG Project on tackling the groundwater arsenic contamination problem of Assam, organized at IIT Guwahati on 17th and 18th July, 2007.

  Presented a lecture on "Design and operational aspects of biosensors” in the Quality Improvement Programme – Short Term Course on "Sensors: Fabrication to Application”, organized by Chemistry department, IIT Guwahati, 18 – 22 June 2007.

  Presented lectures on "Bioreaction engineering" and “Biocatalyst in organic chemical synthesis” in the Quality Improvement Programme – Short Term Course on "Green Chemistry and Green Technology", organized by Chemistry department, IIT Guwahati, 5 – 9 June 2006.

  Presented a lecture on "Technical paper writing” in the Early Faculty Induction Programme on “Pedagogy and Teaching Skill Course”, organized at IIT Guwahati, 3 – 12 January 2005.

Invited Member of Organizing and Scientific Committees of Conferences

  Member of the scientific and organizing committee – First Annual Session of the Student’s Chemical Engineering Congress (SCHEMCON), organized by Chemical Engineering department, IIT Guwahati, 7 - 9 December, 2005.

  Member of the scientific and organizing committee – National Symposium on Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology: Scope & Prospects in North East India, organized by Biotechnology department, IIT Guwahati, in cooperation with Northeast Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NEECI), Guwahati, 20 & 21 January, 2007.

 

Membership in Professional Bodies

         Member, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE)

         Member, Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI)

         General Secretary, Biotechnology Research Consortium of India (BRSI), Guwahati Unit

         Member, Biotechnology Research Consortium of India (BRSI)

         Member, Tamilnadu Pharmacy Council.

Research and Industrial Training

  Worked on a six-month research project at Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata for the fulfilment of MTech in Biotechnology offered by Jadavpur University, Kolkata, during the year 1999.

  Underwent one month research training in the departments of Molecular Biology, Bacteriology, Immunology, Epidemiology and Pathology at Tuberculosis Research Center (TRC), Indian Council of Medical Research, Chennai, in the year 1998.

  Underwent two month industrial training in the various departments of Research & Development, Parenteral, Quality Control, Non-parenterals at M/s. TTK Pharma Ltd., Pallavaram, Chennai, in the year 1995.

 
Select Administrative Posts Held at IIT Guwahati

Name of the Post

Period

From

To

Chairman, Students Welfare Board

July 2013

present

Secretary, Postgraduate Programme Committee, Biotechnology Department &

Member, Institute Postgraduate Programme Committee

May 2011

August 2013

Warden, Umiam Hostel &

Chairman, Hostel Affairs Board

July 2008

July 2010

Coordinator, Technical Committee, Biotechnology Department

May 2009

May 2010

Coordinator, Placement, Biotechnology Department

August 2007

April 2009

Warden, Manas Hostel

Nov. 2004

July 2008

Secretary, Undergraduate Programme Committee, Biotechnology Department &

Member, Institute Undergraduate Programme Committee

Sep. 2005

October 2007

Coordinator, B.Tech Project, Biotechnology Department

March 2005

May 2007

Associate Warden, Manas Hostel

July 2004

Nov. 2004

 

Students/Scholars/Staff:

Current

 

Post-doctoral fellow (under DBT-RA):

S. no.

Name

Department/Centre

Date of joining

1

Dr. Akoijam Chingkheihunba

Biotechnology

January 2014

 

PhD:

S. no.

Name of the student

Department/Centre

Date of joining

1

Arindam Sinha

Biotechnology

July 2011

2

Lalit Goswami

Environment

July 2013

3

Madhavi Singh

Biotechnology

July 2011

4

Mothe Gopi Kiran

Environment

July 2012

5

Vibha Sinha

Biotechnology

July 2013

 

MTech:

1

Sanjay Kumar

Biotechnology

July 2013

 

BTech:

1

Ravi Raj

Biotechnology

July 2013

2

Tapish Nandwana

Biotechnology

July 2013

 

Trainee:

1

Kumudhinee Deka (Gauhati University, Guwahati)

Environment

January 2014

Previous

PhD:

1.      Achlesh Daverey

2.      Atreyi Ghosh

3.      Biswanath Mahanty

4.      Kausik Sen

5.      Naresh K. Sahoo

6.      Pichiah Saravanan

7.      Sanjay Kumar

 

MTech:

1.      A. Sivasankar

2.      Joyabrata Mal

3.      Sumeet Kheria

 

Research Staff:

1.      Biswanath Mahanty

2.      Jayeeta Hazarika

3.      P. Monash

4.      P. Sangeetha

5.      Ratul Kumar Das

6.      Sanjay Kumar

7.      Saurabh Jyoti Sarma

8.      Sukhvinder Singh

9.      Vishal Singh

BTech:

  1. Aditya M.
  2. Avnish Deshpande
  3. Chaitanya Manda

4.      Dipankar Chugh

  1. K. Bala Gurudutta Saamrat
  2. Mohammad Ali Haider
  3. Monmi Pangging
  4. Mudit Gupta
  5. Sahil Chaudhry
  6. Shashank Jaiswal
  7. T. Venkata Ramesh
  8. Vikas Sarma

Trainees:

  1. Anupama Bora (Gauhati University, Guwahati)
  2. Ashirbad Dutta (Amity University, Lucknow)
  3. Cynthia Haokip (IIT Kanpur, Kanpur)
  4. D. Shanthi Sumalatha (Hindu College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh)
  5. Indrani Barua (Vellore Institute of Technology, Tamilnadu)
  6. Mousumi Das (Gauhati University, Guwahati)
  7. P. Radhika (PSG college of arts and science, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu)
  8. P. Sangeetha (PSG college of arts and science, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu)
  9. Pranab Jyoti Sarma (National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology, Ranchi)
  10. Rajkumari Gayatri (National Institute of Technology Durgapur, Durgapur)
  11. Rajneesh Kumar (National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology, Ranchi)
  12. Saurabh Jyoti  Sarma (Gunupur Institute of Engineering and Technology, Gunupur, Orissa)
  13. Tanushree Paul (KIIT University, Bhubaneswar)

Contact details:

Room No. 1N 308

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Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

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