Research Group

Post Doctorate Students/ Research Associate

Email- sid7987@iitg.ernet.in
Dr. Siddhartha Narayan Borah

Siddhartha has done his PhD from Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST), Guwahati (2017). His PhD research was related to the application of rhamnolipid biosurfactant as an antifungal formulation to control fungal diseases of maize and pea. He also investigated the structural variations and compositional changes of rhamnolipid in order to achieve a targeted activity. His post-doctoral research is focussed on the recovery of selenium from wastewater and its subsequent use in environmental, biomedical, and agricultural sectors.

Research Area: Recovery of selenium from wastewater
Month of joining: January 2018

Publications:
1. Suparna Sen, Siddhartha Narayan Borah, Arijit Bora, Suresh Deka (2017). Production, Characterization, and Antifungal Activity of a Biosurfactant Produced by Rhodotorula babjevae YS3. Microbial Cell Factories, 16(95), BioMed Central
2. Siddhartha Narayan Borah, Debahuti Goswami, Hridip Kumar Sarma, Swaranjit Singh Cameotra and Suresh Deka (2016) . Rhamnolipid Biosurfactant against Fusarium verticillioides to Control Stalk and Ear Rot Disease of Maize. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7(1505), Frontiers Publishing.
3. Siddhartha Narayan Borah, Suresh deka, Hridip Kumar Sarma(2016). First Report of Fusarium verticillioides Causing Stalk Rot of Maize in Assam, India. Plant Disease, 100(7) American Phytopathological Society.
4. Siddhartha Narayan Borah, Devahuti Goswami, Jiumoni Lahkar, Hridip Kumar Sarma, Mojibur Rahman Khan and Suresh deka (2015). Rhamnolipid produced by Psudomonas aeruginosa SS14 causes complete suppression of wilt by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. pisi in Pisum sativum. BioControl, 60(3): 375-385, Springer Publishing.
5. Debahuti Goswami, Siddhartha Narayan Borah, Jiumoni Lahkar, Pratap Jyoti Handique, Suresh Deka (2015). Antifungal properties of rhamnolipid produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa DS9 against Colletotrichum falcatum. Journal of Basic Microbiology, 55(11): 1265-1274, Wiley Publishing.
6. Jiumoni Lahkar, Siddhartha Narayan Borah, Suresh Deka, Giyasuddin Ahmed (2015). Biosurfactant of Pseudomonas aeruginosa JS29 against Alternaria solani: the causal organism of early blight of tomato. BioControl, 60(3): 401-411, Springer Publishing.
7. Rashmi Rekha Saikia, Jiumoni Lahkar, Hemen Deka, Debahuti Goswami, Siddhartha Narayan Borah, Kaustuvmani Patowary, Plabita Baruah and Suresh Deka (2014)Achieving the Best Yield in Glycolipid Biosurfactant Preparation by Selecting the Proper Carbon/Nitrogen Ratio. Journal of Surfactants and Detergents, 17(3): 563-571, Springer Publishing.

PhD Students

Email- s.arindam@iitg.ernet.in
Arindam Sinha Roy

Arindam has done his BTech in Biotechnology from VTU (2011) and completed his MTech in Environmental Engineering from NITK Surathkal (2013).He is interested in hydrogenogenic conversion of carbon monoxide using anaerobic microbial consortia in batch and lab scale bioreactor system. He is also investigating the application potential of this technology in bioenergy and wastewater treatment processes.

Research Area: Biological carbon monoxide conversion for biofuel and environmental applications
Month of joining: July 2013

Publications:
1. A. Sinharoy , N.A. Manikandan and K. Pakshirajan. (2015) A novel biological sulfate reduction method using hydrogenogenic carboxydotrophic mesophilic bacteria. Bioresource technology, 192, 494-500
2. A. Sinharoy , N.A. Manikandan, J. Hazarika, K. Pakshirajan and M.B. Syiem (2015). Heavy metal removal from multicomponent system by the cyanobacteria Nostoc muscorum: kinetics and interaction study, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 175, 3863-74.
3. J. Hazarika, K. Pakshirajan, A. Sinharoy and M.B. Syiem. Bioremoval of Cu (II), Zn (II), Pb (II) and Cd (II) by Nostoc muscorum isolated from a coal mining site. Journal of Applied Phycology 27(4), 1525-1534. 4. M. Kumar, A. Sinharoy and K. Pakshirajan (2018). Process integration for biological sulfate reduction in a carbon monoxide fed packed bed reactor. Journal of environmental management, 219, 294-303.

Email- arul.2015@iitg.ernet.in
N. Arul Manikandan

Arul completed his BTech in Chemical Engineering from Anna University (2014). He was working as a JRF in this lab from April 2014. Arul Manikandan N is interested to work in the area of materials science and engineering. He is presently working under a broad topic entitled lignocellulosic biorefineries for biopolymer production, where his primary aim is to develop a strategy for the successful production of novel low cost biologically derived polymer nanocomposite. He plans to conduct this research by carrying out a unique marriage between the engineering aspects involved in the areas of materials science and biological science.

Research Area: Polyhydroxybutyrate production from waste lignocellulosic biomass as the cheap feedstock
Month of joining: July 2015

Publications:
1. N.A. Manikandan , K. Pakshirajan and M.B. Syiem (2014) Cu (II) removal by biosorption using chemically modified biomass of Nostoc muscorum–a cyanobacterium isolated from a coal mining site. Int J Chem Technol Res, 7, 80-92
2. N.A. Manikandan, Alemu, A. K., Goswami, L., Pakshirajan, K., & Pugazhenthi, G. (2016). Waste Litchi Peels for Cr (VI) Removal from Synthetic Wastewater in Batch and Continuous Systems: Sorbent Characterization, Regeneration and Reuse Study. Journal of Environmental Engineering, C4016001
3. Sinha, V., Manikandan, N. A., Pakshirajan, K., & Chaturvedi, R. (2017). Continuous removal of Cr (VI) from wastewater by phytoextraction using Tradescantia pallida plant based vertical subsurface flow constructed wetland system. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 119, 96-103.
4. Sinha, V., Pakshirajan, K., Manikandan, N. A., & Chaturvedi, R. (2017). Kinetics, biochemical and factorial analysis of chromium uptake in a multi-ion system by Tradescantia pallida (Rose) DR Hunt. International Journal of Phytoremediation, (just-accepted)
5. Arun, S., Manikandan, N. A., Pakshirajan, K., Pugazhenthi, G., & Syiem, M. B. (2017). Cu (II) removal by Nostoc muscorum and its effect on biomass growth and nitrate uptake: A photobioreactor study. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 119, 111-117
6. L. Goswami, N. Arul Manikandan, K. Pakshirajan and G. Pugazhenthi (2017) Simultaneous heavy metal removal and anthracene biodegradation by the oleaginous bacteria Rhodococcus opacus. 3 Biotech, 7(1), 37
7. L. Goswami, R. V. Kumar, N. Arul Manikandan, K. Pakshirajan and G. Pugazhenthi (2017) Anthracene biodegradation by oleaginous Rhodococcus opacus for potential biodiesel application. Polycyclic aromatic Compounds, 1-13
8. L. Goswami, R. V. Kumar, N. Arul Manikandan, K. Pakshirajan and G. Pugazhenthi (2017) Simultaneous polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon degradation and lipid accumulation by Rhodococcus opacus for potential biodiesel production. Journal of Water Process Engineering, 17, 1-10
9. A. Sinharoy, N.A. Manikandan and K. Pakshirajan. (2015) A novel biological sulfate reduction method using hydrogenogenic carboxydotrophic mesophilic bacteria. Bioresource technology, 192, 494-500
10. A.Sinharoy, N.A. Manikandan, J. Hazarika, K. Pakshirajan and M.B. Syiem (2015). Heavy metal removal from multicomponent system by the cyanobacteria Nostoc muscorum: kinetics and interaction study, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 175, 3863-74.
11. P.J. Sarma, R. Kumar, N.A. Manikandan and K. Pakshirajan (2015) Removal of Cr (III) and Cr (VI) from Aqueous Solution by Biosorption Using Agricultural Waste Materials: Batch and Continuous Reactor Study. Asian Journal of Chemistry, 27(9), 3420

Email- ssarungg@iitg.ernet.in
Arun Sakthivel

Arun has done his BTech in Chemical Engineering from Anna University (2014). He is interested in developing an algae-bacterial consortium for simultaneous biological nitrogen removal. He is working on completely autotrophic nitrogen removal (partial nitrification) by Anammox and its associated N2O emission. He is also investigating the effects of CO2 and nanoparticles on algae-bacterial consortium for its biological nitrogen and phosphorus removal from ammonium rich wastewater .

Research Area: Algae based photo-activated sludge system for biological nitrogen removal using photo sequencing bioreactor from ammonia rich wastewater
Month of joining: July 2015

Publications:
1. Arun, S., Manikandan, N. A., Pakshirajan, K., Pugazhenthi, G., & Syiem, M. B. (2017). Cu (II) removal by Nostoc muscorum and its effect on biomass growth and nitrate uptake: A photobioreactor study. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 119, 111-117

Email- kd93@iitg.ernet.in
Dipak Kumar Kanaujiya

Dipak completed his B.Tech in Biotechnology from Dr. AITH Kanpur in 2014. He is also completed his M.Tech in Biotechnology from IET Lucknow in 2016. He has worked on a 6 month project from CSIR-CDRI Lucknow. He is interested in working on biological treatment of industrial waste water

Research Area: Biological degradation of Endocrine Disrupting Chemical (EDC) from Industrial Wastewater
Month of joining: December 2016

Email- g.lalit@iitg.ernet.in
Lalit Goswami

Lalit has done his BTech in Biotechnology from SHIATS, Allahabad (2011).He has also completed his MTech in Biochemical Engineering from HBTI, Kanpur (2013). His research focuses on environmental biotechnology, biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, biological removal and recovery of inorganic compounds from wastewaters and resource recovery, biodiesel and other biotechnological products: production, process design and kinetics; and potential application of ceramic membranes for treatment of industrial wastewaters.

Research Area: Biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by oleaginous Rhodococcus opacus and its bioenergy potential
Month of joining: July 2013

Publications:
1. L. Goswami, M. M. Tejas Namboodiri, R. V. Kumar, K. Pakshirajan and G. Pugazhenthi (2017) Biodiesel production potential of oleaginous Rhodococcus opacus grown on biomass gasification wastewater. Renewable Energy, 105, 400-406
2. L. Goswami, N. Arul Manikandan, K. Pakshirajan and G. Pugazhenthi (2017) Simultaneous heavy metal removal and anthracene biodegradation by the oleaginous bacteria Rhodococcus opacus. 3 Biotech, 7(1), 37
3. L. Goswami, R. V. Kumar, N. Arul Manikandan, K. Pakshirajan and G. Pugazhenthi (2017) Anthracene biodegradation by oleaginous Rhodococcus opacus for potential biodiesel application. Polycyclic aromatic Compounds, 1-13
4. L. Goswami, R. V. Kumar, N. Arul Manikandan, K. Pakshirajan and G. Pugazhenthi (2017) Simultaneous polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon degradation and lipid accumulation by Rhodococcus opacus for potential biodiesel production. Journal of Water Process Engineering, 17, 1-10
5. N. Arul Manikandan, Addis Kokeb Alemu, L. Goswami, K. Pakshirajan and G. Pugazhenthi. Waste Litchi Peels for Cr (VI) removal from synthetic wastewater in batch and continuous systems: Sorbent characterization, regeneration and reuse study. Journal of Environmental Engineering, (American Society for Civil Engineers) (2016)
6. R. Vinoth Kumar, Lalit Goswami, K. Pakshirajan and G. Pugazhenthi. Dairy Wastewater Treatment using a Novel Low Cost Tubular Ceramic Membrane and Membrane Fouling Mechanism using Pore Blocking Models. Journal of Water Process Engineering, (Elsevier), (August 2016)

Email- m.namboodiri@iitg.ernet.in
M M Tejas Namboodiri

Tejas did his BTech in Biotechnology from NIT Raipur (2012). He completed his MTech in Industrial Biotechnology from NITK Surathkal in 2014. He is focussed on developing a bioprocess model to produce fungal chitosan. To achieve this broad objective, he plans to employ different fermentation strategies to enhance the chitosan production from a novel fungal isolate. He would also incorporate omics studies to analyse metabolic pathways for improving chitosan production thereby developing a strategy for sustainable fungal chitosan production utilising lignocellulosic wastes.

Research Area: Chitosan production from Penicillium citrinum biomass grown using cheaply available waste substrates
Month of joining: July 2014

Publications:
1. L. Goswami, M. M. Tejas Namboodiri, R. V. Kumar, K. Pakshirajan and G. Pugazhenthi (2017) Biodiesel production potential of oleaginous Rhodococcus opacus grown on biomass gasification wastewater. Renewable Energy, 105, 400-406

Email- manoj.2015@iitg.ernet.in
Manoj Kumar

He did his BTech in Biotechnology from NIT Raipur (2014) and completed his MTech in Biotechnology from IIT Guwahati in 2017. He is interested in the field of environmental biotechnology and bioprocess. He is working on the topic entitled Novel sulfidogenic bioreactor systems for removal and recovery of heavy metals from wastewater, in which he will study a suitable bioreactor system for simultaneous removal and recovery using biological sulfate reduction process. The main focus of his study is the recovery of heavy metals in the form of nanopowders and to check its application

Research Area: Novel sulfidogenic bioreactor systems for removal and recovery of heavy metals from wastewater
Month of joining: July 2017

Publications:
1. M. Kumar, A. Sinharoy and K. Pakshirajan (2018). Process integration for biological sulfate reduction in a carbon monoxide fed packed bed reactor. Journal of environmental management, 219, 294-303.

Email- surjith@iitg.ernet.in
Surjith Ramasamy

Surjith has done his BTech in Biotechnology from K.S.Rangasamy college of Technology (2012). He completed his MTech in Industrial Biotechnology from SASTRA University in 2014. He is interested in environmental-prospecting for the production of value added products as well as to remove pollutants from different anaerobic digestors. Currently he is working on anaerobic digestate as a substrate for marine microalgae for simultaneous carotenoid production and pollutant removal.

Research Area: Value added products from microalgae cultivated using anaerobic digestate
Month of joining: December 2014

Email- p.tanushree@iitg.ernet.in
Tanushree Paul

Tanushree has done B.Tech (Biotechnology) and M.Tech (Environmental Biotechnology), an integrated course from Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Bhubaneswar, Odisha. She is having keen interest in biological removal of pollutants (Bioremediation). Her research now emphasizes mainly on biological treatment of refinery wastewater using microorganism. She would also like to employ some techniques for simultaneous resource recovery along with the wastewater treatment for attainment of some value added products or some potential alternative source of energy.

Research Area: Refinery wastewater treatment using oleaginous Rhodococcus opacus for potential bio-oil production
Month of joining: July 2015

Mtech Students

Email- sudeshnasaikia@iitg.ernet.in
Sudeshna Saikia

Sudeshna did her M.Sc from Tezpur University (2016). She joined the lab in 2017 for her completion of MTech project work. Her research is mainly focussed on microbial production of metal selenide nanoparticles.

Research Area: Chalcogenide nano particle synthesis from wastewater
Month of joining: July 2017

Email- bhara174106012@iitg.ac.in
Bharat Bhushan Negi

Mr. Negi did his B.Tech. in Biotechnology from Shoolini University, Solan (H.P.) in the year 2015. He worked on protein crystallization at JNU, New Delhi. He also has an industrial experience of ten months at Minchy’s Food Products, Shimla where he worked as a production supervisor. His expertise include fruit wine, cider vinegar production and making of RTS beverages.

Research Area: Production of acetic acid by using carbon monoxide gas as a soul carbon source
Month of joining: May 2018

Alumni

Research programme

Name of the scholar

Title of thesis

Year of award

Current Position

Supervisor/Co-supervisor

Ph.D

Pichiah Saravanan

Biodegradation of phenolic compounds using an indigenous mixed microbial culture

2008

Associate Professor,
IIT(ISM) Dhanbad

Co-supervisor

Ph.D

Biswanath Mahanty

Studies on biodegradation of pyrene using Mycobacterium frederiksbergense

2009

Assistant Professor,
Karunya University, Tamil Nadu

Supervisor

Ph.D

Achlesh Daverey

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

2011

Assistant Professor,
Doon University, Uttarakhand

Supervisor

Ph.D

Sanjay Kumar

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

2011

Assistant Professor,
MNNIT Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh

Co-supervisor

Ph.D.

Naresh K. Sahoo

Studies on biodegradation of substituted phenols by Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6

2012

Assistant Professor,
Shiksha'O'Anusandhan University, Orissa

Co-supervisor

Ph.D.

Kausik Sen

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

2013

Supervisor

Ph.D.

Atreyi Ghosh

Studies on microbial reduction of perchlorate in batch and continuous systems

2014

Assistant Professor,
Gauhati University, Assam

Co-supervisor

Ph.D.

Vibha Sinha

Chromium Removal by Tradescantia pallida (Rose) D.R. Hunt: Batch and Continuous Studies

2017

Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowship,
IIT Delhi, Delhi

Supervisor

Ph.D.

Madhavi Singh

Photoinactivation of Escherichia coli and Enterococcus hirae in aqueous solution

2017

Supervisor

Ph.D.

Mothe Gopi Kiran

Biological sulfate reduction for batch and continuous removal of heavy metals from wastewater

2018

Supervisor

M.Tech

A. Sivashankar

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

2010

Supervisor

M.Tech

Sumeet Kheira

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

2011

Supervisor

M.Tech.

Joyabrata Mal

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

2013

Ph.D Research Scholar,
UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Education, Netherlands

Supervisor

M.Tech.

Sanjay Kumar

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

2014

Ph.D Research Scholar,
IIT Delhi, New Delhi

Supervisor

M.Tech.

Nikhil Gupta

Biodiesel production using Dairy wastewater as a cheap substrate by Rhodococcus opacus: Batch, Fed-Batch and Continuous studies

2015

Ph.D Research Scholar,
NTU, Singapore

Supervisor

M.Tech.

Rohit P. James

Fungal Chitosan Production from Kraft black liquor

2016

PhD Research Scholar,
IIT Bombay, Mumbai

Supervisor