Dr. N. Sakthivel


Department of Biotechnology

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I teach plant biotechnology and microbiology courses at postgraduate level. My pioneering biocontrol work was recognized as technology transfer for economic development by the World Bank. Diagnostic PCR tool for rice pathogen, molecular diversity of rhizobacteria, Genbank deposits, genome announcements and antimicrobial PR proteins were reported to strengthen the strategies for sustainable agriculture. A novel dimeric form of phenazine (USA patent#10/888,789,008) and other new derivatives of phenazines, polyketides and peptides were identified as potent bioactive molecules. My group developed green biological methods using biological entities for biogenic nanoparticles, nanocomposites and nanocrystallites that exhibit potential for agricultural, industrial and biomedical applications.


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Notable Publications

"Sakthivel, N., Mortensen, C. N. and Mathur, S.B. (2001). Detection of Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae in artificially inoculated and naturally infected rice seeds and plants by molecular techniques. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 56:435-441. Journal Impact Factor 3.67; Citation Index – 74."

"Sunish Kumar, R., Ayyadurai, N., Pandiaraja, P., Reddy, A.V., Venkateswarlu, Y., Prakash, O., and Sakthivel, N. (2005). Characterization of antifungal metabolite produced by a new strain Pseudomonas aeruginosa PUPa3 that exhibit broad-spectrum antifungal activity and biofertilizing traits. Journal of Applied Microbiology 98: 145-154. Journal Impact Factor 2.71; Citation Index – 209."

"Naik, P.R., Raman, G., Narayanan, K.B. and Sakthivel, N. (2008). Assessment of genetic and functional diversity of phosphate solubilizing fluorescent pseudomonads isolated from rhizospheric soil. BMC Microbiology 8: 230. Journal Impact Factor – 3.19; Citation Index – 196."

"Narayanan, K. B. and Sakthivel, N. (2010) Biological synthesis of metal nanoparticles by microbes. Advances in colloid and interface science 156 (1-2), 1-13. Journal Impact Factor–8.24; Citation Index – 1303."

"Mondal, M ., Krishna, R., Sakthivel, N. (2017) Molecular interaction between human serum albumin (HSA) and phloroglucinol derivative that shows selective anti-proliferative potential. Journal of Luminescence 192, 990-998. Journal Impact Factor–2.96; Citation Index – 8."

Awards & Achievements​

Robert S. McNamara Award, World Bank USA 1989 (Host: International Rice Research Institute, Philippines)
Biotechnology Career Research Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation, USA, 1997 (Host: Department of Biochemistry, Kansas State University, USA)
Best Teacher Award, Pondicherry University, 2010 (Award citation handed over by Lft. Governor of Puducherry)

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