PRASHANTH K. Assistant Professor

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  • Department of Biotechnology
  • School of Life Sciences
  • prashi2k@gmail.com

Academic Activity

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Educational Qualification (UG,PG & Higher Order)

S.No Degree Subject/Title of thesis University/Board Year of Passing
1 PhD Microbiology (Faculty of Medicine)/ Molecular Methods in Epidemiological studies of Acinetobacter Infections JIPMER, Pondicherry University 2001
2 MSc Microbiology University of Mysore 1994
3 BSc Botany, Biochemistry and Microbiology University of Mysore 1992

Area of Specializaion

Medical Microbiology, Medical Biotechnology, Immunology

Awards / Prizes Conferred

S.No Name / Title of the Award Type Name of the Agency conferred the Award Year of the Award Amount for Cash Award
1 UGC Research Award NATIONAL UGC 2016 Salary as Fellowship
2 DBT- Travel Grant Award NATIONAL DBT 2015 Travel Grant
3 INCLEN Grant 2014 Young Scientist Grant INTERNATIONAL INCLEN trust, Malinda Gates foundation 2014 Regist.&Accoma. waiv
4 American Society for Microbiology Travel Grant INTERNATIONAL American Society for Microbiology, USA 2003 500 USD
5 FEMS-Young Scientist Award INTERNATIONAL Federation of European Microbiological Societies 2003 300 Euro
6 DST - Young Scientist Award and Fellowship NATIONAL DST 2002 15000 PM for 3 years

Teaching Experience

S.No Designation Department/Centre Institution
1 Lecturer In Microbiology Department of Botany Kalpataru Science College, Bangalore University
2 Guest Faculty Department of Biotechnology Pondicherry University
3 Assistant Professor Department of Biotechnology Pondicherry University

Research Experience

S.No Designation Department/Centre Institution Area of Research
1 Project Assocaite (Post Doctral Fellow) Eukaryotic Gene Expression Laboratory National Institute of Immunology (NII) Infectious Disease and Cell biology
2 Project Investigator (Research Associate) Laboratory of Molecular and Cell Biology Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) Medical Microbiology; Hospital Acquired Infections

Industry Experience

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Contribution towards Innovation

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Patent Details

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Papers Published in UGC Approved Journals

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Papers Published in Peer Reviewed Journals

S.No Title Name of the Authors as per the order in Paper Journal Name Volume, Issue & Page Nos. Year Impact Factor
1 Ag/ZnO/Au 3D hybrid structured reusable SERS substrate as highly sensitive platform for DNA detection AK Pal, S Pagal, K Prashanth, GK Chandra, S Umapathy Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 279, 157-169 2019 7.10
2 Simple and economical method for identification and speciation of Staphylococcus epidermidis and other coagulase negative Staphylococci and its valida Suresh Sah, Priyanka Bordoloi, Vijaya D, Satish Kumar Amarnath, Sheela Devi C, Indumathi V.A., K. Prashanth* Journal of Microbiological Methods 49:106-119 2018 1.79
3 Disruption of tetR type regulator adeN by mobile genetic element confers elevated virulence in Acinetobacter baumannii R Saranathan, S Pagal, AR Sawant, A Tomar, M Madhangi, S Sah, A Satti, K Prashanth* Virulence 8(7):1316-1334 2017 5.542
4 Inhibition of the MurA enzyme in Fusobacterium nucleatum by potential inhibitors identified through computational and in vitro approaches. A Kumar, R Saranathan, K Prashanth*, BK Tiwary, R Krishna. Molecular Biosystems 13 (5); 939-954 2017 2.83
5 Detection of ISAba1 in association with a novel allelic variant of the β-lactamase ADC-82 and class D β-lactamase genes mediating carbapenem resista Saranathan R, Kumari R, Kalaivani R, Suresh S, Rani A, Purty S, K Prashanth* Journal of Medical Microbiology 66(2):103-111 2016 1.9
6 Fatal infection in adults by pneumolysin and autolysin producing, non- vaccine serotype Streptococcus pneumoniae Reba Kanungo, S. Anandhalakshmi, Sheeladevi C, Sudhagar M, James John, K. Prashanth* Indian Journal of Medical Research 143: 514-517 2016 1.5
7 The quorum sensing molecule N-acyl homoserine lactone produced by Acinetobacter baumannii displays antibacterial and anticancer properties John J, Saranathan R, Adigopula LN, Thamodharan V, Singh SP, Lakshmi TP, CharanTej MA, Rao RS, Krishna R, Rao HS, Prashanth K* Biofouling 32(9):1029-1047 2016 2.98
8 Simultaneous gut colonisation and infection by ESBL-producing Escherichia coli in hospitalised patients J Asir, S Nair, S Devi, K Prashanth*, R Saranathan, R Kanungo The Australasian Medical Journal 8(6):200-207 2015 RG 1.5
9 Emergence of Carbapenem resistant MDR Acinetobacter baumannii strains harboring OXA-type Carbpenemases and Metallo-β-lactamases from South India belo Saranathan R, Vaidyanathan Vasanth, T. Vasanth, Shabeerish, Shashikala P, Johny Asir, Sudhakar Pagal. K. Prashanth* Microbiology and Immunology 59; 277-284 2015 1.566
10 Microbial reduction of [Co(III)-EDTA]− by Bacillus licheniformis SPB-2 strain isolated from a solar salt pan Arunachalam Paraneeiswaran, Sudhir K. Shukla, K. Prashanth*, T. Subba Rao Journal of Hazardous Materials 283:582-590 2015 9.038
11 Control of fouling bacteria in freshwater used for the firewater system of a power plant by chemical biocides-an in vitro study P Balamurugan, K Prashanth*, TS Rao Indian Journal of Marine Science 43:1-9 2014 0.294
12 Draft Genome Sequence of a Multidrug-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii PKAB07 Clinical Strain from India Belonging to Sequence Type 195 Saranathan R, Tomar A, Sudhakar P, Arunkumar KP, Prashanth K* Genome Announcement 20;2(2). pii: e00184-14 2014 1.18
13 MDR Acinetobacter baumannii strains producing carbapenemases isolated from tertiary care hospital of South India harbors Multiple R Plasmids Saranathan R, Pagal S, R. Uma Karthika, S K Singh, P. Shashikala, R. Kanungo, K. Prashanth* Indian Journal or Medical Research 140, 262-270 2014 1.5
14 Molecular characterization of metallo β-lactamase producing multidrug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa from various clinical samples Ramakrishnan K, Rajagopalan S, Nair S, Kenchappa Prashanth, Chandrakesan SD Indian Journal of Pathology and Microbiologyl 57; 4:579-582 2014 0.663
15 Removal of toxic Co-EDTA complex by a halophilic solar-salt-pan isolate Pseudomonas aeruginosa SPB-1 Paraneeiswaran A, Shukla SK, Subba Rao T, Prashanth K* Chemosphere 95:503-510 2014 5.35
16 The expanding spectrum of human infections caused by Kocuria species: a case report and literature review Purty S, Saranathan R, K. Prashanth*, K. Narayanan, Johny Asir, Chandrakesan Sheela Devi, Satish Kumar Amarnath Nature - Emerging Microbes and Infections Oct; 2(10): e71 2013 5.776
17 Inhibitory effects of bioactive leads isolated from Pseudomonas aeruginosa PS3 and Pseudomonas fluorescens PS7 on MAP kinases and down regulation of p Rupesh KR, Moushumi Priya A, Prashanth K*, Jayachandran S Toxicol In Vitro 26:571-578 2012 2.959
18 Application of Fluorescence Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism for Subtyping of genotypes of Acanthamoeba isolates isolated from Indian patients Prashanth K*, Gunisha Pasricha, Savitri Sharma Indian Journal of Medical Research 133: 83-87 2011 1.5
19 Phenotypic and Genotypic characterization of Coagulase Negative Staphylococci (CoNS) other than Staphylococcus epidermidis isolated from Ocular Infect Abhijith R Makki, Savitri Sharma, Aparna Duggirala, K. Prashanth*, Prashant Garg, Taraprasad Das. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 52;12:9018-22 2011 3.4
20 Corynebacterium diphtheriae biotype gravis strains in Pondicherry, Southern India Shashikala P., Vivek Reddy PV, K. Prashanth *, Kanungo R, Sheela Devi, Patricia Anitha, N. Rajarajeshweri , T. Meenu Cherian Journal of Clinical Microbiology 49, 763-764 2011 4.59

Papers Published in Conference Proceedings

S.No Title Name of the Authors as per the order in Paper Details of Conference Publication Page Nos. Year
1 Transposon Tn6168 carrying insertion element ISEc28 trigger over expression of armA causing aminoglycoside resistance in Acinetobacter baumannii K. Prashanth, Ajit R. Sawant, Rajagopalan Saranathan, Sudhakar Pagal ISSHID Conference BMC Infectious Diseases 20(Suppl 1):324 14 -15 2020
2 Detection of uncultivable newer bacterial species associated with persistent chronic infections while investigating the bacterial diversity in microbi Ashutosh kumar Amar, Kalaivani Ramakrishnan, Jagadish Menon, K. Prashanth ISSHID Conference BMC Infectious Diseases 20(Suppl 1):324 14 2020
3 Increasing trend of tigecycline resistance in clinical isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii Ajit R. Sawant, Sudhakar Pagal, Sheela Devi C, Shashikala P, Kanungo R, K. Prashanth ISSHID Conference BMC Infectious Diseases 20(Suppl 1):324 44 2020
4 Molecular detection of virulence & resistance determinants in commensal & invasive strain populations of S. epidermidis and development of multiplex a Suresh Sah, Satish kumar Amarnath, K. Prashanth ISSHID Conference BMC Infectious Diseases 20(Suppl 1):324 45 2020
5 Prevention of Outbreaks by Efficient Management of Hospital Waste and their Safe Disposal Prashanth K N R Birasal KLE Society’s GudleppaHallikeri College, Haveri, ISBN:978-81-930850-5-9 23 to 27 2015

Books

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Chapters in Books

S.No Title of the Chapters Name of the Authors Title of the Book Publisher Year ISBN No.
1 Biofilm and Antibiotic Resistance in Acinetobacter baumannii Rajagopalan Saranathan, Sudhakar Pagal, K Prashanth Bacterial Adaptation to Co-resistance Springer, Singapore 2019 978-981-13-8502-5
2 Antibiotic Resistance, Biofilms and Quorum Sensing in Acinetobacter Species K. Prashanth, T. Vasanth, R. Saranathan, Abhijith R. Makki and Sudhakar Pagal Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria – A Continuous Challenge in the New Millennium INTECH OPEN 2012 979-953-307-855-6

Edited Books

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Ongoing Projects

S.No Title of the Project Sponsored By Period Sanctioned Amount(Rs. Lakh) Year
1 Transcriptome analysis of Multidrug Efflux pump Regulators and their knockouts in MDR strains of human pathogen Acinetobacter baumanni DST-SERB 2019-2021 31.52 2019

Ongoing Consultancy Works

S.No Title of the Consultancy Work Sponsored By Period Sanctioned Amount(Rs. Lakh) Year

Completed Projects

S.No Title of the Project Sponsored By Period Sanctioned Amount(Rs. Lakh) Year
1 Exploration of Different Antibiotic Resistance mechanisms and Molecular Pathogenesis of extremely drug resistant nosocomial pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii UGC 2016 to 2018 23.95 2016
2 Exploration of various antibiotic resistance mechanisms and molecular pathogenesis of nosocomial pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii ICMR 2014-2015 5.7 2014
3 Signalling Mechanisms and Quorum-Sensing Controls in Biofilm forming Nosocomial Pathogens: A Target for Antimicrobial Drug Therapy ICMR 29-03-2010 to 30 -10-2014 10.04 2010
4 Allelic Polymorphisms of cell surface and cell adhesion molecules – A key in pathogenesis of Staphylococcus epidermidis infection UGC 1-05-2009 to 1-11-2012 9.34 2009
5 Microbial Biofilm Formation and corrosion of firewater pipelines in NPPs AERB 18-07-2008 to 18-07-2015 14.78 2008
6 Quorum sensing controls in Nosocomial pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii Startup seed grant, Pondicherry University 22-10-2007 to 21-10-2010 5.0 2007
7 Development of a Hospital Infection Surveillance System using advanced molecular diagnostic methods and DNA fingerprinting techniques DST 22-10-2002 to 31-01-2006 11.41 2002

Completed Consultancy Works

S.No Title of the Consultancy Work Sponsored By Period Sanctioned Amount(Rs. Lakh) Year

Career Guidance Offered to students

S.No Name of the Scheme No. of Students Competitive Examinations/ Career Counseling No. of Students Passed No. of Students Placed

List of capability enhancement such as Soft skill development, Remedial coaching, Language lab,
Bridge courses, Yoga, Meditation, Personal Counselling and Mentoring etc.,

S.No Name of the Programme/Scheme Date of Implementation No. of Students Enrolled Agencies Involved

Research Guidance - PG

S.No Year Degree No. of Students Awarded Department/Centre
1 2020 M.SC 2 Dept. of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University
2 2019 M.SC 2 Dept. of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University
3 2018 M.SC 2 Dept. of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University
4 2017 M.SC 2 Dept. of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University
5 2016 M.SC 2 Dept. of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University
6 2015 M.SC 2 Dept. of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University
7 2014 M.SC 2 Dept. of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University
8 2013 M.SC 2 Dept. of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University
9 2012 M.SC 3 Dept. of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University
10 2011 M.SC 3 Dept. of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University
11 2010 M.SC 4 Dept. of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University
12 2009 M.SC 4 Dept. of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University
13 2008 M.SC 3 Dept. of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University
14 2007 M.SC 3 Dept. of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University
15 2006 M.SC 1 Dept. of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University

Research Guidance - Ph.D

S.No Student Name Registration Date Registration No. Thesis Title Thesis Submitted Status Thesis Submitted Date Vivavoce Completed Status Date Awarded
1 Saranathan R 29-07-2011 R25902 Investigations on Antibiotic Resistance Mechanisms, Molecular Pathogenesis of Acinetobacter baumannii and Insights into Virulent Multi-drug resistant strain PKAB07 from a Genomics perspective YES 04-03-2015 YES 19-11-2015
2 James John 27-08-2012 R30057 Investigations on Antimicrobial and Anticancer properties of Quorum sensing signalling molecules produced by Nosocomial pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii YES 06-07-2017 YES 03-05-2018
3 Balamurugan P 23-04-2010 R24243 Microbial fouling, corrosion and their control in the freshwater distribution system of a nuclear test reactor YES 29-11-2013 YES 28-07-2014
4 Sudhakar Pagal 13-07-2011 R31060 Genome Analysis of Acinetobacter baumannii with Special Impetus to its Evolution, Virulence and Resistance Mechanisms YES 08-08-2018 YES 28-01-2019
5 Paraneeiswaran A 12-08-2010 R24199 Bioremediation of [Cobalt-(III) EDTA]- complex by bacteria and phototrophic granules YES 14-04-2015 YES 21-01-2016
6 Suresh Sah 08-08-2012 R30565 Molecular Genetic Analysis of Pathogenic and Commensal strains of Coagulase-negative Staphylococci, with a special thrust to Staphylococcus epidermidis and Bioprospecting a secondary metabolite havin YES 17-06-2019 YES 13-03-2020

Research Guidance - Post Doctoral

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Financial assistance availed to attend conferences / workshops and to pay membership fee
of professional bodies during the year

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E-Lecture Details

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Details of Online Education Conducted

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Invited Talks in Conference/Seminar/Workshop/Training Programme

S.No Title of the Paper Conferences/Seminar/Workshop/Training Programme Organized by Whether International / National / State / Regional / College or University Level From To Year
1 Emergence of Extremely Drug Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii strains in India: A looming crisis tha National Conference on “Molecular Characteristics of Multi Drug Resistant Bacteria - Causes, Consequence & Control (MCMDRB-17) Bannari Amman Institute of Technology National 22-03-2017 22-03-2017 2017
2 Host-Microbiome Response and Regulation of the Immune Response to Infection National Conference on Microbiome “Microbiome in Health, Disease and Environment MGIMS, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth National 03-03-2017 03-03-2017 2017
3 Role of Microbiome in Regulating Immune Response and Immunotolerance Refresher Course Programme in Zoology UGC-HRDC, Pondicherry University National 21-06-2016 21-06-2016 2016
4 Molecular Pathogenesis of Nosocomial pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii and Insights into Its Virulenc Refresher Course Programme in Zoology UGC-HRDC, Pondicherry University National 21-06-2016 21-06-2016 2016
5 Immuno-ecology: Role of Microbiome in Regulating Immune Response National Seminar on World immunology Day Jawaharlal Institute of Post-graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) National 29-04-2016 29-04-2016 2016
6 New Paradigm of T- Cell Signalling: Learning from Lymphomas National Seminar on World immunology Day Jawaharlal Institute of Post-graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) National 29-04-2015 29-04-2015 2015
7 Prevention of Outbreaks by Efficient Management of Hospital waste and their safe disposal National Conference KLE Society’s Gudleppa Hallikeri College Haveri National 15-10-2015 15-10-2015 2015
8 New Generation DNA Sequencing and Protein Sequencing methods Training Programme Theivanai Ammal College for Women, Villupuram, Tamilnadu State 23-01-2015 23-01-2015 2015
9 Pathogenesis in Fusariosis 10th Annual meeting of the Society for Indian Human & Animal Mycologists PSG Institute of Medical Science and Research, Coimbatore National 09-01-2014 09-01-2014 2014
10 Hospital acquired Infections, Multiple Drug Resistance and Medical Biofilms 8th Life Science Refresher Course Programme UGC-Academic Staff College, Pondicherry University National 20-10-2011 20-10-2011 2011
11 Nosocomial Infections and Medical Biofilms Seventh Life Science Refresher Course Programme, UGC-Academic Staff College National 07-12-2010 07-12-2010 2010
12 Recent advances in Biotechnology and its Impact on Human Health NCC National Integrity Camp and training NCC, Tamilnadu and Puducherry Unit State 11-01-2010 11-01-2010 2010

Conferences/Seminars Organized

S.No Title of the Programme Sponsors Venue & Duration Whether International / National / State / Regional / College or University Level From To Year
1 CME on Bacterial PathoGenomics for Rapid Diagnosis, Detection of Resistance & Evolution MICROCON 2015 Dept. of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University; One day National 26-11-2015 26-11-2015 2015
2 Conference on - Fusarium: Taxonomy, new tools for identification, infection & treatment Annual meeting of the Society for Indian Human & Animal Mycologists PSG Institute of Medical Science and Research, Coimbatore; One day National 09-01-2014 10-01-2014 2014
3 National Seminar on Recent Advances in Biotechnology Pondicherry University Dept. of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University National 17-03-2014 17-03-2014 2014

Workshop Organized

S.No Title of the Programme Sponsors Venue & Duration Whether International / National / State / Regional / College or University Level From To Year
1 Workshop on Bacterial PathoGenomics for Rapid Diagnosis, Detection of Resistance and Evolution Indian Association of Medical Microbiology; MICROCON-2015 Dept. of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University National 26-11-2015 26-11-2015 2015
2 Workshop on Pathogenesis of Fursariosis Society for Indian Human & Animal Mycologists PSG Institute of Medical Science and Research, Coimbatore; One day National 09-01-2014 09-01-2014 2014

Administrative Responsibilities in the Government and Quasi Government Agencies

S.No Name of the Position Agency/Organisation Duration Nature of Duties

Affiliation in Academic Bodies/Societies

S.No Name of the Body/Society Nature of Affiliation Year
1 Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists (IABMS) Life Member 2016
2 Biotechnology Research Society of India (BRSI) Life Member 2006
3 Indian Association of Medical Microbiology (IAMM) Life Member 2002

Participation & Extension Activities (Academic/Administraion)

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Participation & Extension Activities (Co-Curricular)

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Collaboration with Institution/Industry

S.No Collaborator Name Designation Institution/Industry Type Nature of Collaboration Period of Collaboration Visits to Collaborating
Institution / Industry
Details of Collaborative Research/Teaching
From Date To Date From Date To Date
1 Dr. Savitri Sharma Director L. V . Prasad Eye Institute NATIONAL Collaborative Research 22-10-2002 20-10-2017 1-01-2003 02-01-2003 Collaborative Research on Various aspects of human pathogens Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa
2 Dr. Arunkumar K Staff Scientist Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) NATIONAL Collaborative Research 1-05-2014 30-09-2016 17-06-2016 19-06-2016 Collaborative research on Genomics of Acinetobacter baumannii

Faculty Development Programme Attended (Orientation, Refresher, other Short Term Course during the year)

S.No Title of the FDP Organiser Venue Duration From Date To Date Year
1 Springer Author Training Workshop Springer Publications Pondicherry University one day 06-02-2014 06-02-2014 2014
2 Hands on Workshop - NGS Data Analysis Training Interpretomics India Pvt. Ltd Interpretomics India Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore Three days 06-08-2014 08-08-2014 2014
3 Refresher course in Life Sciences UGC-Academic Staff College , Pondicherry University Pondicherry University 15 days 09-12-2013 08-01-2013 2013
4 Refresher course in Life Sciences UGC-Academic Staff College , Pondicherry University Pondicherry University 15 days 13-08-2008 02-09-2008 2008
5 Orientation Course UGC-Academic Staff College , Pondicherry University Pondicherry University 28 days 01-11-2007 28-11-2007 2007
6 Orientation Workshop Directorate of Education, Government of Karnataka Kalpataru Science College one week 21-08-95 25-08-95 1995

Details of Executive Development Prog/Management Development Prog. conducted

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Participation in IMPESS, IMPRINT, SPARC, STARS, LEAP Programme etc and DSF Funding Programme

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Enrolment under ARPIT Programme

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