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Senior Principal Scientist :

Dr. S. Mayil Raj



Contact Address

Actinobacteria Division
Microbial Type Culture Collection(MTCC)
An International Depositary Authority (IDA)
Institute of Microbial Technology(CSIR-IMTECH)
Sector 39-A, Chandigarh.160 036. INDIA

Current Research Projects:

  • Culture collection related activities, research on microbial taxonomy- MTCC (CSIR-DBT)
  • Development of bioremediation technology for Explosive compounds (DRDO);
  • Water quality monitoring of The Ganga river from
  • Gomukh to Hooghly to National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)

Past Research Achievements:

  • Exploration of marine actinobacterial diversity and genomic analysis of novel taxa.
  • Microbial Characterization of explosive degrading microbes and development of microbes on a solid support
  • Man as a Super organism : Understanding the Human Microbiome


  • Technical brief award-NASA
  • UNESCO Fellow, DFG Fellow, Raman Fellow, DAAD Fellow, JSPS Fellow
  • Proposed more than 60 novel taxa (genus/species) and announced 25 draft genomes.

Major Publications (2016-2017)

  • Kaur, G., Mual, P., Kumar, N., Verma, A., Srinivasan Krishnamurthi, S., and Mayilraj, S. (2016) Microbacterium aurelia sp. nov., a novel member of the genus Microbacterium isolated from Aurelia aurita, the moon Jelly fish. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 66, 4665-4670
  • Kaur, G., Arora, A., Sathyabama, S., Mubin, N., Verma, S., Mayilraj, S. and Agrewala, J. N. (2016) Genome sequencing, assembly, annotation and analysis of Staphylococcus xylosus strain DMB3-Bh1 isolated from stool of laboratory mouse BALB/c reveals genes responsible for pathogenicity. BMC Gut Pathogens. 8, 55.
  • Pal, D., Kumar, R. M., Bala, M., Kaur, G., Kaur, N., Singh, N. K., Krishnamurthi, S. and Mayilraj, S. (2017) Bacillus maritimus sp. nov., a novel member of the genus Bacillus isolated from marine sediment. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 67, 60-66.
  • Checinska, A., Kumar, R. M., Pal, D., Mayilraj, S. and Venkateswaran, K. (2017) Solibacillus kalamii sp. nov., isolated from the International Space Station HEPA filter system. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 67, 896-901.
  • Chander, A. M., Nair, R. G., Kaur, G., Kochhar, R., Dhawan, D. K., Bhadada, S. K. and Mayilraj, S. (2017) Genome insight and comparative pathogenomic analysis of Nesterenkonia jeotgali strain CD08_7 isolated from duodenal mucosa of Celiac Disease patient. Frontiers in Microbiology; doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00129.