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Senior Scientist :

Dr. Vemuluri Venkata Ramana



Contact Address

Room No. 67, Floor. 2nd,


Exploration and exploitation of Photosynthetic Purple Bacteria.


    Current research projects:

  • Microbiome Based Consortia as Therapeutics for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Tuberculosis and Acne (multi-investigator project proposed)

    Past research achievements:

  • Described several novel bacterial taxa (Family, Genus, and Species) of Photosynthetic purple bacteria and chemotropic bacteria, from diverse habitats, using polyphasic taxonomic approach.
  • Resolved several taxonomic ambiguities by polyphasic study based reclassifications and amended descriptions of several bacterial taxa.

  • Exploitation of photosynthetic purple non-sulfur bacteria for the treatment of industrial effluents
  • Designed a rapid procedure for the in-situ assay of periplasmic, PQQ-dependent methanol dehydrogenase in intact single bacterial colonies.

Major Publications

  • Venkata Ramana Vemuluri, Shreya Shaw, Caroline Autenrieth, Robin Ghosh. (2017). A rapid procedure for the in situ assay of periplasmic, PQQ-dependent methanol dehydrogenase in intact single bacterial colonies. J. Microbiological. Methods. 137, 46-49.
  • Vikas. S. Patil1, Rahul. C. Salunkhe, Ravindra. H. Patil, Husseneder. C, Yogesh. S. Shouche and V. Venkata Ramana* (2015). Enterobacillus tribolii gen. nov., sp. nov., a novel member of the family Enterobacteriaceae, isolated from gut of a red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. 107, 1207-1206.
  • V. Venkata Ramana, S. KalyanChakravarthy, Ramaprasad, E.V.V., Ch. Sasikala and Ch. V. Ramana (2013). Emended description of the genus Rhodothalassium imhoff et al, 1998 and proposal of Rhodothalassiaceae fam. nov.and Rhodothalassiales ord. nov. Systematic and Applied Microbiology. 36, 28-32.
  • Venkata Ramana, V., Kalyan Chakravarthy, S., Shalem Raj, P., Vinay Kumar, B., Shobha, E., Ramaprasad, E.V.V., Sasikala, Ch. and Ramana, Ch, V. (2012). Descriptions of Rhodopseudomonas parapalustris sp. nov. and Rhodopseudomonas harwoodiae sp. nov. and Rhodopseudomonas pseudopalustris sp. nov. and emended description of Rhodopseudomonas palustris. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 62, 1790-1798.
  • Venkata Ramana, V., Shivali Kapoor, Shobha, E., Ramprasad, E.V.V., Sasikala, Ch. and Ramana, Ch.V (2011). Blastochloris gulmargensis sp. nov., isolated from an epilithic phototrophic biofilm. Int.J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 61, 1811-1816.