Senior Scientist :

Dr. Nithya Vadakedath



Contact Address

Room No. 65, MTCC




Microbial diversity, Whole genome sequencing and genotyping, Genetic engineering, Drug discovery.


Dr. Nithya Vadakedath is a molecular microbiologist. Her research interest is to study bacterial diversity and identify their functionality via (meta-) genome analyses as well as to develop rational, directed screening techniques to discover novel microbial species and metabolites with application potentials. Her focus is also on the application of emerging synthetic biology and genetic engineering approaches to produce new complex and high-value-added compounds for the pharmaceutical sector. She is involved in projects related to human microbiota and its functional role in health and diseases, and bioremediation of hazardous chemicals by microbes and understand how they adapt to these environments and metabolize the toxic chemicals using omics-based approaches.

Major Publications

  • Ebenezer TE, Zoltner M, Burrell A, Nenarokova A, Vanclová AMGN, Prasad B, Soukal P, Santana-Molina C, O’Neill E, Nankissoor NN, Nithya V, Daiker V, et al. (2019). Transcriptome, proteome and draft genome of Euglena gracilis. BMC Biol, 17:11.
  • Nithya V, Halami PM (2019). Characterization and mode of action of a potent bio-preservative from food-grade Bacillus licheniformis MCC 2016. Prep Biochem Biotechnol, 49(4):334-343.
  • Prasad B, Lein W, General T, Lindenberger CP, Buchholz R, Nithya V (2019). Stable nuclear transformation of rhodophyte species Porphyridium purpureum: advanced molecular tools and an optimized method. Photosynth Res, 140(2):173-188.
  • Nithya V, Prakash M, Halami PM (2018) Utilization of industrial waste for production of bio-preservative from Bacillus licheniformis Me1 and its application in milk and milk-based food products. Probiotics Antimicrob Proteins, 10(2):228-235.
  • Prasad B, Nithya V, Jeong HJ, General T, Man-Gi Cho, Lein W (2014) Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated genetic transformation of haptophytes (Isochrysis species). J Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 98(20):8629-8639.

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