PhD Researchers

Ms. T. Aarthy

Senior Research Fellow

Current research interest: Limonoid Biosynthesis in Azadirachta indica: Characterization of pathway genes and analysis of labeled metabolites through stable isotope feeding

Aarthy completed her B. Tech Biotechnology from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India.


Mr. Harshal S. Patil

Senior Research Fellow 

Current research interest: Isolation, Biotransformation, Modification and Bioactivity Studies of Terpenoids from Plant sources.  

Harshal completed his MSc (Organic Chemistry) from Department of Chemistry, Dr. Babasaheb AmbedkarMarathwada University, Aurangabad, India 


Mr. Shrikant Jagannathrao Karegaonkar 

Senior Research Fellow

Current research interest: Chemical profiling and Isolation, Cloning, Characterization of genes involved in the biosynthesis of terpene synthases in Amomum aculeatum.

 Shrikant completed his MSc from Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University (SRTMU), Nanded, Maharashtra.


Mr. Fayaj A. Mulani 

Senior Research Fellow

Current research interest: Isolation, characterization and biotransformation of Limonoids

Mr. Ashish R Kumar

Senior Research Fellow

Current research interest: Isolation, characterization and biotransformation of Limonoids

Ashish Obtained his MSc from Department of Biotechnology, MNNIT Allahabad U.P., India


Ms. Bhagyashree Popat Mane

Junior Research Fellow

Current Research interest:   Functional characterization of down-stream genes involved in triterpenoid biosynthesis

Bhagyashree completed her MSc in Agrochemicals and pest Management, Shivaji University, Kolhapur.


Research associates


Dr. Sudha Ramkumar


Department of Biotechnology-Research Associate III

Research Topic: Screening of SGLT2 inhibitors from plants as potential antidiabetic agent. January 2016-till date


Dr. Sudha obtained her PhD (Biotechnology) (2015) from Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Savitribai Phule Pune University. Topic: Purification and Characterization of α-amylase inhibitors from Plants as a potential source of antidiabetic agents

Dr. Poojadevi Sharma

CSIR-Research Associate 

Research Topic: Engineering sandalwood sesquiterpenes in Nicotiana tabacum and Ocimum sanctum   

Dr. Pooja obtained her Ph.D. (2016) from B.V. Patel Pharmaceutical Education and Research Development Centre, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Topic: Metabolic engineering in Cathranthus roseus using RNAi as a tool. 



Project Assistants:   

Ms. Jennifer Cheruvathur  

Project Assistant

Project:  Studies on iridoid biosynthesis in Catharanthus roseus

Ms. Jennifer obtained her MSc (Microbialoby) from University of Pune, India


Mrs. Chaya Patil

Project Assistant

Project:  Studies on Sesquiterpene Biosynthesis

Mrs. Chaya Obtained her MSc from karnatak university, Dharwad, Karnataka  


Ms. Preeti Kushwaha   

Project Assistant

Project:  Sickle Cell Anemia Mission

Ms. Preeti obtained her MSc (Industrial Chemistry) from Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, India


Ms. Supriya S. Khot

Project assistant

Project: Sickle Cell Anemia Mission

Ms. Supriya Obtained her M.Phil (Synthetic Studies In Terpenoids And Development Of Green Synthetic Methodologies) and MSc (Organic Chemistry) from Shivaji University, Kolhapur, India. 


Lab Assistant: 








 Mr. Prakash S. Khandekar, Lab Assistant


MSc Intern(s):   

Drishya M

Drishya is pursuing her MSc at Department of Chemistry, Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur, Kerala.

Intern research topic: Isolation and synthetic modification of basic limonoids