Dr. Harish M


Specialisation: Molecular Biology


Educational Qualifications

  • PhD (Molecular biology & genetic engineering) from Anna university of Technology-Chennai. Title of the Thesis : Functional characterization of the marker enzyme (UGT) in the synthesis of diterpene glycosides in Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni
  • M.Sc. (Analytical Chemistry): University of Kerala (2002)
  • B.Sc. (Chemistry): University of Kerala (2000)

Employment History

  • Joined SCMS Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research and development on April 2007
  • R&D Officer (October 2005 – March 2007): Analytical method Development, Coromandel Fertilizers Ltd, Navi Mumbai.
  • Sr.Chemist (April 2004 – October 2005): Quality Assurance, Galaxy Surfactants Ltd, Taloja.

Key Responsibilities Held

  • Handling classes for PG & UG students
  • Actively Involved in Research projects like neera, Coconut cream, Biofuel, Stevia etc.
  • Actively involved in ISO and NAAC documentation
  • Various new methodologies were developed for analysing pesticides in Coromandel fertilisers
  • Production and quality were monitored and documented in Galaxy surfactants Ltd. In addition to that I am actively involved in ISO and TPM there.

Teaching Interests

  • Molecular biology, Biostatistics, Bioanalytical techniques, Bioinformatics, Recombinant DNA technology, Photochemistry.

Research Interests

  • Expressional analysis of various genes like UGT, FAD2, GAPDH, Aquaporin etc


International publications

  • Bhasker, S., Harish, M., & Chinnamma, M. (2015). Molecular evidence of insulinomimetic property exhibited by steviol and stevioside in diabetes induced L6 and 3T3L1 cells. Phytomedicine,22(11), 1037-1044. doi:10.1016/j.phymed.2015.07.007
  • Mohankumar, C., Bhasker, S., Harish, M., & Devassy, R. M. (2015). U.S. Patent No. WO2015015415A1. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Chinnamma, M., Bhasker, S., HARISH, M., Devasia, R. M., Shashidharan, A., Pillai, B. C., & Thevannoor, P. (2015). Production of coconut methyl ester (CME) and glycerol from coconut (Cocos nucifera) oil and the functional feasibility of CME as biofuel in diesel engine. Fuel,140, 4-9. doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2014.09.057
  • George, S., Bhasker, S., Devasia, R. M., Harish, W. M., & Chinnamma, M. (2014). Quantitative PCR (qPCR) Data Analysis of SOD and its Activity and Expression in Elettaria cardamomum under Biotic Stress. Biosciences Biotechnology Research Asia,11(2), 435-440. doi:10.13005/bbra/1292
  • George, S., Bhasker, S., Harish, M., Nair, A., & Chinnamma, M. (2013). Functional Characterization of Recombinant Bromelain of Ananas comosus Expressed in a Prokaryotic System. Molecular Biotechnology,56(2), 166-174. doi:10.1007/s12033-013-9692-2
  • Harish Madhav, Bhasker, S., & Chinnamma, M. (2013). Functional and structural variation of uridine diphosphate glycosyltransferase (UGT) gene of Stevia rebaudiana–UGTSr involved in the synthesis of rebaudioside A. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry,63, 245-253. doi:10.1016/j.plaphy.2012.11.029

National publications

  • Harish, M., Rejab, R., Joseph, A. Y., Sahadev, S., Babu, V. S., Devassy, R. M., Anisha, S., & Mohankumar, C. (2011). Indian Patent No. 246859. Mohankumar, C., Gopalakrishnapai, J., Harish, M., & Rejab, R. (2011). Indian. Patent No. 245903.
  • REJAB, R., Mohankumar, C., Murugan, K., Harish, M., & Mohanan, P. V. (2009). Purification and toxicity studies of stevioside from Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni. Toxicol.International,16, 49-54
  • Joseph, A. Y., Babu, V. S., Dev, S., Gopalakrishnapai, J., Harish, M., Rajesh, M. D., . . . Mohankumar, C. (2008). Rapid detection and characterization of Chikungunya virus by RT-PCR in febrile patients from Kerala, India. Indian J Exp Biol,46(8), 573-578.

Conferences/seminars/workshops attended


  • C.Mohankumar*, Salini Bhasker & Harish. M “Cost Effective Production of Coconut Biofuel from mature dehusked Coconuts – An integrated Approach” presented at National conference on Biofuel- a search for new fire, December 17-18, 2015
  • Harish M, Suma Arun Dev, C Mohankumar, ”Molecular characterization and phylogenetic analysis of two UDP-glucosyl transferases (UGTs) in Stevia rebaudiana” presented at 97th Indian science Congress January 2010
  • Lekshmi R, Harish M, Salini Bhasker, C. Mohankumar, “Molecular analysis on the effect of colchicines to induce stevioside synthesis in Stevia rebaudiana” presented at NCINANOBT-2012, Gulberga, Karnataka.
  • Sooraj Babu, Harish M, Salini Bhasker, C Mohankumar “Comparative analysis of the full coding regions of Aquaporin genes and their relative expression in Pokkali and Jyothi varities of Oriya sativa” presented at NCINANOBT-2012, Gulberga, Karnataka.
  • Flowerlet Paul, Harish M, Salini Bhasker & Mohankumar C, “Stevioside Induced Expression of Glucose Transporter(Glut4) gene in Rat Myoblast L6 cell line” presented at National Symposium on Emerging Trends in Biotechnology, organized by Department of Biotechnology, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin ,2012


  • Training program in laboratory animal handling” organized by SCTIMST Poojappura, Trivandrum from 26-30th Sep2011

Membership in any professional bodies

  • Member of DBT-IBSC, (Govt of India) committee of SCMS Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology R&D