Admission 2019

Faculties

mscbio-science

Dr.C.Mohankumar

Professor & Director

Specialisation: Biotechnology & Biochemistry

Room:

directorsibb@scmsgroup.org


Educational Qualifications

  • Doctor of philosophy in Science (PhD): Biochemistry - Regional Research Laboratory (RRL), CSIR Trivandrum, Kerala., 1993
  • Master of Science (MSc), University of Kerala, 1979
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc), University of Kerala, 1977

Employment History

  • Director, SCMS Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology, Cochin – 2007 onwards
  • Reader (Associate Professor) – 1993 – 2010 (Government college)
  • Selection Grade Lecturer – 1988-1993 (Government college)
  • Senior grade Lecturer – 1983-1988 (Government college)
  • Lecturer – 1980-1983 (Government college)

Key Responsibilities

Strategic planning and implementation of the plans in research and academics, Identification and implementation of research projects of national and international relevance, Preparation and submission of research projects to national funding agencies, Promotion of collaborative research with external institutes, Full responsibility in getting the approval of DSIR, patent filing and processing, preparation of MOU for technology transfer, with industry for the development of the institute, Overall control of academics of B.Sc and M.Sc programme, Coordination of all the research and academic activities of M.Sc programme, Research supervision of Ph.D scholars, As the chairman of M.Sc Board involved in duties of conducting both theory and practicals, Organizing training programme, seminars, workshops in Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering , In charge of both B.Sc and M.Sc admission and enquiries, Sharing the technical expertise to outside institutes, Universities and colleges for highlighting the research status of the institute., Representing the institute and participating in external academic, research and industrial meetings organized by Government or non-government agencies

Teaching Interests

  • Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Animal cell culture, Genomics

Research Interests

  • Processing of Natural products for the production of drugs, food & biofuel
  • Structural & Functional analysis of genes
  • Molecular diagnosis of viral diseases
  • Expression & Characterization of recombinant therapeutic proteins
  • Development of Transgenic crops

Publications

International publications

  • Salini Bhasker, Harish Madhav, Mohankumar Chinnamma. Molecular evidence of insulinomimetic property exhibited by steviol and stevioside in diabetes induced L6 and 3T3L1 cells. Phytomedicine 2015, 22, 1037-1044
  • Mohankumar Chinnamma, Salini Bhasker, Harish Madhav, Rajesh Mamkulathil Devasia, Anisha Shashidharan, Balachandran Chandrasekaran Pillai and Pradeep Thevannoor. 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 (2015) 4–9.
  • Susan George, Salini Bhasker, Harish Madhav, Archana Nair, C Mohankumar (2014). Functional characterization of recombinant bromelain of Ananas comosus expressed in a prokaryotic system. Molecular Biotechnology 56, 166-174.
  • Krishna K.Yathi, Salini Bhasker, C. Mohankumar (2013) Determination of B cell epitopes and Evaluation of Antigen Capture ELISA for the earlier diagnosis of CHIK Virus using anti-rCHIK E1 rabbit Antibodies. Journal of Immunological methods 393, 45-52.
  • Harish Madhav, Salini Bhasker, C Mohankumar (2013) Functional and Structural Variation of Uridine Diphosphate Glycosyltransferase(UGT) gene of Stevia rebaudiana –UGTSr involved in the synthesis of rebaudioside A. Plant Physiology & Biochemistry 63, 245-253.
  • Anisha Shashidharan, Salini Bhasker, C Mohankumar (2012). Recombinant Lactoferrin (Lf) of Vechur Cow, the Critical Breed of Bos indicus and the Lf Gene Variants. GENE, 495 (1): 23–28.
  • Krishna Kammara Yathi, Julia Mary Joseph, Salini Bhasker, Ramesh Kumar, Mohankumar C (2011). Recombinant CHIK virus E1 coat protein of 11 KDa with antigenic domains for the detection of Chikungunya. Journal of Immunological Methods, 372 (2011) 171–176
  • Anisha Shashidharan, Ruchi Singh, Salini Bhasker, C Mohankumar (2011) Physicochemical Characterization and functional site analysis of lactoferrin gene of Vechur cow, the critical breed of Bos Indicus by bioinformatics approaches. Bioinformation 6(7): 275-278.
  • RB Smitha, Thomas Bennans, C Mohankumar, Sailas Benjamin (2009) Oxidative stress enzymes in Ficus religiosa L.: Biochemical, histochemical and anatomical evidences. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology 95: 17–25.
  • Reeja Rajab, C Mohankumar, K Murugan, M Harish, PV Mohanan (2009) Purification and toxicity studies of stevioside from Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni. Toxicol Int 16 (1): 49-54.
  • Kishor Mohan T C, Mohankumar C (2003) Activity of lignin biosynthesis enzymes during fibre ring and shell formation of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) fruits – tenera variety. International Journal of oil palm Research. 3 ? 4: 11-15. ISSN- 0972-5806
  • Subhashini J, Pillai R S N, Mohankumar C (2003) Structure and composition analysis of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) pollen – dura, tenera and pisifera varieties. International Journal of oil palm Research. 3 ? 4: 27-30. ISSN - 0972-5806
  • Mohankumar C, Arumughan C, Kaleysa Raj R (1990) Histological localization of oil palm fruit lipase. Journal of American oil chemist society 67: 604-607

National publications

  • Susan George, Salini Bhasker, Rajesh Mamkulathil Devasia, Harish Madhav Warrier and Mohankumar Chinnamma. Quantitative PCR (qPCR) data analysis of SOD and its activity and expression in Elettaria cardamomum under biotic stress Biosciences Biotechnology Research Asia, August 2014. Vol. 11(2).
  • A.P. Anugeethu, Salini Bhasker and Chinnamma Mohankumar. Novel Therapeutic Property of Recombinant Human GAPDH Peptide (2013). Biosciences Biotechnology Research Asia, Vol. 10, 751-757
  • Rajesh MD, Salini Bhasker, C Mohankumar (2013) Relative Quantification of FAD2 Gene expression and Comparative Analysis of SNPs of Indian Peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) Cultivars. Biosciences Biotechnology Research Asia 10(1), 403-410.
  • Anju Nandakumar, Salini Bhasker, C Mohankumar (2013) Functional Variation of Ascorbate Peroxidase in Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) Varieties during Infection of Phytophthora capsici. Biosciences Biotechnology Research Asia 10(1), 253-260
  • Joseph AY, Babu VS, Dev SS, Gopalakrishnapai J, Harish M, Rajesh MD, Anisha S and Mohankumar C. (2008). Rapid detection and characterization of Chikungunya virus in febrile patients,from Kerala, India by RT-PCR. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology. 46: 573-578
  • Sathish DK, Mohankumar C (2007) RAPD markers for identification of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) parental varieties (dura and pisifera) and hybrid tenera. Indian J Biotechnology. 6: 359-364
  • Boby T Edwin, Mohankumar C (2007) Molecular identification of Proutista moesta as the vector and the phylogenetic analysis of Kerala wilt disease Phytoplasma. Indian J Biotechnology. 6: 560-563
  • Murugan K, Arunkumar N S, Mohankumar C (2004) Purification and characterization of cinnamyl alcohol NADPH dehydrogenase from the leaf tissues of Lumnitzera racemosa, a basin mangrove. Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics. 41: 96-101.
  • Sharmila L B, Salini Bhasker, Mathews T Thelly, Boby T Edwin, Mohankumar C (2004) Cloning and sequencing of phytoplasma DNA associated with Kerala wilt disease of coconut palms. Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 13: 1-5.
  • Kishor Mohan T C, Mohankumar C (2004) Viochemical changes in the cell wall of oil palm fruit mesocarp (Elaeis guineensis Jacq) during development and post harvest storage. Journal of Food Science and Technology 41:2:191-93
  • Mathews T Thelly, Mohankumar C (2001) H+ATPase as a biochemical marker for early diagnosis of root (wilt) disease of coconut palms. Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics 38: 199-202.
  • Salini Bhasker and Mohankumar C; Association of lignifying enzymes in shell synthesis of oil palm fruit (Elaeis guineensis Jacq) dura fruit variety. J. Exp.Biol, 2001, Vol 39, 160-164.
  • Salini Bhasker, Minilkumar GL and Mohankumar C; Post harvest changes in mature oil palm fruit pericarp during storage. J. Food Sci. Technol, 1999, Vol 36, 466-468.
  • Mohankumar C, Arumughan C, Kaleysa Raj R (1994) Histochemical changes in mesocarp of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) fruit during development. Journal of Food Science and Technology 31: 19-21.

Book Chapters

  • Mohankumar Chinnamma, Anisha Shashidharan and Salini Bhasker. Therapeutic Value of Milk of Vechur Cow, the Indigenous Breed of Kerala Listed as Critical by FAO. Chapter 9: Biodiversity Conservation - Challenges for the Future, 2015, 103-111

Paper Presentations

International

  • Activation of PAI-1 and TGF ?1 gene expression enhances epithelial migration and wound closure using HALE. International Conference on Biotechnology & Biotherapeutics, Sathyabhama University, Chennai, March 8-10th 2017
  • Molecular Mechanism of wound healing property of Hemigraphis colorata using cell line and animal wound model experiments. Proceedings of 3rd GLOBAL AYURVEDA FESTIVAL 31st January to 4th February 2016 at Kozhikode, Kerala. pp.374.
  • International Seminar on recent biochemical approaches in therapeutics. Bactericidal effect of recombinant bovine lactoferrin proteins and peptides of vechur cow against bovine mastitis disease. Department of Biochemistry, University of Kerala, January 10th 2013.
  • Rapid diagnosis of Chikungunya virus and its coat protein expression for vaccine production. Proceedings of International Conference on Biomaterials, Artificial Organs and Tissue Engineering, Feb 28th- March 1st, SCMS, Cochin. Organized by Society for Biomaterials & Artificial Organs, India and Society for Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine, India.
  • Production of edible red palm oil and oil cake from oil palm (Elaeis guineensis jacq) fruits by dry method. Emerging technologies for safer foods - INTRADFOOD- EFFoST conference proceedings, SPAIN, pp 1273-1276.

National

  • Omics science - A New Dimension of Diagnosis & Cure for Sustainable Health – IV Post Graduate Convention & XIV Annual State Conference, scheduled on 28th& 29th January 2017 at Muvattupuzha in collaboration with Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Annoor Dental College, Muvattupuzha.
  • Utilization of natural resources of Kerala for the development of viable technologies - National technology Day Celebration, SCMS, May 12th 2017
  • Promotion of Viable Research for the Development of Technologies, College of Veterinary Science, Mannuthi, Thrissur, 17th July 2017
  • Omics - The Factor for Interdisciplinary Research in Life sciences- St.Xaviers College, Aluva, July 2017
  • Connecting Bio-research with technology. CEIB day celebrations, School of Life Sciences, Department of Zoology, University of Kerala on 28 Nov 2017
  • Development of viable technologies for sustainable future National Science Day celebration, 2018. Govt. Maharaja’s college, Ernakulam, February 26th 2018
  • Promotion of Productive Research at Molecular level for Sustainable Future – National Science Day celebration, 2018, Govt Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram, 28th February 2018
  • How to induce Professionalism in Plant Science Research? Research Center Inauguration, Department of Botany, Govt. Maharaja’s college, Ernakulam, March 7th 2018
  • Molecular Mechanism of wound healing induced by H.colorata in cell line cultures. Swadeshi Science Congress, 2014 at MG Univeristy, Kottayam
  • First National conference on recent advances in Nano-Biotechnology-Prokaryotic Expression and Characterization of Ascorbate Peroxidase, the disease resistant gene in Capsicum annum. Gulbarga university, Karnataka. 20-21st March 2012
  • First National conference on recent advances in Nano-Biotechnology-Prokaryotic Expression and Characterization of Ascorbate Peroxidase, the disease resistant gene in Capsicum annum. Gulbarga university, Karnataka. 20-21st March 2012
  • First National conference on recent advances in Nano-Biotechnology-Prokaryotic Expression and Characterization of Ascorbate Peroxidase, the disease resistant gene in Capsicum annum. Gulbarga university, Karnataka. 20-21st March 2012.
  • First National conference on recent advances in Nano-Biotechnology Comparative sequence analysis of the full coding regions of Aquaporin genes and their relative gene expression in Pokkali and Jyothi varieties of Oryza sativa. Gulbarga university, Karnataka. 20-21st March 2012
  • Insulin induced expression of Glucose transporter (Glut4) gene in rat myoblast L6 cell line. Gulbarga university, Karnataka. 20-21st March 2012
  • Molecular characterization of FAD2 and FAD3 genes of soybean. Gulbarga university, Karnataka. 20-21st March 2012
  • Effect of Methyl jasmonate in inducing defence mechanism in Elattaria cardamom during biotic stress. Gulbarga university, Karnataka. 20-21st March 2012.
  • Molecular analysis on the effect of colchicine to induce stevioside synthesis in Stevia rebaudiana. Gulbarga university, Karnataka. 20-21st March 2012
  • Wound healing effect of Hemigraphis colorata in cell line cultures of L6 rat myoblasts. National symposium: Emerging trends in Biotechnology, Cochin University of Science and Technology, 2012
  • Stevioside induced expression of Glucose transporters gene (glut4) in rat myoblast L6 cell line. Emerging trends in Biotechnology, Cochin Univeristy of Science and Technology, 2012
  • Bactericidal effect of recombinant defensing of Solanum lycopersicum expressed in prokaryotic system. Emerging trends in Biotechnology, Cochin Univeristy of Science and Technology, 2012
  • Colloquium on R&D Industry Interface for Biotech Development in Kerala, organized by Kerala Biotechnology Commission (KBC) and Center for Socio-Economic & Environmental studies (CSES), January 12th 2011
  • Identification of a novel Lactoferrin variant in milk of Bos indicus Vechur breed. Indian Science Congress, January 3-7, Thiruvananthapuram, 2010
  • Molecular characterization and phylogenetic analysis of two UDP-Glcosyl transferases (UGTs) in Stevia rebaudiana. Indian Science Congress, January 3-7, Thiruvananthapuram, 2010
  • Expression profiling and sequencing analysis of Omega 3 fatty acid desaturase gene (GMFAD3) from Indian cultivar Soya bean JS 385. Indian Science Congress, January 3-7, Thiruvananthapuram, 2010
  • National Symposium on Good Laboratory Prctice (GLP) and Regulatory issues, organized by Sree Chitra Tirunal institute of Medical Science & Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, 28-30, October 2004
  • Fourth International and sixteenth National symposium on recent trends in Life sciences, Indian Society of Life Sciences and Univeristy of Kerala, 7-9, February 2000
  • 9th Swadeshi Science Congress, organized by Swadeshi Science Movement-Kerala & Fatima Mata National College, Kollam, Nov 5-7, 1999.
  • Advances in Cellular abd Molecular Biology, XXII All India Cell Biology Conference, 20-22nd February 1999, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Seminar on Fundamental and applied aspects of Cell Research, Univeristy of Kerala, 7th February, 1997
  • National symposium on Tropical diseases & Aids, Department of Biochemistry, Univeristy of Kerala, 22-23rd March, 1995
  • National Seminar on Emerging Trends in Life Sciences, Department of Botany, Univeristy of Kerala, 17th January 1994
  • National Seminar on Frontiers in Plant Sciences, Univeristy of Kerala, 25th January 1991, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Current trends in Biotech industry with reference to renewable energy resources. National Science day celebration on Current Innovations and future prospects in Biotechnology METS College of Engineering, Mala, Thrissur, 25-26th February 2016
  • Novel industrial tracks of Biotechnology with reference to renewable energy resources. Biofuels- Renewable Energy sources towards a greener future. Department of Botany & Biotechnology, Govt. Arts & Science College, Thiruvananthapuram on February 19th 2016
  • Cost Effective Production of Coconut Biofuel from mature dehusked Coconuts – An integrated Approach, December 17-18, 2015, SCMS, Cochin, Kerala
  • Molecular evidence highlighting the therapeutic value of milk of vechur cow, the indigenous breed of Kerala listed as critical by FAO. First international Biodiversity conference, December 27-30, 2012, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Trends in functional genomics. Seminar on Recent trends in Life sciences, Christian College, Kattakada, Thiruvananthapuram, February 16, 2006
  • Molecular studies of Coconut root wilt disease with reference to Phytoplasma infection. National seminar on Biotechnology 21st century, Fatima Mata National College, Kollam
  • Recent Trends in Biotechnology, GENETACH 2006, National Seminar on Biotechnology, Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram, 10th February 2006
  • Production of Edible red palm oil and oil cake from oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq) fruits by dry method. INTRADFOOD 2005, Valencia, Spain, 25-28, October, 2005
  • 50th Year of Ramachandran Triple Helix. Organized by Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Laboratory, Univeristy College, Thiruvananthapuram on November 10th 2004
  • 50 years of DNA – State level seminar organized by St.Stephen’s College, Pathanapuram, Kerala on 23-11-2003
  • Pathogen, pathophysiology and Bioremedy of Kerala wilt disease of coconut palms – A fresh look. Proceedings of National Seminar on coconut and coconut products in health and disease, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, 64-71. 19&20 Sep 2003, Dept of Biochemistry
  • National Seminar on reproductive biology & mutation breeding – MG college, Trivandrum – 9-11 July 2003
  • Resource person in Refresher course in Botany at Govt. Victoria college, Palakkad on 13 – 16th march 1999
  • National seminar on Emerging trends in Life sciences organized by Univeristy of Kerala on 17th January 1994

Membership in any professional bodies

  • Society for Applied Biotechnology (FSAB), Life member
  • Society for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (India), Life member
  • Indian Science Congress Association, member
  • Association of Food Scientist and Technologists (AFST), India., Life member
  • Society of Toxicology (STOX) India., Life member
  • Society for Biotechnologist, India, Life member

Special Achievements

Research Projects Completed

  • Normalization of the Modified Harvesting Protocol of Coconut Neera by field Trials and Development of a Pilot Plant for Neera Processing, Bottling and Storage. Technology Mission, Coconut Development Board, Govt. of India, 2014-2015
  • Evaluation of Coconut Embryonic Tissue - Haustorium for the Production of Value Added Products with respect to its Nutritional, Therapeutic and other Biological Properties. Technology Mission, Coconut Development Board, Govt. of India, 2013-2015
  • Designing a hygienic harvesting process and an appropriate processing technology for sustaining the quality of coconut neera as a nutritive drink. Technology Mission, Coconut Development Board, Govt. of India, 2013-2015
  • Development of Low Fat Nutritionally Rich Delicious Fresh Tender Coconut Cream – Technology Mission, Coconut Development Board, Govt. of India , 2012-2014
  • Expression of 16S rRNA gene of phytoplasma associated with Kerala wilt diseased coconut palms. SARD, KSCSTE, Government of Kerala, 2004-2006
  • ATPase activity in relation to root wilt disease of coconut palms. KSCSTE, Government of Kerala, 2001-2004
  • Early identification of oil palm varieties. ICAR. , Govt. of India, 1998-2001
  • Impact of Phenylalanine ammonia lyase on root (wilt) diseased palms KSCSTE, Government of Kerala, 1997-1998
  • Enzymic studies on oil palm fruits- STEC, 1995-1998

Patents Filed

Indian Patents

  • Sequence, Transgenic Products and Process Thereof- Application No. 982/CHE/2011, dated March 29, 2011
  • Nucleotide and Amino acid Sequence, Methods and Kit Thereof Application No. 980/CHE/2011, dated March 28, 2011
  • A composition and a process thereof – Patent No. 2327/CHE/2007
  • A Herbal composition comprising plant parts of Stevia sps and Coffee beans- Patent No. 246859 (Application No. 2310/CHE/2007 – Patent Granted
  • A Process for the production of steviol from Stevia sps – Patent No. 245903 (Application No.1436/CHE/2007)- Patent Granted
  • Coconut cream obtained from tender coconut and method thereof” Application No. 5358/CHE/2013, November 20, 2013

US Patent

  • PROCESS FOR OBTAINING ESTER. International PCT Application No. PCT/IB2014/063512

Australian Patent

  • Sequence, Transgenic Products and Process Thereof- Application No. PCT/IB2012/051491, dated March 28th 2012
  • Nucleotide and Amino acid Sequence, Methods and Kit Thereof – Application No. PCT/IB2012/051458, dated March 27th 2012

Australian Patent

  • Sequence, Transgenic Products and Process Thereof- Application No. PCT/IB2012/051491, dated March 28th 2012
  • Nucleotide and Amino acid Sequence, Methods and Kit Thereof – Application No. PCT/IB2012/051458, dated March 27th 2012

Reviewer for Journals:

International:

  • iEditorial board member of Journal of Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
  • Biologia plantarum

National:

  • Journal of Food science & Technology;
  • Current science
  • Indian Journal of Experimental biology
  • Indian Journal of Biotechnology

Resource person

Resource person of biochemistry, biotechnology & molecular biology for Orientation & Refresher courses organized by Academic Staff Colleges, Universities of Kerala and Calicut and Mahatma Gandhi Universities & Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

Research guideship

  • University of Kerala, Kerala, India
  • Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Research supervision

  • Research Guide of University of Kerala
  • Research guide of Anna University of Technology Chennai & Kerala University of Health and Allied Sciences

Research Guidance Ph.D

  • Awarded - 18

Honors & Awards

  • National award as the best scientist in Product Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India ( 2015)
  • St.Berchman’s Award for the Best Faculty in plant science (2006).
  • Dr.K.L. Mondgill Endowment Prize (2002) for the best research paper in Plant science
  • Rotary vocational excellence award in biotechnology research-2008