Admission 2019



Dr.Neetha Soma John

Research Associate

Specialisation: Microbiology


Educational Qualifications

  • PhD in Biotechnology (July 2015) University of Kerala, Kerala
  • M.Sc in Microbiology (May 2008) Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala
  • B.Sc in Industrial Mirobiology and Zoology (May 2006) Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala

Employment History

  • Joined SCMS Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology on 4th January 2017
  • Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Thiruvanathapuram (May 2009 to August 2013)

Key Responsibilities Held

Responsibilities held at SCMS

Teaching and learning support

  • Contributes to the teaching and learning programmes in the institute
  • Supervises graduate students for research

Research support

  • Develop research objectives and project proposals
  • Conduct individual or collaborative research

Responsibilities held at previous institutions

  • Worked as Senior Research Fellow in Central tuber crops Research Institute, Thiruvanathapuram in an ICAR funded project “Isolation, Characterization and Application of soil microbes for sustainable production of tuber crops”
  • Involved in the identification and development of microbial biofertilizer and biocontrol agents and understanding their biochemical and molecular mechanism of action for the sustainable production of tuber crops

Teaching Interests

  • Oncology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Immunology

Research Interests

  • Isolation and identification of antibiotic metabolites from microbes
  • Microbial biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology


International publications

  • Nath, V. S., John, N. S., Anjanadevi, I. P., Hegde, V. M., Jeeva, M. L., Misra, R. S., & Veena, S. S. (2014). Characterization of Trichoderma spp. antagonistic to Phytophthora colocasiae associated with leaf blight of taro. Annals of Microbiology, 64(4), 1513-1522. doi:10.1007/s13213-013-0794-7
  • Anjanadevi, I. P., John, N. S., John, K. S., Jeeva, M. L., & Misra, R. S. (2015). Rock inhabiting potassium solubilizing bacteria from Kerala, India: Characterization and possibility in chemical K fertilizer substitution. Journal of Basic Microbiology, 56(1), 67-77. doi:10.1002/jobm.201500139
  • John, N. S., Anjanadevi, I., Nath, V. S., Sankar, S. A., Jeeva, M. L., John, K. S., & Misra, R. S. (2015). Characterization of Trichoderma isolates against Sclerotium rolfsii, the collar rot pathogen of Amorphophallus – A polyphasic approach. Biological Control, 90, 164-172. doi:10.1016/j.biocontrol.2015.07.001
  • Nath, V. S., Rajitha, M., Darveekaran, S. S., Hegde, V. M., Jeeva, M. L., Misra, R. S., . . . Raj, M. (2015). Identification of Phytophthora colocasiae genes differentially expressed during infection on taro (Colocasia esculenta). Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology, 89, 78-86. doi:10.1016/j.pmpp.2015.01.001

National publications

  • Anjanadevi, I.P., John, N.S., Susan John, K., Jeeva, M.L. & Misra, R.S. (2013). Isolation and characterization of N fixing bacteria from elephant foot yam (Amorphophallus paeniifolius (Dennst.) Nicolson) growing regions of South India. Journal of Root Crops, 39(2), 154-162.
  • John, N.S., Anjanadevi, I.P., Suja, S.P., Jeeva, M.L. & Misra, R.S. (2014). Biochemical changes induced in Amorphophallus in response to treatment with biocontrol agent and pathogen. International Journal of Biotechnology and Biochemistry, 10(1), 35-45
  • John, N.S., Anjanadevi, I. P. & Jeeva, M.L. (20140. Efficacy of cassava by-products as carrier materials of Trichoderma harzianum, a biocontrol agent against Sclerotium rolfsii causing collar rot in elephant foot yam. Journal of Root Crops, 40 (1), 74-79.

Paper Presentations


  • Presented a paper entitled ‘Molecular identification of a new isolate of nitrogen fixing bacteria and its evaluation in sweet potato' in 21st Kerala Science Congress held in Kollam, Kerala, India from 28-31 January 2009.
  • Presented a paper entitled ‘Antifungal potential of Trichoderma Spp. against Sclerotium rolfsii causing collar rot in Amorphophallus: an in vitro study' in the National seminar on Climatic Changes and Food Security: Challenges and Opportunities for Tuber crops held at Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram from 21-22 January 2011
  • Presented a paper entitled ‘Identification of an efficient isolate of biocontrol agent for the management of collar rot of elephant foot yam (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius) caused by Sclerotium rolfsii. ' in the National Seminar on Frontiers in Applied Microbiology held at Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, India on 14th February,2014

Conferences/seminars/workshops attended


  • National symposium on ‘Genetics in Clinical Medicine’, organized by Jubliee Centre for Medical Research, Trissur in collaboration with DBT, ICMR, SERB, KSCSTE on 15th and 16th September 2017
  • One day seminar as part of National Technology Day-2017 on Indigenous technologies for the growth and development of Kerala, organized by SCMS Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology, Cochin, Kerala, in collaboration with KSCSTE, Govt. of Kerala on 12th May 2017
  • One day National level seminar on ‘Frontiers in Applied Microbiology’, organized by Department of Microbiology, Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu in collaboration with UGC on 14th February 2014
  • National seminar on Climatic Changes and Food Security: Challenges and Opportunities for Tuber crops, organized by Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram in collaboration with ICAR from 21-22 January 2011
  • 21st Kerala Science Congress held in Municipal Town hall, Kollam, Kerala, India from 28-31 January 2009

Trainings undergone

  • National Training on ‘Molecular Diagnostics for pathogens infecting crop plants’ organized at Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Trivandrum, Kerala, India from February 16th to March 3rd ,2011, sponsored by ICAR
  • Training on ‘Food processing and preservation? organized at Food Craft Institute (sponsored by Govt. of India and Govt. of Kerala), Kalamassery from 26-04-2004 to 22-5- 2004
  • Training on ‘Application of microbiology in agriculture and tissue culture? organized at Mitraniketan Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Sponsored by Indian Council of Agricultural Research), Thiruvanathapuram from 24-05-2005 to 4-6-2005

Membership in any professional bodies

  • Member of DBT- IBSC (Govt. of India) of SCMS School of Biosciences and Biotechnology, Kochi

Special Achievements (if any)

  • Qualified NET (ICAR) 2017 for Agricultural Microbiology
  • Qualified GATE 2009 for lifesciences
  • Awarded IIIrd Rank by M.G. University for M.Sc. Microbiology
  • Awarded Ist Rank by M.G. University for B.Sc Industrial Microbiology & Zoology