Department of Biotechnology
Dr. Ramakrishnan Sitaraman started his research career with a detailed study of a phase-variable restriction-modification systems in the rat pathogen, Mycoplasma pulmonis during his doctoral work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, U.S.A. Thereafter, he worked at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S.A., where he contributed to the development strains of Bacillus anthracis deficient in either proteases or restriction enzymes. The protease-deficient strain is now listed as an invention available for licensing from the NIH. Subsequently, at Vanderbilt University, U.S.A., he investigated signaling events in cell lines induced by Helicobacter pylori phospholipases, and developed a novel assay to evaluate synergistic hemolysis. His doctoral and post-doctoral work amount to a total research experience of 13 years before joining TERI university.
Honors and Awards2015 - Travel Grant, American Society for Microbiology, U.S.A. and the Society for Biosafety, India
2011 - Visiting Scientist, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai, India
2005 - 2006 Research Fellow, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, U.S.A.
2003 - Staff Recognition Award, National Institutes of Health, U.S.A.
2001 - 2004 Visiting Fellow, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, U.S.A.
2000 - Student Travel Grant, International Organization for Mycoplasmology, U.S.A..
2000 - 2001 Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Alabama at Birmingham, U.S.A.
1999 - Award of Special Merit for Poster Presentation, American Society for Microbiology, U.S.A.
1999 - Academic Excellence Award, Center for International Programs, University of Alabama at Birmingham, U.S.A.
1998 - Student Travel Grant, International Organization for Mycoplasmology, U.S.A.
1996 - Student Travel Grant, International Organization for Mycoplasmology, U.S.A.
1993 - Certificate of Excellence, National Institute of Information Technology, India
1991 - Project award, Grasim Industries Limited, India
1991 - Bhavishya Jyoti Scholarship, National Institute of Information Technology, India
Selected PublicationsOn the Tacit Aspects of Science Pedagogy in Higher Education
Front. Psychol. 8:656. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00656,
Osmoregulation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae via mechanisms other than the high-osmolarity glycerol pathway
Saxena A and Sitaraman R
Microbiology, 162: 1511-1526. doi:10.1099/mic.0.000360,
The Chromosomal parDE2 Toxin?Antitoxin System of Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv: Genetic and Functional Characterization
Gupta M, Nayyar N, Chawla M, Sitaraman R, Bhatnagar R and Banerjee N
Front. Microbiol. 7:886. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00886,
The Role of DNA Restriction-Modification Systems in the Biology of Bacillus anthracis
Front. Microbiol. 7:11. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00011,
Aging and the human gut microbiota - from correlation to causality
Saraswati S, Sitaraman R
Front Microbiol 5:764.doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00764,