The Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) is a premier research institution in the Indian subcontinent. In true justification of our name, we are dedicated to carry out integrated research in classical as well as emerging areas of microbiology. Our aim is to obtain fundamental scientific insights, and also to develop novel technologies from these. While browsing through our website, you will find that our researchers have achieved both national and international recognition for their accomplishments.

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Dr. G S Prasad

Yeasts and Patent Depositary

Significant recognition: Awards, fellowships, international funding of distinction, technologies transferred/licensed etc.:
National :
  • Member "Technical Committee for the revision of - NABL-102" Document (Guidelines for Biological Testing Laboratories), National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), Department of Science and Technology (DST)
  • Member “Core Expert Group (CEG) on Designated Repositories” National   Biodiversity Authority, Govt. of India
  • Member "Niche Area Committee on "Value-added Biomas & Products from Natural Resources" for vision 2025 - Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India
  • Representative of Director, CSIR-IMTECH in “Expert Committee on Access and Benefit Sharing”, National Biodiversity Authority, Govt. of India.
  • Representative of Director, CSIR-IMTECH in “Expert Committee on Agro Biodiversity”, National Biodiversity Authority, Govt. of India.
  • Selected for V. Agnihotrudu Memorial Lecture by Mycological Society of India 2016


  • International :
  • Visiting Scientist, RIKEN (The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research), Wako-shi, Japan
  • Visiting Scientist, Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plants Research,  (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany
  • Awarded INSA-DFG fellowship (2007)
  • Awarded JSPS Fellowship (1999) by RIKEN, Japan
  • Member, International Technical Expert Workshop of Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) workshops on ‘‘Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture”’ held in Brussels, Belgium January 2009.
  • Member, International Technical Expert Workshop of Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) workshops on ‘‘Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture”’ held in Brussels, Belgium March 2011.
  • Member Executive Committee, World Federation of Culture Collections (WFCC)
  • Country representative, Asian Consortium for the Conservation and Sustatainable Utilization of Microbial Resources (ACM)
  • Awarded Indo-German Project "Production of purine degrading enzymes in Arxula adeninivorans and their possible use for production of foods with reduced purine content". (Department of Biotechnology and BMBF Germany)

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Dr. K. Suresh

Scientist: Bacteria


Contact Address:

Microbial Type Culture Collection & Genebank (MTCC)
Institute of Microbial Technology
Sector 39A, Chandigarh – 160036
Phone no: 0172-2636680-94 (Ext: 3155)


Write-up of research and development interests/focus, past and present goals:

Microbial diversity studies of various aerobic and anaerobic ecosystems and their biotechnological applications

Prokaryotes are the dominant form of life on earth and they found to survive under any conditions of the biosphere. We are using an integrated approach to understand the nature of free-living prokaryotes by studying microbial diversity and their ecology. This information provides an insight into the systematics of these prokaryotes and their biotechnological applications. Microorganisms existing in complex environments often require capability to produce antimicrobial compounds as a competitive advantage to producing strains for their establishment in these ecosystems. Although many bacterial strains produce antimicrobial peptides as defensins, only few of them have been characterized in detail. Therefore, our laboratory mainly focused on isolation and characterization of novel antimicrobial peptides including different types of bacteriocins from microbial diversity of aerobic and anaerobic ecosystems. To this effect, we have characterized few antimicrobial peptides produced by strains of Brevibacillus laterosporus. Further antimicrobial peptides produced by other bacterial strains including Bacillus, Paenibacillus, Lactobacillus and Clostridium species are being investigated. The AMPs were purified by HPLC and characterized by MALDI MS/MS analysis. The analyses of the antimicrobial peptides suggested that these strains also produce antimicrobial lipopeptides. My lab is also actively involved in determination of total microbial diversity using both culturable and culture independent approaches. As a part of culturable diversity characterization, we have determined the taxonomic status of few novel prokaryotic strains as novel genera and species.


Significant recognition: Awards, fellowships, international funding of distinction, technologies transferred/licensed etc.:

  • DBT Biotechnology Overseas Associate (long-term/one year): To avail the award worked as an “Associate” with Prof. William B. Whitman at Department of Microbiology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA.


Selected list of Publications and Patents:


Selected Publications:

  • Santi M. Mandal, Shalley Sharma, Anil Kumar Pinnka, Annu Kumari, Suresh Korpole* (2013). Isolation and characterization of diverse antimicrobial lipopeptides produced by Citrobacter and Enterobacter. BMC Microbiol, 13:152.
  • Piyush Baindara, Santi M. Mandal, Niharika Chawla, Pradip Kumar Singh, Ani Kumar Pinnka, Suresh Korpole (2013). Characterization of two antimicrobial peptides produced by a halotolerant Bacillus subtilis strain SK.DU.4 isolated from a rhizosphere soil sample. AMB Express 3:2.
  • Sukhpreet Kaur, Mir Yawar, P. Anil Kumar, K. Suresh (2013). Hungatella effluvii gen. nov., sp. nov. an obligate anaerobic bacterium isolated from effluent treatment plant and reclassification of Clostridium hathewayi as Hungatella hathewayi comb. nov. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol (In press) doi:10.1099/ijs.0.056986-0.
  • Mandal S.M., Porto W.F., De D., Phule A., Korpole S., Ghosh A.K., Roy S., Franco O.L. (2013). Screening of serine protease inhibitors with antimicrobial activity by iron oxide nanoparticles functionalized with dextran conjugated trypsin and in silico analyses of bacterial serine protease inhibition. Analyst, In-press doi:10.1039/C3AN01132A.
  • Pradip K. Singh, Chittpurna, Ashish, Vikas Sharma, Prabhu B. Patil and K. Suresh (2012). Identification, Purification and Characterization of Laterosporulin, a Novel Bacteriocin Produced by Brevibacillus sp. strain GI-9. PLoS ONE 7(3): e31498. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031498.
  • Krishnamurthi, S., Stefan Spring, Anil Kumar P., Mayilraj, S., Hans-Peter Klenk, Suresh, K. (2012). Desulfotomaculum defluvii sp. nov., a sulfate-reducing bacterium isolated from the subsurface environment of a landfill. Int J Syst Evol Micobiol.
  • Thomas J. Lie, Kyle C. Costa, Boguslaw Lupa, Suresh Korpole, William B. Whitman, and John A. Leigh (2012). Essential anaplerotic role for the energy-converting hydrogenase Eha in hydrogenotrophic methanogenesis. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 109: 15473-15478 (doi:10.1073/pnas.1208779109).
  • Vikas Sharma, Pradip K. Singh, Samriti Midha, Manish Ranjan, Suresh Korpole and Prabhu B. Patil (2012). Genome sequence of Brevibacillus laterosporus strain GI-9. J Bacteriol 194(5): 1279. 

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Dr. P. Anil Kumar

Senior Scientist: Bacteria/ Phototrophic bacteria

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Dr.V.Venkata Ramana

Senior Scientist 

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Dr. S. Krishnamurthi

Scientist: Fungi


Write-up of research and development interests/focus, past and present goals:

The lab is engaged in research work related to understanding structure of microbial communities in different marine habitats of the country as systematic sampling of these sites is lacking and diversity data pertaining to these ecosystems are scanty. One of the aims is to understand bacterial diversity from Western Ghats that are one of the major biodiversity hot spots of the world. We aim to focus on sampling selected niches from coastal part of the state Goa and attempt to cultivate hitherto “uncultivated and/or difficult to culture” bacteria. One of our targets is to utilize this overwhelmingly complex bacterial diversity for discovering novel biomolecules with applications in clinical and/or pharmaceutical industry with the premise that “marine habitats offer an increased opportunity for discovering novel biomolecules in lieu of the unique selective pressures of the marine ecosystem where chemical and physical conditions differ significantly from the terrestrial environment that have resulted in production of novel compounds to aid in their survival”. 


 The emphasis of the research group is also concentrated on detailing the abundant bacterial fraction from various environmental habitats using molecular tools such as FISH and CARD-FISH in collaboration Max Planck Institute of Marine Microbiology, Bremen. These techniques are free from biases of PCR based methodologies and can help detect the uncultivable and/or viable but not culturable bacterial cells from phylum to genus level depending on the specificity of the probes.


Significant recognition: Awards, fellowships, international funding of distinction, technologies transferred/licensed etc.:

Awarded the Max Planck Group (MPG)-DST visiting fellowship for the year 2011


Selected list of Publications and Patents:

  • Krishnamurthi S, Spring S, Anil Kumar P, Mayilraj S, Klenk H-P & Suresh K & Chakrabarti T (2013): Desulfotomaculum defluvii sp. nov., a sulphate reducing bacterium isolated from the subsurface environment of a landfill- Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol (In Press).

  • Krishnamurthi & Chakrabarti (2013): Diversity of Bacteria and Archaea from a landfill in Chandigarh, India as revealed by culture-dependent and culture-independent molecular approaches- Syst. Appl. Microbiol 36, 56-68.

  • Krishnamurthi S, Bhattacharya A, Schumann P & Chakrabarti T (2012): Microbacterium immunditiarum sp. nov., a novel actinobacterium isolated from a landfill surface soil.- Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol 62, 2187-2193.

  • Kumar N R, Gomez-Gil B, Spröer C, Kumar N D, Krishnamurthi S, Nair S, Roque A (2011): Vibrio plantisponsor sp. nov., a diazotrophic bacterium isolated from a mangrove associated wild rice (Porteresia coarctata Tateoka)- Syst Appl Microbiol, 34: 487-493.

  • Krishnamurthi S, Ruckmani A and Chakrabarti T (2010): Psychrobacillus gen. nov. and proposal for reclassification of Bacillus insolitus Larkin & Stokes, 1967, B. psychrotolerans Abd-El Rahman et al., 2002 and B. psychrodurans Abd-El Rahman et al., 2002 as Psychrobacillus insolitus comb. nov. Psychrobacillus psychrotolerans comb. nov. and Psychrobacillus psychrodurans comb. nov. - Syst Appl Microbiol, 33: 367-373.

  • Vaishampayan P, Probst A, Krishnamurthi S, Ghosh S, Osman S, McDowall A, Mayilraj S & Venkateswaran K (2010): Bacillus horneckiae sp. nov., isolated from a clean room where the Phoenix spacecraft was assembled - Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol, 60: 1031-1037.


Present group members:


Ashish Verma: JRF


Poonam Mual: Project Assistant

Anup Kumar Jha: Project Assistant

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Technical Staff


Dr. Dhan Prakash

Technical Officer

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Dr. S Muthukrishnan

Senior Technical Officer (Bioinformatics/Data Center)

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Mr. Sumit Mittal

Technical Officer,Bacteria division


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Dr. Hariom Kushwaha

Technical Officer, Identification services

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Mr. Paramjit

Yeast and IDA

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Mr. Upendra Singh


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Mr. Malkit Singh


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Mr. Ramesh Singh

Lab Assistant

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Ms. Girja Ditya

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Administrative Staff


Ms. Kavita Kumari

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