YU-IOB CSBMM
Sreekala. K. Nair, Ph.D.

Senior Scientific Officer


Biography

Dr. Sreekala K. Nair obtained her Ph.D. degree in Mycology from Goa University, Goa. As a part of taxonomy capacity building and sourcing of biomolecules of fungi, she has been trained in the isolation, taxonomical identification, bioprospecting of various species of fungi isolated from different substrates at various sites in forests of the Western Ghats. She is the recipient of Young scientist award from Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science and Technology, Government of India in the year 2012. For this, Dr. Nair carried out isolation of pigment producing microbes from Tamil Nadu, with high industrial value. She is currently focusing on development of mass spectrometry-based methods for the identification of fungi from diverse substrates including clinical samples. She is applying functional proteomics approaches to understand antibacterial and antifungal activities of fungi, which can be used as biopesticides.

Scientific discipline
  • Fungal biology and systematics
  • Molecular taxonomy
  • Functional proteomics
  • Education
  • Ph.D. in Mycology, Department of Botany, Goa University, Goa, India, 2002
  • M.Sc. in Botany, Department of Botany, Goa University, Goa, India, 1998
  • Positions held
    • DST-SERB Young Scientist, Department of Botany, Bharathiar Univertsity, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India. 15 June 2013 – 15 June 2016
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Microbial Biotechnology, PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India. 17 June 2008 – 30 April 2012
    • Head of Department, Department of Microbiology, Nehru Arts and Science College, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India. 3 June 2004 – 30 April 2006
    • Lecturer, Department of Biotechnology, Nehru Arts and Science College, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India. 1 June 2003 –2 June 2004
    • Research Fellow in a CSIR sponsored research project entitled ‘Culture extracts of fungi isolated from various habitats and screening of their secondary metabolites’ at the Department of Botany, Goa University, Goa- from 1 September 2001 - 30 March 2002
    • Project Assistant in a Department of Science and Technology, Government of India sponsored research project entitled “Rapid Isolation, maximum recovery, documentation and screening of micro fungi from aquatic, litter, endophyte and coprophilous habitats in Goa state” at the Department Of Botany, Goa University, Goa from 1 August 1998 to 31 August 2001
    Honors and Awards
    • Young scientist award from Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science and Technology Government of India, 2012
    Professional Memberships/Reviewer
  • Life member, Mycological Society of India
  • Life member, Association of Microbiologists of India
  • Publications

    Research papers: 7; Review articles: 0; Book Chapters: 1

    • Nair, S. K. and Bhat, D. J. (2016). Diversity and seasonal appearance of aquatic fungi in three streams of Western Ghat forests of Goa, India. Biodiversity . 7(1):30.
    • Revathi, G and Nair, S. K. (2014). A Comparative study on pigment production from three fungi isolated from Coimbatore area. Advances in Applied Research. 4(1):35-38.
    • Nair, S. K. and Bhat, D. J. (2002). Kumbhamaya jalapriya, A new endophytic Hyphomycetes from India. Mycotaxon. 80:65-68.
    • Nair, S. K. and Bhat, D. J. (2001). Dendrospora yessemreddea sp. nov from freshwater foam Frontiers in microbial biotechnology and plant pathology . 295-298.
    • Sosamma, M., Lekha. G., Nair, S. K. and Bhat, D. J. (2001). A new species of Trinacrium from submerged leaves from India. Mycologia. 93(6):1200-1202.
    • Nair, S. K. and Bhat, D. J. (2001). Diploospora indica, a new species of Hyphomycetes. Mycotaxon. 80:101-104.