Dr. Pavithra N

Assistant Professor
Centre for Functional Genomics & Bio-informatics
Mail: pavithra.narendran@tdu.edu.in
Ph: 9742572131

I have completed PhD in Biological Sciences from Manipal University. I have 11 years of research and teaching experience in Genomics, Bioinformatics and Biotechnology. My post doctoral studies at SJRI, Bengaluru, under the guidance of Dr. Anura V Kurpad helped me to explore the opportunities in nutritional research. My journey in TDU began as post doctoral fellow under the guidance of Dr Malali Gowda, which was a breakthrough in my career. I have been part of establishing Centre for Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics (CFGB) at The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology. I have experience in multiple domains from genomics to bioinformatics.

Expertise/Achievements:

  • Organized and anchored National Symposium on Future of Functional Genomics (TransDisciplinary Genomics – I) conducted on October 13-14, 2017 at Trans-Disciplinary University, Bangalore.
  • Organized, anchored and tutor in the Next Generation Sequencing Technology trainings (1-25 series) conducted by Centre for Functional Genomics and Bio-informatics, The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology, Bangalore

Guide for students from various institutes for their Masters dissertation work.

  • Development of curriculum for MSc In Biological Sciences (Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics by Research).

Current Interests:

Research Interest

  • Integration of high end technology and Ayurveda for wellness
  • Sequencing and functional annotation of medicinal plants genomes and associated microbes
  • Association of microbiome with diseases such as diabetes and obesity

Teaching/Outreach Interest

  • To develop curriculum/course work for Bachelors/Masters/PhD Program in Genomics and Bio-informatics.
  • To provide hands on training in Genomics and Bio-informatics to Bachelors/Masters/PhD students.
  • To organize National/International Conferences on Genomics and Bio-informatics and workshops to train students, faculty and scientists

Ongoing Research/Education/Outreach Projects:

  • PI: Elucidation of molecular mechanisms involved in Pistacia -aphid gall development- Funded by Dabur India Ltd
  • PI: Plant DNA fingerprinting- Funded by Centre for Functional Genomics and Bio-informatics, TDU
  • Co-PI: Microbiome analysis of milk samples- Funded by Centre for Ethno-Veterinary Science and Practice
  • PI: HLA and Prakriti- Funded by Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Publications:

  • N. Pavithra., Priyanka S. Bannikoppa., Sheila Uthappa., Anura V. Kurpad and Indu Mani. (2018) Plasma Fatty Acid Composition and Estimated Desaturase Activities Reflect Dietary Patterns in Subjects with Metabolic Syndrome , Indian journal of Clinical Biochemistry 33(3) 290–296.
  • Rokkam Shankar Nagashree MSc, N. K. Manjunath, M. Indu, M. Ramesh, V. Venugopal, P. Sreedhar, N. Pavithra & Hongasandra R. Nagendra (2017) Effect of a Diet Enriched with Fresh Coconut Saturated Fats on Plasma Lipids and Erythrocyte Fatty Acid Composition in Normal Adults, Journal of the American College of Nutrition 36(5) 330-334..
  • Pavithra, N., Sathish, L., Suneel Kumar, A., Venkatarathanamma, V., Pushpalatha, H., Bhanuprakash Reddy, G., Ananda, K. (2014): In-vitro Studies on α-Amylase, α-Glucosidase and Aldose Reductase Inhibitors found in Endophytic Fungi Isolated from Ocimum sanctum, Current Enzyme Inhibition 10 (2) 129-136.
  • Pavithra, N., Sathish, L., Nagasai, B., Venkatarathanamma, V., Pushpalatha, H., Bhanuprakash Reddy, G., Ananda, K. (2014) Evaluation of α-Amylase, α-Glucosidase and Aldose Reductase inhibitors in ethyl acetate extracts of endophytic fungi isolated from anti-diabetic medicinal plants. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research 5 (12) 5334-5341
  • Sathish, L., Pavithra, N. and Ananda K. (2014) Evaluation of antimicrobial activity of secondary metabolites and enzyme production from endophytic fungi isolated from Eucalyptus citriodora. Journal of Pharmacy Research 8(3); 269-276.
  • Garudachari, B., Isloor, AM., Satyanarayana, MN., Fun, HK., Pavithra, N. and Ananda K. (2013) Design and regioselective synthesis of trifluoromethylquinolone derivatives as potent antimicrobial agents. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 68; 422-432.
  • Sathish, L., Pavithra, N and Ananda , K. (2012) Antimicrobial Activity and Biodegrading Enzymes of Endophytic Fungi from Eucalyptus. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research 3(8): 2574-2584.
  • Pavithra, N., Sathish, L., Ananda, K. (2012) Antimicrobial and Enzyme Activity of Endophytic Fungi Isolated from Tulsi. Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences. 16 (12):1-6.
  • Ravi Babu, K., Rajmohan, HR., Pavithra, N., Adithya, P .(2012) Serum total mmunoglobin-E and health hazards in workers involved in land fill and compost areas of hazardous waste management plants. Indian journal of occupational and environmental medicine 16(1):9.
  • Ravibabu, K., Adithya, P., Pavithra, N., Rajmohan, H., Raghavendra, R. (2010) Evaluation of the Relationship between Pro-inflammatory Cyto-kines and Health Hazards in Workers Involved in Hazardous Waste Sites at Karnataka, India. Journal of research in health sciences 10(1):7-14.
  • Pavithra N, Babu KR, Rajmohan H.(2009) A review on pro-inflammatory cytokines responses in different occupational exposure. Journal of Ecophysiology & Occupational Health (1&2).

Awards:

  • Outstanding Educator- South India Women Achievers Award 2019
  • Best oral presentation award received at National conference on Emerging trends in Bioprocessing & Simulation 2013

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