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Aparna Balakrishna

Post Doctoral Consultant
Research Group: Salim Al-Babili

Research Interests

• Probiotics based approaches to control infectious diseases
• Host-microbiota interactions and antibiotic resistance in the environment
• Inactivation of pathogenic micro-organisms by antimicrobials and studying their mechanism of action
• Host immune responses to infectious bacterial organisms
• Transforming species of Dunaliella  Salina to improve Carotenoids synthesis

Selected Publications

  • Identification and biological activity of potential probiotic bacteria isolated from Poecilia reticulata (guppy) A.Balakrishna. Journal of microbiology, biotechnology and food sciences, 4 (1), 83-87, (2014).
  • In vitro evaluation on adhesion and aggregation abilities of four potential probiotic strains isolated from Guppy (Poecilia reticulata). A. Balakrishna. Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology 56 (5), 793-800, (2013).
  • Preliminary studies on siderophore production and probiotic effect of bacteria associated with the Guppy, Poecilia reticulata Peters, 1859. A. Balakrishna and N. A. Kumar. Asian Fisheries Science, 25 (2) 193-205, (2012).
  • Screening of potential aquatic probiotics from the major microflora of guppies (Poecilia reticulata). A. Balakrishna  and T.R Keerthi. Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering, 6 (2), 163-173, (2012).

Education Profile

  • 2007-2011:    Ph.D. in Biotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India.
  • 2004-2005:     M.Phil. in Biotechnology, Bharathidasan University,  Tamil Nadu, India.
  • 2002-2004:    Master of Science in Biotechnology, Bharathiar University, Tamil Nadu, India.

Professional Profile

2011-2014: Project Fellow, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India.
2014- till date: Research Assistant, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.

Scientific and Professional Memberships

The Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA)


Fellowship from University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, India under grant UGC-F.No.37-264/2009 (SR).