Rita Kumar

Environmental Biotechnology

Rita Kumar works in the area of environmental biotechnology where the major thrust is to develop different biosensors for pollution detection.

Some of the important activities in her laboratory include:

Development of bacterial genetics based biosensors for pollution detection
Application of microorganisms for purification of waste water and neutralization of alkaline waste-water.

She and her group have been instrumental in developing efficient methods for rapid BOD estimation. Several technologies developed by her laboratory are in different stages of commercialization.

Selected Publications:

  • Bioremediation of pulp and paper mill effluent by tannic acid degrading Enterobacter sp. Y,P,Singh; Purnima Dhall; R,M,Mathur; R,K,Jain; Vasanta vadde Thakur; Virendra Kumar; Rita Kumar; Anil Kumar. Water Air Soil pollut. 2011 Nov, 218:693-701
  • Interaction studies of novel cell selective antimicrobial peptides with model membranes and E. coli ATCC 11775. Joshi, S; Bisht, G.S; Rawat D.S; Kumar, A; Kumar, R; Maiti, S; Pasha, S. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2010 Oct;1798(10):1864-75.
  • Holistic Bioremediation of Pulp and Paper Mill Effluents using autochthonous bacteria. Deepa K Tiku; Anil Kumar; Rekha Chaturvedi; S.D.Makhijani, A Manoharan; Rita Kumar. International Biodeterioration Biodegradation 64 (2010) : 173-183
  • Neutralization of alkaline industrial waste waters using Exiguabcterium sp.
    N.H. Kulshreshta; Anil Kumar; Purnima Dhall; Saurabh Gupta; G.Bisht; Santosh Pasha; V.P.Singh; Rita Kumar. International Biodeterioration Biodegradation 64 (2010) : 191-196
  • 1,5-Bis(2-Hydroxyphenyl) Pent-1,4-Diene-3-One: A lead compound for the development of broad spectrum antibacterial agents. A.Rani; S.Jain; R. Kumar; A.Kumar. S.Afr.j.Chem (2010) 63:1-5.

Contact Information

Rita Kumar
Lab # 506
Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology
Tel: +91 11 27666157,
e-mail: rita@igib.res.in

Mailing Address
Lab no. 506,
Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology
Mall Road
Delhi-110 007