Nithin Vijayakumar
Dr
Research / Technician
BIOGENIX RESEARCH CENTER
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, KERALA INDIA
Website
vijayakumarnithin@gmail.com
CV

Areas of Expertise:
flow cytometry, semi quantitative real time PCR, reverse transcriptase PCR, inverted epi-flourescent microscopy, iBlot, HPLC, biochemical assays, biocompatibility studies

Research Organisms:
Corcyra cephalonica

 

Research Focus:

My doctoral dissertation was titled as “Assessment of biocontrol mechanisms of chitinase from Trichoderma viride against rice moth, Corcyra cephalonica (Stainton)” and viva voce examination was conducted on August 9th of 2018 which fall on the development of a biocontrol agent against the stored grain pest Corcyra cephalonica. C. cephalonica is the most dreadful pest that attacks most of the stored food grains. In order to control these pests there are so many synthetic pesticides which are commercially available with adverse effect human beings. The biocontrol agent was isolated successfully from the fungal source and which gives prominent results on larvicidal activity and also checked the mode of action, cytotoxic, genotoxic effect and molecular mechanisms of the isolated compound towards the rice moth.
I am currently working as Research Associate in Biogenix Research Center, Centre for Molecular Biology and Applied Sciences, Kerala, INDIA. Now I am doing with animal cell culturing and molecular biology techniques and handling with sophisticated instruments such as flow cytometry, semi quantitative real time PCR, reverse transcriptase PCR, inverted epi-flourescent microscopy, iBlot, HPLC, biochemical assays which are relevant in different therapeutic regimens such as cancer, neurodegenerative diseases. Now we are trying to develop a novel hydrogel system for controlled and sustained release of biopesticides - prevention of post harvest infestations in cereals storage barns as a continuation of my doctoral thesis.