I hold a PhD degree in Genetic Engineering from SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Tamil Nadu, India. I was awarded with INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) Fellowship from Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, for pursuing PhD in the field of Life Sciences. My PhD thesis involved ‘Metabolic Engineering of industrial strain of Clostridium acetobutylicum for enhanced butanol synthesis’. With an interest to learn plant genetic engineering I joined Curtis Lab as a Postdoctoral Scholar in January 2019 and I am currently involved in various projects that include developing insecticidal transgenic plants (crop protection) and Brachypodium engineering via somatic embryogenesis (plant propagation).

Research Interests

  • Engineering  Biofuel crops to create regeneration lines.

  • Metabolic Engineering of industrially important bacterial strains (biofuels and other valuable metabolites).


  1. Sanitha M, Fathima AA, Ramya M. (2019). Microbial diversity analysis of wood

degrading microbiome and screening of natural consortia for bio-alcohol production. Biofuels. 1-6. DOI: 10.1080/17597269.2018.1532751.

  1. Ramakrishnan GS, Fathima AA, & Ramya M (2017). A rapid and efficient DNA extraction method suitable for marine macroalgae. 3 Biotech DOI: 10.1007/s13205-017-0992-2. 

  2. Fathima AA, Sanitha M, Kumar T, Iyappan S, Ramya M (2016). Direct utilization of waste water algal biomass for ethanol production by cellulolytic Clostridium phytofermentans DSM1183. Bioresource technology. DOI:10.1016/j.biortech.2015.11.075. 

  3. Devi SG, Fathima AA, Sanitha M, Iyappan S, Curtis WR, Ramya M (2016). Expression and characterization of alkaline protease from the metagenomic library of tannery activated sludge. Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiosc.2016.05.012.

  4. Devi SG, Fathima AA, Radha S, Arunraj R, Curtis WR, Ramya M (2015). A rapid and economical method for efficient DNA extraction from diverse soil suitable for metagenomic applications. PLoS One. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0132441. 

  5. Sanitha M, Radha S, Fathima AA, Devi SG, Ramya M (2014). Agrobacterium mediated transformation of three freshwater microalgal strains. Polish Journal of Microbiology.

  6. Radha S, Fathima AA, Iyappan S, Ramya M (2013). Direct colony PCR for rapid identification of varied microalgae from freshwater environment . Journal of Applied Phycology. DOI: 10.1007/s10811-012-9895-0.

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