Dr. Sajeevan T P

Dr.Sajeevan T.P., Assistant Professor
Born in Kannur , Kerala, India on 16th January, 1976. Graduation from Calicut University, Kerala (1996); Post graduation in Marine Biology, from Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala (1996-1998); Ph.D. from Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala (2005). alt
  • Assistant Professor, Marine Biotechnology, Cochin University of Science and Technology, National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health (23rd July, 2010 to Present).
  • Postdoctoral fellow (UGC Raman fellow). University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Biochemistry, Dallas, USA (Nov 20160-Oct2017)
  • Visiting Scholar, Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine, (Gerwick Laboratory) Scripps Institutions of Oceanography , University of California San Diego, USA (01-05-2016 - 31-05-2016)
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Zoology, M. A. college, Kothamangalam (1st June, 2009 to 22nd July, 2010).
  • Fish pathologist, Ministry of Fisheries wealth, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman (21st January, 2006 to 15th December 2008).
  • Lecturer (on-contract),_Dept. of Marine Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry, Cochin University of Science and_Technology (24th March, 2004 to 15th January, 2006).
Teaching and academic activities:
At M.Tech. Level (Marine Biotechnology)
    1. Marine Microbiology
    2. Marine Bioprospecting
    3. Animal cell culture technology
    4. Biotechnological interventions in Aquatic Animal health management
    5. Marine Microbiology (Lab)
    6. Marine Bioprospecting (lab)
Research Interest:
Marine Bioprospecting for anticancer/antiinflamattory compounds, Fish Virology and Immunology
Research Projects:
Sl. No. Title of Project Funding Agency Amount Date of sanction and Duration
1 Bioactive peptides and Depsipeptides with potential anticancer activity from marine sponges and tunicates of Indian Ocean (PI) Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment 22,65,631.00

3 years



Molecular screening, cell culture based isolation and characterization of finfish and

shellfish viruses and establishment of National Repository (PI)

Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India 1,18,66,300.00


(3 years)


Indo-US initiatives on innovative reforms in marine biotechnology education and research and development of sustainable aquaculture production systems for inclusive economic growth and sustainable development

(as one of the Investigators)

University Grants Commission, Govt. of India (under the Indo-US 21st Century Knowledge Initiative) 125,29, 000.00


(3 years)

  • UGC-Raman postdoctoral award to do postdocoral research in USA
  • 2014-Expedition member in the €˜Indian Arctic Expedition 2014 (June 21- July 28) and spent 36 days at Indian Arctic station €œHimadri€, and studied the Arctic Microbial Diversity
  • 2009-Research Associateship (CSIR) : For the project "€œDevelopment of an In Vitro NS3 Protease assay and screening of marine metabolites for potential anti-dengue virus Activities".
  • 2002-Agriculture Research Scientist -NET 2002
  • 2001-CSIR-UGC-NET 2001
  • 1998-II Rank in M.Sc. Marine Biology from Cochin University of Science and Technology
Doctoral work supervision: (7 Full Time,1 Part time,1 Co-guide)
  1. Bioprospecting for antitumor molecules form marine actinomycetes (Ms.Dhaneesha M-Submitted)
  2. Bioprospecting for neuroprotective compounds from marine organisms as potential drug candidates for neurodegenerative disorders (Ms. Lekshmi N).
  3. Development of Polymer based Nanoparticle of Marine Derived Anticancer Drugs for Targeted Delivery and Reduction of Toxicity (Deepa G)
  4. Ascidians of Indian coast; Diversity, Biology, Ex-situ and in vitro propagation (Merlin T.S)
  5. Ontogency of fish immune system (Krishnapriya R)
  6. Marine actinomycetes and their applications in Aquaculture (Ms. Divya T.Babu)
  7. Bioprospecting for marine Enzymes through metagenomic Approach ( Mr.Jayanath G).
  8. Insilico screening of marine bioactive compounds against WSSV-its identification and synthesis. (Mr. K. C. Sivakumar)
  9. Biochemical effects of physical and chemicals stress on Oreochromis mozambique (Susan Joy, As Co-guide)
M. Tech Research Projects (1 year) Supervision:10
  1. Screening for acetylcholine esterase inhibitors as neuroprotectants form seaweeds collected from South west coast of India . (Mr.Manthos Kumar, 2012)
  2. Isolation and characterization of Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEI) from Sargassum wightii and its neuroprotective activity. (Ms.Snigdha Gupta, 2013)
  3. Marine Actinomycetes as sources of antimicrobial compounds against aquatic p[pathogens (Mr.Neelanchal Vaid , 2013)
  4. Molecular and Cell Culture based screening and development of PCR based diagnostics for Major Viral Pathogens in Ornamental Fishes. ( Ms.Ayesha S, 2014)
  5. Bioactive peptides from marine tunicate Phallusia Nigra with anti-proliferative activity. (Ms.Hajira Haneef, 2014)
  6. Bioprospecting for Anticancer metabolites from marine actinomycetes isolated from Arctic Enviroentmnt. (Ms. Neha H, 2015)
  7. Abundance, Community Structure and Diversity of Culturable Benthic Heterotrophic Bacterial Population in Arctic Fjord, Kongsfjorden (Md. Umar, 2015)
Research Papers in Peer Reviewed Journals : 17
  • Jayanath,G. Sowmya P. Mohandas, Bhavya Kachiprath, Solly Solomon, T.P. Sajeevan, I.S. Bright Singh, Rosamma Philip. A novel solvent tolerant esterase of GDSGG motif subfamily from solar saltern through metagenomic approach: Recombinant expression and characterization. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules (in press)[link]
  • Dhaneesha M., C. Benjamin Naman, K. P. Krishnan, Rupesh Kumar Sinha, P. Jayesh, Valsamma Joseph, I. S. Bright Singh, William H. Gerwick, T. P. Sajeevan (2017). Streptomyces artemisiae MCCB 248 isolated from Arctic fjord sediments has unique PKS and NRPS biosynthetic genes and produces potential new anticancer natural products, 3Biotech 7(32) 1-10.[link]
  • Dhaneesha M, Sajeevan T.P, K.P.Krishnan, Bright Singh I.S.(2015) Apoptosis Mediated Anticancer Activity of Streptomyces sp. MCCB 248 Isolated from an Arctic Fjord, Kongsfjorden, Svalbard, on NCI-H460 Human Lung Cancer Cell Line. Marine Drugs Marine Drugs. 2015;13(12) 7171.[link]
  • Susan Joy, Aneesa Pianadathu Alikunju, Jisha Jose, Hari Sankar Haridasanpillai Sudha, Prabhakaran Meethal Parambath, Sajeevan Thavarool Puthiyedathu and Babu Philip (2017) . Oxidative Stress and Antioxidant Defense Responses of Etroplus suratensis to acute Temperature Fluctuations. J Therm Biol. 2017 Dec;70(Pt B):20-26 [link]
  • Aishwarya Nair, K.S. Sruthy, E.R. Chaithanya, T.P. Sajeevan, I.S. Bright Singh, Rosamma Philip (2017). Molecular Characterisation of a Novel Isoform of Hepatic Antimicrobial Peptide, Hepcidin (Le-Hepc), from Leiognathus equulus and Analysis of Its Functional Properties In Silico. Probiotics Antimicrob Proteins. 2017 Dec;9(4):473-482.[link]
  • Sivakumar, Sajeevan T.P, I.S.Bright Singh (2016). Marine-derived compounds as binders of the White spot syndrome virus VP28 envelope protein: In-silico insights from molecular dynamics and binding free energy calculations. Computational Biology and Chemistry. 64 (2016) 359-367. [link]
  • Solly Solomon, Bhavya Kachiprath, G.Jayanath, T.P. Sajeevan, I.S. Bright Singh, Rosamma Philip (2016). High-quality metagenomic DNA from marine sediment samples for genomic studies through a preprocessing approach. 3Biotech, 6(2), 1-5 [link]
  • Swapna P. Antony, Rosamma Philip, Sajeevan T.P., Simi Joseph P., and Bright Singh I. S. 2012. Differential expression of antimicrobial peptides in Penaeus monodon in response to the administration of marine yeasts beta Glucans and white spot virus challenge Blue Biotechnology, Vol.1 (1) 69-90.[link]
  • Sajeevan, T.P., Douglas W. Lowman, David L. Williams ,S.Selven , A.Anas and Rosamma Philip .2010. Marine yeast diet confer better protection than its cell wall component (1-3)-beta-glucan as immunostimulant in Fenneropenaeus indicus. Aquaculture Research 40, 1723-1730 [link]
  • Sajeevan,T.P. Selvan S, Rosamma Philip 2010. Beta-Mercapto-ethanol- treated yeast showed better protection against white spot syndrome virus infection in Indian white shrimp Fenneropenaeus indicus Aquaculture Research 41, e715- e718 [link]
  • Pramod, P.K. T. P. Sajeevan, A. Ramachandran and Sunesh Thampy, S Somnath Pai 2010. Effects of Two Anesthetics on Water Quality during Simulated Transport of a Tropical Ornamental Fish, the Indian tiger barb Puntius filamentosus. North American Journal of Aquaculture 72: 290-297 [link]
  • Vrinda Sukumaran, Douglas W Lowman, T.P Sajeevan., Rosamma Philip 2010. Marine yeast glucans confer better protection than that of baker€™'s yeast in Penaeus monodon against white spot syndrome virus infection. Aquaculture Research,41,1799-1805.[link]
  • P.K Pramod, A.Ramachandran, T.P.Sajeevan , Sunesh Thampy, S. Somnath Pai .2010. Comparative efficacy of MS-222and Benzocaine as anaesthetics during simulated transport conditions of a tropical ornamental fish Puntius filamentosus (Valenciennes). Aquaculture Research, 41, 309-314 [link]
  • Kazumi Matsuoka, Yoshihito Takano, Ehsan Kamrani, Hamid Rezai, Sajeevan T P , Hamed Mohammed Al Gheilani. 2010. Study on Cochlodinium polykrikoides Margalef (Gymnodiniales, Dinophyceae) in the Oman Sea and the Persian Gulf from August 2008 to August 2009. Current Development in Oceanography 1 (3) 153-171)[link]
  • Sajeevan, T.P., Rosamma Philip and I.S. Bright Singh 2009. Dose/frequency: A critical factor in the administration of glucan as immunostimulant to Indian white shrimp Fenneropenaeus indicus. Aquaculture 287 248-€“252 [link]
  • Abdulaziz Anas , Douglas W Lowman, David L Williams, Stewart Millen, S Somnath Pai, T P. Sajeevan, Rosamma Philip & I S Bright Singh .2009. Alkali insoluble glucan extracted from Acremonium diospyri is a more potent immunostimulant in the Indian White Shrimp, Fenneropenaeus indicus than alkali soluble glucan. Aquaculture Research, 40, 1320-1327 [link]
  • Sajeevan,T.P. Rosamma Philip and I.S. Bright Singh. 2006. Immunostimulatory effect of a marine yeast Candida sake S165 in Fenneropenaeus indicus Aquaculture, 257, 151-155 [link]
Papers In Conferences : 4
Book Chapters : 2
GenBank Submissions (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) - 5
Google Scholar . Citation indices
Citations :274
h-index : 8
i10-index : 7
Training/Workshops attended : 15
Invited lectures/talks : 9
Assistant Professor, National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health (NCAAH),
Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Lakeside campus,
Fine Arts Avenue, Cochin-16, Kerala 682 016.
B2, Nandanam , Ayyankali Road,
Gandhi Square, Poonithura, Ernakulam, Kerala - 682038
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