Pavan Jutur

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Pavan Jutur

Group Leader- Omics of Algae
Integrative Biology Group
International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, 110 067 New Delhi, India.
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  • Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India, PhD, 2005
  • Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India, MPhil, 2001
  • Kuvempu University, Davanagere, Karnataka, India, MSc, 1999
Career History
  • Since 2012, Team Leader, DBT-ICGEB Centre for Advanced Bioenergy Research, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi, India
  • 2009-2012, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA
  • 2008-2009, Lecturer, BITS-Pilani (Goa Campus), Goa, Indiaॉ
  • 2006-2008, ISSAR Pharma Pvt Ltd/USP India Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad, India
  • 2005-2006, Research Associate, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India
Research Interests

Biofuels, Bioenergy, Genetic Engineering, Integrated Omics, Microalgae


Scientific Activity

Microalgae, a potential source for next-generation renewable biofuels
Microalgae hold promising source of renewable energy to replace diminishing oil reserves as a source of lipids for biofuels. Algal Oils are rich in the triacylglycerols (TAGs) that serve as material for conversion to biofuels. Studies on the biosynthetic pathways and rate limiting steps of triacylglycerol formation in microalgae are still infancy. Our research aims to study the overall regulatory genes in TAG biosynthesis and catabolism pathways, oil mobilization and also RNAi-mediated silencing altering the lipid content to increase in overall lipid production or shift the balance of lipid production with out comprising growth. Understanding these biosynthetic pathways and the adaptation of systems-based approaches to metabolic engineering of microalgae may be a critical step towards making algae-derived biofuels economically competitive.

Exploring the Microalgal Systems through Integrated ‘Omics’ Research
Decreasing fossil fuels and its impact on global warming led to an increasing demand for its replacement by sustainable renewable biofuels. Microalgae may offer a potential feedstock for renewable biofuels capable of converting atmospheric CO2 to substantial biomass and valuable biofuels, which is of great importance for the food and fuel industries. Integrated ‘Omics’ Research is a powerful tool in understanding the behavior of biological systems as a whole, where the metabolic pathways are often highly regulated and connected with a number of both feedforward and feedback mechanisms that can act positively and/or negatively ultimately affecting the systems output. Understanding the entire system through Integrated ‘Omics’ Research will lead to identify relevant enzyme-encoding genes, and reconstruct the metabolic pathways involved in the biosynthesis and degradation of precursor molecules that may have potential for biofuel production, aiming towards the vision of tomorrow’s bioenergy needs.

Our findings will provide important breakthrough on central metabolism in these microalgae, which are required for biotechnological improvement of next-generation biofuel production.

  • Jutur, P.P., and A.N. Asha. Marine Microalgae: Exploring the Systems through an Omics Approach for Biofuel Production. Marine Bioenergy: Trends and Developments. edited by S.K. Kim and C.G. Lee: CRC Press, pp. 149-162, 2015
  • Jutur, P.P., and A.N. Asha. Genetic Engineering of Marine Microalgae to Optimize Bioenergy Production. Handbook of Marine Microalgae: Biotechnology Advances. edited by S.K. Kim: Elsevier Science, pp. 405-414, 2015.
  • Asha, A.N., M.S. Kashif, and P.P. Jutur. Genetic Engineering of Microalgae for Production of Value-Added Ingredients. Handbook of Marine Microalgae: Biotechnology Advances. edited by S.K. Kim: Elsevier Science, pp. 371-381, 2015.
  • Singh, R., A.J. Mattam, P.P. Jutur, and S.S. Yazdani. Synthetic Biology in Biofuels Production. Encyclopedia of Molecular Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine: Synthetic Biology. edited by R.A. Meyers. Vol. II (PART VI: Chemicals Production): Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co., pp. 665-698, 2015.
  • Asha, A.N., M.S. Kashif, and P.P. Jutur. De novo Transcriptomics in Marine Microalgae: An Advanced Genetic Engineering Approach for Next-Generation Renewable Biofuels. Marine OMICS: Principles and Applications. edited by S.K. Kim: CRC Press, December 2015.


Asha A N – PhD

Research Associate
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Area of work: Algal Biotechnology.
My research focus is screening and characterization of the potential algal strain(s), with respect to biomass concentration, cell growth rate, and lipid content.

Shaikh Mohd. Kashif – M.Sc. Biosciences

PhD Student
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Area of work: Microalgal biotechnology.
My aim is to evaluate oil accumulation mechanisms in oleaginous microalgae through integrated ‘omics’ research, which will provide useful insights for microalgal strain improvement by genetic engineering of relevant enzyme-encoding genes to optimize and enhance the biofuel production.

Rahila Sardar – M.Sc. Biochemistry

Junior Research Fellow
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Area of work: Bioinformatics; Omics; Microalgae; Biofuels
My research focus on exploring microalgae through integrated omics research, It’s powerful tool in understanding the behavior of biological system. Information retrive through this research will provide insights to reconstruct metabolic pathways leading to efficient production of biofuel precursors.

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