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Anutthaman Parthasarathy

Post Doctoral Associate
Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
College of Science
Adjunct Faculty

Anutthaman Parthasarathy

Post Doctoral Associate
Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
College of Science
Adjunct Faculty

Education

MS, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India); Ph.D., Philipps University Marsburg (Germany)

Bio

Anutthaman (Hari) is a biochemist working on the metabolism of bacteria, mainly enzymology. Most of his career and much of what he has published has focussed on anaerobic organisms, a niche which requires tremendous patience. During this period, he has worked on amino acid fermenting Clostridia, alkane degradation by nitrate reducers, amino acid degradation in hyperthermophilic archaea and reductive dehalogenation by Dehalococcoides. His work has spanned basic enzymology, reaction mechanism, electron trasnfer and has touched upon aspects related to biotechnology, medical and environmental questions. He currently researches the plastic-microbe interface and is involved in the hunt for new antimicrobials at RIT.


Areas of Expertise
amino acid fermentation
antimicrobials
anaerobic pathways
kinetic and structural characterization of enzymes in amino acid metabolism from plants and bacteria

Currently Teaching

BIOL-201
4 Credits
This course will address the fundamental concepts of Cellular and Molecular Biology. Lectures, assignments, and laboratory projects will explore the structure and function of molecules, organelles, and cells and the biological processes they are involved in. Students in this course will gain an understanding of various molecular mechanisms, structure/function relationships, and cellular processes as they relate to cellular and molecular biology. Students in this course will practice and carry out common laboratory techniques used by Cellular and Molecular Biologists including, recombinant DNA technology, cell trafficking, and cloning techniques.
BIOL-204
4 Credits
This course is an introduction to microorganisms and their importance. Principles of structure and function, metabolic diversity, taxonomy, environmental microbiology, bioremediation, and infectious diseases of bacteria are discussed. Basic laboratory techniques covered include: microscopy; staining, culturing, isolation, and identification of bacteria; isolation and identification of normal flora; identification of unknown bacteria; antibiotic resistance; metabolic tests; clinical and commercial testing protocols; and detection and counting of bacteria in environmental samples (foods, water, soils).
BIOL-401
4 Credits
This is a laboratory-based course that teaches classic concepts and techniques to enable the use of these techniques to purify small molecules and macromolecules from whole organisms. Detection techniques will include the use of bacterial biosensors, coomassie-blue staining, silver staining, and immunoblot analysis. Separation techniques will include SDS Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) analysis, thin layer chromatography, and paper electrophoresis. Purification techniques will include ammonium sulfate precipitation, affinity chromatography, and thin layer chromatography.

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