July 15, 2019
+91-44-24618817, 24616948
Faculty Member


Poornima. M. Ms. Dr

Principal Scientist

Discipline: Veterinary Microbiology
Division: Aquatic Animal Health and Environment Division
Specialization: Microbiology

Contact Me

Phone: +91- 044 – 24618817 Ext:206
Fax: +91- 044 – 24610311


Brief profile:

After taking masters in Veterinary Microbiology in 1993 and PhD in Veterinary Microbiology in 2007, I am working in CIBA since 2000 on viral pathogens of shrimp and fin fish. I currently work in division of Aquatic Animal Health and Environment Division in CIBA. My research includes interdisciplinary approaches to diagnose pathogens of shellfish and finfish and to develop suitable control strategies. I worked on detection, development of diagnostics for viral pathogens, fish vaccines and RNAi based therapeutics for aquatic animal health management. I have interests to unravel etiology of emerging disease syndromes and development of diseases free broodstock to produce clean virus free post larvae.

Research areas:

  • Molecular viral diagnostics
  • Vaccines
  • RNAi technology

Current Research Projects:

Funded By
1 Aquatic animal diseases and intervention tools for their management Institute
2 Identification of etiology of Monodon Slow Growth Syndrome (MSGS) of black tiger shrimp in India and development of rapid diagnostic tools DBT
3 National Surveillance Programme for Aquatic Animal Diseases NFDB



  • Attended NAIP sponsored International Training for three months period ( 24th October 2011 to 23rd January 2012) in the area of Molecular diagnostics (Fisheries)” at Center of Excellence for Shrimp Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (CENTEX SHRIMP), Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • The paper presentation on Recombinant outer membrane protein, OMP26la of Vibrio anguillarum is an effective vaccine candidate by M. Poornima, Vijaya Kumar R, Santiago , T.C and Arasu , A.R.T. was adjudged as Best paper in the International Conference on Ecosystem Conservation, Climate Change and Sustainable Development (ECOCASD 2013)” held during 3-5 October 2013 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala – Group
  • Best Poster Award for the poster presented on Identification of immune related genes from WSSV infected Penaeus monodon EST library by Aravindan K, Santiago T.C., Kalaimani N., Alavandi S.V, Poornima M. and Rajan J.J.S in national conference on ‘Emerging trends in biological research’, (NCEBR’11) held during 21 – 22 February 2011 at University of Madras, Chennai – Group


Best 5 Publications during the Career


  • Saravanakuma, N. Dineshkumar, S.V. Alavandi, V. Salman, M. Poornima, N. Kalaimani (2012) Enrichment and identification of large filamentous sulfur bacteria related to Beggiatoa species from brackishwater ecosystems of Tamil Nadu along the southeast coast of India. Systematic and Applied Microbiology 35: 396– 403
  • Sanjuktha, V. Stalin Raj, K. Aravindan, S. V. Alavandi, M. Poornima and T. C. Santiago (2012) Comparative efficacy of double-stranded RNAs targeting WSSV structural and nonstructural genes in controlling viral multiplication in Penaeus monodon. Arch Virol 157:993–998
  • Nallathambi Chakravarthy, Kalyanasundaram Aravindan, Natarajan Kalaimani, Shankar Vinayakarao Alavandi, Modem Poornima, Thairiyam Chinnappan Santiago (2012) Intracellular Copper Zinc Superoxide dismutase (icCuZnSOD) from Asian seabass (Lates calcarifer): Molecular cloning, characterization and gene expression with reference to Vibrio anguillarum infection. Developmental and Comparative Immunology 36: 751–755
  • Sanjeevi Thiyagarajan, Bagthasingh Chrisolite, Shankar. V. Alavandi, Modem Poornima, Natarajan Kalaimani & T. Chinnappan Santiago (2011) Characterization of four lytic transducing bacteriophages of luminescent Vibrio harveyi isolated from shrimp (Penaeus monodon) hatcheries. FEMS Microbiol Lett 325 :85–91
  • S.V. Alavandi, K. K. Vijayan, T.C. Santiago, M. Poornima, K. P. Jithendran, S.A. Ali and Rajan J.J.S. Evaluation of Pseudomonas sp. PM 11 and Vibrio fluvialis PM 17 on immune indices of tiger shrimp , Penaeus monodon. (2004). Fish and Shellfish Immunology 17 : 115 – 120


Best 3 Publications in Last 3 years


  1. D.Ramesh kumar, M.Sanjuktha, J.J.S. Rajan, R. Ananda Bharathi, S.V.Alavandi, T.C.Santiago and M.Poornima (2014). Development of SYBR Green based real time PCR assay for detection of Monodon Baculovirus (MBV) in Peneaus monodon. Journal of Virological Methods 205 :81–86
  2. Satheesh Kumar, R. Ananda Bharathi, J.J.S. Rajan, S.V. Alavandi , M. Poornima,C.P. Balasubramanian, A.G. Ponniah (2013).Viability of white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) in sediment during sun-drying (drainable pond) and under non-drainable pond conditions indicated by infectivity to shrimp. Aquaculture Volumes 402–403 : 119–126
  3. Poornima, Y. Seetang-Nun, S. V. Alavandi & J. Syama Dayal (2012).Laem-Singh Virus: A Probable Etiological Agent Associated with Monodon SlowGrowth Syndrome in Farmed Black Tiger Shrimp (Penaeus monodon). Indian J. Virol. 23: 215-225 (DOI 10.1007 /s13337 -012-0099-7)