Assoc Prof Dr. Mugesh Sankaranarayanan | Biochemical engineering | Best Researcher Award

Veltech Rangarajan Dr.Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology- India

Author Profile

Early Academic Pursuits

Mugesh Sankaranarayanan began his academic journey with a Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Biotechnology from K. S. R. College of Technology, Anna University, Chennai, graduating in 2006 with a solid 74%. He continued to build on his expertise with a Master of Technology in Biopharmaceutical Technology from A.C. College of Technology, Anna University, Chennai, completing his degree in 2009 with an impressive 8.73/10 GPA. His pursuit of advanced knowledge culminated in a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering from Pusan National University, Busan, Republic of Korea, which he obtained in 2017.

Professional Endeavors

Mugesh’s professional journey is marked by significant roles in both academic and research institutions. Since November 2020, he has been serving as an Associate Professor and Research Faculty at Veltech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai. Prior to this, he was an Assistant Professor and Research Faculty at the same institution from June 2018 to November 2020. His international experience includes a tenure as a Research Scientist at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in Korea from March 2017 to February 2018. Earlier in his career, he served as an Assistant Professor at Vel Tech High Tech Dr. Rangarajan Dr. Sakunthala Engineering College affiliated with Anna University, Chennai, from March 2009 to February 2011.

Contributions and Research Focus

Mugesh’s research has significantly advanced the field of biochemical engineering, particularly in the production of 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP). His postdoctoral work at UNIST focused on developing biological production technology for 3-HP from C1 carbon sources like carbon monoxide, formate, and methane. His PhD research at Pusan National University involved developing recombinant Escherichia coli for 3-HP production from glycerol, addressing challenges like enzyme activity assays, product toxicity, and pathway enzyme balance. Additionally, he worked on simultaneous production of 3-HP and 1,3-PDO using recombinant Klebsiella pneumoniae, overcoming redox imbalance and optimizing coenzyme-B12 availability.

Accolades and Recognition

Mugesh’s contributions have been recognized through various funded projects and patents. As a principal investigator, he secured significant funding for projects aimed at improving production processes for 3-HP and developing sensitive detection techniques for contaminants in herbal products. He has co-investigated projects involving drone-assisted mapping and bioproduct development. His patents include methods for producing 3-HP using genetically modified organisms and novel culture media. Additionally, he has contributed to notable book chapters on microbial whole cell platforms and sustainable green-chemical production.

Impact and Influence

Mugesh’s work has had a profound impact on biochemical engineering, particularly in enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of bioproducts. His research has led to innovations in microbial synthesis processes, contributing to the development of cost-effective and environmentally friendly production methods. His work on 3-HP production is particularly notable for addressing key industrial challenges and improving production yields.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Looking forward, Mugesh aims to continue advancing the field of biochemical engineering through innovative research and collaboration. His submitted projects include initiatives for high-performance biopolymers from agricultural waste and cost-effective microbial synthesis of Vitamin-B12. Mugesh’s ongoing commitment to research excellence ensures that he will remain at the forefront of scientific advancements, fostering new technologies and sustainable practices in biochemical engineering.

In summary, Mugesh Sankaranarayanan’s journey from early academic pursuits to his current role as an influential researcher and educator showcases his dedication to advancing biochemical engineering. His impactful research, recognized through funding and patents, coupled with his vision for future contributions, positions him as a leading figure in his field.


A total of 709 citations for his publications, demonstrating the impact and recognition of his research within the academic community.

  • Citations        709
  • h-index          13
  • i10-index       14

Notable Publications 

Use of acetate for the production of 3-hydroxypropionic acid by metabolically-engineered Pseudomonas denitrificans

S Zhou, S Lama, J Jiang, M Sankaranarayanan, S Park
Bioresource technology
Mugesh Sankaranarayanan | Biochemical engineering | Best Researcher Award

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