Dr. Melvin M.J

Dr. Melvin M.J

Assistant Professor
Area: Agricultural Microbiology
Affiliation: Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur
E-mail: melvinjm@srmist.edu.in


Post Doctorate Agricultural Chemistry Chuungbuk National University, South Korea, 2012
Ph.D. Agricultural Microbiology Annamalai University, 2010
M.Sc. Agricultural Microbiology Annamalai University, 2004
B.Sc. Agriculture AAI (Deemed University, 2001

Other Details:


  • Fundamentals of Microbiology
  • Soil and Applied Microbiology
  • Fermentation Technology
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Microbial Genetics

Research Interests

  • Carrier based biofertilizer formulation development
  • Endophytic bacteria plant interactions
  • Nanotechnology based formulations for food preservation
  • Quorum sensing inhibition for plant disease control
  • Antimicrobial Agents from medicinal plants

Selected Publications

  • Melvin M. J., Gomathi, R., Benson, A., Shalini, D., Rengasamy, P., Henry, A. J., and Sa, T. (2019). Simultaneous Application of Biosurfactant and Bioaugmentation with Rhamnolipid-Producing Shewanella for Enhanced Bioremediation of Oil-Polluted Soil. Applied Sciences, 9(18), 3773. (I.F JCR 2.2)
  • Chanratana, M., Han, G. H., Melvin M.J. , Roy Choudhury, A., Sundaram, S., Halim, M. A., and  Sa, T. (2018). Evaluation of chitosan and alginate immobilized Methylobacterium oryzae CBMB20 on tomato plant growth. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science, 64(11), 1489-1502. (I.F JCR 1.8)
  • Benson, A., Ram, G., John, A., and Melvin M J. (2017). Inoculation of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate deaminase–producing bacteria along with biosurfactant application enhances the phytoremediation efficiency of Medicago sativa in hydrocarbon-contaminated soils. Bioremediation Journal, 21(1), 20-29.
  • Melvin M.J, Benson A, Saravanan V.S, and  Sa, T (2015) In vitro antibacterial activity of nanoemulsion formulation on biofilm, AHL production, hydrolytic enzyme activity, and pathogenicity of Pectobacterium carotovorum sub sp. Carotovorum. Physiological and Molecular plant pathology. 91:46-51. (I.F JCR 1.8)
  • Melvin M.J.,  Chauhan,P.S.,  Bradeepa, K., Shagol, C., Sivakumaar, P.K., and Sa, T. Influence of Sunflower oil based nanoemulsion(AUSN-4) on the shelf life and quality of Indo-Pacific king mackerel (Scomberomorus guttatus) steaks stored at 20 °C. Food Control (2012) 23: 564-570. (I.F JCR 2.7)

Conference/ Seminars/ Workshops Attended

  • Melvin, M.J and Sivakumaar, P.K. Adaptive mechanism to oxidative stress in Azorhizobium caulinodans ORS-571.Proc 94th Indian science congress held at Annamalai University, Jan 3-7, 2007.
  • Deiveekasundaram, M and Melvin, M.J. Bioflocs of Inoculants as Delivery System for Azospirillum” National Conference on Aquatic Microbiology: Status, Challenges and Opportunities” (AMSCO – 2008) Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. April 24-25,  2008.
  • Melvin, M.J., Sivakumaar, P.K., and Sa, T. (2011). Multigeneric Co-aggregation in Azospirillum brasilense: Bioinoculation effect on the growth and yield of Sunflower (Helianthus annus  ‘Sunnbeam’) Korean Society for Soil Science and Fertilizer, Mujo, Korea (Republic of). May 19-20 2011.
  • Attended two weeks Science Academies Refresher Course on Modern Biotechnology: Concepts and Practice at Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai. 15–29 May 2013.

Academic/ Research Experiences

  • Worked as Assistant Professor in Microbiology in Adhiparaskthi Agriculture and Horticulture College from Feb 2010 to Feb 2011.
  • Worked as a Post Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Agricultural Chemistry, College of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences, Chungbuk National University, Korea from March 2011 to June 2012.
  • Worked as an Assistant Professor in Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology, S. Vellaichamy Nadar College, Madurai from Aug 2012 to March 2013.
  • Working as an Assistant Professor in Department of Microbiology, School of Life Sciences, VELS University from July 2013 to July 2017.
  • Worked as Assistant Professor in Agricultural Microbiology in the S. Thangapalazham Agricultural College, Vasudevanallur- 627763 from August 2017- December 2018

Achievements and Awards

  • Startup Scheme for Young Scientists in Department of Science and Technology-Science and Engineering Board sanctioned project for 18.6 Lakhs on “Development of endophytic bacterial consortium from selected medicinal plants of Western Ghats of India” Project Period 2013-2016.
  • Appreciation award in Academics Lecture Workshop on Immunobiology, 11-13 March 2015, Organised by School of Life Sciences, VELS University