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Dr Lalitha Gottumukkala
Postdoctoral Fellow

Short Bio

Dr Lalitha Devi Gottumukkala is a biotechnologist with PhD in life sciences from CSIR-NIIST, India (2011-2014). Her research career is primarily focused on biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass. She won prestigious CSIR-SRF and TLEP business plan awards from CSIR-India.

Dr LD Gottumukkala has been working in the Department of Process Engineering as Postdoctoral researcher from August 2014. She is actively engaged in bioprocess projects with her primary focus on bioethanol and biogas production from industrial wastes, scale-up technologies and recombinant enzymes production for xylan and lignin modification. She is expanding her research boundaries to industrial solid waste management and valorisation. She is awarded with Claude-Leon fellowship (2016-2018) for her project on paper sludge biorefinery. She also contributes in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, training and project supervision. She published her research in reputed journals and gave talks in international conferences.

Research Interests

Lignocellulosic biomass to biofuels-biorefinery

Recombinant enzymes production

Industrial waste biorefinery

Selected Publications

Charles L.L. Robus, Lalitha Devi Gottumukkala, Eugéne van Rensburg, Johann F. Görgens: Feasible process development and techno-economic evaluation of paper sludge to bioethanol conversion: South African paper mills scenario. Renewable Energy 07/2016; 92., DOI:10.1016/j.renene.2016.02.017

Lalitha Devi Gottumukkala, Kate Haigh, François-Xavier Collard, Eugéne van Rensburg, Johann Görgens: Opportunities and prospects of biorefinery-based valorisation of pulp and paper sludge. Bioresource Technology 04/2016; 215., DOI:10.1016/j.biortech.2016.04.015

Sonja Boshoff, Lalitha Devi Gottumukkala, Eugéne van Rensburg, Johann Görgens: Paper sludge (PS) to bioethanol: Evaluation of virgin and recycle mill sludge for low enzyme, high-solids fermentation. Bioresource Technology 03/2016; 203., DOI:10.1016/j.biortech.2015.12.028

Kuttuvan Valappil Sajna, Rajeev Kumar Sukumaran, Lalitha Devi Gottumukkala, Ashok Pandey: Crude Oil Biodegradation Aided by Biosurfactants from Pseudozyma sp NII 08165 or Its Culture Broth. Bioresource Technology 09/2015; 191., DOI:10.1016/j.biortech.2015.04.126

Lalitha Devi Gottumukkala, Rajeev Kumar Sukumaran, S Venkata Mohan, Sajna KuttuvanValappil, Omprakash Sarkar, Ashok Pandey: Rice straw hydrolysate to fuel and volatile fatty acids conversion by Clostridium sporogenes BE01: Bio-electrochemical analysis of electron transport mediators involved. Green Chemistry 03/2015

Lalitha Devi Gottumukkala, Binod Parameswaran, Sajna Kuttavan Valappil, Ashok Pandey, Rajeev Kumar Sukumaran: Growth and butanol production by Clostridium sporogenes BE01 in rice straw hydrolysate: kinetics of inhibition by organic acids and the strategies for their removal. 09/2014; 4(3)., DOI:10.1007/s13399-013-0110-6

Leya Thomas, Abhilash Joseph, Lalitha Devi Gottumukkala: Xylanase and Cellulase Systems of Clostridium sp.: An Insight on Molecular Approaches for Strain Improvement. Bioresource Technology 02/2014; 158(31)., DOI:10.1016/j.biortech.2014.01.140

Kuttuvan Valappil Sajna, Rajeev K Sukumaran, Lalitha Devi Gottumukkala, Himani Jayamurthy, Kiran S Dhar, Ashok Pandey: Studies on structural and physical characteristics of a novel exopolysaccharide from Pseudozyma sp NII 08165. International journal of biological macromolecules 04/2013; 59., DOI:10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2013.04.025

Lalitha Devi Gottumukkala, Binod Parameswaran, Sajna Kuttavan Valappil, Kuttiraja Mathiyazhakan, Ashok Pandey, Rajeev Kumar Sukumaran: Biobutanol production from rice straw by a non-acetone producing Clostridium sporogenes BE01. Bioresource Technology 01/2013; 145., DOI:10.1016/j.biortech.2013.01.046.

Reeta Rani Singhania, Rajeev Kumar Sukumaran, Kuni Parambil Rajasree, Abraham Mathew, Lalitha Devi Gottumukkala, Ashok Pandey: Properties of a major β-glucosidase-BGL1 from Aspergillus niger NII08121 expressed differentially in response to carbon sources. Process biochemistry 07/2011; 46(7)., DOI:10.1016/j.procbio.2011.04.006