Area of Research Area of Research    Area of Research: Seafood and Aquaculture safety; Antimicrobial resistance; Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; Pathogenic E. coli; Molecular fingerprinting of foodborne pathogens; Biocontrol using bacteriophages
  • PhD, Biotechnology (Faculty of Science) (2017). Dept. of Biotechnology, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, Kerala.
  • Masters of Veterinary Science, Veterinary Microbiology (2006-2008). Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Madras Veterinary College (Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai), India
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science, (2005). Madras Veterinary College (Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai), India.
Current projects

Institute funded

  • Network programme on Assessment of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in microorganisms associated with fisheries and aquaculture in India (Duration: Since April 2018 to ongoing; Co-PI)
  • Virulence and antibiotic resistance profiling of seafood borne pathogens and development of control measures (01.04.2021 to 31.03.2024; Co-PI)
  • Biotechnological approaches for utilization of aquatic microbial resources and their products (01.04.2021 to 31.03.2024; Co-PI)

External funded

  • Matrix specific phage formulations for the bio-control of enterotoxigenic Methicillin sensitive and resistant Staphylococcus aureus of safety concern – BRNS, Govt. of India funded (Duration: 2022 to 2025; PI ongoing)
  • National Surveillance programme on aquatic animal diseases – Phase II  PMMSY- DoF, Govt. of India funded (Duration: 2022 to 2025; Co-PI ongoing)

  • Development of Portable Fish Freshness Assessment Sensor MoFPI, Govt. of India funded project (Duration: 2022 to 2024; Co-PI ongoing)

  • Screening lytic phages from diverse marine and aquatic niche for controlling bacterial pathogens associated with aquaculture and post-harvest fish quality DBT, Govt. of India funded (Duration: 13.09.2018 to 12.09.2021; Co-PI Concluded)a

Awards and recognitions Certified NABL assessor for biological and molecular biological scopes of fish and fishery products; Underwent training on Training on Detection of Mycotoxins 8th to 10th January, 2019 at Singapore;  TANUVAS merit scholarship for Post-graduation; Qualified in the National Eligibility Test (Master’s Level) in the subject “Veterinary Microbiology” held by Indian Council for Agricultural Research in 2008; Under Indo-US AKI fellowship underwent Training program on capacity building in animal health and biotechnology organized by VMRCVM, Blacksbury, USA. 29 Jan to 20 Feb 2008;  Certified trainer by Agriculture Skill Council of India for the qualification pack “Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory Assistant”; Ad hoc reviewer for 8 international and national peer reviewed journals.
Publications (Best 5 publications)
  • Vaiyapuri, M., Raveendran, K., George, I., Gundubilli, D., Sivam, V., Krishnan, S. G., ... & Badireddy, M. R. (2021). Comparison of single and multi-host enrichment approach for harnessing lytic phages against antimicrobial-resistant E. coli: Repurposing the enrichment step. Biologia, 76(3), 1041-1052.
  • Vaiyapuri, M., Sebastian, A. S., George, I., Variem, S. S., Vasudevan, R. N., George, J. C., ... & Mothadaka, M. P. (2021). Predominance of genetically diverse ESBL Escherichia coli identified in resistance mapping of Vembanad Lake, the largest fresh-cum-brackishwater lake of India. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 1-17.
  • Vaiyapuri, M., Pailla, S., Rao Badireddy, M., Pillai, D., Chandragiri Nagarajarao, R., & Prasad Mothadaka, M. (2021). Antimicrobial resistance in Vibrios of shrimp aquaculture: Incidence, identification schemes, drivers and mitigation measures. Aquaculture Research.
  • Murugadas V, TC Joseph, KV Lalitha. 2017. Tracing contamination of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) into seafood marketing chain by staphylococcal protein A typing. Food Control 78, 43-47.
  • Murugadas V, Toms CJ, Reethu SA, Lalitha KV 2017. Multilocus Sequence Typing and Staphylococcal Protein A Typing Revealed Novel and Diverse Clones of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Seafood and the Aquatic Environment. J Food Prot. 2017 Mar;80(3):476-481
  • Murugadas Vaiyapuri, Toms Cheriyath Joseph, Badireddy Madhusudana Rao, Kuttanapilly Velayudhan Lalitha, Mothadaka Mukteswar Prasad. 2019. Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Seafood: Prevalence, Laboratory Detection, Clonal Nature, and Control in Seafood Chain. Journal of food science. https://doi.org/10.1111/1750-3841.14915.



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