Dr. Mrinalini Menon


Dr. Mrinalini Menon

Associate Professor

M.Sc. Life Sciences Avinashilingam Deemed University Coimbatore
Ph.D. University of Mysore – obtained in 2004

Department of Biotechnology Engineering



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Teaching Experience

16.5 Yrs.

Industry/Research Experience

  • 02 Yrs.

VTU Assignments/ Professional Experience

  • Doctoral Committee Member at Jain University & BMS College of Engineering Bangalore


  • Enzymology

Research Interest

  • Protein Chemistry,
  • Enzymology,
  • Plant Biology
  • Plant Biochemistry

Research Topics

  • Enzyme isolation & purification
  • Seed germination inhibition-based assay studies


  • Teaching: Enzyme Technology, Cell Culture Techniques, Plant Biotechnology, Human Physiology, Research Methodology, Biosafety & IPR

Grants Received

  • Awarded the VTU Research Grant of Rs.6.12 lakhs for carrying out a two-year project titled ‘Investigation on in vivo enzyme profiles in response to herbal anti-cancer drugs using seed germination as a model system’ (2010-12).
  • Project proposal titled ‘Characterization of antimitotic compounds with therapeutic potential from carrot (Daucas carota)’ approved for funding under the KSCST (March 2014).

Research Publications

  • Menon, , Vithayathil, P.J., Raju, S.M., Ramadoss, C.S (2002) – ‘Isolation and characterization of proteolytic enzymes from the latex of Synadenium grantii Hook ‘f’- Plant Science ,Vol 163 (1):131-139 .
  • Menon, M. (2007)- The role of biotechnology in food: traditional & modern aspects (Minireview) –Advanced Biotech Vol VI (2): 24-26.
  • Deepthi, K. and Menon, M (2015) – Altered enzyme activity in green gram seeds treated with antimitotic herbal drugs- International Journal of Current Research– Vol 7(6): 17217-17223.
  • Menon, M. (2015) – Research and development in technical education: challenges & possibilities in the Indian scenario- Indian Journal of Technical Education 38 (4) : 44-50.
  • Akshatha G.Athreya and Menon, M (2016) – Horse Gram Seed Germination Inhibition Profiles in Response to Antimitotic Compounds- International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)– Vol 5(4) :2069-2076.
  • Mamtha, M., Mohan,P. & Menon, M. (2020)- Enzyme profiles of green gram seeds pre-treated with the herbal drug „Kokilaksha’ followed by restoration of conditions favouring germination- INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENTIFIC & TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH VOLUME 9, ISSUE 03 : 6121-6126 ( ISSN 2277-8616)
  • Nagendra, H.G and Menon, M. (2013) –Link between job seekers, providers is vital- Biospectrum (Cyber Media Publications) : 118.


No. of M.Sc. Eng. Projects Guided:

  • Biochemical investigations on a cancer-palliative drug obtained from Asteracantha longifolia (Degree awarded)
  • Biochemical investigations of an antimitotic drug isolated from Asteracantha longifolia Nees using horsegram seed germination as a model system (Degree awarded)


Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Life Member, Society of Biological Chemists, India
  • Life Member, Indian Society for Technical Education

Honours & Achievements

  • Winner of the Stella Maris Gold & Pennathur Silver Medals for obtaining the first rank at B.Sc.
  • Winner of the Silver Jubilee Gold Medal for obtaining the first rank at M.Sc. level.
  • Qualified in the CSIR -UGC exam leading to the award of Junior Research Fellowship for 1996-97, upgraded after 2 years to Senior Research Fellowship (SRF).

Certifications obtained

  • ‘A’ Grade at the Proficiency Course titled ‘Advances in Plant Molecular Biology , Genetic Engineering & Molecular Biology’ (Jan-May 2008)
  • NPTEL Elite-Silver Certificate for the course titled ‘Teaching & Learning in Engineering (TALE)’ : Jan-April 2019
  • NPTEL Elite Certificate for the course titled ‘Introductory Mathematical Methods in Biology: Jan-April 2019
  • NPTEL Elite-Gold Certificate for the course titled ‘Teaching & Learning in Engineering (TALE)’ : July-Sept 2019 (Among 1% Top scorers)
  • NPTEL Elite-Silver Certificate for the course titled ‘Biomedical Nanotechnology’ : July-Sept 2019

Invited Talks Delivered At Other Institutions

  • Topic: ‘Metabolic Engineering: a multi-disciplinary technology’ at the New Horizon College of Engineering Bangalore on September 28th 2016.
  • Topic: ‘’Proteases: Relevance & Purification Approaches” at the Acharya Group of Institutions, Bangalore, on October 23rd 2010.
  • Wipro-Mission 10X: my impressions – Sept 5th 2008 at Wipro Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore.
  • ‘Statistics for Biology’ : as part of the  ‘Accelerated Learning Program’ at the ICREST Academy on  11th July 2020
  • ‘Basic Biostatistics in Biology Research’ on the occasion of a 4-day Biology Workshop held at the ICREST Academy on 24th December 2020.
  • ‘Biostatistics in Experimental biology’ at the ICREST Academy on 23rd July 2021

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