Vinni Thekkudan Novi

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Current Standing: 
Last Degree: 
Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology
Curriculum Vitae: 
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Academic Background: 
  • Current GPA - 3.92
  • MS in Biosystems Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, Expected May 2019
  • B. Tech in Biotechnology, SRM University, Chennai, India, May 2016, CGPA - 8.91/10


  • Magnetic silica coated catalysts: A recyclable approach for one-pot synthesis of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural, October 2015 – May 2016
  • Production of Naringinase from a new soil isolate: Isolation, optimization and applications towards debittering of juices, January 2015 – April 2015
Current Research Interests / Thesis Topic: 

Biosynthesized Fe3O4 nanoparticles and nano-sized plant materials as antimicrobial agents to kill antibiotic resistant bacteria

Publications / Journal Articles: 
  • Menon, V., Thekkudan, V. N., Ramachandran, S., Radhakrishnan, H., & Kumar, V. (2017). Mesoporous titanium dioxide nanocatalyst: A recyclable approach for one-pot synthesis of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural. IET Nanobiotechnology.
  • Thekkudan, V.N., Vaidyanathan, V.K., Ponnusamy, S.K., Charles, C., Sundar, S., Vishnu, D., Anbalagan, S., Vaithyanathan, V.K. & Subramanian, S., (2016). Review on nanoadsorbents: a solution for heavy metal removal from wastewater. IET Nanobiotechnology, 1-12.
Biography (Personal Interest): 

Being a daughter of an engineer, I was always fascinated by the power of engineering sciences in bringing solutions to the world’s problems. I grew up in India, the culturally diverse and second most populated country in the world. The growing demands for resources among people have made me realize the importance of a sustainable future and I seek to contribute in maintaining just that through my research. In my free time I like to read books, play badminton and love to travel and explore different places.

  • Catherine Esmay Scholarship Award, Michigan State University, 2018
  • Performance Based Scholarship Award, SRM University, Chennai, India, 2014