Prof.I.S.Bright Singh - Emeritus Professor

Prof. I.S.Bright Singh, PhD, FNAAS, Emeritus Professor
Born in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India on 14th December 1954. Graduation from Kerala University, Kerala (1977); Post graduation from CAS in Marine Biology, Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu (1977-1979); Ph.D. from Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala (1986).
Position held:
  • Emeritus Professor, National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health, CUSAT, Cochin-16 (2018-present)
  • UGC-BSR Faculty, National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health, CUSAT, Cochin-16 (2015-2018)
  • Professor, School of Environmental Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Cochin- 22, (2004-2015)
  • Coordinator, National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health (NCAAH), CUSAT, Cochin 16, (2000-2015).
  • Dean, Faculty of Environmental Studies, CUSAT, Cochin 22, (2007-2010).
  • Director, School of Environmental Studies, CUSAT, Cochin-22, (2006-2009).
  • Member, Syndicate, CUSAT, 2007
  • Visiting Professor, University of Northumbria, UK (2001-2008).
  • Regional expert- of NACA in shrimp diseases.
  • Member, Committee on management and control of aquatic animal diseases - Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India.
Teaching & Academic Activities:
At M.Sc. Level (Environmental Technology):
    1. Environmental Microbiology
    2. Applied Environmental Microbiology
    3. Environmental Biotechnology
    4. Bioremediation
At M.Tech. Level (Marine Biotechnology):
    1. High Health Brood-stock Development
    2. Marine Microbiology
    3. Biotechnological Interventions in Aquatic Animal Health Management
Coordinator, UGC-SAP 2009-14
Coordinator, UGC-FIST 2009-14
Research Areas:
Marine/Environmental Biotechnology, Aquatic Animal Health, Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS)
Ongoing Research Projects (5)
Sl. No. Title Period Funding Agency Total Cost (Lakhs)
1. Selection and identification of immunocompetent early life stages of the giant fresh water prawn_Macrobrachium rosenbergii based on differential mRNA expression.
Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. 43.67
2. Detailed performance evaluation and accelerated commercialization of the nitrifying bioreactor technology in Indian market-Phase II._
7-11- 2017
Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, Under SBIRI Scheme. 15.00
3. Polyhydroxy butyrate from marine microorganisms for biomedical and aquaculture applications._
Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology, Ministry of Earth Science, Govt. of India 87.00
4. Immortalization of lymphoid cell culture from_Penaeus monodon by transduction with oncogenes, ectopic expression of telomerase reverse transcriptase using shrimp specific expression vectors and hybridization with established cell lines._
13-9- 2015
Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India

_ _ _ Grand Total : 191.74
Single Institiution Research Projects Completed: 25 (Rs. 552.0 Lakhs)
DBT: 8; DST: 3; ICAR: 2; MoES: 2; KSCSTE: 2; Dept. of Fisheries: 1; UGC: 1; MPEDA: 2Coir Board: 1; IFS: 1
Multi Institutional Projects Completed:5 (Rs. 148.0 Lakhs)
DBT: 3; MoES: 1; Wellcome Trust: 1
International Research Collaborations
Wellcome Trust (UK); Rockefeller foundation (US)-Sussex University (UK); Norwegian Research Council (Norway)
Member/Convener in Expert Committees
  1. DBT nominee-Institute Biosafety Committee (IBSC), Indian Institute of Spices Research, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Govt. of India.
  2. Member, Task Force in Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.
  3. Member, Task Force for Fish and Shellfish Health Management constituted by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Government of India.
  4. Member, Aquaculture Expert Committee constituted to suggest creative recommendations for the scientific improvement of Poyya Prawn Farm and Training Center, Thrissur, Kerala.
  5. Member, Governing Body of State Fisheries Resource Management Society, Government of Kerala.
  6. Member, High Power Committee constituted by Government of Kerala, to strengthen disease management and preventive measures to protect shrimp culture from viral diseases.
  7. Convener, High level committee on Aquaculture Drug Regulations constituted by CFDDM, CUSAT and Aquaculture Authority, Government of India.
  8. Member, Expert group to suggest both short-term and long-term measures for creating an appropriate and effective legal and Institutional framework for management and control of aquatic animal diseases- Govt. of India , Ministry of Agriculture.
  9. Member, Research Advisory Committee of Marine Bio-Resource Centre, Government of Gujarat.
  10. Member, Fisheries Aquaculture Policy- Committee for framing draft Aquaculture policy of Government of Kerala.
  11. Member, Fish Health Management- Disease monitoring, Control and surveillance (MCS) Committee constituted by Department of Fisheries, Government of Kerala.
  12. Member, Research Advisory Committee, Marine BioResource Centre, Government of Gujarat.
Symposia/ Conferences/ Workshops Conducted
  • April 22-24, 2004 Indo-Singapore Joint Workshop on Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology. Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India
  • September 22-25, 2003 Workshop on Environmental Microbiology & Microbial Ecology, in collaboration with Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.
  • January 18-20, 2002 National Workshop on Aquaculture Drugs.
  • January 18-20, 2001 National Workshop on Aquaculture Medicine.
  • October 9-14, 2000 National Workshop on Anaerobic Wastewater Treatment. Sponsored by MHO-EME Programme, The Netherlands.
  • December, 11-13, 1995 National Symposium on Frontiers in Applied Environmental Microbiology.
  • January, 4-28, 1995 Refresher course on Microbiology of Water and Waste water. sponsored by University Grants Commission, Govt. of India
Establishment of New Centre
A new Centre named Centre for Fish Disease Diagnosis and Management was conceptualized and established in the University on 18th January 2000 and officiated as Coordinator. In 2006, the Centre was re - designated as National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health.
Introduction of a new M.Tech Programme (DBT, Govt. of India Sponsored)
Considering the achievements of the Centre, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India sanctioned an M.Tech. programme in Marine Biotechnology. In support of the programme University Grants Commission sanctioned two Faculty positions at the level of Assistant Professors. In addition to it the 11th plan commission sanctioned a position of Associate Professor and Assistant Professor to cater to the requirement of the M.Tech. programme._ (For more details visit the web site
Doctoral Works Supervised: (34)
  1. Development of bioreactors for nitrifying sewage (Kavitha Ramachandran-1998)
  2. Systematics and pathogenicity of Vibrionaceae associated with the larvae of Macrobrachium rosenbergii in hatchery (Sarita G. Bhat- 1998)
  3. Polyphenolic compounds liberated during coir retting in a bioreactor: Separation, characterization and possible applications (T.R. Sathyakeerthy, 1999)
  4. Development of microbial treatment of ret liquor generated in a coir retting bioreactor (P. I. Narayanan-1999)
  5. Development of bioreactors for nitrifying water in closed system hatcheries of penaeid and non-penaeid prawns (Cini Achuthan-2000)
  6. Development of cell culture systems from selected species of fish and prawns (Sunil Kumar, G-2001)
  7. White spot disease in penaeids: Development of immunodiagnostics and vaccine (M. Manjusha-2004)
  8. Development of microbial technology for exclusion of vibrios from prawn larval rearing systems (N. S. Jayaprakash - 2006)
  9. Extraction of glucan from Acremonium diospyri and its application in Macrobrachium rosenbergii larval rearing system along with bacterins as microspheres (A. Anas-2006)
  10. Bioprocess technology for antagonistic Pseudomonas MCCB 102 and 103, Micrococcus MCCB 104, and evaluation of Synechocystis MCCB 114, 115 as probiotics for the management of Vibrio in shrimp culture systems (R. Preetha-2007)
  11. Biocontrol of Vibrio harveyi in Penaeus monodon larval rearing systems employing probiotics and vibriophages (Somnath Pai, 2007)
  12. Development of nitrifying and photosynthetic sulphur bacteria based bioaugmentation systems for the bioremediation of ammonia and hydrogen sulphide in shrimp culture (Manju, N.J., 2008)
  13. Nitrifying bioreactors integrated in to shrimp and prawn hatchery systems: Molecular characterization of the nitrifying bacterial consortia, reactor kinetics, modeling and validation (Rejish Kumar V.J., 2009)
  14. Aeromonas associated with freshwater ornamental fish culture systems: Characterization, pathogenicity and management (Sreedharan K., 2010)
  15. Mangrove plants Ceriops tagal as a potential source of anti-White Spot Syndrome Virus preparation for Penaeus monodon (Sudheer N.S., 2010)
  16. Cell culture system from Penaeus monodon: Development and application (Seena Jose, 2010)
  17. Immune response of Penaeus monodon to the inactivated white spot syndrome virus preparation (Gigi Paulose, 2012)
  18. Molecular approaches for characterization of pathogenicity of vibrios with special reference to Vibrio harveyi from Penaeus monodon larval production system (B. Sreelakshmi, 2013)
  19. Proteases from an environmental isolate of Pseudomonas aeruginosa MCCB 123 and their applications (Divya Jose, €“2012)
  20. Pyocyanin (5-Methyl-1-hydroxyphenazine) produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa as antagonist to Vibrios in aquaculture: Over expression, downstream process and toxicity (Priyaja P., 2012)
  21. Development of lymphoid cell culture system from Penaeus monodon and molecular approaches for its transformation (Jayesh P., 2013)
  22. Vibrio harveyi phages: Isolation, characterization and evaluation of their potential as phage therapeutics on Vibrio harveyi in shrimp hatcheries (Surekha mol, I.S., 2013)
  23. Development of zero water exchange shrimp culture systems integrated with bioremediation of detritus and ammonia-nitrogen (Haseeb M., 2013)
  24. Solar photo-oxidative disinfection for generating potable water from natural sources (Ranjit K., 2013)
  25. A marine actinomycete Nocardiopsis MCCB 110 as source of novel drugs to manage vibriosis (Sunish K.S., 2013)
  26. Development of CHH family recombinant hormones and RNAi for induced maturation of Penaeus monodon (Vrinda S., 2012)
  27. Marine yeast Candida MCCF 101 as feed supplement in aquaculture: nutritional quality, optimization of large scale production and evaluation of its protective effect on koi carp from Aeromonas infection (Sunitha Poulose, 2013)
  28. Efficacy of marine bacterial probiotics on shrimp post larvae for enhanced growth, survival and protection from Vibrio harveyi (Rose Mary Jose, 2013)
  29. Mosquito larvae borne viruses from the central Travancore region of Kerala: isolation and characterization (Prem Gopinath, 2014)
  30. Development and validation of bacterial consortia for bioremediation of detritus in aquaculture systems (V. Deepesh, 2014)
  31. Bioprocess optimization and characterization of phytase from an environmental isolate Bacillus MCCB 242 (Sareen Sarah John, 2015)
  32. Bacillus cereus MCCB 101 as bioaugmentor for detritus degradation in a simulated zero water exchange shrimp grow out system (Riya George, 2015).
  33. Polyhydroxybutyrate from marine microorganisms and their biomedical applications (Co Guide) (Deepa, S. Nair, )
  34. Delignification of coir pith for enzymatic saccharification €“ (G. Rojith)
  35. Saccharification of delignified coir pith and ethanol fermentation (P. Asha, 2016)
  36. Molecular characterization and cell signaling of nitrifying bacterial consortia in nitrifying bioreactor€“ ( Preena P.G-)
  37. Development of photosynthetic sulphur bacteria based bioremediation technology for aquaculture systems for H2S removal (Co-€“Guide)(Ammu Thomas, Submitted)
  38. Cyano bacterial probiotics MCCB114 and 115: Their identification, heterotrophic bacterial association and ecological significance (Deepa G.D., Submitted)
Ongoing Doctoral Programmes (4)
  • Polyhydroxybutyrate from marine bacteria and their potential applications in human and veterinary medicine-(Linu Balan)
  • Polyhydroxybutyrate from marine microorganisms and their applications in biological systems-(Sowmya P Mohandas)
  • Dynamics of microbial population in the nitrifying bioreactors connected to recirculating aquaculture systems-(Boobal R.)
  • Cellular and molecular approaches for the development of immortal cell lines from Penaeus monodon-(Anoop B. S.)
Adhoc Reviewer (20)
  1. Letters in Applied Microbiology
  2. Aquaculture Research
  3. Aquaculture International
  4. Aquaculture
  5. Indian Journal of Marine Sciences
  6. Indian Journal of Virology
  7. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology
  8. Current Science(Indian Academy of Science)
  9. Indian Journal of Fisheries
  10. Microbial Ecology
  11. Biotechnology Progress
  12. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
  13. Fish and Shell Fish Immunology
  14. Environmental Technology(Taylor and Francis)
  15. Journal of Basic Microbiology
  16. Aquaculture Engineering
  17. Cytotechnology
  18. African Journal of Microbiology Research(Academic Journals)
  19. Microbial Ecology
  20. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms(Inter Research Journals)
  1. Coir Retting Bioreactor-Patent No. 198886 dated 18/02/2002 [link]
  2. Bioreactors for nitrifying water in closed system hatcheries of penaeid and non-penaeid prawns - Patent 241648 dated 13.9.2000 [link]
  3. Depuration System - Patent file No. 75/MAS/95.
  4. Process of extracting anti-white spot syndrome virus molecules from mangrove plants-Patent No. 254984 dated 10-1-2013.[link]
  5. Bioprocess Technology for the mass production of an aquaculture probiotic Pseudomonas MCCB 103.
  6. Bioprocess technology for the mass production of an aquaculture probiotic Micrococcus MCCB 104.
  7. Development of a novel cell culture medium SCCM (Shrimp Cell Culture Medium) exclusively for shrimp cell culture-Application submitted.
Publications (Total: 130)image
Books Edited : 5
Peer Reviewed Journals : 91
Newsletters/ Magazines : 1
Chapters in Books : 11
National / International Conferences : 44
Peer Reviewed Publications Total impact Factor Average Impact Factor Citation Index h-index 1-10 index
91 104 1.405 939 17 26
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GenBank Submissions (
Technologies Commercialized
  1. Nitrifying Bioreactor Technology for RAS (Through M/s Oriental Aquamarine Biotech. India Private Ltd., Coimbatore).
  2. Probiotics DetrodigestTM, EnterotrophoticTM, PS- 1TM (Through NCAAH).
  1. UGC-BSR Fellow (from 1st May, 2015)
  2. Second Dr. M. JonesMemorial Prize (Once in three years) for outstanding Marine Biologist of India, instituted by Marine Biological Association of India, awarded on 2nd December, 2014 which consisted of cash prize of Rs. 25,000.0, Medallion and Citation.
  3. Fellow, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) ICAR 2014.
  4. Eminent Zoologist Gold Medal 2008, Zoological Society of India.
  5. UGC-BSR-One Time Grant
  6. UGC Visiting Associateship (1993-95).
  7. Young Scientist Award in Fisheries
  8. Good Service Entry by Kerala Agricultural University (1985), Kerala.
UGC-BSR Faculty, National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health (NCAAH),_
Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Lakeside campus,
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