Dr. Sunita Varjani

Dr. Sunita J. Varjani
Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences

School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
Indian Institute of Advanced Research (IIAR)
Koba, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
Ph: Ph: +91-79-30514143 / +91-9909828684
Fax: +91-79-30514110
drsunitav@iiar.res.in, drsunitav@iar.ac.in, drsvs18@gmail.com



M.Phil. in Microbiology, 2010  (Research in Environmental Microbiology)
Ph.D. in Biotechnology, 2014 (Research in Environmental Biotechnology)

Research Interest:

  • Biotechnology, Microbiology, Environmental Science, Green Technology
  • Waste management, Water and waste water analysis
  • Environmental issues of petroleum industries (Oil spills, Bioremediation, Hydrocarbon degradation and Microbial enhanced oil recovery (MEOR) i.e. tertiary oil recovery)
  • Downstream processing
  • Health and Environment safety and Environment management
  • Legal aspects i.e. laws and policies related above subjects

Awards, recognition and credentials:

  • Young Scientist Award at Afro Asian congress, 2014 (Micro-Biotech 2014).
  • 16S rDNA partial gene sequence submitted at GeneBank  database:10
  • Microbial culture submission at National Collection of Industrial Microorganisms (NCIM), Pune: 03
  • Microbial culture submission at Bank a bug (BAB), GSBTM, Gandhinagar, Gujarat: 05
  • Member of national advisory board of journals: 02
  • Best paper award for oral presentation in International conference for paper entitled “Characterization of hydrocarbon utilizing Pseudomonas strains from crude oil contaminated sample” in Innovative Technologies in Engineering and Sciences (ITES)-2012.
  • Best paper award for oral presentation in National conference for paper entitled “Optimizing growth conditions for indigenous hydrocarbon degrading/utilizing bacterial consortium “HUBC” from crude oil contaminated sites”, in Biochemistry: Science beyond compartmentalization-2013.
  • Best paper award for oral presentation paper entitled “ALARMING OCCURRENCE OF ORAL DISEASES” in SCIENCE EXCELLENCE – 2008.
  • Student union member (Class representative microbiology) 2005-2007, M.G. Science Institute, Certificate of merit for participating in the college Extra-curricular activities

Teaching and research experiences:

  • Teaching: 6 Years (UG: 4 years; PG: 3 years 6 months)
    Research: 8 years

Publications and Posters :

  • 1.Varjani Sunita J. and Upasani Vivek N. (2012). “Characterization of hydrocarbon utilizing Pseudomonas strains from crude oil contaminated samples”, International Journal of Scientific computing vol. 6 (2) p. 120-125. (ISSN: 0973-578X; Impact factor: Not applicable)
  • 2.Varjani S. J., Rana D. P., Bateja S. and Upasani V. N. (2013). “Isolation and Screening for Hydrocarbon Utilizing Bacteria (HUB) from Petroleum Samples”, International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences, vol. 2 (4), pp. 48-60. (ISSN: 2319-7706; Impact factor: 1.594)
  • 3.Sunita J. Varjani and Vivek N. Upasani (2013). “Comparative studies on bacterial consortia for hydrocarbon degradation”, International Journal of Innovative Research in Science, Engineering and Technology, vol. 2 (10), pp. 5377-5383. (ISSN: 2319-8753; Impact factor: 1.672)
  • 4.S. J. Varjani, D. P. Rana, S. Bateja, M. C. Sharma and V. N. Upasani (2014). “Screening and identification of biosurfactant (bioemulsifier) producing bacteria from crude oil contaminated sites of Gujarat, India”, IJIRSET, vol. 3 (2), pp. 9205-9213. (ISSN: 2319-8753; Impact factor: 1.672).
  • 5.Varjani Sunita J., Thaker Manish B. and Upasani Vivek N. (2014). “Optimization of growth conditions of native hydrocarbon utilizing bacterial consortium “HUBC” obtained from petroleum pollutant contaminated sites, Indian Journal of Applied Research, vol. 4 (10), pp. 474-476. (ISSN: 2249-555X; Impact factor: 2.1).
  • 6.Sunita J. Varjani, Dolly P. Rana, Ajay K. Jain, Surendra Bateja, Vivek N. Upasani (2015). “Synergistic ex­situ biodegradation of crude oil by Halotolerant bacterial consortium of indigenous strains isolated from on shore sites of Gujarat, India”, International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, vol. 103, pp. 116-124. (ISSN: 0964-8305; Impact factor: 2.444).
  • 7.Sunita J. Varjani (2015). Screening of thiosulphate utilizing bacteria from mining site of ambaji, Gujarat, india, In: Environment microbiology, IK International, New Delhi, India, pp. 287-297.
  • 8.Sunita Varjani (2015). “Bioremediation: A sustainable solution for complex environmental issues”, Gujarat National Law University (GNLU faculty second group publication).
  • 9.Sunita J. Varjani (2015). Biosurfactants in Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery, In: Modern Tools & Techniques to Understand Microbes, Springer - Verlag, Germany (Book Chapter; Accepted).

Conferences papers and Invited lectures:

  • 1)“Core Flood Study for Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery (MEOR) using Biosurfactant (BS) produced by P. aeruginosa NCIM 5514” in AFRO-ASIAN Congress on Microbes for Human and Environmental Health (Micro-Biotech 2014) at organized by Amity Institute of Microbial Technology, Amity University, UP, NOIDA, NEW DELHI, INDIA from 29th September – 1st October, 2014.
  • 2)“Assessment of various screening methods for biosurfactant / bio emulsifier producing bacteria isolated from crude oil contaminated soils of Gujarat, India” in ICABB 2013 and X Convention of BRSI, India at DPU, Pune, Maharashtra, India from 25th -27th November 2013.
  • 3)“Characterization of hydrocarbon utilizing Pseudomonas strains from crude oil contaminated samples” in International conference on Innovative Technologies in Engineering and Sciences (ITES)-2012 organized by V.V.P. engineering college, Rajkot, Gujarat, India from 22nd-23rd December 2012.
  • 4)"Screening for hydrocarbon utilizing bacteria (HUB) from crude oil contaminated soil samples of Gujarat" in AMI 2012, International Conference on Microbial world: Recent Innovations and Future Trends at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisa, India from 22nd - 25th November 2012.
  • 5)"Characterization of exopolysaccharide produced by halophilic bacteria" in AMI 2011, International Conference on Microbial Biotechnology for Sustainable Development at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India from November 3-6 2011 (Poster presentation).
  • 6)“Optimizing conditions for indigenous hydrocarbon degrading/utilizing bacterial consortium “HUBC” from crude oil contaminated sites” in Biochemistry: Science beyondcompartmentalization-2013 organized by Department of Biochemistry, M. G. Science Institute, Ahmedabad, sponsored by UGC & Co-sponsored by GSBTM from 20th -21st December 2013.
  • 7)“Isolation and characterization of protease producing organisms from panandhro lignite mine water sample” in Microbes@MGSc2010, Current Trends in Microbiological Sciences organized by Department of Microbiology, M.G. Science Institute, Ahmedabad, Gujarat on 23rd - 24th January 2010.
  • 8)“Global Warming - Let’s Be Responsible, Think Globally, Act Locally” in ENVIRONEXT- 2009, Environment Scenario in Future organized by Biochemistry Department, C.U. Shah Science college, Ahmedabad, sponsored by GUJCOST on 24th January 2009.
  • 9)“ALARMING OCCURRENCE OF ORAL DISEASES” in SCIENCE EXCELLENCE – 2008, organized by Department of Botany, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad and GUJCOST, Gandhinagar on 5th January 2008.
  • 10)“Bioinformatics and Drug Designing” in BIOINFORMATICS: LEADS IN GUJARAT-2008 organized by Applied Botany Center (ABC), Gujarat University, Ahmedabad on 15th  March 2008.


Members and associations:    

  1. Fellow member of Society of Applied Biotechnology
  2. Life member Biotech Research Society
  3. Life member of Association of Microbiologists of India
  4. Annual member of Research Journal of Biotechnology (2011-2012)