Prof. Sailas Benjamin

Enzyme Technology Laboratory, Biotechnology Division, Department of Botany

University of Calicut, Kerala, India


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2002 DFG Post-doctoral Fellowship University of Münster,Germany

2000 STAPost-doctoral Fellowship (Genetic Engineering), National Food Research Institute, Japan

1998 Ph.D., Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala, India.

1998 Master of Science (M.Sc),Botany, University of Kerala, India

1992 Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.),Cytogenetics, University of Kerala, India

1990 M.Sc., University of Kerala.

Publications (Selected)

  1. Sailas Benjamin, Pradeep, S, Sarath Josh MK, Sunil K and Masai E. (2015). A monograph on the remediation of hazardous phthalates. Journal of Hazardous Materials, Vol. 298, pp. 58-72.
  2. Sreedevi S, Unni KN, Prakasan Priji, Sajith S, Sarath Josh M.K and Sailas Benjamin (2015). Bioplastics: Advances in polyhydroxybutyrate research. Advances in Polymer Science. ISSN 0065-3195.
  3. Sailas Benjamin, Priji P, Sajith S, Andre-Denis G. Wright and Spener F. (2015). Pros and cons of CLA consumption: an insight from clinical evidences. Nutrition & Metabolism. Vol.12. http://dx. doi:10.1186/1743-7075-12-4.
  4. Pradeep S, Sarath Josh MK, Balachandran S, Sudha Devi R, Sadasivam R, Thirugnanam PE, Mukesh Doble, Robin C Anderson and Sailas Benjamin (2014). Achromobacter denitrificans SP1 produces pharmaceutically active 25Cprodigiosin upon utilizing hazardous DEHP. Bioresource Technology, Vol. 171, pp. 482-486.
  5. Neethu KB, Priji P,Unni KN, Sajith S, Sreedevi S, Ramani N, Anitha K, Rosana B and Sailas Benjamin (2015) A new Bacillus thuringiensis strain isolated from the gut of Malabari goat effective against the spider mite Tetranychus macfarlanei, Journal of Applied Entomology. 10.1111/jen.12235
  6. Pradeep S, Sarath Josh MK, Binod P, Sudha Devi R, Balachandran S, Robin C Anderson and Sailas Benjamin (2015). Achromobacter denitrificans strain SP1 efficiently remediates di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, vol. 112, pp. 114–121.
  7. Jisha VN, Smitha RB, Priji P, Sajith S and Sailas Benjamin (2014). Biphasic Fermentation is an efficient strategy for the overproduction ofd-endotoxin from Bacillus thuringiensis. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, vol. 175(3), pp. 1519-1535. 10.1007/s12010-014-1383-3.
  8. Prakasan Priji, Unni KN, Sajith S, and Sailas Benjamin (2014). Production, optimization and partial characterization of lipase from Pseudomonas sp. BUP6 a novel bacterium characterized from Malabari goat. Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry, 10.1002/bab.1237.
  9. Sarath Josh MK, Pradeep S, Adarsh VK, Vijayalekshmi Amma KS, Sudha Devi R, Balachandran S, Sreejith MN, Jaleel UCA and Sailas Benjamin (2014). In silico evidences for the binding of phthalates on to human estrogen receptor α, β subtypes and human estrogen-related receptor γ. Molecular Simulation, Vol. 40, pp. 408-417.
  10. Sajith S, Sreedevi S, Priji P, Unni KN, and Sailas Benjamin (2014). Production and partial purification of cellulase from a novel fungus, Aspergillus flavus BS1. Annals of Microbiology, vol. 64, pp. 763–771.
  11. Sarath Josh MK, Pradeep S, Vijayalekshmi Amma KS, Balachandran S, Jaleel UCA, Doble M, Spener F and Sailas Benjamin (2014). Phthalates efficiently bind to human peroxisome proliferator activated receptor and retinoid X receptor α, β, γ subtypes: an in silico approach. Journal of Applied Toxicology, Vol. 34, pp. 754-765. 10.1002/jat.2902.
  12. Priji Prakasan, Unni KN, Sajith S, and Sailas Benjamin (2013). Candida tropicalis BPU1, a novel isolate from the rumen of Malabari goat is a dual producer of biosurfactant and polyhydroxy butyrate. Yeast, Vol. 30, pp.103–110. 10.1002/yea.2944.
  13. Smitha RB, Jisha VN, Pradeep S, Sarath Josh MK and Sailas Benjamin (2013). Potato flour mediated solid-state fermentation for the enhanced production of Bacillus thuringiensis. Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering, vol, 116, pp. 595-601. j.jbiosc.2013.05.008.
  14. Pradeep S, Faseela P, Sarath Josh MK, Balachandran S, Sudha Devi R and Sailas Benjamin (2013). Fungal biodegradation of phthalate plasticizer in situ. Biodegradation, Vol. 24, pp. 257-267.
  15. Pradeep S and Sailas Benjamin (2012). Mycelial fungi completely remediate di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate, the hazardous plasticizer in PVC blood storage bag. Journal of Hazardous Materials, vol. 235-236, pp. 69-77.  10.1016/j.jhazmat.2012.06.064.
  16. Sarath Josh MK, Pradeep S, Balachandran S, Sudha Devi R, Vijayalekshmi Amma KS and Sailas Benjamin (2012). Temperature- and solvent-dependent migrations of di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate, the hazardous plasticizer from commercial PVC blood storage bag. Journal of Polymer Research, Vol. 19.
  17. Sailas Benjamin, Silke Flotho, Torsten Börchers and Friedrich Spener (2012). Conjugated linoleic acid isomers and their precursor fatty acids regulate peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor subtypes and major peroxisome proliferator responsive element-bearing target genes in HepG2 cell model. Journal of Zhejiang University-Science B (Biomedicine & Biotechnology), Vol. 14(2), pp. 115-123.
  18. Smitha RB, Bennans T, Mohankumar C and Sailas Benjamin (2010). Oxidative stress enzymes in Ficus religiosa L.: Biochemical, histochemical and anatomical evidences. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, Vol. 95 (1), pp. 17–25,
  19. Sailas Benjamin and Friedrich Spener (2010). Conjugated linoleic acids as functional food: an insight into their health benefits. Nutrition & Metabolism, Vol. 6, pp. 36.
  20. Katrin Kuhnt, Silke Flotho, Sailas Benjamin, Torsten Boerchers, Rainer Schubert, Gerhard Jahreis and Friedrich Spener (2009). Gene expression after dietary intervention with trans fatty acids (trans-11/trans-12 18:1) in humans. European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, Vol. 111, pp. 442–450.
  21. Hanhoff T, Sailas Benjamin, Börchers T and Spener F (2005). Branched-chain fatty acids as activators of peroxisome proliferator receptors. European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, Vol. 107, pp. 716-729. 10.1002/ejlt.200401076.
  22. Sailas Benjamin, Hanhoff T, Borchers T and Spener F (2005). An improved molecular test system for the screening of human PPAR transactivation by conjugated linoleic acid isomers and their precursor fatty acids. European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, Vol. 107, pp. 706-715. 10.1002/ejlt.200401041
  23. Ashok Pandey, Sailas Benjamin, Soccol CR, Nigam P, Krieger N and Soccol VT (1999). The realm of microbial lipases in biotechnology. Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry, Vol. 29, pp.119-131. 10.1111/j.1470-8744.1999.tb00541.x
  24. Sailas Benjamin and Ashok Pandey (1997). Enhancement of lipase production during repeated batch culture using immobilized Candida rugosa. Process Biochemistry, Vol. 32, pp. 257-261. 10.1016/S0032-9592(96)00102-1
  25. Sailas Benjamin and Ashok Pandey (1996). Optimization of liquid media for lipase production by Candida rugosa. Bioresource Technology, Vol. 55, pp. 167-170. 10.1016/0960-8524(95)00194-8

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