Chanakya University School of Biosciences

Dr. Meenakshi S. Iyer

Designation: Assistant Professor 

Postdoctoral Fellow, NCBS, Bengaluru, India 
Ph.D: NCBS, Bengaluru, India 

Research Areas:
Bioinformatics, plant genomics and transcriptomics, protein-protein interaction, sequencing of antimicrobial resistant bacterial strains in Africa, structural census of proteins using big-data analysis, evolution of protein families across organisms.

Awards and achievements

  • Infosys travel award for attending the Albany 2019: 20th Conversation, State University of New York, Albany, 11-15th June 2019.
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-JRF) qualified (June 2012, December 2012).
  • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). All India rank-11.
  • Dept. Of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. Of India Scholarships holder for all 4 semesters of Masters Course (July 2011 – June 2013)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Combined Entrance Exam for Biotechnology (CEEB) qualified (2011)


  1. Revisiting Myosin Families Through Large-scale Sequence Searches Leads to the Discovery of New Myosins. Pasha SN, Meenakshi I, Sowdhamini R. 2016, Evolutionary Bioinformatics, 12: 201–211. DOI: 10.4137/EBO.S39880
  1. Draft Genome of Cissus quadrangularis to elucidate the Medicinal Values. Gandhimathi A, Margaret Sunitha S, Pritha Ghosh, Harini K, Subramanian Hariprasanna P, Iyer Meenakshi S. et. al. 2016, Herbal Medicine, 2, 1-7. DOI: 10.21767/2472-0151.10007
  1. Evolutionary Analysis of A Few Protein Superfamilies in Ocimum tenuiflorum in the book, The Ocimum Genome. Gandhimathi A., Nitish Sathyanarayanan, Meenakshi Iyer, Rachit Gupta and R.Sowdhamini., 2018. (Eds. Sashany A.K. and Kole C.) DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-97430-9
  1. Genome-wide survey of remote homologues for protein domain superfamilies of known structure reveals unequal distribution across structural classes. Iyer, M.S., Joshi, A.G. & Sowdhamini, R., 2018. Molecular omics, 14(4), 266-280. DOI: 10.1039/C8MO00008E.
  1. GenDiS database update with improved approach and features to recognise homologous sequences of protein domain superfamilies. Iyer, M.S., Bhargava, K., Pavalam, M., & Sowdhamini, R., 2019. Database, DOI: 10.1093/database/baz042
  1. Genome-wide survey of protein structural domains and analysis of domain architectures. Iyer Meenakshi S., Adwait G. Joshi and, R. Sowdhamini, 2019. Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics: 10.1080/07391102.2019.1604468
  1. The transcriptome enables the identification of candidate genes behind medicinal value of Drumstick tree (Moringa oleifera) Pasha SN, Shafi KM, Joshi AG, Meenakshi I et. al., 2019.Genomics. pii: S0888-7543(18)30690-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ygeno.2019.04.014
  1. Dataset for the first combined transcriptome assembly of M. oleifera and functional annotation. Shafi KM, Joshi AG, Meenakshi I et. al., 2019. Data Brief.; 30:105416. doi:10.1016/j.dib.2020.105416
  1. A knowledge-driven protocol for prediction of proteins of interest with an emphasis on biosynthetic pathways. Joshi AG, Harini K, Meenakshi I, et al. 2020. MethodsX. 7: 101053. doi:10.1016/j.mex.2020.101053
  1. Antimicrobial Resistance Profiling and Phylogenetic Analysis of Neisseria gonorrhoeae Clinical Isolates From Kenya in a Resource-Limited Setting. Juma M, Sankaradoss A, Ndombi R, Mwaura P, Damodar T, Nazir J, Pandit A, Khurana R, Masika M, Chirchir R, Gachie J, Krishna S, Sowdhamini R, Anzala O and Meenakshi IS (2021) Front. Microbiol. 12:647565. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2021.647565
  1. Immune profile and responses of a novel dengue DNA vaccine encoding an EDIII-NS1 consensus design based on Indo-African sequences. Sankaradoss A, Jagtap S, Nazir J, Moula SE, Modak A, Fialho J, Iyer M, Shastri JS, Dias M, Gadepalli R, Aggarwal A, Vedpathak M, Agrawal S, Pandit A. Nisheetha A, Kumar A, Shafi M, Balachandra S, Damodar T, Masika MM, Mwaura P, Anzala O, Muthumani K, Sowdhamini R, Medigeshi G, Roy R, Pattabiraman C, Krishna S, Sreekumar E (2022). Mol Ther. 7:S1525-0016(22)00013-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ymthe.2022.01.013.
  1. Exploring the Medicinally Important Secondary Metabolites Landscape Through the Lens of Transcriptome Data in Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum L.). Naika MB, Sathyanarayanan N, Sajeevan RS, Bhattacharyya T, Ghosh P, Meenakshi IS, Jarjapu M, Joshi AG, Harini K, Shafi KM, Kalmankar NV, Karpe SD, Mam B, Pasha SN, Sowdhamini R (2022). Sci Rep 12, 13534. doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-17779-8.
  1. A census of actin-associated proteins in humans. Meenakshi S I, Rao M, Mayor S and Sowdhamini R (2023) Front. Cell Dev. Biol. 11:1168050. doi: 10.3389/fcell.2023.1168050.