Rajkumar Gangappa

Research Fellow - C1 Gas Bioconversions

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  • BSc (Microbiology and Biochemistry)
  • MSc (Applied Genetics)
  • PhD (Microbiology)


I am an applied microbiologist. I have been investigating a range of bacteria for their use in the extraction of heavy metals from various wastes, industrial waste-water treatment, and radionuclide bioremediation. Currently, I am working in the areas of C1 gas bioconversions.


Conference Proceedings

  1. Gangappa, R., Thomas, M., & Hogg, S. (2013, Sep). Biosignatures of Kerala red rain cells: Implications for understanding their origin. In European Planetary Science Congress 2013, held 8-13 September in London, UK. Online at: http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EPSC2013/EPSC2013-1-1.pdf
  2. Gangappa, R., Thomas, M., Hogg, S. (2013, April). Biological properties of Kerala red rain cells: Insights into the environmental conditions of their origin. In 5th UK , Astrobiology Conference, UK Centre for Astrobiology, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
  3. Gangappa, R. and Hogg, S. (2012, March). Demonstration of DNA in the Red Rain Cells of Kerala. The International Conference on Molecular Ecology, Vienna, Austria.
  4. Gangappa, R., Thomas, M., Hogg, S. (2012, July). Fluorescence properties of compounds in the red rain cells of Kerala. Society for General Microbiology, Autumn Conference, University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
  5. Gangappa, R., Thomas, M., Hogg, S. (2012, Oct). Biological properties of Kerala red rain cells: A possible new opportunity in biotechnological exploration. The Welsh Microbiology Association (WMA) Winter Meeting, United Kingdom.


  • Bioremediation of Radionuclides 
  • Extraction of metals from urban mines 
  • Industrial wastewater treatment 
  • C1 gas bioconversions