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Rohini Karandikar





Ph.D. (2016) Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Bombay

Thesis title: Studies on reductase and oxygenase components of phthalate isomer dioxygenases from Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain PP4


Current profile

At HBCSE, I work on research in science popularization among school students. I prepare lesson plans, design low-cost experiments and worksheets . My interests lie in History of science’ and Food and Nutrition education. I am actively involved in a campaign to develop scientific temper within the society.

I am mainly involved in two projects:

1) School Science Research and Development

2) Vigyan Pratibha



  • Prabhash K, Khattry N, Bakshi A, Karandikar R, Joshi A, Kannan S, Sastry PS, Parikh P, Kode JA. (2010) CD26 expression in donor stem cell harvest and its correlation with engraftment in human haematopoietic stem cell transplantation: potential predictor of early engraftment. Annals of Oncology 21(3):582-8 

  • Randhir Singh, Rohini Karandikar and Prashant S. Phale (2015) Microbial Degradation of Aromatic Compounds and Pesticides: Challenges and Solutions in book entitled Advances in Biodegradation and Bioremediation of Industrial Waste (CRC Press) 67-96. ISBN: 9781498700542

  • Karandikar R, Badri A and Phale PS (2015). Biochemical Characterization of Inducible ‘Reductase’ Component of Benzoate Dioxygenase and Phthalate Isomer Dioxygenases from Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain PP4 Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 177:318-333

  • J. Kode, N. Khattry, A. Bakshi, V. Amrutkar, B. Bagal, R. Karandikar, P. Rane, N. Fujii, and S. Chiplunkar (2017). Study of Stem Cell Homing and Self-renewal Marker Gene Profile of ex-vivo Expanded Human CD34+ Cells Manipulated with a Mixture of Cytokines and Synthetic Peptide Stromal Cell Derived Factor 1. Indian Journal of Medical Research 146:55-60

opular science articles:


  1. वैज्ञानिक साक्षरता ही नक्की कोणाची जबाबदारी: सरकारची, वैज्ञानिकांची की समाजाची? in Diwali special issue (Oct.2017)  by Aisi Akshare

   2. कुतूहल शमवणारी 'विज्ञान प्रतिभा' in the weekly, Zee Marathi Disha, 23-29th June, 2018

   3. 'विचाराल' तर वाचाल in the weekly, Lokprabha, 23rd November, 2018


Teaching at HBCSE 

  • Introduction to STME Research (ongoing)


  • Introduction to Life Science education Research (Jan-Apr 2018)


  • Introduction to STME Research (Aug-Dec 2017)


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