Shivanthi Anandan, PhD

Associate Professor

Shivanthi Anandan , Ph.D.

Office: PISB 419
Phone: 215.895.2631
Lab: The Anandan Lab, PISB 401 M1
Lab Phone: 215.895.6892


  • BS, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. (in Botany)
  • PhD, University of California at Los Angeles

Research Interests

I am interested in how photosynthetic organisms perceive and respond to environmental signals, particularly light.  My research program uses molecular genetic and classical microbial genetics techniques to dissect out and study signal transduction pathways in marine and freshwater cyanobacteria. Current projects in the lab are:

  • Elucidating the function of the orfG and lrrA genes in Synechococcus elongatus
  • Deciphering the function of three putative extra-cellular matrix protein genes in Trichodesmium erythraeum



  • M. Koro, S. Anandan and J.J. Quinlan. (2010). Microbial quality of food available to populations of differing socioeconomic status. Am. J. Prev. Med. 38: 478-481.
  • Moogega Cooper, Gregory Fridman, David Staack, Alexander Gutsol, Victor Vasilets, Shivanthi Anandan, Young Cho, Alexander Fridman, and Alexandre Tsapin.? 2009). Decontamination of Surfaces from Extremophile Organisms Using Non-thermal Atmospheric Pressure Plasma. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 37; 866-871.
  • S. Anandan (2008) Sample Portfolios from Across Disciplines: Bioscience and Biotechnology. In The Academic Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Documenting Teaching, Research, and Service by Peter Seldin and Elizabeth Miller 1st edition : Jossey-Bass Publishing Company Inc.
  • Kimberly D. Magrini, Amit Basu, James R. Spotila, Harold W. Avery, Lawrence W. Bergman, Rachel Hammond, and Shivanthi Anandan. (2008) DNA microarrays detect effects of soil contamination on Arabidopsis thaliana gene expression. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.28: 2476-2387.
  • Michael Gallagher, Nachiket Vaze, Shailesh Gangoli, Victor Vasilets, Alexander Gutsol, Tatyana Milovanova, Shivanthi Anandan, Donna Murasko and Alexander Fridman. (2007). Rapid Inactivation of Airborne Bacteria usingAtmospheric Pressure Dielectric Barrier Grating Discharge. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 35: 1501-1510.
  • G. Uhlich, J.B. Luchansky, M.L. Tamplin, F. J. Molina-Corral, S. Anandan and A.C.S. Porto-Fett. (2006) Effect of Storage Temperature on Viability of Listeria monocytogenes in Queso Blanco. Journal of Food Safety 26 : 202–214.
  • S. Anandan. (2006). Genomic and Proteomic Approaches for Studying Bacterial Stress Responses. In Advances in Microbial Food Safety. V. Juneja, J.P. Cherry and M.H Tunick eds. ACS Books.
  • S. Anandan and J. Uram (2004). Genetic Selection Scheme for Isolation of Signal Transduction Pathway mutants. Appl. Environ. Microbiol.70:967-972.