Dr Ajit Kumar Ngangbam

Bachelor of Fisheries Science (1st class)
Master of Fisheries Microbiology (1st class)
European Master of Science in Nematology (Distinction)
PhD Marine Ecology Research Centre, Southern Cross University, Australia

Ajit Kumar Ngangbam

Research Summary

Dr Ajit Kumar Ngangbam main research topics are microbiology and biotechnology. He is currently undertaking postdoctoral research on Transcriptome of marine invertebrates in Marine Ecology Research Centre, Southern Cross University

Dr Ajit Kumar Ngangbam finished his undergraduate degree at the College of Fisheries Science, Central Agricultural University, Imphal, India. He has double master degree; the first master degree was pursued from College of Fisheries, Mangalore, India. The second master degree was completed at the Ghent University, Belgium and Evora University, Portugal. He joined Southern Cross University in April 2013 under a Molluscan PhD Scholarship and was awarded with an IPRS for his PhD research. His PhD research project was focus on "Putative role of bacterial symbionts in the biosynthetic origin of Tyrian purple in Dicathais orbita, a Muricidae mollusc". The aim opf this project was to establish the biosynthetic origin and identify the genes involved in the biosynthesis of bromoindole derivatives in muricid molluscs. His project has substantial implications for sustainable production of Tyrian purple and anticancer compounds, and will also help to determine the potential role of symbiotic bacteria in the biosynthesis of Tyrian purple precursors. His PhD research project involved a combination of marine microbiology, genomics and bioinformatics work. 


2005: 10th Best Fisheries Graduate of India awarded by Professional Fisheries Graduate Forum, Mumbai, India

2006-2007: Awarded North Eastern Council, Shillong, MOBC Scholarships for Master Studies, Govt. of India

2009-2011: Awarded Erasmus Mundus Scholarships for Master studies in Leading European Universities by European Union

2013: Molluscan PhD scholarship, SCU by Dr. Kirsten Benkendorff

2013-2014: International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) for PhD research, Southern Cross University, NSW 2480


Ngangbam, A. K. Putative role for bacterial symbionts in the biosynthetic origin of Tyrian purple in Dicathais orbita, a Muricidae mollusc. The Malacological Society of Australasia (MSA). ISSN 1834-4259-NO. 161 April, 2017.

Ngangbam, A.K., Baten, A., Waters, D.L.E., Benkendorff, K., Transcriptome of the Australian mollusc Dicathais orbita provides insights in the biosynthesis of indoles and choline esters. Mar. Drugs 2016, 14, 135.

Ngangbam, A.K., Baten, A., Waters, D.L.E., Whalan, S., Benkendorff, K., Characterization of bacterial communities associated with the Tyrian purple producing gland in a marine gastropod, PloS one, 10(10), e0140725 (2015).

Ngangbam, A.K., Waters, D.L.E., Whalan, S., Baten, A., Benkendorff, K., Indole producing bacteria from the biosynthetic organs of Muricid mollusc could contribute to Tyrian purple production., J Shellfish Res, 34 (2015) 443-454.

Acharya, B., Regmi, H., Ngangbam, A. K., and Nongmaithem, B. D. 2016. Management of rhizome rot disease of ginger using eco-friendly natural products. Indian J. Agric. Res. DOI: 10.18805/ijare.v0iOF.3757.

Homan Regmi, Ngangbam, A. K. and Bijayalakshmi Devi Nongmaithem, 2014. Extraction techniques of plant-parasitic nematodes and cysts: a practical comparison, Agric. Sci. Digest., 34 (4): 273 – 276.

Ngangbam, A. K., Nongmaithem Bijaya Lakshmi Devi, 2012, Molecular characterization of Salmonella bacteriophages isolated from natural environment and its potential role in phage therapy, Journal of Agriculture and Veterinary Science, IOSR, ISSN: 2319-2380, ISBN: 2319-2372. 1 (6), 07-11.

Ngangbam, A. K., Nongmaithem Bijaya Lakshmi Devi, 2012. An approach to the Nematode parasitism genes of the root knot nematode, eSci Journal of Plant Pathology. 01(1), 81-87.

Nongmaithem Bijaya Lakshmi Devi, Ngangbam, A. K. and Immanuel Sheela., 2012. A study on existing fisheries management system and the problems encountered by the fishers in Loktak lake of Manipur, Journal of agriculture and veterinary science IOSR, ISSN: 2319-2380, ISBN: 2319-2372. 1(5), 22-28.

Nongmaithem Bijaya Lakshmi Devi, Immanuel Sheela, Ngangbam, A. K. and Ananthan P. S., 2012. Study of fishers' socioeconomic and cultural profile around the Loktak lake of Manipur, India. Journal of agriculture and veterinary science, IOSR, ISSN: 2319-2380, ISBN: 2319-2372. 1(5), PP 48-56.

Mesele Gemu, Temesgen Addis, Ngangbam, A. K. and Guy Blomme., 2010. Effect of Wood Ash, Tagetus Minuta extract and Hot water treatment of Enset Sucker for the control of Enset Root Mealybug (Cataenococcus Ensete). Indian J. Agric. Res., 44 (4): 300 - 305.

K. Pau Biak Lun, Ngangbam, A. K. and N Basavaraja., 2009. Status of aquaculture and fisheries in Manipur. Fishing Chimes, 29(1):102-104.