Ajit Kumar Ngangbam

Bachelor of Fisheries Science (1st class)
Master of Fisheries Microbiology (1st class)
European Master of Science in Nematology (Distinction)
PhD candidate

Research Summary

Ajit Kumar Ngangbam 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. Recently, he was awarded an APA and IPRS for his PhD research. His PhD research project is to study the "Putative role of bacterial symbionts in the biosynthetic origin of Tyrian purple in Dicathais orbita, a Muricidae mollusc". His project aims 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 involves a combination of marine microbiology, genomics and bioinformatics work. His research interest areas are microbiology and biotechnology.

Principal Supervisor: Dr Kirsten Benkendorff
Co-supervisors: Dr Stephen Whalan, Dr Daniel Waters and Dr Abdul Baten.


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


Nongmaithem Bijaya Lakshmi Devi, Ngangbam Ajit Kumar 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 Ajit Kumar 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, Ajit Kumar Ngangbam 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, Ajit Kumar, N Basavaraja., 2009. Status of aquaculture and fisheries in Manipur. Fishing Chimes, 29(1):102-104.

Master Thesis

Isolation of Salmonella bacteriophages from natural environment, Ngangbam Ajit Kumar, Karnataka Veterinary and Animal Fisheries Science University, India, 2007, Total Page 86.

Cloning and analysis of putative plant cell wall degrading enzymes from the rice nematode Meloidogyne graminicola, Ngangbam Ajit Kumar, Ghent University, Belgium, 2011, Total Page 37.

International Conference and Poster Presentations

Cost Meeting, Molecular, May, 2010 Lisbon, Portugal.

Crop protection symposium, May, 2011, Ghent University, Belgium.

Bacterial communities associated with biosynthetic organs of the marine mollusc Dicathais orbita. Authors: Ngangbam, Ajit, Daniel Waters, Steve Whalan, Kirsten Benkendorff, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW 2480- Poster presented in International Marine Biotechnology Conference, 2013.

Preliminary genome sequencing, denovo assembly and annotation of the Neogastropoda Dicathais orbita. Authors: Baten, Abdul, Ajit Ngangbam, Kirsten Benkendorff. Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW 2480- Poster presented in International Marine Biotechnology Conference, 2013.