Rao, KK

Dr. K. Krishnamurthy Rao


E-mail: kkr [at] iitb.ac.in
Prof. K. Krishnamurthy Rao was faculty in Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering Department from September 1988 to August 2018.

Research Interest

Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Protein Biochemistry, Mammalian Cell Culture

Academic Background

  • B.Sc. Chemistry & Microbiology : 1972 Bombay University India
  • M.Sc. Biochemistry : 1974 Bombay University India
  • BARC Training School : 1975 Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Trombay, India
  • Ph.D. : 1981 Tata Institute of Fundamental Research,Bombay, India
Awards and Prizes won:
  • Dr. Sadgurunath Warawdekar Prize in B.Sc.
  • Dhabolkar Prize for second rank in B.Sc.
  • Govt. of India National Talent Scholarship
  • Gold medal for first rank in M.Sc.
  • Prize for first rank in BARC Training School


Genetic Engineering

Professional Experience

  • University of Minnesota, Medical School : 1979-1980
    Research Scientist
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre : 1980-1982
    Designation : Research Associate
  • National Institutes of Health, USA : 1982-1987
    Designation : Visiting Associate
  • Orkay Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd. Bombay : 1987-1988
    Designation : R&D Manager
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay : 1988-2018
    Designation : Faculty


  • Prashant Kodgire and K. Krishnamurthy Rao. A dual mode of regulation of flgM by ScoC in Bacillus subtilis. Canadian J. Microbiol (2009) 55: 983-989
  • Monica Gupta and K.Krishnamurthy Rao. Epr plays a key role in DegU mediated swarming motility of Bacillus subtilis. FEMS Microbiology Letters (2009) 295: 187-194.
  • Prashant Kodgire and K. Krishnamurthy Rao. hag expression in Bacillus subtilis is both negatively and positively regulated by ScoC. Microbiology (2009) 155: 142-149.
  • Prashant Kodgire, Madhulika Dixit and K.Krishnamurthy Rao. ScoC and SinR Negatively Regulate epr by Corepression in Bacillus subtilis. J.Bacteriol (2006) 188: 6425-6428.
  • Charuta S. Murudkar, Prashant Kodgire and K. Krishnamurthy Rao. The carboxy terminal domain of Epr, a minor extracellular serine protease, is essential for the swarming motility of Bacillus subtilis 168. FEMS Microbiology Letters (2006), 257, 24-31
  • Susmita Sahooa, K. Krishnamurthy Raob, and G. K. Suraishkumara,b1 Reactive Oxygen Species Induced by Shear Stress Mediate Cell Death in Bacillus subtilis. Biotechnology and Bioengineering (2006), 94, 118-127.
  • Nipen Chanda, Debamita Paul, Sanjib Kar, Shaikh M. Mobin, Anindya Datta, Vedavati G. Puranik, K. Krishnamurthy Rao, and Goutam Kumar Lahiri (2005) Effect of 2-(2-Pyridyl)azole-Based Ancillary ligands (L1-4 ) on the Electrophilicity of   the Nitrosyl Function in [RuII(trpy)(L1-4)(NO)] 3+ [trpy = 2,2’:6’, 2” – Terpyridine]. Synthesis, structures, and spectroscopic, electrochemical, and kinetic aspects”, Inorganic Chemistry.