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Shivanthi Anandan, Phi

Shivanthi Anandan, PhD

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Office: PISB 320
Phone: 215.895.2631
Lab Location: PISB 401 M1
Lab Phone: 215.895.6892


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

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

I am interested in how photosynthetic organisms perceive and respond to environmental signals, particularly light. In addition, we are interested in how cell adhesion molecules and events result in the formation of filaments in filamentous cyanobacteria. Current projects in the lab are:

  • Elucidating the psbDII high-light signal transduction pathway in Synechococcus elongatus PCC7942.
  • Deciphering the function of putative eukaryotic-type extra-cellular matrix protein genes in cyanobacteria.
  • Using cyanobacteria in the design of in-home hydroponic systems.

Selected Publications:

  • S. Anandan, M. Nalty, D. Cogdell and S.S. Golden (1996). Identification of two classes of transcriptional activator genes in the cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7942. Archives of Microbiology 166: 58-63.
  • S. Anandan and S.S. Golden (1997). Cis-acting sequences required for light-responsive expression of the psbDII gene in Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7942. J. Bacteriol. 179: 6865-6870.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Simara Price and Shivanthi Anandan (2013). Characterization of a novel collagen-like protein TrpA in Trichodesmium erythraeum. J. Phycol. 49: 758-764.
  • Jacob Russell, Yi Hu, Linh Chau*, Margarita Pauliushchyk*, Ioannis Anastopoulos*, Shivanthi Anandan and Michael S. Waring (2014). Indoor biofilter growth and exposure to airborne chemicals similarly alter bacterial communities from plant roots. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 80: 4805-4813.
  • Simara Price, Siobhan Toal and Shivanthi Anandan (2014). The TrpA protein in Trichodesmium erythraeum IMS101 is a non-fibril forming collagen and a component of the outer sheath. Microbiology. 160: 2148-2156.
  • The novel design research lab experience: teaching and trans-disciplinary mentorship for 21st-century science, engineering and design students. Diana Nicholas and Shivanthi Anandan. Proceedings of International Technology, Education and Development conference; pp. 9467-9473. 2017, Valencia, Spain.
  • Mind as a Thing: REDO-ing the iterative in design education. 2017. Diana Nicholas, Elise Krespan and Shivanthi Anandan. Proceedings of the REDO Cumulus conference: pp. 97-106. Kolding, Denmark.
  • Urban biophilic environments-a novel lexicon for trans-disciplinary practice. D.S. Nicholas, Rita Truongcao, William Char* and Shivanthi Anandan. 2017. In Architectural Research Addressing Societal Challenges. Manuel Couceiro da Costa, Filipa Roseta, Joana Pestana Lages and Susana Couceiro da Costa, editors. Vol. 1. p495-500. CRC Press.

    *undergraduate author