Gangamma S


Associate Professor

Date of Joining at NITK: 

Monday, January 19, 1998

Professional Experience: 

21 years of Professional Experience out of which 20 years at NITK.

Contact Details




Academic Background

Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay

M.Tech. in Environmental Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay

B.E. in Chemical Engineering, Bangalore University, Karnataka

Areas of Interest

Aerosol and Air Pollution, Genetic Engineering, Environmental Health, Environmental Biotechnology
Complete Profile

Significant Projects

1) Measurement and characterization of airborne biological particles (2009-2012) -DST, Govt. of India. (“Received Excellent Grade”)- Rs 12.12 lakhs
2) Measurement and Characterization of ambient bioaerosols in Bangalore city (2013-2016). DST, Govt. of India. (“Received Good Grade”)-Rs 53 lakhs
3) Ambient airborne particulate matter: Effect of biological component on lung inflammation (2014-2018). DST, Govt. of India. Rs 51 lakhs
4) Air pollution induced immune cell dysfunction: Implication in Viral infection (In collaboration with IISER, Bhopal, (2015-2018). DST, Govt. of India. Rs 54 lakhs
5) Biomass fuel burning smoke induced inflammation: Mechanism of biological pathways (2015-2018), CSIR, New Delhi, Rs 17 lakhs
6) Heavy metal removal by Melanin coated Polymer matrix (Co-PI) (2015-2018). DST, Govt. of India. Rs 38 lakhs

Supervision of Ph.D

Ongoing: 01

Significant Publications

1) Mishra, R., Pandikannan, K., Gangamma, S., Raut, A.A. and Kumar, H (2020). Particulate matter (PM10) enhances RNA virus infection through modulation of innate immune responses. Environmental Pollution,doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2020.115148 (Impact factor 5.71)

2)Gangamma S., Sampada D., Panigrahi M., Tripathi D., Prasanna L. Krishnaja S, Vishaalini Kamali R., and Veekshitha (2020) Airborne bacteria and levoglucosan in Indian biomass fuel burning houses.American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine;201: A1803 (Impact factor 16.49)

3)Gangamma S., Sampada D., Panigrahi M., Vishaalini Kamali R, and Veekshitha (2020) Air pollution and biomass fuel burning in Indian cities: Levoglucosan and Carbohydrates.American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine; 201: A1805 (Impact factor 16.49)

4) Gangamma S. and Pradhan. P. (2019) Cigarette smoking and Lung adenocarcinoma: Cell of origin based re-analysis of gene expression data. American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine;199: A1837 (Impact factor 16.49)

5) Gangamma S. (2018). Lancet commission on pollution: Action plans and human resource development in India. The Lancet; 391(10138):2414 (Impact factor: 59.01)

6) Gangamma S. (2014). Characteristics of airborne bacteria in Mumbai urban environment. Science of the Total Environment, 488-489:70 (Impact factor-5.589)

7) Gangamma S. (2013). Airborne particulate matter induced lung inflammation. Environmental Health Perspectives.120 (1): 11. (Impact factor: 8.05)

8)Gangamma S. 2012. Airborne particulate matter and innate immunity activation.Environmental Science and Technology.46(20): 10879. (Impact factor:7.149)

9)Gangamma S. (2012). Airborne particulate matter associated endotoxin and proinflammatory responses. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 130(4):1012. (Impact factor:14.11)


1) Selected for International visitor leadership program (2020) (U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program) from US embassy of India, on “Air quality and health”
2) Adjunct Faculty, Centre for Water, Food and Environment, IIT Ropar-January 2020
3) European Respiratory Society fellowship 2017, Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University, London.
4) Visiting Scientist, SDS-TRC Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases, Bangalore, 2013-2014
5) Young scientist award (Earth and atmospheric sciences), DST-SERC, Govt. of India. 2009-2012 (Awarded excellent grade from the committee).
6) Rajiv Gandhi national fellowship, Govt. of India. 2006-2011.
7) Invited as chair for Indoor air 2005, Beijing, China, 2005
8) Best Student office bearer award, IIT Bombay, 2004
9) Awarded first place in poster presentation at Envirovision-2010, IEA & IIT Bombay
10) Awarded financial support under TEQIP-II-World class University Research interaction program to attend research interaction at University of Toronto, Canada, June-July 2014
11) Awarded financial support under TEQIP-II-National Research interaction program to attend research interaction at Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi, June-July 2013
Reviewer experiences:
1) Reviewer at SERB-DST
2) Reviewer, IMPRINT- DST
3) Reviewer, NPDF-SERB
4) Reviewed journal Publications- Inhalation Toxicology, Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability


Contact us

Dr. I. Regupathi, Professor and Head
Department of Chemical Engineering, NITK, Surathkal
P. O. Srinivasnagar, Mangalore - 575 025
Karnataka, India.

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