Dr. Saranya Kanukollu

(Senior scientist – Neuome Technologies (P) Ltd., Ph.D- University of Oldenburg Germany, Post-Doctoral Researcher at Zalf, Muncheberg, Germany)

Microbial molecular biologist continuously looking for opportunities to integrate the gained research experiences in an innovative place.

Coming from a background of microbial molecular ecology and biotechnology with cutting edge technologies in genomics and advanced bioinformatics analysis.

Advanced analytical instrumentation knowledge such as SIFT-MS, PTR-MS


Conferences (posters & presentations)

EGU General Assembly 2022 (May 23-24, Vienna): Rhizosphere of grassland plants: A hot spot of methanol consumption driven by unusual methylotrophs (Presentation)

Microbiology society organized Microbial Cycling of Volatile Organic Compounds: Biogeochemistry to Biotechnology 2022 (May 25-27, Norwich): Rhizosphere of grassland plants: A hot spot of methanol consumption driven by unusual methylotrophs (Presentation)

Gordon Research Conference (GRC) 2019 (July 14-19, Boston): Rhizosphere – A sink of methanol, driven by unusual methylotrophs as detected by MAGs & SIP (Poster)

miCROPe conference 2017 (December 04-07, Vienna): Unravelling the key players of grassland plant microbiomes behind methanol consumption (Presentation and poster)

VAAM conference 2015 (March 01-04, Marburg): Distinctive distribution of free-living, particle-associated and benthic Roseobacter Populations (Presentation)

Identification of metabolic active microbial communities in sediments by two independent RNA-based in vivo labeling techniques (Poster)’

ISME conference 2014 (August 24-29, Seoul): Specific distribution of Roseobacter populations from the water column down to the sediments of a coastal sea (Poster) VAAM conference 2013 (March 10-13, Bremen): Spatial distribution and diversity of the Roseobacter clade in temperate and permanently cold marine sediments (Poster)


PhD in Institute for chemistry and biology of marine environment (ICBM) University of Oldenburg, Germany Focus on molecular microbiology, microbial ecology and physiology 

M.Sc. Biotechnology, Focus on bioprocess engineering -Mannheim University of applied science, Germany 

B.Sc in Industrial Biotechnology, Bharath University, Chennai, India.


  • Post-doctoral research scientist: Leibniz competition 2019 funded “Volatilome of a Cereal Crop Microbiota System under Drought and Flooding (VolCorn)”
    April 2019- Sep2022
  • Scientific contributor: Admont project: long term nutrient deficiency experiment. Organizer: Prof. A. Richter, University of Vienna, ter:labs
  • Post-doctoral scientist: “Microbial methanol consumption in grassland” Institute for Landscape Biogeochemistry Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) e.V.
    June 2016- March 2019
  • Research assistant: “Molecular characterization of roseobacters from North Sea”, ICBM, Oldenburg
    Feb 2012- March 2012
  • Student assistant: Mannheim University of applied science, Germany
    Aug 2010- June 2011


  1. Saranya Kanukollu, Sonja Wende and Steffen Kolb (2022) Deciphering Plant and Microbiome Volatilomes by Holo-Omics (Under revision in Trends in Microbiology)
  2. Saranya Kanukollu, Rainer Remus, Caroline B. Tschiskale, Mathias Hoffmann and Steffen Kolb (2021) “Microbial methanol sink of a grass and a forb species from a temperate grassland (Environmental Microbiome Journal)
  3. Eileen Kröber, Saranya Kanukollu, Sonja Wende, Françoise Bringel, and Steffen Kolb (2022) A Putatively New Family of Alphaproteobacterial Chloromethane Degraders from a Deciduous Forest Soil Revealed by Stable Isotope Probing and Metagenomics (Environmental Microbiome) Davide Francioli, Geeisy Cid, Saranya Kanukollu, Andreas Ulrich, Mohammad-Reza Hajirezaei and Steffen Kolb (2021) “Flooding Causes Dramatic Compositional Shifts and Depletion of Putative Beneficial Bacteria on the Spring Wheat Microbiota” (Frontiers in microbiology)
  4. Eileen Kröber, Sonja Wende, Saranya Kanukollu, Caroline B. Tschiskale, Ludovic Besaury, Frank Keppler, Stéphane Vuilleumier, Steffen Kolb, Françoise Bringel (2021) 13C-chloromethane incubations provide evidence for novel bacterial chloromethane degraders in a living tree fern (AEM) S
  5. Aranya Kanukollu, Bernd Wemheuer, Janina Herber, Sara Billerbeck, Judith Lucas, Rolf Daniel, Meinhard Simon, Heribert Cypionka, Bert Engelen (2015). “Distinct compositions of free-living, particle-associated and benthic communities of the Roseobacter group in the North Sea” (FEMS Microbiology Ecology)
  6. Saranya Kanukollu, Sonja Voget, Marion Pohlner, Verona Vandieken, Jörn Petersen, Nikos C. Kyrpides, Tanja Woyke, Nicole Shapiro, Markus Göker, Hans-Peter Klenk, Heribert Cypionka, Bert Engelen (2015). “Genome sequence of Shimia sp. SK013, a representative of the Roseobacter group isolated from marine sediment” (Standards in Genomic Science, SIGS