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Name: Dr. S. Vasanthi M.Sc. PhD. Food Science and Nutrition
Scientist  ‘E'  Food and Drug Toxicology Research Centre
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Phone: +91-40-27197280 09849865053
E-mail: vasanthi.siruguri@gmail.com ; vasanthigm@yahoo.com
 

Brief Profile:

Joined the National Institute of Nutrition of the Indian Council of Medical Research permanent services in 1992. Have been working in the Food and Drug Toxicology Research Centre of the Institute since 1987. Awarded PhD in Food Science and Nutrition in 1993 by the SNDT Womens’ University Mumbai for work on Dietary Intake of Aflatoxin and risk assessment. Area of research includes Risk analysis of Mycotoxins, safety assessment of GM foods and development of analytical methods and protocols for their detection, evolving prevention strategies for mould and mycotoxin contamination. Currently engaged in carrying out assessment of allergenicity of novel proteins in GM foods for pre-market approval of GM crops in India.
International training obtained on safety assessment and detection of GM foods, in vitro toxicology methods for determining mechanism of toxicity of mycotoxins, risk analysis of food contaminants for WTO-SPS Measures.

Resource person for national & international training programmes/ workshops on mycotoxins and safety assessment of GM foods. Awards and nominations received include DBT Biotechnology Overseas Associateship, USDA Borlaug Fellowship in Agricultural biotechnology and food safety, Joint FAO/WHO JECFA Expert for 2007-2011 and DBT nominee as member of IBSC committees.

 

 

List of publications:
Original contributions:

  1. Sashidhar, R.B., Bhat, R.V. and Vasanthi, S. 1989 Rapid detection of aflatoxin by pressure minicolumn technique: A collaborative trial. Current Science 58: 882-885.
  2. Ramakrishna, Y., Bhat, R.V. and Vasanthi, S. 1990. Natural occurrence of mycotoxins in staple foods in India. J. Agri. Food Chem. 38: 1857-1859.
  3. Schneider, A., Schmalix, W.A., Vasanthi Siruguri, de Groene, E., Horbach, J., Kleingeist, B., Lang, D., Bocker, R., Belloc, C., Beaune, P., Greim, H. and Doehmer, J. 1996. Stable expression of human cytochrome P450 3A4 in conjunction with human NADPH-Cytochrome P450 oxidoreductase in V79 Chinese Hamster cells. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics 332: 295-304.
  4. Bhat, R.V., Vasanthi, S., Sashidhar Rao, B., Nageswara Rao, R., Sudershan Rao, V., Nagaraja, K.V., Girija Bai, R., Krishna Prasad, C.A., Vanchinathan, S., Roy, R., Saha, S., Mukherjee, A., Ghosh, P.K., Toteja, G.S. and Saxena, B.N. 1996. Aflatoxin B1 contamination in groundnut samples collected from different geographical regions of India : a multicentric study. Food Additives and Contaminants 13: 325-331.
  5. Bhat, R.V., Vasanthi, S., Sashidhar Rao, B., Nageswara Rao, R., Sudershan Rao, V., Nagaraja, K.V., Girija Bai, R., Krishna Prasad, C.A., Vanchinathan, S., Roy, R., Saha, S., Mukherjee, A., Ghosh, P.K., Toteja, G.S. and Saxena, B.N. 1997. Aflatoxin B1 contamination in maize samples collected from different geographical regions of India---a multicentric study. Food Additives and Contaminants 14: 151-156.
  6. Vasanthi, S., Bhat, R.V. and Subbulakshmi, G. 1997. Aflatoxin intake from maize-based diets in a rural population in Southern India. J. Science of Food and Agriculture 73: 226-230.
  7. Vasanthi, S. and Bhat, R.V. 1998. Mycotoxins in foods---occurrence, health and economic significance and food control measures. Indian J. Medical Research 108: 212-224.
  1. Singotamu, L., Vasanthi, S. and Madhavendra, S.S. 1999. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) studies on selected oilseeds of sesame (til), mustard, sunflower, groundnut, castor, cotton, coconut and oil palm. Scanning---The Journal of Microscopy 21 : 168.
  1. Vasanthi S. and Ramesh V Bhat 2002 Evaluation of genetically modified foods for food safety. Research Reach. Journal of Home Science : 1 : 1-11.
  2. Ramesh V Bhat and S.Vasanthi 2003. Mycotoxin food safety risk in developing countries. International Food Policy Research Institute, Focus 10 Vision 2020 Food Safety in food security and food trade. Brief 3. Also in http://www.ifpri.org/2020/focus/focus10.htm
  3. Vasanthi, S., Sesikeran, B. and Bhat, R.V.2004. Starlink corn and allergenicity in an individual. J. Allergy Clin. Immun: 113:1003-1004.
  4. Bhat RV and Vasanthi S.2005 Natural occurrence of ochratoxins in Indian coffee. The Indian J.Nutr.Dietet. : 42:106-113.
  5. Sesikeran B and Vasanthi Siruguri 2007 Constantly evolving safety assessment protocols for GM foods. Asia Pacific J.Clin.Nutrition 17 (S1): 241-244.
  6. A.L. Khandare, V. Siruguri, A. Rao, K. Venkaiah, G. Reddy and G.S. Rao. 2008. Diet and Nutrition Status of Children in Four Tribal Blocks of Thane District of Maharashtra, India (Nutrition Status of Children). Pakistan Journal of Nutrition 7(3): 485-488. 
  7. Siruguri,V., Ganguly, C and Bhat, RV. 2009 Utilization of mouldy sorghum and Cassia tora through fermentation for feed purposes. African Journal of Biotechnology Vol.8 (22): 6349-6354.

Newsletters/Popular articles:
  1. Vasanthi, S. and Bhat, R.V. 1990.   Aflatoxins in stored rice. International Rice Research Newsletter 15:39-40. 
  2. Vasanthi, S. and Ramesh V. Bhat. 1997.Moulds and mycotoxins in our    food. Nutrition 31:3-11.
  3. Bhat, R.V. and Vasanthi, S. 1998. Mould damaged coffee, its implication on human health and prevention through HACCP system. Indian Coffee 62: 3-4.
  4. Bhat, R.V. and Vasanthi, S. 1999. Occurrence of aflatoxin and its economic impact on human nutrition and animal feed. Agriculture et Développement :23 : 50-55.
  1. Vasanthi, S., Srinanda, I. and Bhat, R.V. 2000. Coffee availability in urban slums in Hyderabad. Indian Coffee 64: 12-13.
  1. Vasanthi S. and Ramesh V Bhat 2000. Ochratoxins in Indian Coffee and its implication to international trade.   Nutrition News 10
  2. Bhat RV and Vasanthi S. 2000. Meeting International trade requirements of agricultural produce by a quality evaluation approach. Indian Food Industry 19: 135-138.
  3. Vasanthi S. and Bhat RV. 2000. Improvement of quality of coffee. The Coffee and Cocoa International 27: 26-27.
  4. Krishnaswamy,K. and S.Vasanthi 2001. Genetically modified foods in the  Indian context. Nutrition Foundation of India (NFI) Bulletin. 22: 5-8
  5. Ramesh V Bhat and Vasanthi S. 2002 Golden rice not a miracle formula to eradicate malnutrition. The Hindu 17 December 2002.
  6. Ramesh V Bhat and S.Vasanthi 2003. GM potato and malnutrition. The Hindu 24 July 2003.
  7. Vasanthi Siruguri 2008. Development of methodologies for evaluating allergenicity potential of genetically modified (GM) foods. South Asia Biosafety Programme (SABP). Volume 4 No.8.
  8. Ramesh V Bhat and S Vasanthi. 2008.  Antiquity of the cultivation and use of brinjal in India. Asian Agri-History Vol. 12, No. 3, 2008 (169–178)

Book chapters:

  1. Methods for analysis of mycotoxins other than aflatoxins---a manualVasanthi, S., Shetty, H.P.K., Sudarshan Rao, V. and Bhat, R.V.      Mycotoxins Research Group, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, 1994.
  2. Contributed to the Dietary Guidelines for Indians---A Manual. National    Institute of Nutrition, ICMR, Hyderabad, 1998.
  3. S.Vasanthi and Ramesh V Bhat 2005 Risk assessment of genetically modified foods in the Indian context. In Biotechnological Interventions for Dryland Agriculture, Opportunities and Constraints. Eds. Reddy, PG and Janaki Krishna, PS. Biotechnology Unit,Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad. BS Publications, Hyderabad.
  4. Vasanthi S. 2007. Risk assessment of genetically modified foods. in Cartagena protocol on Biosafety. Decisions to diagnostics. Edited by Randhawa et al. NBPGR, ICAR, New Delhi.pp154-160.
  5. Vasanthi S. 2007. Chapter 25. Simple methods of aflatoxin detection. In moulds and mycotoxins in poultry diseases. Editor Mohiuddin SM. Lucknow International Book.
  6. V.Sudershan Rao, S.Vasanthi, B.Sesikeran 2009. Standards of food safety in Text book of Human Nutrition. Bamji M.S., Krishnaswamy K. and Brahmam G.N.V. Eds. Oxford & IBH Publishinmg Co. Pvt.Ltd. New Delhi

Special Documents on GM Foods prepared for Ministry of Health, GOI/ ICMR/NIN:


  1. Testing of GM foods (Ramesh V Bhat and S.Vasanthi 2000) and Research Needs for detection of GM foods in India viv a vis risk (Ramesh V Bhat and S.Vasanthi 2000). For the Working Group on genetically modified foods, Ministry of Health, GOI 2000.
  2. Protocols for safety testing of GM foods (S.Vasanthi and Ramesh V Bhat 2001). For the Expert Committee on GM foods constituted by DG, ICMR 2001, Sub-Committee on safety issues and testing of GM foods and Sub-Committee on Labelling issues, Ministry of Health, GOI.
  3. Scenario of labeling in different countries and recommendations for   Labeling of GM foods in India (S.Vasanthi and Ramesh V Bhat 2001). For the Expert Committee on GM foods constituted by DG, ICMR 2001, Sub-Committee on safety issues and testing of GM foods and Sub-Committee on Labelling issues, Ministry of Health, GOI
  4. Capability and capacity building for assessment and detection of genetically modified foods: Proposal for creation of a National Centre for studies on genetically modified foods at National Institute of Nutrition, ICMR, Hyderabad (Ramesh V Bhat and S.Vasanthi 2001).
  5. Guidelines for the conduct of safety assessment and testing of GM foods (Ramesh V Bhat and S.Vasanthi 2002).
  6. Contributed to ICMR Policy document Regulatory regimen for genetically modified foods: The way ahead. 2004 (Dr.Rakesh Mittal DDG ICMR, Dr.Ramesh V Bhat and S.Vasanthi)

Conference proceedings:

  1. Bhat, R.V. and Vasanthi, S. 1999. Mycotoxin contamination of foods and feeds---overview, occurrence and economic impact on food availability, trade, exposure of farm animals and related economic losses. Third Joint FAO/WHO/UNEP International Conference on Mycotoxins, Tunis, Tunisia, 3-6 March1999.http.www.fao.org/waicent/faoinfo/economic/esn/mycoto/mycoto.htm.
  2. Bhat, R.V., Shetty, H.P.K. and Vasanthi, S. 2000. Human and animal health significance of mycotoxins in sorghum with special reference to fumonisins. Pages 107-115 In Technical and Institutional options for sorghum grain mould management. Proceedings of an International Consultation, 18-19 May 2000, ICRISAT Patancheru, India. Edited by Chandrashekar, A., Bandyopadhyay, R. and Hall, A.J. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics.
  3. Bhat, RV & Vasanthi, S. 2001  Genetically modified foods – National &   international legal requirements. Procs. Nutrition Society of India. 49:63- 69.
  4. Sudershan RV, Vasanthi S and Bhat RV 2003. Utilization of fermented moldy sorghum as cattle feed. In Proceedings of Expert Committee Meeting on alternative uses of sorghum and pearl millet in Asia. ICRISAT 1-4 July 2003.
  5. Bhat R V and Vasanthi S. 2005 Food safety assessment issues of transgenic rice in the Indian Context. In Biosafety of transgenic rice. Edited by Chopra, VL, Shantaram,S. and Sharma, RP. National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi. pp 65-74.

Abstracts in conferences:

  1. Schneider, A., Vasanthi, S., Schmalix, W.A., Greim, H. and Doehmer, J 1996. Coexpression of human cytochrome P450 3A4 and human NADPH-Cytochrome P450 oxidoreductase in V79 Chinese Hamster cells. Abstract in Naunyn-Schmeidebergs’ Archives of Pharmacology. Supplement to volume 353 No.4 Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Experimentelle und Klinische Pharmakologie und Toxikologie. Abstracts of the 37th Spring Meeting 12-14 March 1996 Mainz, Germany.
  2. Goodman, R.E., Siruguri, V., Slamet-Loedin, I.H., Chadha-Mohanty, P., Barry, G.F. Transgenic proteins in high beta-carotene genetically modified Golden Rice 2 shows no significant similarity to any allergen using bioinformatics analyses recommended for food safety. (Abstract presented by Goodman RE. at the World Allergy Conference (WAO) December 6 - 10, 2009; Buenos Aires, Argentina Abstract # 0794).
  3. Goodman RE, Ofori-Anti AO, Moore A, Mari A, Vieths S, Vogel L, Foetisch K, Taylor SL, Singh AB, Siruguri V, Higgins TJ, Pramod SN. 2009.Would Insect Resistant Transgenic     Legumes Expressing α-Amylase Inhibitor from Phaseolus vulgaris Present a Risk of Food Allergy to Legume Allergic Individuals?  Poster Presented by Goodman RE. at the XXVIII Congress of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Warsaw June 6-10 2009.

Presentations in conferences/workshops/Meetings:

  1. Vasanthi S. 2000. HACCP Case Study: Primary agricultural commodities, Coffee. Training programme on Up-gradation of quality of processed foods through HACCP. Organized by Association of Food Scientists and Technologista India and NIN Hyderabad April 2000.
  2. Vasanthi S and Ramesh V Bhat.2000. Genetically modified foods and their biosafety. Symposium on Child Health and Nutrition MS University Baroda. 21-23 December 2000.
  3. Vasanthi S and Ramesh V Bhat 2000. Utilization aspects of molded sorghum grain at household level. Consultative Group Meeting on Technical and Institutional Options for sorghumgrain mold management. 18-19 May 2000 ICRISAT Patancheru Hyderabad.
  4. Vasanthi S and Ramesh V Bhat. 2001. Regulatory issues concerned with GM foods: Need for development of infrastructure for detection. DBT Brain storming session on Development of analytical methods for testing of GM foods and products derived therefrom. CDFD, Hyderabad 28 May 2001.
  5. Vasanthi S.2002 Use of Modern biotechnology for production of foods, feeds and drugs. Meeting on Biotechnology with special emphasis on genetically modified foods at the ICMR, New Delhi 2002.
  6. Vasanthi S. and Ramesh V Bhat. 2002. Risk assessment of GM foods in the Indian context. International workshop on Biotechnological Interventions for dryland Agriculture. Opportunities and constraints. Organized by the Andhra Pradesh Netherlands Biotechnology Programme, Biotechnology Unit Institute for Public Enterprise Hyderabad India 18-20 July 2002.
  7. Vasanthi S and Ramesh V Bhat.2003. Requirements for safety assessment and work on testing of GM foods in India. IX Asian Congress of Nutrition. February 23-27, 2003 New Delhi (Abstract No.OFC2-18)
  8. Vasanthi S.2003 Regulation of GMOs: Issues to be addressed in developing countries. FAO Electronic forum on Biotechnology in food and agriculture: regulating GMOs in developing and transition countries. April to May 2003. Available on http://www.fao.org/biotech/C9doc.htm.
  1. Vasanthi S. Risk assessment of GM foods in the Indian context. Workshop on Pre-market Biosafety and Risk assessment of GM crops and GM-derived products, sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India during 13-17 November 2006 at ICGEB, New Delhi.
  2. S.Vasanthi & B.Sesikeran. Genetically modified foods- its utility and safety XXXIX Annual Convention of the Indian Dietetic Association.Pune 2007.
  1. Vasanthi S. Comparative analysis of existing guidelines for safety assessment of GM crops/foods. RCGM sub-committee meeting to finalize the protocols on toxicity and allergenicity studies on new transgenic crops. NIN, Hyderabad August 2007.
  1. S.Vasanthi & B.Sesikeran Biosafety issues in rDNA technology for food crops. National Conference on Biodiversity, Bioresources and biotechnology from 18-20th January 2008 at Loyola College Chennai.
  2. Vasanthi S. Experiences and lessons learned during the 2008 Borlaug Fellowships related to GM food safety assessment. Symposium on “GM food safety assessment in India: Taking stock and planning for the future. ICMR and BCIL sponsored, NIN Hyderabad July 2008
  3. Vasanthi Siruguri. In Vitro pepsin digestibility assay for assessment of allergenicity potential of novel food proteins: Proposed Protocol for novel proteins introduced into GM foods. Brain Storming Session on “Harmonization of Allergenicity Assessment Protocols for Conventional and Novel Foods & Food Products.DBT-USDA Borlaug Fellows programme 20-21 August 2009 NIN, Hyderabad.
  4. Vasanthi Siruguri. Bioinformatics draft protocol and demonstration: Overall FASTA / BLAST, defaults, scoring for structural similarity and identity scoring for potential cross reactivity: Golden rice as example. Brain Storming Session on “Harmonization of Allergenicity Assessment Protocols for Conventional and Novel Foods & Food Products.DBT-USDA Borlaug Fellows programme 20-21 August 2009 NIN, Hyderabad.
  5. S.Vasanthi & B.Sesikeran. Assessment of allergenicity of transgenic foods including bioinformatics approaches. National Seminar on Genetically modified crops: Status, issues and awareness January 20-21 2009, School of Life Sciences, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon.
  6. Vasanthi S. Food safety – Chemical risk assessment. ANGRAU-Tuskegee University Alabama Workshop cum Training programme on “ Sanitary & Phytosanitary Measures & Risk Analysis to promote Agricultural Trade in India”. July 2009, ANGRAU Hyderabad
  7. Vasanthi S and Sesikeran B Biosafety issues in rDNA technology for food crops. 6th Indo-Australian Biotechnology Conference on Nutrition and Life Course Evolution of Non-communicable diseases 2-4 September 2009, IICT Hyderabad.

Presentations as resource person:

  1. Vasanthi S. Risk assessment of GM foods. Training Programme on Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: Decisions to Diagnostics, sponsored by the Global Environment Facility World Bank Capacity Building Project and Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India 23-30 November 2006.
  2. Vasanthi S. Food borne diseases DGHS-NIN Training programme on Food safety for Capacity Building 30 November 2004, 2005, 2006.
  3. Vasanthi S. Mycotoxins in the  food chain- effects on human and animal health. Training on advanced disease diagnostic techniques to veterinary Assistant surgeons/directors of Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratories. August2009
  4. Vasanthi S.Food safety: A public health priority. Training in Railway accounts and finance Indian Railways under Health management and understanding nutritional values. July 2009

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