Areas of Research Interest: My research interest is focused on microbial safety of food products and control of biofilms in food processing environments which includes various aspects of Food Microbiology, Food safety, Dairy technology and Foodborne Diseases etc.
No. of Ph.D. students: (a) Supervised: Nil (b) Ongoing: Nil.
Best outgoing student award (2007) at P.G. level (Bangalore University).
Merit-cum-means Scholarship by Steel Authority of India Limited, from 2001-2005 (For standing among 1st ten in 12th Board examination in Bokaro Steel city).
Teaching experience:8 years 5 month
Lecturer in Dept of Microbiology, at Oxford Institutions of Science, Bangalore (2007- May, 2009).
Assistant Professor in Dept of Microbiology, University of North Bengal (Sept 2009- till date).
Research experience: 7 years
Selective List of Publications:
Kumari, S. and Sarkar, P.K. (2016) Bacillus cereus hazard and control in industrial dairy processing environment: Review. Food Control (accepted, Impact factor: 2.8)
Sharma, A., Kumari, S., Wongputtisin, P., Nout, M.J.R. and Sarkar, P.K. (2015) Optimization of soybean processing into kinema, a Bacillus-fermented alkaline food, with respect to a minimum level of antinutrients. Journal of Applied Microbiology 119: 162-176 (Impact factor: 2.47)
Kumari, S. and Sarkar, P.K. (2014) Prevalence and characterization of Bacillus cereus group from various marketed dairy products in India. Dairy Science and Technology 94: 483-497 (Impact factor: 1.08)
Kumari, S. and Sarkar, P.K. (2014) In vitro model study for biofilm formation by Bacillus cereus in dairy chilling tanks and optimization of clean-in-place (CIP) regimes using response surface methodology. Food Control 38: 153-158 (Impact factor: 2.8)
K.V. Sekar, Kumari, S., A. Nagasathya, S. Palanivel, and Subramanyam N (2010) Effective biosurfactants production by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and its efficacy on different oils. Journal of advanced laboratory research in biology 1:41-45.