Dr. Rehan Deshmukh

Dr. Rehan Deshmukh

Assistant Professor


Dr. Rehan Deshmukh is working as an Assistant Professor at School of Biology, MIT WPU, Pune. He recieved his Ph.D. from BITS Pilani University in 2020. Dr. Rehan was awarded the ICMR Senior Research Fellowship in the year 2018 to carry out his doctotral studies. His posdoctoral work at IIT Madars involved the development of optical assay for amplification-free detection of SARS-CoV-2 uisng fiber-optic U-bent probes. Dr. Rehan spent more than six years in understanding and developing the assays for detection of bacteria and viruses, studying them in terms of finding out specific biomarkers, and DNA sequences, using novel sensing approaches. He is also serving as the reviewer for PLOS One, Natural Product Research (Springer Nature), SDRP Journal Food Science and Technology. Click on the link below to view his full profile. https://rehandeshmukh.wixsite.com/website


Ph.D. in Biotechnology, BITS Pilani University, 2020

MSc Microbiology, Pondicherry University, 2013

BSc Microbiology, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, 2010

Research Publications:

1. Deshmukh Rehan, Prusty K A, Bhand S, and Roy U (2020) A capacitive DNA sensor for sensitive detection of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in potable water: Fabrication and analytical performance. Analyst, 145:2267-2278. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/C9AN02291K.

2. Deshmukh Rehan, Bhand S, and Roy U (2020). A novel method for rapid and sensitive detection of viable Escherichia coli cells using UV-induced PMA-coupled quantitative PCR. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, 51:773–778. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s42770-019-00161-8.

3. Deshmukh Rehan, Bhand S, and Roy U. (2019) A novel molecular quantitative method for rapid and sensitive detection of Escherichia coli from roof-harvested rainwater. Analytical Methods, 11: 3155–3167. DOI: https://10.1039/c9ay00587k (cover page article of the journal’s issue).

4. Jagtap S, Deshmukh Rehan, Menon S, and Das S (2017). Xylooligosaccharides production by crude microbial enzymes from agricultural waste without prior treatment and their potential application as nutraceuticals. Bioresource Technology, 245:283-288. DOI: https://10.1016/j.biortech.2017.08.174.

5. Deshmukh Rehan, Joshi K, Bhand S, and Roy U (2016). Recent developments in detection and enumeration of waterborne bacteria: A Retrospective Minireview. MicrobiologyOpen, 5(6):901–922. DOI: https://10.1002/mbo3.383. (in top 10 most cited paper on journal’s home page).

6. Deshmukh Rehan, Jagtap S, Mandal M K, and Mandal S K (2016). Purification, biochemical characterization and structural modelling of alkali-stable β-1,4-xylan xylanohydrolase from Aspergillus fumigatus R1 isolated from soil. BMC Biotechnology, 16:11. DOI: https://10.1186/s12896-016-0242-4.

7. Deshmukh Rehan, Chalasani A G, Chattopadhyay D, and Roy, U (2021). Ultrastructural Changes of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by a Novel Cyclic Peptide ASP-1 from Bacillus subtilis: A Preliminary Insight into its Mechanism of Action. Revista Argentina de Microbiología (in press).

8. Deshmukh Rehan, Sunil Bhand, Utpal Roy (2021). BCIG-SMAC and BCIG-SMAC Medium and PMA-qPCR for Differential Detection of Viable Escherichia coli in Potable Water. Iranian Journal of Microbiology (In press).



Teaching Experience : 5 Years

Research Experience : 2 Years

Book Chapters

1. Deshmukh Rehan, Sharmili Jagtap. Bioprospecting of Extremophiles for Industrial Enzymes. Accepted book chapter. (2021) Elsevier (Accepted)
2. Sharmili Jagtap, Deshmukh Rehan. Microbial Bioprospecting for nutraceuticals and value-added compounds. Accepted book chapter. (2021) Elsevier (Accepted)
3. Rehan Deshmukh, Utpal Roy. Molecular Diagnostic Platforms for Specific Detection of Escherichia coli. (2021). IntechOpen (Accepted).

Patents Published

1. Deshmukh Rehan, Bhand S, and Roy U. A method for rapid isolation of nucleic acid from Gram-negative bacteria. Indian patent application number 201821027800 published on 31/01/2020. (Under revision)
2. Deshmukh Rehan, Bhand S, and Roy U. Polynucleotide sequence for the detection of Escherichia coli. Indian patent application number 202011046287 filed on 19/04/2021.

Research Interests

Electrochemical and optical biosensor development for amplification-free detection of bacteria and viruses; Novel approaches for surface functionalization of sensing electrodes; Nanomaterials synthesis; Real-time PCR-based sensing of pathogens; Enzyme technology; Neutraceuticals


Enzymology, Biology for Engineers, Biotechnology Laboratory