Dr V. Dhananjayan
Designation Scientist-B
Divsion ROHC(S), Bangalore
Email dhananjayan[dot]v[at]gov[dot]in
Contact +91-80-22172500 Extn: 103

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph. D (Environmental Science)
  • M. Sc. (Environmental Science)
  • M. Sc. (Chemistry)
  • Diploma courses (Software Commercial Application, Industrial Pollution Control)
  • Certificate course on “Safety Audit” & OHSAS 18001:2007


  • Young Scientist, DST-SERB: Under Fast Tract Scheme for Young Scientist
  • Bhara Vidya Ratan Award: Selected for the award by International Business Council, New Delhi
  • Junior Research Fellow of SACON, MSRDC, UNEP & MoEF, Govt of India

Research Interest

  • Identification of biomarkers of occupational exposure and environmental health
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Assessment of persistent organic contaminants including PCBs, PAHs, Pesticides & Heavy metals


  • Number of Publications : 43

  1. Dhananjayan V, Ravichandran B, Panjakumar K, Kalaiselvi K, Kausic Rajasekar, Mala A, Avinash G, Shridhar K, Manju A, Rajesh Wilson (2019). Assessment of genotoxicity and cholinesterase activity among women workers occupationally exposed to pesticides in tea garden. Mutation Research (Accepted) (IF: 2.404) PubMed
  2. Dhananjayan V Ravichandran B, Sen S, Panjakumar K (2019). Source and health effects of nanoparticles with special reference to occupational exposure. In: Nanoarchitectonics in Biomedicine, Recent progress of nanoarchitectonics in biomedical science. (Ed.) Alex Grumezescu. Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology series (Press) Elsevier
  3. Jayakumar S, Muralidharan S, Dhananjayan V (2019). Levels of organochlorine pesticides in fresh water fishes of three bird sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu, India. Environ Sci Pollut Res, 26 (2): 1983-1993 (IF 2.583) PubMed
  4. Sen S, Narayana J, Ravichandran B, Dhananjayan V (2018). Polyaromatic hydrocarbons depositions and their carcinogenic risk assessment in the foundry workers. Aerosol Sci Eng, 2 (4):173–181
  5. Dhananjayan V, Ravichandran B (2018). Occupational health risk of farmers exposed to pesticides in agricultural activities. Current Opin Environ Sci & Health, 4: 31-37. Elsevier
  6. Manju A, Kalaiselvi K, Dhananjayan V, Palanivel M, Banupriya GS, Vidhya MH, Panjakumar K, Ravichandran B (2018). Spatio-seasonal variation in ambient air pollutants and influence of meteorological factors in Coimbatore, Southern India. Air Qual Atmos Health, 11(10): 1179–1189 (IF 2.662) PubMed
  7. Muralidharan S, Ganesan K, Nambirajan K, Kirubanandhini V, Dhananjayan V (2015). Wetland birds-indicators of pesticide contamination current and future prospects for research in India. In: ENVIS Bulletin Water birds of India”, Issue 16, Chapter 22, pp 314-323. WII, Dehradun, India.
  8. Dhananjayan V, Ravichandran B (2013). Organochlorine pesticide residues in foodstuffs, fish, wildlife and human tissues from India: historical trend and contamination status. In: Abdul Malik and Elisabeth Grohmann (eds), Environmental Deterioration and Human Health: Natural and anthropogenic determinants. Chapter 10, pp 229-262, ISBN: 978-94-007-7889-4,Dordrecht,
  9. Ravichandran B, Dhananjayan V, Somnath Sen, Mala A, Rajmohan HR (2013). Assessment of 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2’-deoxyguanosine as a marker of oxidative DNA damage in gasoline filling station attendants. Int J Occup Med Environ Health, 26 (5):780-789 (IF: 1.422) PubMed
  10. Dhananjayan V (2013). Accumulation pattern of persistent organochlorine pesticides in liver tissues of various species of birds from India. Environ Sci Pollut Res, 20(5):3149–3156 (IF 2.800) PubMed
  11. Dhananjayan V, Muralidharan S (2013). Levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, and organochlorine pesticides in various tissues of white-backed vulture in India. Biomed Res Int. 2013; 2013:190353 (IF 2.583) PubMed
  12. Dhananjayan V, Muralidharan S (2013). Accumulation pattern and distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in liver tissues of seven species of birds from Ahmedabad, India, during 2005–2007. Environ Sci Pollut Res, 20(5):3414–3422 (IF 2.800) PubMed
  13. Dhananjayan V, B. Ravichandran, N. Anitha, H R Rajmohan (2012). Assessment of acetylcholinesterase and butyrylcholinesterase activity in blood plasma of agriculture workers. Indian J Occup Environ Med, 16(3):127-130 PubMed
  14. Dhananjayan V, Muralidharan S, Vinny R. Peter (2012). Occurrence and distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in water and sediment collected along the harbour line, Mumbai, India. Int J Oceanography, 2012:1-7.
  15. Dhananjayan V, Ravichandran B, Rajmohan HR (2012). Organochlorine pesticide residues in blood samples of agriculture and sheep wool workers in Bangalore (rural), India. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol, 88(4):497-500 (IF: 1.480) PubMed
  16. Dhananjayan V (2012). Organochlorine pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls in various tissues of Waterbirds in Nalabana Bird Sanctuary, Chilika Lake, Orrisa, India. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol, 89(1):197-201 (IF: 1.480)
  17. Muralidharan S, Dhananjayan V, Jayakumar S (2012). Impact of pesticides on birds in India with special reference to threatened species. In: Threatened bird species in India. (ed.) Rahmani, BNHS, Bombay, India. Oxford University Press, Mumbai. pp 71-93, ISBN: 978-01980-85973.
  18. Dhananjayan V, Muralidharan S (2012). Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in various species of fishes from Mumbai Harbour, India and their dietary intake concentration to human. Int J Oceanography 2012:1-6.
  19. Dhananjayan V, Muralidharan S, Jayanthi P (2011). Distribution of persistent organochlorine chemical residues in blood plasma of three species of vultures from India. Environ Monitor Assess, 173(1-4):803-811 (IF:1.804) PubMed
  20. Dhananjayan V, Muralidharan S, Ranapratap S (2011). Organochlorine pesticide residues in eggs and tissues of House Sparrow, Passer domesticus, from Tamil Nadu, India. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol, 87(6):684–688 (IF: 1.480) PubMed
  21. Dhananjayan V, Muralidharan S (2010). Levels of organochlorine pesticide residues in blood plasma of various species of birds from India. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 85:129-136 (IF: 1.480) PubMed
  22. Dhananjayan V, Seshadri V, Jayakumar S, Babu S, Bhavani C, Anuradha R, Saleem S, Bhama KG (2010). Removal of COD and nitrophenol from the wastewater by benzene extraction and activated carbon method. Environ Pollut Control J, 13(6):17-20.
  23. Dhananjayan V, Muralidharan S (2010). Organochlorine pesticide residues in inland wetland fishes of Karnataka, India and their implications on human dietary intake. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol, 85(6):619-623 (IF: 1.480) PubMed
  24. Dhananjayan V, Seshadri V, Jayakumar S, Babu S, Bhavani C, Anuradha R, Saleem S, Bhama KG (2010). Removal of COD and nitrophenol from the wastewater by benzene extraction and activated carbon method. Environ Pollut Control J, 13(6):17-20.
  25. Muralidharan S, Dhananjayan V (2010). Diclofenac residues in blood plasma and tissues of vultures collected from Ahmedabad, India. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol, 85:377-380 (IF: 1.480) PubMed
  26. Smith PN, Afzal M, Al-Hasan R, Bouwman K, Castillo LE, Depledge, MH, Muralidharan S, Dhananjayan V, et al., (2010). Global perspectives on wildlife toxicology: emerging issues. In: Kendall RJ, Lacher TE, Cobb GP, Cox SB (eds.), Wildlife Toxicology: Emerging Contaminant and Biodiversity Issues. pp. 197-255. Taylor & Francis Group: CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. ISBN: 9781439817940.
  27. Muralidharan S, Dhananjayan V, Jayanthi P (2009). Organochlorine pesticides in commercial marine fishes of Coimbatore, India and their suitability for human consumption. Environ Res, 109(1):15-21 (IF:4.744) PubMed
  28. Muralidharan S, Dhananjayan V, Risebrough R, Prakash V, Jayakumar R, Bloom PH (2008). Persistent organochlorine pesticides residues in tissues and eggs of white-backed vulture, Gyps bengalensis from different locations in India. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol, 81(6):561-565 (IF: 1.480). PubMed