Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Dr. Sivakumar Ganapathy

Research Assistant Professor


  • Postdoctoral 2004-2007 Bioprocess Engineering, ENEA, Rome, Italy
  • Postdoctoral 2003-2004 Bioprocess, Chungbuk National University, South Korea
  • Postdoctoral 2001-2003 Biomolecular Chemistry, Calabria University, Italy
  • PhD in 2001; MS in 1996 and a BS in 1994

Teaching Specialties

  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Applied Modern Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biosciences
  • Food Chemistry 

Research Interests

  • Colchicine Bioprocess and Metabolic Engineering
  • Colchicine Metabolism and Biosynthesis
  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Anticancer Drugs Development
  • Natural Products Medicinal Chemistry
  • Metabolomics and Transcriptomics
  • Industrial-scale bioreactor: Rhizome and Root Culture


  • American Society of Pharmacognosy
  • Phytochemical Society of North America
  • International Association for Plant Biotechnology
  • International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology

Published Articles

Sivakumar G (2013). Colchicine semisynthetics: Chemotherapeutics for cancer? Current Medicinal Chemistry, 20: 892-898.


Dr. Sivakumar joined the Arkansas State University faculty in 2007. He is internationally recognized in the field of bioprocessing of colchicine and a pioneer in industrial-scale bioreactor for pharmaceuticals production. He has over 40 publications. He is also on the editorial board of several journals. He serves as an expert of grant proposals as well as numerous scientific journals. Sivakumar’s lab focuses on metabolic engineering of colchicine pathway and developing new anticancer molecules.

His lab also is the first one in the world to establish an advanced bioreactor technology to produce Gloriosa-based pharmaceutical colchicine.   

Learn more about Dr. Ganapathy here.

Sivakumar Ganapathy

Contact Information

P: (870)-680-4809


Building: Arkansas Biosciences Institute
Room: 302