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Krishnaja A P Papers

Identifier: MS-028

Scope and Contents

The Krishnaja papers are arranged into the following series: Correspondence

Research Personal

All the series have been arranged in chronological order. The correspondence series consists of letters to and from Krishnaja as well as letters forwarded to her. These have been divided into sub-series, 1976-1982, 1983-2004 and 2005-2011. The years map her professional journey, starting with her work at CSIR, then at BARC. The series consists of letters and emails, along with greeting cards and postcards and a telegram. There are letters between journal editors for publications, some of which are to her PhD advisor M S Rege. There are also letters with applications from Krishnaja for post-doctoral or visiting positions at various laboratories outside India, as well as recommendation letters from her advisors and her uncle P K Sukumaran. There are letters related to attending conferences, the HUMN project, as well as letters from colleagues and peers. Research contains the four sub series: - Research Publications, - Scientific Research, Writing, and Administration, Meetings and conferences and Research References. The series contains research publications from Krishnaja, along with laboratory data, writings and administrative papers. The laboratory data are mostly from her PhD work on fish cytogenetics. A set of chromosomal data from her period at KEM hospital has also been included. It also contains handwritten notes, booklets and training manuals for and from various conferences and training sessions that Krishnaja had attended. The series also contains research references, these are mostly publications from different laboratories. The personal series includes material sorted into the sub series of Hobbies & Ephemera and Biographical material. It contains collected recipes from the 1980s and poetry. Biography contains CVs from different points in her career along with lists of publications attached to the CVs.


  • Creation: 1972 - 2008

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for access unless mentioned in specific folders

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright may not have been assigned to Archives, National Centre for Biological Sciences. Permission for reproduction or distribution must be obtained in writing from the Archives at NCBS ( The Archives at NCBS makes no representation that it is the copyright owner in all of its collections. The user must obtain all necessary rights and clearances before use of material and material may only be reproduced for academic and non-commercial use.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Calicut, Kerala, in 1951, Krishnaja AP did her BSc in Zoology (with chemistry and botany subsidiaries) at Malabar Christian College, Calicut. She worked as a telegraphist in Calicut for almost two years before resuming her academic journey. She pursued an MSc in Zoology by research at the Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai (CIFE) during which period she was the recipient of the Indian Council of Agricultural Science (ICAR) Junior Fellowship. After a stint studying drosophila mutagenicity at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, she earned a PhD from the Institute of Science in 1980. She worked at the Genetic Clinic and Pediatric Research Laboratory at KEM Hospital before joining the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre’s biomedical group, where she worked from 1982 to 2008. She was part of several landmark research projects at BARC such as a cytogenetic monitoring programme on human newborns carried out from 1983-1987 to find out the incidence of constitutional chromosome anomalies, as well as the international collaboration HUman MicroNucleus Project. She also conducted an in vitro cytogenetic study in human lymphocytes exposed to quinacrine dihydrochloride (QDCL has been used as a crude chemosterilant in developing countries in recent years). This work was presented in the 13th International Chromosome Conference in Italy in 1998. Her areas of expertise range from human cytogenetics, genetic toxicology and heavy metal toxicity to environmental mutagenesis and fish cytogenetics, fluorescence in-situ hybridization, cell culture, cell lines culture, chromosome preparation and chromosome banding, molecular cytogenetics and germ cell genetics.


2 Linear Feet (4 Hollinger style archive-boxes + 2 oversize items)

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The intellectual arrangement strives to preserve provenance and original order of the papers. Where an original order could not be found, the Archives has applied an order, and folders within sub-series are arranged usually in chronological or alphabetical order. See Scope and Content section for details.

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