Svetlana V. Kotelnikova PhD

Svetlana V. Kotelnikova

Associate Professor of Microbiology
Department of Microbiology

Email: skotelnikova@sgu.edu 
Web: www.sgu.edu 
Tele: (473) 444-4357 ext. 2465
Fax: (473) 439-1845



Areas of Interest

Antibiotic resistance of virulent bacteria isolated in Grenada, Antibiotic resistance and Stress response, Molecular based identification of pathogens from marine animals, biofilms or water column, Culturing of marine Archaea from the deep water column, Re-isolation and Characterization of a new iron-oxidizing bacterium (“Gallionella”), Biological diversity of microbial community of freshwater warm springs, Anti-biofilm-forming and antimicrobial substances of biological origin, Waterborne pathogens and indicators.


University of Newcastle, Newcastle, UK, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden; University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, US; Southern Arkansas University, Arkansas, US; University of West Indies, Barbados, West Indies; Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganisms, Pushchino, Russia; American Society of Microbiology (USA) since 1990; Society for General Microbiology (Europe) since 1994, Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF)

Brief Bio

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Dr. Kotelnikova received her BSc in 1984 “Effect of oxygen on enzymes of energy metabolism from Methylomonas methanica” from the Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganisms, Russian Academy of Sciences. She earned a MSc in 1985 “Respiration of hydrogen-oxidizing bacteria “ from the Institute of Biophysics of Siberian Academy of Science, Russia and qualified as a Teacher of Biology and Chemistry through the Nizxniy Novgorod Universtity, Russia. In 1994 Dr. Kotelnikova received her PhD in Microbiology, “Taxonomy of Methanotrophic Archaea of GeneraMethanobacterium and Methanosarcina" from the Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganisms, Russian Academy of Sciences. Her Postdoctoral fellowship was completed in 1997, “Deep hydrogen-based biosphere” at the Göteborgs University, Microbiology, Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, Gothenburg, Sweden.

In the years 1997-2001 Dr. Ktelnikova served as a Researcher in microbiology with the Nuclear Power Waste Company (Svensk Kärnkraftavfall Bolag, SKB) in Stockholm, Sweden and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She furthered her teaching qualifications in 2001 by becoming a Teacher of Biology and Chemistry in Swedish.

Dr. Kotelnikova has international research experience as a researcher and professor in Russia, Sweden, South Africa, United Kingdom and West Indies. She is fluent in English, Swedish, Russian, and Esperanto.

Since 2004 Dr. Kotelnikova has held the positions of Associate Professor, School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine at St. George’s University, Grenada. She currently is associated with the Graduate Research Program of St George’s School of Veterinary Medicine and WINDREF in Grenada and has supervised a number of candidates, BSc (30), MSc (7), post-graduate research students (5), PhD (2), in their studies of diverse bacterial and archaeal communities in such unique environments like hot iron springs, volcano lakes, deep biofims and on coral reef animals.

Dr. Kotelnikova’s research and teaching focuses on understanding the nature of microbial species and classifying new species of disease-causing bacteria with the outcome of helping public health workers prepare for the emergence of other novel diseases in the future.

Selected Publications

J. Ashcroft; A. Qureshi; J. Rayner; S. Kotelnikova and D. Lennon. Antimicrobial peptides: a paradigm for novel chemotherapeutic agents. The 16th CAS Biennial Conference on Science and Technology Conference Proceedings, pp.1-470.: Vehicles for Sustainable Economic Development in the Caribbean: Grenada; 11-13 October, 2008, pp.211-217. 

Choong N., Vikram N., Khvostova, O., Mark S.,  Lloyd T.,  Naraine R. and S. Kotelnikova. Characterization of oxidative tracarbonic acids cycle (TCA) in the acidophilic Euarchaeum Ferroplasma acidarmanus fer1. SGU Research Day 2016

Karla Farmer-Diaz3, Javier Barranco1, Nariman Konjkavfard1, Makeda Matthew2, and Svetlana Kotelnikova1 Assessment of water quality in Woburn Clarke’s Court Bay. Marine protected area (WCCB MPA) in Grenada, West Indies - SGU Research Day 2016. Published in Research Gate on May, 2 2016 DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4790.8720

Kotelnikova, S., Establishment of pilot monitoring system. Task 5a Report: Pilot water quality assessment to provide a baseline in Worburn Clarke’s Court Bay Marine Protected Area in Grenada. Contract No. FY15-C-EC-GEF-WB-SusFin-WINDREF-WQIP, WINDREF, March, 29, 2016. 1(2): p. 1-165.

Kotelnikova, S., Executive summary and water quality improvement recommendations: Pilot water quality assessment to provide a baseline in Woburn Clarke’s Court Bay Marine Protected Area in Grenada. Contract No. FY15-C-EC-GEF-WB-SusFin-WINDREF-WQIP, WINDREF, April, 1, 2016. Pp.1-8.

Selected Projects

S Kotelnikova, R Naraine. Molecular diagnostics of marine Vibrio GSP-SRGI-05001 - 21 February 2005- May 2011http://sgugenetics.pbworks.com/w/page/32717435/Molecular-taxonomy-of-Vibrio-isolated-from-coastal-environments-of-GrenadaWINDREF 2010 Annual Report

S Kotelnikova, Kamil, Kesingh. Antibiogram of pathogens isolated by SGU Testing Unit in Grenada. GSP-SRGI-10008 - 20 March 2011 - 20 October 2011.

S Kotelnikova, V Amadi, AA Qureshi, D Jundking, D Lennon. Occurrence of Antibiotic-resistant Fecal Indicators in Coastal waters of Southern Grenada. GSP-SRGI-10004 - 20 May 2009 - 20 May 2010

S Kotelnikova. Genome annotation in microorganisms  as a part of an undergraduate curriculum.. SGU-DOE-JGI - 19 December 2009- December 2015 

S Kotelnikova. WINDREF Annual report 2010, pp 15-17