B.S.C., Meerut University
M.S.C., Indore University
Ph.D., Institute of Microbial Technology/Panjab University

(605) 394-1240
CBEC 2211 (campus map)
Research Expertise
  • Extremophilic Bioprocessing of Solid Wastes to Biofuels and Value-added Products (Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, and Metabolic Engineering)
  • Space Biology (Effects of mg on Extremophiles)
  • Biogas to Liquid fuels (BioGTL, Genome Editing)
  • Biocatalysis (Protein Engineering, Simulations/Modeling, and Bioinformatics)
  • Biomaterials/Biopolymers (EPSs and PHAs: Biomedical applications)

Several of Dr. Rajesh Sani’s accomplishments in research include: i) iii) PI or co-PI on over $18.39 million in funded research in the past 12 years; iv) Chair of “Biocatalysis Program” for the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology; v) A member of an International Advisory Committee for the “International Conference on Recent Advances in Bioenergy Research” India (2015 and 2017); vi) A member of “ASM-IUSSTF Indo-US Professorship Awards in Microbiology Selection Committee”; vii) Technical session chair at the annual American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology annual meetings; viii) Keynote speakers at “Beneficial Microbes” USA and “Sardar Swaran Singh National Institute of Bio-Energy” India; and ix) Panelist and reviewer for the NSF, U.S. Army Research Office, Department of Energy, U.S. Geological Survey, and Sun Grant Initiative for South Central Region

Brief Bio

Dr. Sani is a Professor in the Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Applied Biological Sciences at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota.  Over the past 12 years, he has been the PI or co-PI on over $18.39 million in funded research.  He has been awarded university level “Mines Research Award 2018” and a NSF grant ($6M) to study “Building Genome-to-Phenome Infrastructure for Regulating Methane in Deep and Extreme Environments (BuG ReMeDEE consortium)”. He is leading this consortium having 54 scientists and engineers from three different universities and 5 industries.  He has advised 8 Postdocs, 21 Graduate students, and over 70 Undergraduate students and K12 teachers.  He has one patent, five invention disclosures, and published over 70 peer-reviewed articles in high impact factor journals and have contributed in over 15 book chapters.  He has edited four books and one proceedings for Springer International Publishing AG.; Dr. Sani has been in proposal panel for the Federal Agencies i) National Science Foundation, ii) U.S. Army Research Office, iii) Department of Energy, and iv) U.S. Geological Survey.  He also serves the Industrial Microbiology profession as “Biocatalysis Program Committee Member” of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB), technical session chair at the Annual American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and SIMB, and an associate editor.



In the past fourteen years here in the US, I have taught the following Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, and Applied Biological Sciences courses (14 different courses) to undergraduate and graduate students at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD and Washington State University, Pullman WA, and tried to integrate Engineering Sciences with Biological Sciences.  Out of 14 courses, 5 courses were new (which were developed by me).  The instructor ratings have ranged well above average.


  • Biol 231 –General Microbiology
  • Biol 231L –General Microbiology Lab
  • Biol 341 –Microbiology for Engineers
  • Biol 371 –Genetics (New course developed by me in 2007)
  • ChE 484/584 –Fundamentals of Biochemical Engineering
  • CEE/EnvE 427/527 –Environmental Engineering Biological Process Design
  • ChE 465 –Integrated Environmental Engineering for Chemical Engineers
  • ChE 475 –Bioprocess Engineering
  • Biol 480/580 –Bioinformatics (New course developed by me in 2014)
  • ChE 567 –Current Topics in Multiphase Environmental Research
  • BME/CBE 603 –Molecular Biology for Engineers
  • CBE 741 –Microbial and Enzymatic Processing (New course developed by me in 2007)
  • CHEM 464L/564L –Biochemistry Laboratory (New course developed by me in 2014)
  • CHEM 465L –Biochemistry Laboratory II (New course developed in 2015)
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