Assistant Professor & Head

Department of Zoology

Nirmalagiri College

Email :philips@nirmalagiricollege.ac.in

Mob   :9567655327

Current Professional status
  • Assistant Professor & Head
Academic Bodies/ Duties of Universities
  • Member of the Board of Examiners (Zoology), Kannur University – 2013 onwards.
Doctoral Research Experience
  • 2008-2013
Pre-Doctoral Research Experience
  • 4 years
Academic qualifications
  • 2009 – 2013 June – PhD – University of Porto, Portugal. (Conferred unanimously by the jury with distinction). Genomic characterization of developmental and adaptation genes: insights into vertebrate evolution Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/10216/67682
  • 2002 – 2004 – MSc in Zoology – 83.04% (with distinction and first rank) – Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • 1999 – 2002 – BSc in Zoology – 80.07% (with distinction) – Kannur University, Kannur, Kerala, India.
Academic Achievements
  • Doctoral research fellowship – Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) – Portugal – 2008
  • CSIR-UGC – JRF-NET – 2004
  • First Rank – M.Sc Zoology – 2004
Published Works
  • Machado, JP, Philip Siby, Maldonado E, O’Brien SJ, Johnson WE and Antunes A, 2016. Positive Selection Linked with Generation of Novel Mammalian Dentition Patterns. Genome Biol Evol (2016) 8 (9): 2748-2759. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evw200
  • Knight JDM, Ashwin R, D’Sousa RKP, Siby Philip & Neelesh D, 2016. Hypselobarbus bicolor, a new species of large barb (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) from the Western Ghats of India. Zootaxa (Accepted).
  • Rajeev Raghavan, Siby Philip, Anvar Ali, Unmesh Katwate and Neelesh Dahanukar . (2016). Biology, fishery, aquaculture and conservation of the threatened Asian Sun catfish, Horabagrus brachysoma (Günther). Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 26: 169. doi:10.1007/s11160-016-9418-1
  • Guojie Zhang et al., (149 co-authors), 2014. Comparative genomics reveals insights into avian genome evolution and adaptation. Science, 346 (6215), 1311-1320. doi: 10.1126/science.1251385 (As part of the Avian Genome Consortium). [PhD]
  • Ali, A., Katwate, U., Philip, S., Dhaneesh, K. V., Bijukumar, A., Raghavan, R., & Dahanukar, N. (2014). Horabagrus melanosoma: a junior synonym of Horabagrus brachysoma (Teleostei: Horabagridae). Zootaxa, (3881), 373-384.
  • Raghavan R., Dahanukar N., Philip S., Iyer P., Kumar B., Daniel B., and Molur S. (2014), The conservation status of decapod crustaceans in the Western Ghats of India: an exceptional region of freshwater biodiversity, Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. doi: 10.1002/aqc.2490
  • Rajeev Raghavan, Neelesh Dahanukar, J. D. Marcus Knight, A. Bijukumar, Unmesh Katwate, K. Krishnakumar, Anvar Ali, and Siby Philip Predatory journals and Indian ichthyology. Current Science, Vol. 107, No. 5, 10
  • Ali, A., Dahanukar, N., Siby Philip, K. Krishnakumar, Rajeev Raghavan, 2014. Distribution, threats and conservation status of the Wayanad Mahseer, Neolisochilus wynaadensis (Day, 1873) (Teleostei: Cyprinidae): an endemic large barb of the Western Ghats, India.  Journal of Threatened Taxa. 6(5): 5686-5699. http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.o.3901.5686-99.
  • Ali A, Siby Philip, Dahanukar N, Renjithkumar CR, Bijukumar A, Raghavan R, 2013. Distribution, threats and conservation status of Hypselobarbus thomassi (Day, 1874), a poorly known cyprinid fish of the Western Ghats freshwater ecoregion. Journal of Threatened Taxa 5 (17), 5202–5213.
  • Ali A, Siby Philip, Raghavan R, 2013. Back from obscurity: notes on the current distribution, threats and conservation status of a poorly known cyprinid Hypselobarbus lithopidos (Day, 1874) from the Western Ghats of India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 5 (13), 4743-4751.
  • Bijukumar, A., Siby Philip, A. Ali, S. Sushama & R. Raghavan 2013. Fishes of River Bharathapuzha, Kerala, India: diversity, distribution, threats and conservation. Journal of Threatened Taxa 5(15): 4979–4993; http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.o3640.4979-93.
  • Raghavan, R., Siby Philip, A. Ali & N. Dahanukar 2013. Sahyadria, a new genus of barbs (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) from Western Ghats of India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 5(15): 4932–4938; http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.o3673.4932-8.
  • Krishnakumar, Siby Philip, Rajeev Raghavan, 2013. Establishment of caudal fin cell lines from tropical ornamental fishes Puntius fasciatus and Pristolepis fasciata endemic to the Western Ghats of India. Acta Tropica, Available online 17 October 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actatropica.2013.09.026.
  • Dahanukar, N., Siby Philip, Krishnakumar, A. Ali & R. Raghavan 2013. The phylogenetic position of Lepidopygopsis typus (Teleostei: Cyprinidae), a monotypic freshwater fish endemic to the Western Ghats of India. Zootaxa 3700(1): 113–139; http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3700.1.4
  • John, L.*, Siby Philip*, N. Dahanukar, A. Ali, J. Tharian, R. Raghavan & A. Antunes 2013. Morphological and genetic evidence for multiple evolutionary distinct lineages in the endangered Red-lined Torpedo Barbs – highly exploited freshwater fishes endemic to the Western Ghats Hotspot, India. PLoS ONE 8(7): e69741; http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0069741 (*Joint first authors).
  • Ali, A., Dahanukar, N., A. Kanagavel, Siby Philip & R. Raghavan 2013. Records of the endemic and threatened catfish, Hemibagrus punctatus from the southern Western Ghats with notes on its distribution, ecology and conservation status. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 5(11) .
  • Rajeev Raghavan, Siby Philip, Neelesh Dahanukar and Anvar Ali 2013. Freshwater biodiversity of India: a response to Sarkar et al. (2013). Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 1-8, DOI 10.1007/s11160-013-9315-9 .
  • Rajeev Raghavan, Neelesh Dahanukar, Siby Philip, K. Krishnakumar and Anvar Ali, 2013. ‘Phantom references’, ‘nomina nuda’ and the dilemma of freshwater fish taxonomy in India. Current Science, 104 104(10): 1277-1279.
  • Emanuel Maldonado, Imran Khan, Siby Philip, Vitor Vasconcelos and Agostinho Antunes, 2013. EASER: Ensembl Easy Sequence Retriever. Evolutionary Bioinformatics, 9 487-490. doi: 10.4137/EBO.S11335 [PhD]
  • Siby Philip, João Paulo Machado, Emanuel Maldonado, Vítor Vasconcelos, Stephen J O’Brien, Warren E Johnson & Agostinho Antunes. 2012. Fish lateral line innovation: insights into the evolutionary genomic dynamics of a unique mechanosensory organ. Molecular Biology and Evolution, doi.10.1093/molbev/mss194. [PhD] – 4th out of 45 journals in the category “Evolutionary Biology”
  • Siby Philip, L Filipe C Castro, Rute R da Fonseca, Maria A Reis-Henriques, Vítor Vasconcelos, Miguel M Santos, Agostinho Antunes, 2012. Adaptive evolution of the Retinoid X receptor in vertebrates. Genomics 99(2): 81–89. [PhD]
  • Ralf Britz, Anvar Ali & Siby Philip, 2012. Dario urops, a new species of badid fish from the western Ghats, southern India (Teleostei: Percomorpha: Badidae). Zootaxa, 3348: 63 – 68.
  • Ralf Britz, Anvar Ali, Siby Philip, Krishna Kumar and Rajeev Raghavan, 2012. First record from the wild of Carinotetraodon imitator in Peninsular India (Teleostei: Tetraodontiformes: Tetraodontidae). Ichthyological Explorations of Freshwaters, 23(2).
  • Rajeev Raghavan, Neelesh Dahanukar, K. Krishnakumar, Anvar Ali, Simmy Solomon, M. R. Ramprasanth, Fibin Baby, Benno Pereira, Josin Tharian and Siby Philip, 2012. Western Ghats’ fish fauna in peril: are pseudo conservationist attitudes to be blamed? Current Science, 102(6): 835-837.
  • Allen Benziger*, Siby Philip*, Rajeev Raghavan*, Palakkaparambil Hamsa Anvar Ali, Mithun Sukumaran, Josin C Tharian, Neelesh Dahanukar, Fibin Baby, Reynold Peter, Karunakaran Rema Devi, Kizhakke Veetil Radhakrishnan, Mohamed AbdulKather Haniffa, Ralf Britz, Agostinho Antunes, 2011. Unraveling a 146 Years Old Taxonomic Puzzle: Validation of Malabar Snakehead, Species-Status and Its Relevance for Channid Systematics and Evolution. PloS one 6(6): e21272. (*joint first authors). [PhD]
  • Joselet M., Kulashekarapandian S., Siby P., 2011. Effect of sudden changes in salinity on different stages of parthenogenetic Artemia sp. Journal of the Marine Biological Assocation of India, 53(1): 153-156.
  • F Baby, J Tharian, S Philip, A Ali, R Raghavan, 2011. Checklist of the fishes of the Achankovil forests, Kerala, India with notes on the range extension of an endemic cyprinid Puntius chalakkudiensis, Journal of Threatened Taxa 3 (7): 1936-1941.
  • R Peter, S Philip, A Benziger, 2009. Quick DNA preparation for direct PCR in marine invertebrates and fishes. Conservation genetics 10 (4): 1159-1161.
  • Haniffa, M.A., Allen Benziger, P.S., Jesu Arockia Raj, A., Nagarajan,M., and Siby, P., 2007. Breeding behaviour and embryonic development of Koi carp (Cyprinus carpio) Taiwania 52(1): 93-99. [Msc]
Areas of Academic Interest
  • Comparative genomics, Conservation biology, Taxonomy, Evolutionary biology, Biogeography
Manuscripts under Submission/Review
  • 3
Papers presented in International /National Seminars /Symposia
  • Agostinho Antunes, Siby Philip, Rute R. da Fonseca, M. Armanda Reis-Henriques, Vítor Vasconcelos, L. Filipe C. Castro, Miguel M. Santos, 2010. The modulation of retinoic acid signalling pathways by environmental pollutants in marine metazoans. Mediterranean Science Commission annual conference (May 2010).
  • Lekshmi R. C., Siby Philip, Prasad G., 2010. Inter familial affinity of Western Ghats Siluriformes based on Mitochondrial DNA markers. Proceedings of the 22nd Kerala Science Congress 28-31 January, 2010, Peechi, pp 732-734.
  • Siby Philip. 2012. Recent advances in molecular methods for fish taxonomy. Consultation Workshop on Challenges for Freshwater Fish taxonomy in India. January 26, 2012 (Cochin).
Funded Projects

UGC-Major Project – F. No. – 43-591/2014(SR); Dt. 18/11/2015 –Amount sanctioned: 14,66,000/-

Title: Fish Mitogenomics: Sequencing the Western Ghats freshwater fish mitogenomes to elucidate the phylogenetic affinities, evolution of the mitogenome and biogeography of the region

Research Guidance

Co-guide for M.Sc. Wildlife biology students at College of Forestry, Kerala Agriculture University – since 2014

Symposia/Conference/Workshop/Industrial Visit Conducted/ Attended


  • Awareness workshop – subterranean fishes of the laterite habitats – Mattanur Municipality, 17-03-2017
  • “Freshwater fish conservation” Students conference on conservation science (SCCS(, (International) – IISc Bangalore, 9th September, 2015.
  • Two Day National Workshop on ‘Quality Enhancement in Higher Education- the Role of Inter-disciplinary Teaching, Learning and Research’, Nirmalagiri College from 22 and 23 January 2016

Attended as resource person:

  • Workshop on Integrative Taxonomy – KUFOS, Cochin – 2016.
  • Capacity building workshop – Freshwater fish taxonomy – CRG-Kerala, Cochin, 2014.
Awards / Fellowships / Grants / Certificates
  • FCT (Portugal) – Doctoral Research
Committees (College Level)

IQAC, Website (admin), ICT committee, Animal Experimentation Ethics committee, Research Committee

Computer Knowledge

OS: Linux, Windows

Languages: Python

Scripting: BASH, R

Typesetting: LaTex

Sequence analysis: HMMER, R-APE, BioPython, PAML, IQTree, RaxML, GARLI, Phyml, MrBayes, Phylobayes, HyPhy, BEAST, r8s, Lagrange, DIVA etc. (apart from general programs like MEGA, BIOEDIT, FINCHTV etc.)

Structure analysis: PyMol

Technical Skills
  • Molecular biology protocols for Genomics (eg: DNA extraction, PCR and sequencing)
  • Bioinformatics (sequence analysis, evolutionary characterization, scripting with BASH, Python and R)
  • Systematics of freshwater fishes
Other Activities
  • Member of the IUCN-SSC/WI Freshwater Fish Specialist Group (FFSG).
  • Member of the Avian Genome Consortium.
  • Online science communication – Research blog – ichthy.wordpress.com.
Personal details

Sex                            : Male

Date of birth              : 02-01-1982

Father’s name          : M.D.Philip

Mother’s name         : Ancy Philip

Nationality                 : Indian

Marital status              :Married

Languages Known: Read/ Write/ Speak

Malayalam, English, Hindi, Tamil

Permanent Address

Mukkattu House, Mandalam Post, Naduvil Via., Kannur Dist., 670582.