Dr. Chithra Mohan

Assistant Professor

School of Chemical Sciences

Mahatma Gandhi University

Priyadarsini Hills P.O.

Kottayam 686 560, Kerala

E-mail: chithramohan84@mgu.ac.in

Ph: +91-9961958421

Academic Background

Ph.D. :  Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam (2021)

MPhil : Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam (2010)

MSc : St. Berchman’s College, Mahatma Gandhi University (2008)

BSc : Providence Women’s College, University of Calicut (2006)

Broad Research Interests

Synthetic Methods, Natural Product Synthesis, Unnatural Product Synthesis, Green Chemistry, Heterobimetallic Catalysis, Photoredox catalysis

Professional Affiliations

Member, Organic Chemistry Division, American Chemical Society, 2021

Member, Medicinal Chemistry Division, American Chemical Society, 2021

Member, Biological Chemistry Division, American Chemical Society, 2021

Member, Professional Relations Division (Women Chemists), American Chemical Society, 2021

Teaching Experience

10 years of experience in teaching Chemistry at the Master of Science (MSc) and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) levels

Administrative Services


Member, Board of studies SCS, 2020

Coordinator, Department policy committee, 2012

Coordinator, Quarterly Performance Report, School of Chemical Sciences, 2012

Ph.D. Course Work Coordinator, School of Chemical Sciences, 2011

IQAC Coordinator, School of Chemical Sciences, 2011

Department Ethics committee member, 2011

Board Member, Interview for MSc and MPhil admission, School of Chemical Sciences, 2011


Paper Setter, national entrance examination conducted by Mahatma Gandhi University for Postgraduate admissions, 2019

External Subject Expert (Physical Chemistry) (Department of Chemistry) Kannur UniversityKannur, Kerala, 2018

Selected List of Publications

a. Habel, D.; Divya, S.; Zabeera, K. T.; Mohan,C.; Ibnusaud, I. et. al. “Natural Product derived Chiral Pyrrolidine-2,5-diones, Their Molecular Structures, and Conversion to Pharmacologically Important Skeletons.” J. Nat. Prod. 2020, 83, 7, 2178–2190.

b. Mohan, C.; Krishna, R. B.; Sivanandan, S. T.; Ibnusaud, I. Synthesis of Pyrrolo[2,1‐ a ]isoquinoline Class of Natural Product Crispine A. Eur. J. Org. Chem.  2021, 35, 4911–4926. (Manuscript invited as the Cover Feature of Eur. J. Org. Chem.)

c. Sivanandan, S. T.; Krishna, R. B.; Baiju, V. T.; Mohan, C.; Visible Light-Mediated Ring-Opening Reactions of Cyclopropanes. Eur. J. Org. Chem. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejoc.202100986.

Paper Presentations in National Conferences

a. Semisynthetic route towards therapeutically active α-methylene-ɣ-butyrolactones”, Sudheesh T.S, Chithra Mohan and Ibrahim Ibnusaud, Medicinal Chemistry Conference on Anti-Infective Drug Discovery and Development, Dept. of Chemistry, IIT Madras, Oct.28-29, 2011.

b. “Skeletal diversity from 2-Hydroxycitric acids from Tropical plants”, Zabeera K.T, Chithra Mohan, Mahima Murali, Rameeza D.S and Ibrahim Ibnusaud, XV J-National Organic Symposium Trust, University of Delhi, Oct.24-29, 2019. (One of the Prestigious Organic Chemistry Symposiums of India)

Symposium attended / organized

International/ National

  1. Attended international symposium on “concurrent methodologies in organic synthesis” organized by Institute for Intensive Research in Basic Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University,2015.
  2. Attended national seminar by Advanced Molecular Material Research Centre, Mahatma Gandhi University, 2015
  3. One day training cum production workshop on Objective Evaluation in Higher Education for the faculty Organised by the Internal Quality Assurance Cell, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam on 1st February 2019
  4. Two weeks workshop on Research Methodology for College/University Teachers conducted by the College Development Council, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam during 3-17, December, 2018
  5. Organized a Workshop on Spectroscopyat School of Chemical Sciences, 2017
  6. Organized a Workshop on Spectroscopy, 2018
  7. Co-Convener of National Conference on “Recent Advances in Chemical Sciences RACS-2020” Organized by School of Chemical Sciences, M.G. University on 7thand 8th February 2020
  8. One-week Faculty Development Programme on MOOCs and E-content Development developed an e-content on Larmour frequency organized by Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam during 4-8, February 2019

Refresher Course/Orientation attended

  1. Attended UGC-sponsored orientation program conducted by UGC-Academic staff college, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, 2017
  2. Attended UGC-sponsored refresher course conducted by UGC-Academic staff college, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, 2018