Faculty

Prof. (Dr) I. S. Bright Singh, FNAAS
UGC-BSR Faculty
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Prof. I.S.Bright Singh is the founder and and former Coordinator of National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health, Cochin University of Science and Technology. He has completed a tenure as Director, School of Environmental Studies and Dean, Faculty of Environmental Studies. His research is focused on Aquatic Animal Health in which currently he works on Biosecured Aquaculture Systems, Probiotics, Immunostimulants, anti WSSV molecules, Vaccines, Recombinant CMG family hormones and their antagonists, RNAi technology for maturation of P. monodon. His contributions include Nitrifying Bioreactor Technology which has been patented and commercialized, and probiotic preparations such as DetrodigestTM, EnterptrophoticTM and PS–1TM made available for field application. He has standardized zero water exchange shrimp culture system with integrated disease management and transferred to shrimp farmers.

Prof. I. S. Bright Singh has been elected as Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Science (FNAAS), by ICAR as the recognition of Prof. I. S. Bright Singh’ contributions to Science.

He has completed 27 externally funded Research projects and 3 are in progress. He has supervised 18 Ph. D. programmes as guide and Co-guide and 21 are on going. He has 5 patents, edited 4 books, 80 publications in peer reviewed journals, 12 chapters in books, and 26 papers in Proceedings and 200+ GenBank submissions. He is the ad-hoc reviewer of 20 journals.

Prof. (Dr). A. Mohandas
Emeritus Professor
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Prof. Dr. A. Mohandas did his post graduation in Zoology with Entomology, and Ph.D in Parasitology- Helminthology from the University of Kerala, Trivandrum, Kerala in 1966 and 1972, respectively. He started his career as a Research staff in a PL 480 funded research project at Mar Ivanios College, Trivandrum, later joined Cochin University of Science and Technology in 1976 as Lecturer at The Dept of Marine Biology. In 1984 he was appointed as Reader at the School of Environmental Studies, CUSAT, and later became Professor in 1990. He had served as Head and Director of the School for 11 years, and also as Dean of Faculty of Environmental studies, Cochin Univ.of Science and Technology for 9 years. He was also the Dean, Faculty of Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences- Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala. Prof.Mohandas has more than 30 years of Research and Teaching experiences, and is a Fellow of Bioved Research Society, Helminthological Society of India, and Academy of Environmental Biology, and member of several scientific and academic bodies and societies. He had been the Principal Investigator of various externally funded research projects. He had served as member of the Syndicate, Academic Council, and Senate of CUSAT and various other academic and non-academic committees of CUSAT and other Universities. He was a Fulbright Visiting Research Scientist at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, USA during 1984 -1985, and had also associated with the University of South Florida- Tampa, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Mississippi, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennesse, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, California, Virginia Inst.of Marine Sciences, University of Maryland etc. He had been the Post - Doctoral Fellow (Senior) of the Commission of the European Communities at Frei University, The Netherlands during 1991. He had guided 12 Ph.Ds students and has more than 100 publications to his credit. Prof.Mohandas is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Centre- NCAAH. He is/was also the Visitor’s (President of India) nominee to Assam University, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, and Pondicherry Central University. He had served as RC member of the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (CSIR), Thiruvananthapuram, and has been the nominee of the President of India in the Executive Council of North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya, and in the Courts of JNU and NEHU.

Dr. Valsamma Joseph, PhD
Associate Professor

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Dr. Valsamma Joseph received her Ph.D. in Microagal Biotechnology from Cochin University of Science and Technology in 1998 and subsequently worked as a Research Associate at National Environmental Engineering Institute, Nagpur where her work encompassed modeling of ecological systems. She joined the National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health as a Faculty in 2008 for undertaking research and teaching missions in Marine Biotechnology. She is dedicated to teaching M.Tech Marine Biotechnology programme sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. Her research interests are in the areas of marine microalgal biotechnology and metagenomics. Current research initiatives in microalgal biotechnology focus on biopropsecting marine microalgal diversity for high neutral lipid producing strains and development of photobioreactors for mass production of marine microalgae. In the area of metagneomics she is studying the nitrifying bacterial community through the construction of metagenomic libraries and screening of the library by targeted phylogenetic and functional markers and fluorescent probes.

Dr. Sajeevan T. P.
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Sajeevan T.P completed his M.Sc in Marine Biology (1996-1998) and PhD (1999-2005) from Cochin University of Science and Technology. His doctoral research focused on isolation and characterisation of immunostimulants from marine microorganisms for the application in penaeid prawn culture systems. The principal immunostimulant component, β -1-3 glucan, from the marine yeast cell wall was extracted and its NMR structural characterization was done. He served as lecturer (on contract) at Dept. Marine Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry of Cochin University of Science and Technology, for two years. In 2006 he moved to Oman to work as Research Scientist at Ministry of Fisheries Wealth, Muscat, Oman. In 2009 he joined as Research Associate at Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), Trivandrum, to work on marine metabolites against Dengue Virus. In the middle of 2009 he joined with NCAAH as Assistant Professor in Marine Biotechnology. His research interests include Bioprospecting for antitumor and anti-microbial and anti-viral compounds from marine organisms. Dr.Sajeevan was member of Indian acrtic expedition 2014 and deputed to Indian Arctic station "Himadri" at Ny Alesund , 79N for more than one month. His work at Arctic include biodiversity and functional role of microbes at Arctic fjords.

He is also interested in studying the immune system of fish (cytokines in particular) and shellfishes. His work also include fish virology and recombinant vaccine development against Viral nervous necrosis (VNN) infection in fishes. So far he has 11 publications in peer reviewed international journals and 5 national publications. Serving as Life time member in Society of Marine Biologists (SOMB) and Editorial board member in Austin Journal of Biotechnology & Bioengineering.

Ms. Limmy T. P.
Lecturer on Contract (Bioprocess technology)
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Ms.Limmy TP has done her B.tech in Biotechnology from Anna University in 2008 and M.Tech in Biotechnology from Karunya University in 2010. Subsequently, she joined Biotechnology finishing school(BTFS)- PG diploma course in ‘Protein Expression and scale up’ aided by Karnataka government, under which she went through an industrial training for 6 months in M/s Bhat Biotech Pvt. Ltd. Bangalore. Until now, she has two international publications. She joined NCAAH in 2013 as guest lecturer in Bioprocess engineering in M.Tech Marine Biotechnology programme sponsored by Department of biotechnology, Government of India.