A DBT-TANUVAS Partnership Programme

Project Director
Dr. M. Raman

Dr.Muthusamy Raman has been teaching the graduate and post graduate students of Parasitology in the Madras Veterinary College, TANUVAS since 20 years. He was the recipient of the University Best Teacher award (2006), Best Scientist Award (2002) from the Government of Tamil Nadu and Biotechnology Overseas Associateship Award (2007) from Dept of Biotechnology, Government of India. His main research areas include development of vaccines against economically important Haematophagus nematodes, Fasciola gigantica of livestock and avian coccidiosis. His laboratory is enormously funded by British Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research council under CIDLID grant 2010. His post doctoral research training at Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh, UK had resulted in the development of an oral edible gel vaccine against Eimeria tenella in commercial broilers (DBT, GOI) and concealed gut antigen vaccine for sheep (ICAR,GOI). He has carried out antigenic profiling of various tropical ticks and nematodes. He has published 104 research papers including 30 in peer reviewed international journals.

At this centre he will be involved to develop strategies and policies for successful implementation and achievement of the mandate of TRPVB. He would be involved in different research projects and collate it with the needs of stake holders and market potential in the field of vaccines. He will co-ordinating the research team in generating new vaccine candidates, study plan co-ordination with respect to the validation and testing of vaccine candidates at this facility as per regulatory compliance. In the component of vaccines he will also be leading the team to ascertain the QA to stakeholders with respect to the accepted project on validation of vaccine candidates and their outcomes as per standard approved norms.

Dr. P. Azhahianambi

Dr. Satish Kota

Dr. R. P. Aravindh Babu

Dr. Azhahianambi Palavesam (Nambi) is currently working as a scientist at TRPVB, TANUVAS. He earned his Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) at Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS), Chennai in 2001, and his Masters of Veterinary Science (MVSc) and PhD in Veterinary Parasitology from Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Izatnagar in 2003 and 2006, respectively. In his PhD work he pioneered the recombinant tick vaccine study in India by using the yeast expressed Bm86 homologue of Hyalomma anatolicum anatolicum tick, Haa86.

After completing his PhD, Dr.Nambi accepted the postdoctoral Research associate position at Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (formerly, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute), University of Maryland, USA where he worked for 3 years. During that time, he worked on molecular genetics of transposable elements in mosquito & fruit fly and transgenic insect technology. In 2010, he accepted Postdoctoral Research Geneticist (insect) position at USDA-ARS Knipling-Bushland U.S Livestock Insects Research Laboratory, Texas, USA. While at USDA, Dr.Nambi worked in the New World Screwworm Eradication program using Sterile Insect Technique. His research involved creation and characterization of transgenic New World Screwworm with female lethal phenotype. He carried out the transgenic screwworm fly experiment in the world’s largest arthropod containment facility (ACL-3) of USDA which is located at Panama. In addition he extensively worked on the microbiome of horn fly using next generation sequencing technology. In 2012, he joined as an Assistant Professor at TANUVAS, Chennai, where he taught veterinary parasitology course to the veterinary students. In 2016, he was deployed to work at TRPVB, TANUVAS as a scientist.

He was awarded with the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru award for the outstanding post-graduate research in the field of animal biotechnology in 2007 by Indian Council of Agricultural Research. He was also awarded with a Certificate of Appreciation from United States Department of Agriculture for outstanding research accomplishments in the development of a transgenic male-only strain of New World Screwworm. Dr.Nambi has published over 30 research papers in refereed journals in the field of veterinary parasitology with the h-index of 13.

Dr. Sathish Kota did his M.Sc in biotechnology from Bharathidasan University, Tiruchi and PhD in Biotechnology from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad. His research career started as a Junior Research Fellow in Biotechnology Unit, Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), Hyderabad and he has done extensive work on plant tissue culture and plant molecular biology at ANGRAU. He has been associated as a scientist with the plant biotechnology group, R&D centre, Indian Immunologicals Ltd. (IIL), Hyderabad for 8 years. He transiently expressed coccidial antigens in tobacco Leaves and evaluated its protective efficacy as sub-unit vaccine. He has expertise in other areas which includes mammalian cell culture; monoclonal antibody generation and maintenance; vaccine evaluation; protein purification; Protein expression in prokaryotic systems, etc. He is also involved in developing cGMP grade vaccine banks for clinical trial. His major focus at TRPVB will be in maintaining hybridoma, cell culture facilities and biosafety related procedures. He will also be additionally involved in establishing plant cell lines to produce various recombinant proteins which may be useful in developing veterinary vaccines and diagnostics.

Dr. S. Umadevi

Research Scientist
Dr. K. Viswanathan

Research Scientist
Dr. K. Chitra

Dr. S. Umadevi obtained her doctorate degree in Biochemistry from University of Madras. Later she moved to Tulane University, LA, USA for her postdoctoral training. There, her research work embarked upon addressing the cellular mechanisms involved in hypertrophy and fibrosis of cardiac tissues using NPR1 knockout and knockin mouse models. At some point in her postdoctoral training, she has obtained many investigator awards from prestigious Councils such as AHA, HBPR, AFMR, ISH for her findings on canonical and non-canonical pathways involved in differentiating fibrosis and hypertrophy mechanisms. During her early career stage at SASTRA University, India, she has obtained early career research funding grant from DST. Later she joined TRPVB as a Scientist. Her research work pioneered in bovine metabolic diseases, wherein she developed diagnostic kits to spot those conditions at the subclinical stage itself. Her major work is based on investigations into animal and human metabolic disorders. Furthermore, she is involved in development of instrumentation for the field veterinary applications. Her additional efforts are directed at developing treatment strategies for fibrotic mastitis condition, augmenting immune responses in poultry and early diagnosis of canine cardiomyopathy, etc.

Dr.K.Viswanathan has been working as a research scientist in TRPVB. He is the nano biochemist by training with an expertise in the development of nanomaterial products and formulations for generic active pharmaceutical ingredient (API)/intermediates. He involved innovative nanoformulations & development of novel route of the active pharmaceutical ingredient, Nano bioanalytical device development, and scale up for commercial productions. He has 6 years’ experience in development scale-up technology, the transfer for commercial production. He has sound working knowledge of troubleshooting during scale-up and technology transfer. He already published 25 international papers and 1 international textbook in his credit.

Dr. Chitra expertise in developing Veterinary therapeutics Formulation,& Nanotech Products working as a Research scientist in TRPVB for past 6 years involved in different research project such as quick heal collagen wound healing cream Collagen bead delivery Teat protect mastitis prevention products ,Progesterone Nano patch & cream, Ivermectin Nano spot on and shampoo, Flowcytometry (Bovine and canine) research work and Evans syndrome services and also been as a TRPVB cGMP facility DCGI approved manufacturing manager for product formulation and documentation . She did her Post graduate and Doctorate degree from Madurai Kama raj University and Madras University in Biotechnology. Her research career started as a Research fellow from central leather research and gained experience in fabrication of collagen biomaterial, Nano particle etc. She gained Five year experience from cGMP production and QC facility of Pasture institute of India (Connor) and BCG Vaccine unit (Gunidy) . She developed TRPVB technology for various products four of which have been commercialized to industry. She is also experienced in handling such as Flowcytometry, Electro spinning, 2D gel electrophoresis, cGMP production equipment’s etc .She contributed for GMP licencing processing and optimization of the bulk production of Teat protect and prosync NC.

Dr. Harini Challa
Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. N. Madan
Post Doctoral Fellow

Project Associate
Dr. S. Thiyagarajan

Dr. R. Vijaya Kumar
Project Associate

Mr. K. Arulkumar
Junior Research Fellow
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