Prof. Raj did his B. V. Sc degree at Madras Veterinary College, Chennai, India in 1986 and obtained University first with four gold medals. He obtained his Master's degree in Biotechnology at the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, UP (1986-1989) and Ph. D from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (1994-1997) under the Commonwealth Fellowship Programme. He has also undergone post doctoral training programmes at the University of Nebraska, USA (2001) and at the Institute for Animal Health, UK (2008).
His field of specialization is Animal Biotechnology with special reference to Molecular Diagnostics and Immunology. He has presently 78 international publications and 42 national publications in various peer-reviewed journals with high impact factors. He has guided 9 M. V. Sc, 4 M. Phil students and 2 Ph. D students. He has filed 8 patents and has been granted one Indian Patent.
He is a Member of the International Advisory Board for International journal "Avian Pathology" published from UK and Member of DBT Task Force on Animal Biotechnology. He has won the DBT Biosciences Award in 2007 and the TATA Innovation Fellowship in 2012.
He has developed diagnostic tests / kits for various animal and poultry diseases. He was involved in understanding the molecular epidemiology of viruses affecting livestock and poultry circulating in India such as egg drop syndrome, PPR, infectious bronchitis and rabies viruses. He was also involved in genotyping of Chikungunya viruses involved in outbreaks in 2006 - 2007 in Tamil Nadu State. He has applied flow cytometry in animal science research in several fields.
He has developed and validated PPR vaccine, immunology teaching and diagnostic kits, recombinant PPR virus nucleoprotein based flow through assays, Emu sexing kit and biomarker for chickens. He is presently involved in elucidating the role of innate immunity in genetic resistance of Indian breeds of goats and buffaloes.
Recently, he was involved in the development of a magnetic nanoparticle based assay for antibiotic resistance detection and nanoparticle coupled Newcastle disease vaccine.
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. 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.