Dr Sephra Rampersad

Lecturer in Biochemistry

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Dr. Sephra Rampersad
Contact Information

Department of Life Sciences
The University of The West Indies
St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Location:
Natural Sciences Building, Old Wing, Room 319


Tel: 1(868) 662 2002 ext 83109
Fax: 1(868) 663-5241

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Education:
  • Ph.D. University of The West Indies (2004).
  • B.Sc. (Hons) General with a major in Biochemistry (1997).
Post Doctoral Fellowships/ Training:
  • University of Oxford, UK. Short Course in (i) Immunology: A pathway through the maze and (ii) Quality assurance in the laboratory - 2006.
  • Postdoctoral fellow at ICGEB, Ca’ Tron, Italy. Short Stay – 2005.
  • Scientific Officer for EU-sponsored project in Department of Life Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine – 2002-2003.
Research Interests:
  • Application of molecular ecology tools for studying population genetics and genetic diversity
  • The innovation, development and assessment of molecular approaches for pathogen characterization
  • The innovation and development of biochemical methods for bioactive compound screening
  • Characterization of plant diseases and pathogen profiling  and identification of epidemic-associated factors affecting plant diseases
Research Supervision:

Undergraduate Level:

  • A DNA barcoding approach to identification of fungi with potential mycoremediation of oil spills in Trinidad – Shannon Claverie, towards fulfillment of a major in Biochemistry, 2017.
  • Detection and identification of a pathogenic fungus infecting papaya fruit in Trinidad – Nasir Ali, towards fulfillment of a major in Biochemistry, 2017.
  • Identification of begomoviruses in dicotyledonous weed species in Trinidad using immune-capture PCR  - Ria Villafana, towards fulfillment of a major in Biochemistry, 2017.
  • Genotyping Donax species in Trinidad – Christopher deCaires Glenn, towards fulfillment of a major in Biochemistry, 2017.
  • Molecular characterization of Fusarium incarnatum-species complex based on DNA sequence analysis of the internally transcribed spacer region (ITS1-5.8S-ITS2) and translation elongation factor 1-alpha. – Rhonda K. Latchoo, towards fulfillment of a major in Biochemistry, 2016. This work was published.
  • Use of Inter Simple Sequence Repeat (ISSR) fingerprinting for species demarcation of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides sensu lato isolates from papaya (Carica papaya L.) from North Trinidad - Shivani Boodram, towards fulfillment of a major in Biochemistry, 2012. 1st Place Winner (Poster presentation) of the 2nd Department of Life Sciences Research Symposium 2012.

Postgraduate Level:

  • Molecular characterization of Fusarium incarnatum-equiseti species complex in Trinidad. Rhonda Latchoo, towards fulfillment of an M.Phil in Plant Sciences, Dept. of Life Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine - registration September 2016.
  • Molecular and phenotypic characterization of Colletotrichum species associated with anthracnose disease in sweet pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) in Trinidad, Hema Ramdial towards fulfillment of an M.Phil in Plant Sciences, Dept. of Life Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine - registration September 2012.
  • Advisory committee member for Nathan Maharaj: Characterization of lectins, towards fulfillment of an M.Phil in Chemistry, Dept. of Chemistry, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine - registration September 2014.
  • Advisory committee member for Ryan Mohammed: Ecology of fish populations in the Pitch Lake: A model for adaptation to climate change, towards fulfillment of a Ph.D. Dept. of Life Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine – registration 2012.
  • Characterization of Colletotrichum species associated with anthracnose disease in sweet pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) in Trinidad, Hema Ramdial towards partial fulfillment an M.Sc. in Crop Protection, Dept. of Food Production, The University of the West indies, St. Augustine - registration September 2009 - awarded a distinction.
Selected Bibliography:     
  • Ramdial, H., De Abreu, K. and Rampersad, S.N. 2017. Fungicide sensitivity among isolates of Colletotrichum truncatum and Fusarium incarnatum-equiseti Species Complex infecting bell pepper in Trinidad. Plant Pathology Journal – In Press.
  • Ramdial, H., Hosein, F.N., Rampersad, S.N. 2016. Detection and molecular characterization of benzimidazole resistance among Colletotrichum truncatum isolates infecting bell pepper in Trinidad. Plant Disease. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-09-15-0995-RE. IMPACT FACTOR in 2015: 3.02.
  • Rampersad, K., Ramdial, H., Rampersad, S.N. 2016. Utility of internally transcribed spacer region of rDNA (ITS) and β-tubulin gene sequences to infer genetic diversity and migration patterns of Colletotrichum truncatum infecting Capsicum spp. Ecology and Evolution 6:593-606. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1918. IMPACT FACTOR in 2015: 2.32.
  • Ramdial, H., Hosein, F.N. and Rampersad, S.N. 2016. First report of Fusarium incarnatum associated with fruit rot of bell peppers in Trinidad. Plant Disease. 100: 526. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-05-15-0550-PDN. IMPACT FACTOR in 2015: 3.02.
  • Ramdial, H., Rampersad, S.N. 2014. Characterization of Colletotrichum spp. causing anthracnose of bell pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) in Trinidad. Phytoparasitica 43: 37-49. DOI: 10.1007/s12600-014-0428-z. IMPACT FACTOR in 2015: 0.901. Cited in 11 publications.
  • Rampersad, S.N. 2014. ITS1, 5.8S and ITS2 secondary structure modelling for intra-specific differentiation among species of the Colletotrichum gloeosporioides sensu lato species complex. SpringerPlus 3:684. DOI: 10.1186/2193-1801-3-684. IMPACT FACTOR in 2016:  Not Available. Citations: Cited in 4 publications. The work was conducted with the assistance of Prof. Annette Coleman of Brown University and Dr. Sebastian Will of MIT and their contributions were acknowledged in the paper with their permission.
Publications:

ResearchGate

Total Number of Citations = 357

h-index = 8

i10-index = 8

Metrics mined from Google Scholar on 24.04.17

 

Revised: 27 April 2017

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