Professor Jayaraj Jayaraman (Jaya)
Professor of Biotechnology & Plant Microbiology
Teaching and Learning Centre, 3rd Floor
Department of Life Sciences
The University of The West Indies
Trinidad and Tobago
Telephone: 868-662-2002 ext 85244
- • Ph.D. Plant Pathology, Annamalai University, India, 1996.
- • M.Sc. Agriculture, Annamalai University, India, 1989.
- • B.Sc. Agriculture, Annamalai University, India, 1987.
Fellowships and Training
- • DST-BOYSCAST-Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Biochemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA (1999-2000).
- • Plant-Microbe interactions, Induced resistance, elicitor-biomolecules, bioremediation, biological control, molecular based disease diagnostics.
- • Genetic engineering of plants for disease resistance and stress tolerance.
- • Metabolic engineering, biopharming of therapeutic proteins and industrially valuable compounds.
- • Phyto-nutraceuticals.
- • Marine Seaweed products for agriculture and human health.
- • Antibiotic resistance in bacterial pathogens
- • Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Life Sciences, FST, UWI-St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago (2011-2014).
- • Lecturer, Dept. of Life Sciences, FST, UWI-St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago (2009-2011).
- • Sr. Scientist, Dept. of Biosciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada (2003-2009).
- • Associate Scientist, Dept. of Biochemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA (2000-2003)
- • Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Agriculture, Annamalai University, India (1996-2000).
- • Lecturer, Faculty of Agriculture, Annamalai University, India (1990-1996).
Honours and Awards
- • Advisor, United Nations University Biotechnology Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNU-BIOLAC).
- • The UWI- Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Award for Outstanding Research Accomplishments, 2016.
- • ACTT Award, Govt. Trinidad and Tobago, for Outstanding Achievements in Applied and Academic Research, 2016
- • UNDP-CARUTA Award (2011), United Nations Development Organization, Caribbean Region, Barbados.
- • BOYSCAST Fellow, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, India.
- • Best Research Project Award (2000), Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, India.
- • Chinese Govt. Research Scholarship Award (1999-2000), China Scholarship Council, Beijing, China.
- • Graduate Senior Research Fellowship Award (1990-91), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, India.
- • Graduate Research Merit Fellowship Award (1988-89), the Potash Research Institute of India, Gurgaon, India.
- - Asian PGPR Society
- - Society for Scientific Advancement
- - American Phytopathological Society
- - American Phytopathological Society - Caribbean Division
- - Society for Biocontrol Advancement
- - Indian Phytopathological Society
- • BIOL 3366 Plant Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (3 credits) (UG) (Lecturer and Coordinator)
- • BIOL 3770 Plant Pathogens (3) (UG) (Lecturer and Coordinator)
- • BIOL 3162 Principles of Microbial Biotechnology (3) (UG) (Lecturer)
- • BIOL 3263 Introduction to Bioinformatics (UG) (Lecturer)
- • BIOT 6002 Advances in Plant Genetic Engineering & Plant Biotechnology (PG) (Lecturer and Coordinator)
- • BIOT 6000 Molecular Biology & R-DNA Technology (PG) (Lecturer and Coordinator)
- • M.Sc.- Biotechnology – Programme Coordinator
- • B.Sc. Biotechnology Specialization – Subject leader
- 1) Efficacy of seaweed products for the management of diseases in tropical vegetables (Acadian SeaPlants, Dartmouth, NS, Canada)
- 2) Identification of elicitor compounds from seaweeds of Trinidad and their evaluation for disease control in tropical vegetable crops (Conservation, Food and Health Foundation, Boston, MA, USA)
- 3) Use of seaweed products for environmental friendly crop protection (United Nations Development Programme)
- 4) Developing sustainable disease management strategies to improve vegetable production towards self-sufficiency and food security in the Caribbean region (ACP Caribbean & Pacific Research Program for Sustainable Development)
- 5) Etiology of sudden decline and dieback of Columbian Red Cedar trees in Trinidad (Ministry of Environment and Forestry & FAO)
- 6) Surveillance and characterization of antibiotic resistance in common bacterial pathogens in Trinidad and Tobago (RDI Fund)