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Professor of Biotechnology & Plant Microbiology

Teaching and Learning Centre, 3rd Floor

Department of Life Sciences

The University of The West Indies

St. Augustine

Trinidad and Tobago

Telephone: 868-662-2002 ext 85244

Fax: 868-663-5241

Email: Jayaraj.Jayaraman@sta.uwi.edu


Qualifications

  • • 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).

Research Interests

  • • 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

Professional Experience

  • • 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.

Professional Memberships

  • - Asian PGPR Society
  • - Society for Scientific Advancement
  • - American Phytopathological Society
  • - American Phytopathological Society - Caribbean Division
  • - Society for Biocontrol Advancement
  • - Indian Phytopathological Society

Courses Taught

  • • 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

Grants

  • 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)

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