Dr. R. Mohanraju


Department of Ocean Studies and Marine Biology

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I am a marine biologist with a Masters in Marine Biology & Oceanography from the pioneer Institute Centre of Advanced study in Marine Biology, Annamalai University followed with PhD from the same Institute with specialization in Marine Microbiology on Anaerobic bacteria. Got Trained in Anaerobic Microbiology in University of Iowa,Iowa followed by a summer program- Microbial Diversity from Woodshole Oceanography Institute Massachusetts with Dr Bernie Award. Have presented research papers in International Forum in California- USA , Mombasa -Kenya, Shibuoka -Japan. Have Oceanic research experience by participating in more than 6 Oceanic cruises and as Chief scientists in 14 coastal cruises. Senior Research Associate in major Research Programs like JGOFS , COMAPS . Have worked in CSIR Laboratory – National Institute of Oceanography for 2 years and have industrial research Experience as head of R& D laboratory for 6 years. Teaching experience of 17 years and awarded best teacher award 3 times. Delivered several invited lectures apart from attending many training programs. Guided 7 Doctorate students operated one research project and presently guiding 4 scholars. Published more than 57 research papers in peer reviewed journal. Organised the Regional Science Congress of Indian Science congress- Puducherry Chapter.Member of many scientific bodies.


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Notable Publications

"Karthick, P., R, Mohanraju, 2020. Antimicrobial compounds produced by Lysinibacillus odysseyi epiphytic bacteria associated with red algae. Braz J Microbiol https://doi.org/10.1007/s42770-020-00341-x "

Chatragadda Ramesh, Raju Mohanraju, 2020. Predominance of Harveyi clade in luminous bacteria of the coastal environs of South Andamans India. Marine Pollution Bulletin 158: 111416.

Suneel Kumar Yalla and R. Mohanraju 2019. DNA Barcoding of commercially important Cephalopods from Andaman Islands, India. Regional Studies in Marine Science 100479 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rsma.2018.100479

Narayana. S., R. Mohanraju., P. Singh., V. Thamke., S. Tapse., Y. Shouche and K. Kodam. 2017. New record of a bloom forming, genotoxic strain Nodularia strain (KT447209) from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. Chemosphere. 2017. 174: 315-320.

Narayana, S., J. Chitra, S.R. Tapase, V.Thamke, P. Karthick, CH. Ramesh, K. N. Murthy, M. Ramasamy, K.M. Kodam, R. Mohanraju., 2014. Toxicity studies of Trichodesmium erythraeum (Ehrenberg, 1830) bloom extracts, from Phoenix bay, Port Blair, Andaman’s. Harmful Algae. 40:34-39.

Awards & Achievements​

"Dr. Bernie-Davies award of $ 3250 at the Summer Course at Marine Biological Laboratory Woodshole Oceanography Institute 1991 USA"
Best Teacher Award 2008-2010- Certificate of Merit evaluated by students as one among the best 25 teachers of the University. Silver jubilee year of Pondicherry University- 2010
"Best Teacher Award 2011-2012- Certificate of Merit evaluated by students"

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