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Ramachandran Subramanian, Ph.D
Associate Professor
Head, Department of Biotechnology
BITS Pilani, Dubai campus
Dubai International Academic City 
P.O. Box No: 345055, Dubai, UAE
Phone: +971-42753700, Extn: 421

§ M.B.A Human Resources Management, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi
§ Ph.D Biotechnology, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
§ M.E Biotechnology, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
§ M.Sc Biochemistry, M.I.E.T Arts and Science College, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli
§ B.Sc Chemistry, AVVM Sri Pushpam College, Bharathidasan University, Thanjavur.

 Professional Membership
§ Editor, Nepal Journal of Biotechnology, starting from 15th June 2020 - present
§ Life Member, Society of Toxicology, STOX-India.

Awards & Citations
§ FEMS Young Scientist Meetings Grant (2008)
§ Fellow of Academy of Sciences, Animal Welfare, Society of Toxicology, India
§ Senior Research Fellowship, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, CSIR, Government of India, 04/2003 – 04/2007
§ Research Fellowship, BITS-Pilani. 05/2007 – 12/2007
§ Research Fellowship, BITS-Pilani, 08/2001 – 03/2003.

Academic Committees and Service

§ Practice School/Industry Internship Visiting Faculty, 2008- till date
§ Member, Doctoral Advisory Committee, Biotechnology, 07/2012 till date
§ Convener, Doctoral Research Committee, Biotechnology, 07/2012 -07/2016
§ Member, BPDC Mission 2016, 11/2014 – 2016
§ Member, Library Committee, BITS Pilani, 12/2012 – 02/2014
§ Member, Organizing committee, International Conference on Biotechnology & Bioengineering (ICBB-2014)
§ Member, Program Committee, 4th International Conference on Advances in Biotechnology, (GSTF), 2014
§ Member, Task Force 12 Research & Consultancy [Consultancy & Marketing], Vision 2020 Mission 2012, BITS, Pilani, 2010- 2012
§ Member, Technical Committee, The International Conference on Cloud Computing Technologies, Applications and Management (ICCCTAM-12)
§ Chief Warden, BITS, Pilani-Dubai campus, 08/2008 – 12/2010
§ Member of Disciplinary committee, BITS, Pilani-Dubai campus, 08/2008 – 12/2010
§ Coordinated Symposium on Agricultural Biotechnology, BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus 2009
§ External Examiner, Ras Al Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University, RAKMHSU, 2009, 2011
§ External Examiner, Manipal University, 2010, 2011

Invited talks
Pennisetum purpureum (Napier grass) varieties for Animal Fodder Production; International e-Conferernce on Emerging Trends in Bioscience and Technology (ETBT-2020), "Recent Issues and Challenges in Health, Environment and Society (RICHES)", jointly organized by School of Science, Sandip University, Nashik, India & Biotechnology Society of Nepal (BSN), Nepal, 1 – 3 June, 2020.
(a) Synthesis and Applications of Silica Based Mesoporous, Nanoporous and Nanoparticle Materials; (b) Opportunities for Higher Education in India and Abroad; Dept. of Nanotechnology, Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College, Coimbatore, 3rd July 2015. 

Research Interests 

Sustainable Agriculture: With the increasing demands for biomass, the constraints of fresh water availability and fertile lands limits its production. Saline and arid tolerant grasses and legumes have potential for biomass production. Agroforestry and intercropping help minimize the effect of salinity and enhance nutrient recycling for biomass production. The use of organic farming techniques and smart technologies help water efficiency, energy, and increase agricultural production. The current research have relevance to renewable energy and sustainable food production.

Plant Biodiversity: Desert climate host unique flowering plants and trees. They have applications in landscaping, carbon sequestration and help protect environment for a sustainable ecosystem.
Molecular Biology: Microbial responses to environmental carcinogens and mutagens help understand the underlying mechanisms of mutagenesis. Electron microscopy ultrastructural analysis and gene expression studies provide an insight into the functional characterization proteins.

Completed Projects
Seed grant project in collaboration with International Centre of Biosaline Agriculture, (ICBA):
"Optimization of Selected High Yield Grass Species for Biomass and Bioenergy Applications Using Saline and Recycled Wastewater. PI: Dr. S. Ramachandran, Co-PIs: Dr. Khalil Ammar, Dr. Dionysia Angeliki Lyra,  ICBA, (ICBA); Dr. C. Babu, (TNAU); Dr. Neeru Sood, Dr. Trupti Gokhale, Dr. B.G. Prakash Kumar, (BPDC). Duration: Feb 2017- Feb 2020; Total sanctioned: BPDC: AED: 120,000 and ICBA: AED 125,000. 

Research Guidance
Ph.D Supervisor: Management of sustainable agricultural production systems under arid and saline conditions. (ongoing

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