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Role:Principal Scientist
Focus of Research:
  • Marine invertebrate tissue culture
  • Marine Microalgae

After obtaining masters in botany in 1982, I joined in CPCRI in 1984. I am working in CMFRI since 1996 on molluscan fisheries and mariculture. I took Ph.D  in aquaculture biotechnology in 2004. I am currently working as senior scientist in the  division of marine biotechnology  in CMFRI. I have worked on pearl oyster hatchery and contributed to the in-vitro pearl formation for the first time in the world. I have interests in marine invertebrate tissue culture and marine microalgal culture.           

  • PhD  2004  Manonmanium sundaranar  University, Tirunelveli
  • MSc  1982  Botany Department  Calicut University
  • BSc  1980  Botany, Calicut University        
Current Research Projects
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1 Development of tissue culture technology for in-vitro production of pearls from the black lip pearl oyster Pinctada margaritifera and refinement of in-vitro pearl formation in Pinctada fucata CMFRI
2 Genetics, Genomics and biotechnological applications in  mariculture        
and  fishery resources management
3 Seed Production in Agricultural Crops and Fisheries-Marine microalgae ICAR
Awards & Recognitions:
  • 2005 Jawaharlal Nehru Award for best PhD thesis from ICAR
  • Paper published in Tissue ad Cell  selected as one of the Top 25 hottest  articles on Science Direct and Most Cited Papers on Animal Structures and Microbiology by BioInfoBank Libraray. 
  • Published national and international patents


Best 5 Publications:

1. Dharmaraj, S and C.P. Suja In-vitro pearl production using marine organisms International Publication under World Intellectual Property Organization WO 2008/062248 A1 29-05-2008
2. Suja, C.P., N. Sukumaran and S.Dharmaraj 2007. Effect of culture media and tissue extracts in the mantle explant culture of abalone, Haliotis varia Linnaeus. Aquaculture 271(1-4):pp. 516-522
3. Suja, C.P and S.Dharmaraj, 2005. In-vitro culture of mantle tissue of the abalone Haliotis varia Linnaeus. Tissue and Cell, 37: 1-10.
4. Dharmaraj, S , K.Shanmugasundaram and C.P.Suja.2004. Larval rearing and spat production of the windowpane shell, Placuna placenta. Aquaculture Asia, 9(2): 20-23 &28.
5. Dharmaraj, S and C.P. Suja. 2002. Development of technology in in-vitro pearl production in India. Bull. Malacol. Soc. London, No. 39, pp. 9 &11.

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