School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

SBCS


Dr Ramesh Subramani

Title : Lecturer in Biology

Academic Qualifications: BSc MSc Peri., PhD Madras

Email: subramani_r@usp.ac.fj

Location: Laucala Campus

Telephone: +679 323 2169

Teaching: BI103 General Biology

                        BI308 Environmental Microbiology

Education & Professional History

2018-Present    Lecturer, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment, The University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus, Republic of Fiji

2017-2018  Head of Department, Department of Biology, School of Pure Sciences, Fiji National University, Natabua Campus, Republic of Fiji

2014-2018  Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, School of Pure Sciences, Fiji National University, Natabua Campus, Republic of Fiji

2011-2014  Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Drug Discovery and Conservation, Institute of Applied Sciences, The University of the South Pacific, Marine Campus, Suva, Republic of Fiji

2009-2010 Postdoctoral Researcher, Microbial Biotechnology Lab, Department of Biotechnology, Chung-Ang University, Anseong, Gyeonggi-Do, Republic of Korea

2009  Teaching and Research Fellow, Department of Biotechnology, University of Madras, India

2007-2008  Visiting Scientist, DAAD sandwich model, Molecular Phytopathology and Mycotoxin Research Lab, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

2007  Tutorial Assistant, Centre for Advanced Studies in Botany, University of Madras, India

2003-2004 Research Assistant, Biocontrol and Microbial Metabolites Lab, Centre for Advanced Studies in Botany, University of Madras, India

2004-2009 Ph.D. (Applied Microbiology), University of Madras, India & Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

2001-2013    M.Sc. (Applied Microbiology), Periyar University, India

1998-2001  B.Sc. (Microbiology), Periyar University, India

Current Research interests

Marine Microbial Diversity (Actinobacteria, Fungi and Symbiotic Microbes)

Extreme and Endophytic Microbes Cultivation and Secondary Metabolism

Co-cultivation and Enhancing Microbial Fermentation

Biosynthesis and De-replication of Microbial Secondary Metabolites

Mechanism and Regulation of Natural Products Biosynthesis in Actinobacteria and Endophytic fungi

Marine Bioprospecting and Natural Product Discovery

Postgraduate Supervision

Jesslyn Kumar- S11076406 (Microbiology) – Co-Supervisor: 2015 – Present

Title: Effect of Different Temperature and pH on algae associated Actinomycetes and Production of their Secondary Metabolites 

Ahilya Singh- S11057521 (Microbiology-Chemistry) – Co-Supervisor: 2013 – 2015

Title: Bioactive Secondary Metabolites from Culturable Unusual Actinomycetes from Solomon Islands Marine Sediments: Isolation and Characterization of Bioactive compounds

Payal Maharaj- S11022299 (Microbiology-Chemistry) – Principal/Co-Supervisor: 2012 – 2015

Title: Human Health Security and Climate Change: Investigation of Therapeutic Compounds from Fijian Sponge Derived Marine Fungi

Recent Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles 

1. Subramani, R. and Sipkema, D. 2018.  Marine Rare Actinobacteria: A Promising Source of Structurally Diverse and Unique Novel Natural Products. Marine Drugs (In Preparation)

2. Chitra, C., Subramani, R., Jayaprakashvel, M. and Mathivanan, N. 2018. Biocontrol Activity of Rhizospheric Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Inhibition of Rice Sheath Blight Pathogen Rhizoctonia solani. Indian Journal of Microbiology (Under Review)

3. Subban, K., Subramani, R., Srinivasan, V.P.M., Johnpaul, M. and Chelliah, J. 2018. Salicylic acid as an effective elicitor for improved taxol production by biosynthetic gene expression in endophytic fungus Pestalotiopsis microspora. Bioresource Technology (Under Review)

4. Subban, K., Singh S., Subramani, R., Johnpaul, M. and J. Chelliah. 2017. Fungal 7-epi-10-deacetyltaxol produced by an endophytic Pestalotiopsis microspora induces apoptosis in human hepatocellular carcinoma cell line (HepG2). BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 17: 504.

5. Subramani, R., Narayanasamy, M. Feussner, K-D. 2017. Plant-Derived Antimicrobials to Fight against Multi-Drug Resistant Pathogens. 3 Biotech 7: 172

6. Asolkar, R.N., Singh, A., Jensen, P.R., Aalbersberg, W., Carte, B., Feussner, K., Subramani, R., DePasquale, A., Rhinegold, A.L. and Fenical, W. 2017. Marinocyanins, Brominated Phenazinone Antitumor-Antibiotics from a Marine Bacterium Related to the Genus Streptomyces. Tetrahedron 73: 2234-2241 

7. Subban, K., Subramani, R. and Johnpaul, M. 2016. Fatty Acid Profiling and Classical Taxonomy for Characterization and Identification of Endophytic Coelomycetes. Canadian Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences 10: 3951-3960 

8. Subramani, R. and Aalbersberg, W. 2016. De-replication for small-scale investigation of metabolites from marine actinomycetes for the screening of bioactive compounds. Canadian Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences 10: 3695-3703

9. Singh, S., Prasad, P. Subramani, R. and Aalbersberg, W. 2014. Production and Purification of a Bioactive Substance against Multi-drug Resistant Human Pathogens from a Marine Sponge-Derived Salinispora sp. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine 4: 820-826

10. Subramani, R. and Aalbersberg, W. 2013. Culturable Rare Actinomycetes: Diversity, Isolation and Marine Natural Product Discovery. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 97: 9291-9321

11. Subramani, R., Kumar, R., Prasad, P. and Aalbersberg, W. 2013. Cytotoxic and Antibacterial Substances against Multi-drug Resistant Pathogens from Marine Sponge Symbiont: Citrinin, a Secondary Metabolite of Penicillium sp. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine 3: 291-296 

12. Kamalraj, S., Subramani, R. and Muthumary, J. 2013. A Novel Antibacterial and Antifungal Phenolic Compound from an Endophytic Fungus Pestalotiopsis mangifera. Natural Product Research 27: 1445-1449 

13. Kumar, R., Subramani, R. and Aalbersberg, W. 2013. Three Bioactive Sesquiterpene Quinones from the Fijian Marine Sponge of the Genus Hippospongia. Natural Product Research 27: 1488-1491 

14. Subramani, R. and Aalbersberg, W. 2012. Marine Actinomycetes: An Ongoing Source of Novel Bioactive Metabolites. Microbiological Research 167: 571-580 

15. Kumar, R., Subramani, R., Feussner, K-D and Aalbersberg, W. 2012. Aurantoside J, a New Antifungal Tetramic Acid Glycoside from the Marine Sponge, Melophlus sp. Marine Drugs 10: 200-208 

16. Jayaprakashvel, M. Selvakumar, K. Srinivasan, Subramani, R. and N. Mathivanan. 2010. Control of sheath blight disease in rice by thermostable secondary metabolites of Trichotheceum roseum MML003. European Journal of Plant Pathology 126: 229-239 

17. Subramani, R. and Mathivanan, N. 2009. Screening of marine actinomycetes isolated from the Bay of Bengal, India for antimicrobial activity and industrial enzymes. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 25: 2103-2111 

18. Subramani, R., Rajesh, M. and Mathivanan, N. 2009. Characterization of a thermostable alkaline protease produced by marine Streptomyces fungicidicus MML1614. Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering 32: 791-800 

19. Subramani, R., Jayaprakashvel, M. and Mathivanan, N. 2006. Microbial status in seawater and coastal sediments during pre and post tsunami periods in Bay of Bengal, India. Marine Ecology 27: 198-203 

20. Jayaprakashvel, M., Subramani, R., Mathivanan, N. and Baby, U.I. 2006. Prevalence of fluorescent pseudomonads in the rhizosphere of plantation crops and their antagonistic properties against certain phytopathogens. Journal of plantation crops 34: 728-732 

21. Subramani, R., Mathivanan, N. Annie Juliet, G. and Lalithakumari, D. 2005. Potential of native bacteria on bioremediation of Coovum river water in Chennai city, India. Indian Journal of Applied Microbiology 1: 105-110

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters 

22. Subramani, R. and Jayaprakashvel, M. 2018. Quorum sensing in bacterial biofilms: current perspectives on mechanisms of biofilm formation, survival and antibiotic resistance. Bramhachari, P. V. and Busi, S. (Editors). Springer (Under Review) 

Peer Reviewed Articles in Conference Proceedings 

23. Shanmugaiah, V., Subramani, R., Jayaprakashvel, M. and Mathivanan, N. 2005. Biocontrol and plant growth promoting potential of a Pseudomonas sp. MML2212 from the rice rhizosphere. Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Biological Control of Bacterial Plant Diseases. Mitt. Biol. Bundesanst. Land- Forstwirtsch (Dormstadt, Germany) 408: 320-324

24. Subramani, R., Jayaprakashvel, M. and Mathivanan, N. 2005. Interactions of Mangrove Endophytic Bacteria with a Dry land Crop and its In vitro Biocontrol Potential. Proceedings of the Asian Conference on Emerging Trends in Plant- Microbe Interactions, (Eds. Gnanamanickam, S.S., Balasubramaniam, R. and Anand, N). University of Madras, Chennai, India. Pp: 337-341

25. Jayaprakashvel, M., Subramani, R. and Mathivanan, N. 2005. Plant Growth Promotion and Biological Control of sheath Blight in Rice by Marine Bacteria.  Proceedings of the Asian Conference on Emerging Trends in Plant- Microbe Interactions, (Eds. Gnanamanickam, S. S., Balasubramaniam, R. and Anand, N). University of Madras, Chennai, India. Pp: 343-349 


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