Biology Instructor to Visit Indonesia as World Class Professor

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THIBODAUX, La. — A Nicholls biology professor has been selected to visit Indonesia in August as part of the World Class Professor program.

Dr. Raj Boopathy, Alcee Fortier Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences, will visit the Institute of Technology, Bandung, for two weeks. The Indonesian government only awards 10 World Class Professorships every year, and it is based on research output and publication record. Dr. Boopathy’s work has been cited more than 7,000 times worldwide.

“It is a big honor to be selected as a World Class Professor,” he said. “This says that Nicholls accommodates professors with high research output, and Nicholls always encourages the scholarly work of its professors.”

Dr. Boopathy will talk about his research in environmental biotechnology on the presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the environment, biodegradation and bioremediation of hazardous chemicals, biofuel production and biological treatment of wastewater. He will also host workshops on how to write and publish scientific papers for peer-reviewed journals.

“I am looking forward to this trip and hope to learn from this exchange of scholars including Indonesian University systems, their education curriculum and scholarly work,” he said. “I am also looking forward to learning about Indonesian customs and culture.”

As part of this program, one professor from the Institute of Technology, Bandung, will visit Dr. Boopathy’s lab in October for two weeks to learn more about collecting data and publishing work in the highest quality journals worldwide. This visiting program is funded by the government of Indonesia.

Dr. Boopathy is also a Fulbright Specialist and has won three Fulbright awards since 2007. As a specialist, Dr. Boopathy’s services can be requested by international entities seeking his expertise, and he visited Malaysia earlier this year to aid the country with its pollution problem.

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