Dr. Ramaraj Boopathy

Dr. Ramaraj Boopathy

Title: John Brady Sr. & John Brady Jr. Endowed Professor
Department: Biological Sciences
Email:
Phone: 985-448-4716
Office Location: 216 Gouaux Hall

Education:
B.S., University of Madras; M.S., Tamil Nadu Agricultural University; Ph.D., University of Madras

Dr. Raj Boopathy is an Alcee Fortier Distinguished Service Professor of biological sciences at the Nicholls State University, USA.  He received the Jerry Ledet Foundation Endowed Professorship in Environmental Biology in 2002 and John Brady Endowed Professorship in 2012. In 2008, Dr. Raj Boopathy received the Nicholls State University’s Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence. He has more than 25 years of research experience in the area of bioremediation and bio-processing. His research involves bioremediation of hazardous chemicals including oil spills, biological treatment of wastewater, antibiotic resistance genes in the environment, and bio-ethanol production.  He has published 146 research papers in peer- reviewed journals and 12 book chapters. His research work has been cited more than 6,000 times.  He recently co-edited a book on Sustainable Aquaculture published by Springer.  Dr.Raj Boopathy reviewed research grants for National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, US Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and numerous private agencies and foreign governments including South Africa, Switzerland, Indonesia, and India.  He is the editor of International journal of Biodeteriortion and Biodegradation (IBB). He is the Associate Editor of the Journal, Bioresource Technology and on the Editorial Board of various International journals. Dr. Raj Boopathy received Fulbright scholarship and spent six months teaching and conducting research at the Institute of Technology (ITB) in Bandung, Indonesia in 2007. He also received European Union-US biotechnology Fellowship and Leverhulme commonwealth fellowship. He is the Fellow of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the International Forum on Bioprocessing (IFBioP). He was recently elected as a Fellow of Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB). Dr Raj Boopathy was selected as a Fulbright Senior Scholar Specialist to visit various countries for next five years by the US State Department. Dr. Boopathy received Dr. Waksman Award from SIMB for his contribution in Microbiology education in 2017.

Courses taught:
BIOL 204 — General Microbiology Laboratory
BIOL 401 — Seminar
BIOL 480 — Environmental Biotechnology
BIOL 501 — Graduate Seminar

Research interests:
Biodegradation of hazardous chemicals, isolation and identification of novel bacteria, anaerobic degradation of explosive chemicals and oil spills, microbial decomposition of post-harvest sugarcane residue, influence of anaerobic bacteria on periodontal disease, microbial ecology.

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