Dr. Ramaraj Boopathy
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 30 years of research experience in the area of bioremediation and bio-processing. His research involves bioremediation of hazardous chemicals including oil spills and explosives, biological treatment of wastewater, antibiotic resistance genes in the environment, and bio-ethanol production. He has published 167 research papers in peer- reviewed journals and 17 book chapters. He edited one book. His research work has been cited more than 7,000 times with h-index of 46. 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 Israel. He is the editor of International journal of Biodeteriortion and Biodegradation (IBB) and the Journal of Applied Sciences (Section, Environmental and Sustainable Science and Technology). He also serves as a senior editor of the Journal, Renewable Bioresources and is on the Editorial Boards of various International journals including Bioresource Technology and the International Journal of Soil and Sediment Contamination. 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 has been elected as a Fellow of various societies including International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) and the International Forum on Bioprocessing (IFBioP). Dr Raj Boopathy was selected as a Fulbright Senior Scholar Specialist to visit various countries for next five years by the US State Department and he recently visited Malaysia and Indonesia as a Fulbright Specialist. Dr. Boopathy received Dr. Waksman Award from SIMB for his contribution in Microbiology Education in 2017.
BIOL 204 — General Microbiology Laboratory
BIOL 401 — Seminar
BIOL 480 — Environmental Biotechnology
BIOL 501 — Graduate Seminar
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.