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Assoc Prof Dr. Chinnarajan Ravindran, Microbiology, Best Researcher Award

Professor at CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, India


Dr. Chinnarajan Ravindran is a distinguished scientist and researcher with a diverse academic background and expertise spanning microbiology, immunology, marine biology, and molecular genetics. He holds a Ph.D. in Botany with a specialization in Mycology from the University of Madras, Chennai, India, obtained in 2003.

Throughout his career, Dr. Ravindran has held significant positions in various research institutions. He is currently serving as the Principal Scientist at the CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography since February 2020, showcasing leadership and expertise in marine science. Prior to this, he held the position of Senior Scientist at the same institution from February 2014 to February 2020 and Scientist from February 2010 to February 2014.

Professional Profile:

Education & Qualification:

Ph.D. (2003):

  • Discipline: Botany
  • Institute: CAS in Botany, University of Madras
  • Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

M.Phil. (Botany):

  • Discipline: Mycology
  • Institute: RKM Vivekananda College
  • Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

M.Sc. (Botany):

  • Institute: RKM Vivekananda College
  • Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

B.Sc. (Botany):

  • Institute: Govt. Arts College
  • Location: Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India

Positions and Awards::

Dr. Chinnarajan Ravindran has a distinguished career with notable positions and awards, showcasing a strong commitment to scientific research and oceanography. Here is an overview of his positions and awards:

Principal Scientist (CSIR- National Institute of Oceanography):

  • Duration: February 2020 – Present

Senior Scientist (CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography):

  • Duration: February 2014 – February 2020

Scientist (CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa, India):

  • Duration: Since February 2010 – February 2014

Visiting Scientist (Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA):

  • Duration: August 2012 – August 2013
  • Award: DBT-CREST award

Junior Scientist (CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa, India):

  • Duration: February 2007 – January 2010

Post-doctoral Fellow (Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan):

  • Duration: January 2006 – January 2007

Post-doctoral Fellow (Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology – CCMB, Hyderabad, India):

  • Duration: June 2004 – January 2006

Post-Doctoral Fellow (DBT -PDF program, IISc, Bangalore) at Delhi University, India:

  • Duration: February 2003 – May 2004

Junior Research Fellow (JRF, University of Madras):

  • Duration: April 1998 – March 2002

Dr. Chinnarajan Ravindran’s career has been marked by a progression from a Junior Research Fellow to Principal Scientist, reflecting his dedication and contributions to the field of oceanography and microbiology. Additionally, his international experience as a Visiting Scientist in the USA and Post-doctoral Fellow in Taiwan demonstrates a global perspective in his scientific endeavors.

Awards and Honors:

Dr. Chinnarajan Ravindran has received recognition for his contributions in the field of science and research through various awards and honors. Notable distinctions include:

DBT-CREST Award (2012):

  • Recognition: Awarded for outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of microbiology and immunology.

INSA Visiting Fellowship Award (2011):

  • Recognition: Awarded by the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) for excellence in research, providing opportunities for collaborative work and knowledge exchange.

DBT-PDF Award (2004):

  • Recognition: Awarded the Department of Biotechnology Post-Doctoral Fellowship, acknowledging excellence in research and contributions to the scientific community.

These awards underscore Dr. Chinnarajan Ravindran’s dedication to advancing scientific knowledge, particularly in the areas of microbiology and immunology, and highlight his achievements in the field.

Research Areas:

Microbiology and Immunology:

  • Investigation of microbial organisms and their interactions with the immune system.
  • Study of host-pathogen interactions, including the mechanisms of infection and immune responses.


  • Research focusing on fungi, including their identification, classification, and ecological roles.
  • Exploration of the medical and environmental significance of various fungi.


  • Integration of biological sciences with oceanographic studies, examining marine life and ecosystems.
  • Exploration of microbial life in marine environments and its impact on ocean health.

Cellular and Molecular Biology:

  • Research into cellular processes and molecular mechanisms underlying biological phenomena.
  • Investigation of genetic and molecular aspects of microbial and cellular functions.


  • Application of biological processes for various technological purposes.
  • Exploration of biotechnological tools for improving healthcare, agriculture, or environmental sustainability.

Publication Top Noted:

Title: Diseases and pathogens of marine invertebrate corals in Indian reefs

  • Authors: D Sharma, C Ravindran
  • Journal: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
  • Year: 2020
  • Summary: The paper discusses diseases and pathogens affecting marine invertebrate corals in Indian reefs.

Title: Manipulating Galectin Expression in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)

  • Authors: C Feng, M Nita-Lazar, N González-Montalbán, J Wang, J Mancini, …
  • Book: Galectins: Methods and Protocols
  • Year: 2015
  • Summary: Focuses on manipulating galectin expression in zebrafish, providing methods and protocols.

Title: Ciliated protozoan occurrence and association in the pathogenesis of coral disease

  • Authors: C Ravindran, HP Raveendran, L Irudayarajan
  • Journal: Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Year: 2022
  • Summary: Examines the occurrence of ciliated protozoa and their association in the pathogenesis of coral disease.

Title: Translesion DNA polymerases Pol ζ, Pol η, Pol ι, Pol κ and Rev1 are not essential for repeat-induced point mutation in Neurospora crassa

  • Authors: R Tamuli, C Ravindran, DP Kasbekar
  • Journal: Journal of Biosciences
  • Year: 2006
  • Summary: Investigates the role of specific DNA polymerases in repeat-induced point mutation in Neurospora crassa.

Title: Role of alkaline-tolerant fungal cellulases in release of total antioxidants from agro-wastes under solid-state fermentation

  • Authors: C Ravindran, GR Varatharajan, A Karthikeyan
  • Journal: BioResources
  • Year: 2011
  • Summary: Explores the role of alkaline-tolerant fungal cellulases in releasing total antioxidants from agro-wastes in solid-state fermentation.

Title: Two new species of the genus Entoloma from south India

  • Authors: K Natarajan, C Ravindran
  • Journal: Mycotaxon
  • Year: 2003
  • Summary: Describes two new species of the genus Entoloma discovered in South India.



Chinnarajan Ravindran | Microbiology | Best Researcher Award

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