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Dr.Sandhya Sukumaran

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Role:Senior Scientist
Focus of Research:
  • Fish genetics
  • Molecular ecology and eco-genotoxicology
  • Marine Biodiversity and conservation

I graduated in fisheries science from College of Fisheries, Panangad, completed my masters’ degree in Mariculture from CMFRI, Kochi and carried out doctoral studies at University of East Anglia, UK.  I worked intensively on reef corals of Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay with a view to gain insights into their biodiversity, taxonomy and ecology.  The effect of genotoxic chemicals on aquatic ecosystem and the role of sex in shaping evolutionary adaptations were studied using matrix population modeling in Artemia.  Presently my research is focused on population genetics of fishes and its relation to climatic fluctuations in the Indian ocean. 

  • PhD  2012  University of East Anglia, UK
  • MFSc  2001  Mariculture, CMFRI, Kochi (CIFE, Mumbai)
  • BFSc   1999  Fisheries Science, College of Fisheries, Panangad (Kerala Agricultural University)
Current Research Projects
No Title Funded By
1 Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnological applications in mariculture and fishery resource management ICAR- CMFRI
2 Health management in selected finfish and shell fish for mariculture and aquariculture and bioprospecting from marine resources ICAR- CMFRI
3 Studies on the genetic stock structure of Indian mackerel, Rastrelliger kanagurta along the Indian coast FAO-BOBLME
4 National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture – Marine fisheries ICAR-NICRA
Awards & Recognitions:
  • Commonwealth Scholarship 2008 by British council and Commonwealth Scholarship Commission – for PhD programme at University of East Anglia, UK under the guidance of Prof. Alastair Grant, Director, Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia
  • Best paper award:  The paper, entitled “Differential Responses of Sexual and Asexual Artemia to Genotoxicity by a Reference Mutagen: Is the Comet Assay a Reliable Predictor of Population Level Responses?” (Ecotoxicol Environ Safety 91: 110) by Sandhya Sukumaran and Alastair Grant  has been selected by a committee of the Risk Assessment Specialty Section of Society of Toxicology, Phoenix, Arizona, USA as one of the Best Published Papers Advancing the Science of Risk Assessment.  
  • ICAR Junior Research Fellowship
  • Kerala Agricultural University Merit Award


Best 5 Publications:

1. Sandhya Sukumaran and Alastair Grant. 2013. Multigenerational demographic responses of sexual and asexual Artemia to chronic genotoxicity by a reference mutagen. Aquatic Toxicology. 144-145: 66-74.
2. Sandhya Sukumaran and Alastair Grant. 2013. Effects of genotoxicity and its consequences at the population level in sexual and asexual Artemia assessed by analysis of inter simple sequence repeats (ISSR). Mutation Research 757: 8-14.
3. Sandhya Sukumaran and Alastair Grant. 2013. Differential responses of sexual and asexual Artemia to genotoxicity by a reference mutagen. Is the comet assay a reliable predictor of population level responses? Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 91: 110-116.
4. Sandhya Sukumaran and Rani Mary George. 2010. Community structure and spatial patterns in biodiversity of hard corals in selected islands of Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve, India. Asian Fisheries Science, 23: 9-24.
5. Rani Mary George and Sandhya Sukumaran. 2007. A systematic appraisal of the hard corals of the family Acroporidae from Gulf of Mannar. CMFRI Bulletin No:50, 118p.