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MSSRF Team

 

Biotechnology

Dr. V.R. Prabavathy  is currently Principal Scientist at MSSRF. She holds a Ph. D degree in Botany with specialization in Microbiology and plant pathology. She is currently engaged in studying the genetic and functional diversity of the culturable and unculturable rhizosphere bacteria associated with coastal agricultural and mangroves ecosystems.She has expertise in identification of potential PGPR strains based on a polyphasic approach and developing them as Biofertilizers and Biopesticides to enhance crop productivity and improve soil health. She has published over 25 research papers. She can be contacted at prabavathyvr@mssrf.res.in

 

Dr. Gayatri  Venkataraman  is currently working as a Principal Scientist in the Plant Molecular Biology Laboratory at MSSRF. She has a Ph.D in Life Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) and She is interested in the area of plant abiotic stress tolerance, with particular emphasis on salinity tolerance  of select mangrove species and associates, borne out by numerous publications of original research articles in peer reviewed plant journals of high-medium impact and poster presentations at conferences. She has extensive hands-on experience with plant molecular biological techniques, tissue culture, plant transformation and bioinformatics. Her e-mail id is: gayatri@mssrf.res.in.

 

Dr. Suja George Principal Scientist at MSSRF holds a Ph.D. in Biotechnology. Her work has contributed to better understanding of plant abiotic stress tolerance. She has published several research articles on peer reviewed journals on molecular mechanisms of plant abiotic stress tolerance, and has presented her research finding at various conferences. Her areas of expertise include  Biotechnology,  molecular  biology,  tissue  culture,  biochemistry  and  bioinformatics.  Dr.  Suja George is a life member of many scientific bodies in India and abroad. She has been awarded several awards/fellowships including the DBT CREST award and the IUSSTF fellowship. She can be reached at suja@mssrf.res.in

Mr. R. Kalaimani  is currently working as Scientist at MSSRF, Kalpakkam. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Agriculture. He is currently engaged in Maintaining the Salinity tolerant, Drought resistant and Ferritin rich Transgenic paddy lines; Maintaining the pure lines of the transgenic lines and seed multiplication and Maintaining the Demonstration cum research Farms at IGCAR, Kalpakkam campus. He can be contacted at rasikalamani@yahoo.com

 

Biodiversity 

Wayanad

Dr. C. S Chandrika, is Principal Scientist at the Community Agrobiodiversity Centre (CAbC) of MSSRF in Wayanad, Kerala. She has an interdisciplinary academic back ground  with two post graduation degrees and  a PhD degree  in Literature, Women Studies, Gender  and Fine Arts.  She has been  a  Principal Scientist in  Social Science at CAbC since 2011,  focusing in the areas of  Sustainable Tribal livelihood development, Sustainable food and nutrition security of vulnerable communities, and Gender and Development. She is a renowned author, academic and public intellectual in Kerala, whose interventions have been influential the wider area of gender- society interface in Kerala. she is the author of   ‘Women’s History of Kerala’ whose other areas of expertise include Gender Planning, Budgeting and Auditing,  Women’s Writing, Sexual and Reproductive Health of Adolescents, Status of Tribal women and Dalit literature. She has published  6 research papers, 10 books over 100  popular  articles and myriad column articles  on  gender,  Adivasi, society  and development.  She is a  Resource person for  National level refresher training courses for teachers under the Universities Grants Commission (UGC) conducted by Academic Staff College for Women’s Studies Centres of Kerala University and Calicut University,  Kerala Mahila Samakya Society and Women’s NGOs on variety of  topics on gender. She has 21 years of experience in organizing women’s endeavors in collective research, action  and policy advocacy. She is a well known columnist and television presenter who presented myriad topics with experts panelists  exclusively on gender, society and development. She has bagged the  Fellowship  of Kerala Sahitya Academy, prestigious Muthukulam Parvathy Amma award (2010) for the book ‘Menstruating women’ which deals with women’s diverse issues and complex developmental questions and Thoppil Ravi Foundation literary award (2012) for the best book of the year 2011. She can be contacted at cschandrikamssrf@gmail.com

 

Suma Vishnudas is a Field coordinator for Grassroots Institutions based at Wayanad. She completed her post graduation in Tourism Management(Management, Sociology, Cultural Heritage of India, Ecology environment and Development, Marketing) and pursuing doctoral degree from Department of Anthropology, Kannur University. She started her career as a Visual Media journalist in 2004 and joined CAbC, Wayanad, MSSRF in 2011 as  a social researcher. She has more than 20 publications both in popular magazines, books and peer reviewed journals and participated both in national and international conferences. She can be contacted at sumavishnudas@yahoo.co.uk

 

 Kolli Hills

 

Dr. E.D. Israel Oliver King, a Principal Scientist  in MSSRF, Namakkal, holds a Ph.D degree in Botany. His team has worked out innovative community based models(CBM)  for conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, particularly landraces of small millets with the support of SDC. He has contributed to the study on Using Markets to promote the sustainable Utilization of crop genetic resources supported by FAO and IFPRI. He has researched on Payment for Agro‐ biodiversity Conservation Services, Biodiversity International, Rome supported by Syngenda Foundation and is actively involved in Global study on CBM and Empowerment supported by Wageningen University and Research Centre/Centre for Development Innovation, Netherlands. He coordinated the project on small millets supported by IDRC,  CIDA . He is a National coordinator of the IFAD‐Bioversity International project on reinforcing the resilience of poor rural communities in the face of Food insecurity, Poverty and climate change through on farm conservation of local agro biodiversity.  He  also leads the NABARD-supported Tribal Development project in Kolli Hills and serves as a Coordinator for South Asia on FAO‐ ITPGRFA sponsored CBM and Resilience project.  He serves in Advisory Committees of State in areas of Dryland and Hills Agriculture, Agro Forestry, Non‐conventional Energy, Tribal Welfare. He is a noted expert in Environmental Information Systems (ENVIS) node and Centre of Excellence on Ecological Heritage sites‐Sacred Forests. His varied experience covers: Community biodiversity management, Gender and conservation, Genetic literacy, Community institution building and livelihoods, folk arts and traditions and visual documentation. He has widely traveled to many countries and has published several papers. He can be contacted at  oliverking@mssrf.res.in 

 

N. Kumar, a Senior Scientist at MSSRF,  is an economist and trained in conducting research surveys (HH survey, Stakeholder interview, PRA using different tools), data collection, analysis and report writings. I have relevant experiences in the field of improved agronomics practices in millet cultivation (Community seed bank, quality seed production RBD trials, Morphometric and biometric study and PVS) Value addition, Marketing, Vermi composting, formation of orchard, Water resource development (mini percolation ponds), soil conservation (Bunding and trenching), Kitchen garden, community health and sanitation, as well as awareness on HIV/AIDS. He has ability to mobilize people for project activities and conducting training and capacity building program for field staff, Farmers and SHGs/FCs and Farmers’ Federation.

 

Coastal Systems Research

Dr. Parasuraman, Principal Scientist, holds  a Ph.D. and is working since 1991 with MSSRF Chennai. He is currently engaged in the Youth Development Programme for Agriculture with IEC department. He contributes exclusively for attracting and retaining educated youth in farming.  He has been successful in promoting literacy among economically and socially underprivileged children. He has been closely associated with the programme "Every Child a Scientist" where students from Corporation schools learn Scientific Principles and Concepts through multimedia and field visits following the method of "learning by doing". He played a major role in developing the "Touch and Smell Garden" for visually impaired students, to appreciate the beauty of nature and biodiversity. His major contributions were for education and nutrition and he is effectively putting efforts in bringing harmony and human security in all dimensions. Recently, he received three awards namely Education Excellence Award, Karmveer Puraskar and the Award for Best Citizen of India .He can be contacted at raman@mssrf.res.in

Machillipatinam

Dr. R. Ramasubramanian, a Principal Cordinator in Coastal Systems Research Programme of MSSRF, has a doctorate in Botany.  He has more than 18 years of participatory research experience in the areas of mangrove conservation and management.  His expertise includes mangrove and halophytes taxonomy, their ecology, mangrove sylviculture practices and halophyte farming. He has participated in national, international conferences, workshops and published 7 books and 15 papers in various journals. He can be contacted at ramasubramanian@mssrf.res.in 

POOMPUHAR 

Dr S.Velvizhi is Co-ordinator of MSSRF's 'Fish for All' Centre at Poompuhar. She holds a Ph D,  M.Sc and M.Phil in Marine Biology and Oceanography with specialization in Coastal fishers and tribal livelihood. She joined MSSRF in 2002 and is presently coordinating the Fisher Friend Programme of IEC division, which provides precision forecast services, capacity building on new fishing technologies, literacy on sustainable fisheries and Fish quality control measures to the fishing community. It uses multiple technological platforms, but predominantly mobile phones, in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andra Pradesh, Orissa and Kerala. She received the Ambedhar Award in 2010 for her contribution in popularizing and strengthening marine based livelihood options to rural fishing communities. She can be reached at velvizhi@mssrf.res.in 

 

R. Nagarajan is a Senior Scientist co-ordinating the GIS and Remote Sensing Lab in the Coastal Systems Research Programme at MSSRF. He has nearly a decade of expertise in GIS and RS applications in Water Resource, Urban Planning, Land Cover and Coastal Systems, and Socio-economic mapping. He has training in Satellite Imagery interpretation, Cartography, Water Resource Management, and Spatial modeling and has expertise in various advanced software. He holds a Masters degree in Spatial Information Technology and can be contacted on nagarajan@mssrf.res.in

 

S. Punitha is a Scientist at MSSRF on the Coastal Systems Research team, engaged in creating maps for existing projects. With a post graduation in Applied Geography, specializing in GIS and Remote Sensing, she has extensive experience in GIS and Remote sensing packages and GPS survey.  Email: punitha@mssrf.res.in

 

Ecotechnology

Dr. Manjula M is currently a Principal Scientist at MSSRF, Chennai. She holds a masters degree in Agricultural Economics. Currently she is working on Seasonal climate forecasting, gender value chain development, ecosystem services and related issues. Her areas of interest are agriculture related research studies, food security, climate change and macro-economic analysis. She can be contacted at manjulamenon@mssrf.res.in

 

K. Thachinamurthy is currently working as a Project Co-ordinator in Illuppur field site, Pudukkottai District, Tamil Nadu. He has completed M.A., M.Phil and presently continuing PhD research on Agriculture Producer organisations in South India. He is actively associating with rural communities for the past 15 or more years, through various development organisations in South India focusing on collective action, natural resource management and livelihoods. He played an active role in building three Farmer producer collectives and presently engaged with Illuppur Agriculture Producer Company Limited in Illuppur. He has expertise in strategic designing of community collectives with sustainable supply, value addition and market linkages. He can be contacted at thachinamurthy@mssrf.res.in.

 

P Nandeesh, is  a post graduate in Sociology and is working as a  Project coordinator in Villupuram field site, Tamil Nadu. He has more than 20 years of field experience in Institution building, watershed management and Participatory approaches. He joined the foundation in 2010 and prior to that he was associated with development NGOs in Tamil Nadu involved in disaster management and rural development. He has hands-on experience in facilitating Participatory Rural Appraisals and Appreciative Inquiry methods for assessment, planning and resolving issues in rural development.  He can be reached at nandeesh@mssrf.res.in

 

M. Devaraj is currently working as a Senior Scientist at, Kannivadi field Site, Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu.  He holds a Master degree in Information Technology with a Post graduate diploma in Computer applications. He is currently engaged in coordinating climate information services for farmers and has good working knowledge in Developing ICT based e-Content for print-based / mobile-based /web-based learning. He has participated in both in national and international level workshops and can be contacted at devaraj@mssrf.res.in

 

R. Seenivasan is working as Senior Scientist at Kannivadi field Site, Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu and holds a Master Degree in Botany.  He is currently engaged in grassroots institution building and promoting multiple livelihoods for women farmers. He possesses  good hands-on experience and knowledge in working with women collectives and  has three publications in organic farming. He can be contacted at seenivasan@mssrf.res.in.

 

B.Selvamukilan is a Senior Scientist at Kannivadi  field Site, Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu. He holds a masters degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology and completed his doctoral research on wilt disease management in Banana. He is currently working on rural entrepreneurship and has expertise in promoting ecoenterprises. He has a good working knowledge in low cost biofertlizer and biopesticide production. He has written five research articles and can be contacted at selvamukilan@mssrf.res.in

 

Food Security

Dr G. Anuradha  is currently working as a Principal Scientist in the Food Security Programme Area at MSSRF. She holds an M.Phil. Degree in Statistics from Madras Christian College affiliated to the University of Madras.  She joined MSSRF in May 1995 as a research assistant in a project on Agrobiodiversity Conservation. Over the years, she has worked on several important initiatives of the Foundation. Her expertise in statistical data analysis has been utilised for the completion of several successful projects on Biodiversity and Food Security. She has been part of the Food Security team since 2001 and has contributed to all the MSSRF publications dealing with the status of food security in the country. She can be contacted at anu@mssrf.res.in

 

Dr R. Gopinath is currently working as a Senior Scientist at MSSRF. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics.  His  primary  task  is  to  prepare  socio-economic database pertaining to MSSRF’s communit- based interventions. He had been part of Food Security team from 2005 to 2010 and had contributed to MSSRF publications of the status of food security in the country. His areas of interest and involvement include food security issues and socio-economic data analysis. He can be contacted at gopi@mssrf.res.in

 

Information, Education and Communication

 

R.Rajamanikkam is a Technology Professional who is currently working as a Senior Scientist in the IEC, Chennai since 2000. He has made significant contributions to Integrated Technology Management and explored and introduced new technologies. His area of expertise includes – computer related accessories and related new technologies, debugging and fixing the issues. Currently has been involving in coordination of the Technical activities across entire MSSRF, and sites located in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra. He can be reached at rajams@mssrf.res.in

 

Suvitha holds a Masters degree in  Home Science, Extension and Communication from Avinasilingam University, Coimbatore. She works as a Scientist in Information, Education, and Communication. Her expertise lies in the areas of nutrition, rural development, social mobilization, research design, data collection and analysis. She is responsible and is involved in grass-roots implementation for Fisher Friend Programme  in Chennai, Kanchipuram, and Thiruvallur. She handles all aspects of public relations of Grameen Gyan Abhiyan (GGA) Secretariat, interacting with numerous public and private entities. She has contributed extensively to key publications for GGA and fisheries interventions. She can be contacted at ggapartners@mssrf.res.in

 

J.Rojarani holds a MBA degree in Human Resource, and  an MA in Public Administration. She is currently working as a Scientist in  IEC programme area, Chennai.  She is engaged in overall IEC Project Management and Administration. For the past three years, she coordinated in the complete process of NVA fellowship Programme. She contributed towards many publications at programme level. Her areas of expertise include - Status Assessment, Research study, Administration and Finance. She can be contacted at rojarani@mssrf.res.in

 

R.Srinivasan, Scientist, holds a B.Tech degree in Computer Science Engineering. He has extensive work experience in web portal development and software tools development by using open source technologies (LAMP). He successfully executed various software projects for government organization and also led the development team for a leading tamil daily “daily thanthi” Newspaper . He is currently working on developing a web based knowledge management system for the overall foundation website and designs ICT based decision support system models to bridge the rural digital divide under the IEC Programme Area. He can be reached at vasanram@mssrf.res.in

 

K. Siranjothi holds a M.Sc. and  M.Phil in Home Science and is currently working as a Project Associate in IEC department in Chennai. She has expertise in research and implementation of ICT programme for the development of rural community. Her expertise was used to improve the life and livelihoods of the rural community. She has good communication skills and helps bring about change in the community by using the ICT extension services. She can be reached at siranjothi@mssrf.res.in 

 

PUDUCHERRY 

D.S.Girija, holds an M.Phil in Sociology and did her graduation in B.SC (Agr) and masters in M.A. Sociology. She is currently serving as a Senior Scientist, Village Resource Centre, Puducherry. She has adequate skill sets and good networking skills with departments to manage the Village Resource centres and Village Knowledge Centres which is community-focussed to address the needs of the community through various information technologies. She can be contacted at girija @mssrf.res.in

 

R. Elangovan is currently working as a Scientist at Parangipettai Village Resource Centre. Parangipettai. He holds a post graduation in Sociology degree in Rural and Urban Sociology and Environmental Sociology. He has vast experience in Solid waste Management, Health and sanitation. He involves in Organising and facilitating fisheries related awareness and training programmes, linkages with Govt/NGOs/Institutions for strengthening the VRC and VKC activities and serves for the livelihood enhancement of fisher folks and other communities. He can be contacted at elangovan@mssrf.res.in 

 

PUDUKKOTTAI 

Dr. R. Rajkumar holds a  Ph.D in Agriculture Economics from Bharathidasan University. At present, he is working as Senior Scientist in Village Resource Centre, Pudukkottai. His achievements in the areas of Education and rural development are commendable. His areas of expertise are networking and partnership, gender, intra and interpersonal communications, Govt. entitlements, and knowledge empowerment through ICT. His contribution has been recognized through Dr. Malcolm S. Adiseshiah Award, Satyan Maitra Memorial National Literacy Award and Bose Science Society award in recognition of his dedicated services in the field of ICT for Rural Development. He has made presentations in the national and international seminars.  He can be contacted at rajkumar@mssrf.res.in 

 

THIRUVAIYUR 

G.Sudhakar holds a Post Graduate degree in Agriculture, and currently serving as the Scientist at Village Resource Centre, Thiruvaiyur. His work contributed to understand the basic problems faced by the farmers related to agricultural practises and provides inputs to enhance their productivity. His area of expertise includes agricultural extension through ICT which has been effectively used to address the farmer’s queries. He is a trained plant doctor to serve the farmers in the plant clinics. He also served in agro-input marketing like fertilizers, specialty fertilizers, micronutrients and plant protection chemicals. He can be contacted at sudhkaar@mssrf.res.in 

 

LANSA

Dr R V Bhavani is Project Manager for LANSA and leads capacity strengthening for the programme. A postgraduate in Economics with an M Phil in Planning & Development from IIT Bombay, and PhD from Madras University, Bhavani has worked on food and livelihoods security at MSSRF for over a decade. As Director of Food Security, she coordinated research and field projects, initiating MSSRF's work in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra in 2006. Between 2004 and 2006, Bhavani was on deputation as Officer - Special Duty with National Commission on Farmers, formulated by Government of India. she can be contacted at bhavani@mssrf.res.in

 

Akshaya Kumar has a Masters in Sustainable Development from Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok. He has worked with MSSRF, Orissa, since 2001 in the areas of biodiversity conservation, food, nutrition and health security and participatory livelihood improvement. He has experience and understanding of pro-nutrition agriculture interventions, knowledge and experience of participatory assessments, training methodologies, ICT tools and documentation skills. For LANSA, Akshaya is a Senior Scientist, working exclusively on LANSA research and coordinates the Farming System for Nutrition initiative in Koraput district, Odisha.

 

Dr Nithya D J is a Nutritionist at MSSRF with a doctorate degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. She has worked as Research Associate at the Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology and Agricultural Engineering College in the field of Food Processing and Technology. Nithya has experience of training potential women entrepreneurs on value addition. For LANSA, Nithya is responsible for the nutrition status monitoring surveys and nutrition education at various levels. Email: djnithya@mssrf.res.in

 

Raju S holds a postgraduate degree in Economics from Madras School of Economics (MSE), Chennai. Prior to working with MSSRF, he worked for six years as a Project Associate at MSE. He is trained in statistical packages for data analysis, and in decoding and processing unit record data of the National Sample Survey Organisation. Raju is a Senior Research Fellow responsible for the management of all primary data generated under LANSA. He also assists in secondary data research. Email: raju@mssrf.res.in