Dr. Moleyur Nagarajappa Venugopal

Dr. Moleyur Nagarajappa Venugopal

Dr. Moleyur Nagarajappa Venugopal
Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University

Dr. Moleyur Nagarajappa Venugopal is serving as Professor and Head of the Department of Fisheries Microbiology, KVAFSU, College of Fisheries, Mangalore. He has 34 years of teaching and research experience and his current research interests include aquatic animal health, defense genes in shrimp, bioactive compounds from marine organisms, and fo od-borne human pathogens. He has operated and associated with research projects related to aquatic animal health and food safety. Dr. Venugopal was the recipient of fellowships to carry out higher research in molecular fish immunology at Miyazaki University, Japan under the ICAR, Govt of India national biotechnology award; Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India Short-Term Overseas Associateship for higher research in the area of DNA barcoding technology for characterizing marine biodiversity at the Dept of Biotechnology and Molecular Genetics, Center for Environmental Research and Technology, University of Bremen, Germany; Indo-German Cooperation Programme Fellowship for advanced research training in ‘Molecular Microbial Ecology’ at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany; Indo- UK, ODA Technical Assistance fellowship for research training on freshwater ecology  at Institute of Freshwater Ecology, Edinburgh and Windermere, United Kingdom, and fellowship of the  International Ocean Institute (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) for higher training on sustainable development of marine resources. He is currently involved with two research projects, ‘Defence genes of tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) with respect to bacteria (Vibrio harveyi ) and white spot virus (WSSV) infection’, and Surveillance of shrimp diseases in coastal Karnataka under the National surveillance programme on aquatic animal diseases.  He has published 42 research papers of which 26 are in peer reviewed international journals.

Dr. Venugopal is associated with this project as Co-principal Investigator and is responsible for successful implementation of the project to meet the project objectives. The study involves obtaining information/data on pond microbiome, disease status and histopathology of shrimp/fish from traditional and modern shrimp/fish culture systems, effect of probiotics/bioremediators on microbiome and host health, developing models to predict disease outbreak based on the data collected, and extending the project outcomes to aquafarmers to enable early disease prediction and mitigation.