DHINAKAR RAJ, G.

Designation and address
Director, Centre for Animal Health Studies,
TANUVAS, Madhavaram Milk Colony, Chennai – 600 051

Qualifications
M.V.Sc. (Animal Biotechnology)
Ph.D. (Liverpool, UK)
Contact
T  +91-44–2555 5151
M +91-9381036277
E dhinakarraj.g@tanuvas.ac.in

Fields(s) of specialization
Majoring field : Animal Biotechnology
Specializing field : Molecular Virology and Immunology, Translational Research
Current Projects
Project title Role in the project Fund outlay Funding agency
Veterinary Incubation Foundation @ TANUVAS Project Coordinator 235.00 lakhs EDII-TN
Accelerating Bovine tuberculosis control in developing countries – India (AB TB CD) PI 3,25,111 USD Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
Diagnosis of Immune Mediated Diseases, Lymphoma and Canine Parasitic Diseases and Establishment of Platelet Banks for Therapy PI 113.368 lakhs DBT
Translational Research Platform for Veterinary Biologicals – Phase II PI 1077.47 lakhs DBT
Developing portable instrumentation for the existing technologies available at TANUVAS for detection of post-partum disease conditions in bovines PI 38.10 lakhs DST
Bovine Tuberculosis Control: Mycobacterial diseases in animals network (My DAN) Programme Co-PI 848.242 lakhs DBT
Canine Parvo virus 2b vaccine candidate; Evaluation toward regulatory compliance Co-PI 25.50 lakhs DBT
Development of canine distemper virus like particles and evaluating its potential for use as vaccine candidate Co-PI 28.968 lakhs DBT
Completed Projects
Project title Role in the project Fund outlay Funding agency
Translational Research Platform for Veterinary Biologicals (Phase I) PI 2293.77 lakhs DBT
Development of a novel production technology to enhance the scalability and affordability of the Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) vaccine PI 56.00 lakhs BIRAC
Nano Newcastle Disease Virus vaccine - pathway to commercialization PI 16.61 DBT
Animal Biotechnology Career Enhancement Programme (ABCEP) PI 126.33 DBT
Status of Veterinary Vaccines and Diagnostics in India - A comprehensive review PI 30.032 DBT
Understanding the immune mechanism of host disease and development of marker vaccines and DIVA test for Peste des petits ruminants PI 106.426 DBT
Recent Research Publications
  1. Maroudam V., Venkataraman K., Chitra K., Arun Attur S., Chand Prudhvi M., Thomas H., Rathnagiri P., Arunmozhivarman K., Dhinakar Raj G., Martin Vordermeier and Mohana Subramanian B. (2018). Point of Care Tuberculosis Sero-Diagnosis Kit for Wild Animals: Novel Combination of Proteins for Improving the Diagnostic Sensitivity and Specificity. Indian Journal of Microbiology, 58 (1), 81–92.
  2. Ramachandran S., Thiyagarajan S., Dhinakar Raj G. and Uma A. (2017). Non-invasive in vivo imaging of fluorescence-labeled bacterial distributions in aquatic species. International Journal of Veterinary Science and Medicine. 5 (2), 187-195.
  3. Viswanathan K., Divya Bharathi B., Gomathi J. and Dhinakar Raj G. (2017). Anti-microbial and skin wound dressing application of molecular iodine nanoparticles Mater. Res. Express 4 104003
  4. B. ChengatPrakashbabu, V. Thenmozhi, G. Limon, K. Kundu, S. Kumar, R. Garg, E.L. Clark, A.S.R. Srinivasa Rao, D.G. Raj, M. Raman, P.S. Banerjee, F.M. Tomley, J. Guitian, D.P. Blake (2017) Eimeria species occurrence varies between geographic regions and poultry production systems and may influence parasite genetic diversity. Veterinary Parasitology, 233: 62-72
  5. S Akila, Malini K Selvan, Hariprasad Naidu, Shwethaa Raghunathan, Sathish Kota, RC Raja Sundaram, Samir Kumar Rana, G Dhinakar Raj, VA Srinivasan, B Mohana Subramanian (2016) Direct typing of Canine parvovirus (CPV) from infected dog faeces by rapid mini sequencing technique. Journal of Virological Methods 238: 66-69
  6. Kaliyaperumal Viswanathan, P Monisha, M Srinivasan, D Swathi, M Raman, G Dhinakar Raj (2016 Chlorhexidine-calcium phosphate nanoparticles — Polymer mixer based wound healing cream and their applications. Materials Science and Engineering: C 67: 516-521 7. Parida, Satya; Muniraju, Murali; Altan, Eda; Baazizi, Ratiba; Raj, Gopal Dhinakar Raj, Mahapatra, Mana (2016) Emergence of PPR and its threat to Europe. Small Ruminant Research 142: 16-21 2016
Honours & Awards
  1. Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Award for First Rank in BVSc in 1986 • Tamil Nadu Scientist Award (TANSA) for Isolation of chicken anaemia virus, antigenic characterization of Ranikhet virus etc. (1994)
  2. Maruthamuthu Mariyayee University Best Teacher Award in 2003
  3. Dr. U. K. Menon Award given by the His Excellency the Governor of Tamil Nadu during the Convocation for Best Teacher in Biotechnology in 2006
  4. Sir Macfarlane Burnet Memorial Award in 2006 by Indian Society of Veterinary Immunology and Biotechnology for best Team Research Work on PPR diagnostics
  5. National Bioscience Award for Development and commercialization of immunology-based kits in 2007
  6. ISVIB Scientist Award in 2009 by Indian Society of Veterinary Immunology and Biotechnology For best research article in Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology • The Best Research Scientist Award given by His Excellency the Governor of Tamil Nadu for research contribution in veterinary biotechnology in 2011
  7. DBT-TATA Innovation Fellowship (2012) for outstanding research contributions in translational research
  8. Fellow of Indian Society for Veterinary Immunology and Biotechnology (ISVIB) in 2014 by Indian Society for Veterinary Immunology and Biotechnology for long and meritorious service and purposeful contributions in veterinary immunology and biotechnology
  9. 12 Certificate of Appreciations was received from TANUVAS for various research and development activities