NCAOR Staff - Dr. Venkatachalam S.

Dr. Venkatachalam S.

Project Scientist II
Department Name : Arctic Ecology & Biogeochemistry
Desk No : +91-832-2525626

Academic Record

2014: Ph.D. in Biotechnology at Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.

2009: M.Sc. in Biotechnology at Bharathidasan University, Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India.

2008: PG Diploma in Bioinformatics at Bishop Heber College, Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India.

2007: B.Sc. in Biotechnology at Periyar University, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India.

2006: PG Diploma in Computer Applications at BCET, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India. 


2019 – 2021 : DST-SERB National Post-Doctoral Fellowship (NPDF), India.

2015 – 2016 : NRF-SARChi Post-Doctoral Fellowship, National Research Foundation, South Africa.

2017 – 2018 : Rhodes University Post-Doctoral Fellowship, South Africa.

2017 : NRF-WRC-SAIAB international travel grant for conference presentation at Zagreb, Croatia.

2010 : DBT international travel grant for conference presentation at Frankfurt, Germany. 

Research Area

  •   Microbial Ecology, Genomics and Pan-genomics research from Alpine and Polar ecosystems.
  •   Genome mining of secondary metabolites and bioactive compounds from extreme environments.
  •   Ecology and evolution of Candidate Phyla Radiation groups.
  •   NGS instrumentation, Large-scale genome sequence data analysis using supervised and machine learning    approaches.

Professional Record

2022 - till date: Project Scientist - II, National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research, Goa, India

2019 – 2021    : SERB-Postdoctoral Researcher, National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research, Goa, India

2017 – 2018    : Honorary Research Associate, The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity,

                          Grahamstown, South Africa

2015- 2018     : Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology,

                          Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.

2014               : Senior Research Fellow, Microbiology Division, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (ICAR-IARI),

                         New Delhi, India.

2010- 2014     : Junior and Senior Research Fellow, Department of Biotechnology, Bharathiar University,                      Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India