Scientific-Staff 

satheesha 
Satheesha Avunje, Dr.
Designation : Scientist
Discipline : Aquaculture
Division : Aquatic Animal Health and Environment Division
Specialization : Aquaculture, Anti-viral immunology, Drug development
Research areas:
  • Development of therapeutics to control diseases in aquaculture
  • Host-pathogen interaction and anti-immune display by viruses
  • Bioinformatics approach for studying pathogenic factors of bacteria and viruses
Brief profile:

After taking masters in aquaculture in 2008 and PhD in Aqualife Medicine in 2012 I am working in CIBA since 2014 on fish health management. I currently work in division of Aquatic Animal Health and Environment Division in CIBA. For my doctoral research project, I have worked on influence of temperature on fish immune response against viral infection and escape of virus from host immune system. During post-doctoral research, I worked on development of anti-viral therapeutics from seaweeds. At present I am working on bio-control of vibriosis and development of therapeutic measures to control viral diseases in aquaculture. My research interests are studying host-pathogen interaction and development of treatment measures to control diseases in aquaculture.

Current Research Projects (3 important ones):

NoTitle Funded By
1 Aquatic animal diseases and intervention tools for their management Institute
2All India Network Project on Fish HealthICAR
3Comparative genomics of candidate species of brackishwater aquacultureICAR

Recognitions (National & international level) :
  • Young scientist travel award for oral presentation in Diseases of Asian Aquaculture Symposium – VIII (2011).
  • Global-scholarship to pursue doctoral programme in Chonnam National University, South Korea.
  • Sixth rank in Best Fisheries Graduate of India-2006 competition conducted by Professional Fisheries Graduates Forum.
Best 5 Publications during the career:
  1. Avunje S, Oh MJ, Jung SJ. Impaired toll-like receptors and delayed host immune responses in olive flounder infected with VHSV at susceptible temperature, 15°C but high and quick response at non-susceptible temperature, 20°C. Fish Shellfish Immunol, 34: 1236-43.
  2. Kim WS, Kim SR, Park M, Lee JS, Avunje S, Kim DH, Oh MJ. Changes in Fish Viral Disease Outbreaks in the Coastal Area of Korea Due to Increasing Water Temperature, an Impact of Climate Change. Korean Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 46 (5), 582-588.
  3. Avunje S, Kim WS, Oh MJ, Choi I, Jung SJ. Temperature-dependent viral replication and antiviral apoptotic response in viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus (VHSV)-infected olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus). Fish Shellfish Immunol 2012; 32: 1162-70.
  4. Avunje S, Kim WS, Park CS, Oh MJ, Jung SJ. Toll-like receptors and interferon associated immune factors in viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus-infected olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus). Fish Shellfish Immunol, 2011; 31: 407-14
Best 3 Publications during last 3 years:
  1. Avunje S, Oh MJ, Jung SJ. Impaired toll-like receptors and delayed host immune responses in olive flounder infected with VHSV at susceptible temperature, 15°C but high and quick response at non-susceptible temperature, 20°C. Fish Shellfish Immunol, 34: 1236-43.
  2. Avunje S, Kim WS, Oh MJ, Choi I, Jung SJ. Temperature-dependent viral replication and antiviral apoptotic response in viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus (VHSV)-infected olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus). Fish Shellfish Immunol 2012; 32: 1162-70.
  3. Avunje S, Kim WS, Park CS, Oh MJ, Jung SJ. Toll-like receptors and interferon associated immune factors in viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus-infected olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus). Fish Shellfish Immunol, 2011; 31: 407-14
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