Dr S.V. Alavandi, Principal Scientist and Head, Aquatic Animal Health and Environment

Aquatic Animal Health & Environment Division, ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture

Email: svalavandi@gmail.com


I have worked at CIBA since 1990 and currently head the Aquatic Animal Health and Environment Division, leading the research programme on aquatic animal disease surveillance with special reference to emerging issues in brackishwater aquaculture. I provide expert services to the Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying and Fisheries, Government of India, for aquatic animal quarantine, import of aquaculture inputs and related technical matters. This has included work on the import risk analysis for the introduction of Pacific white shrimp to India. I previously worked at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Cochin beginning in 1984, and carried out research on the occurrence of heterotrophic microorganisms and mercury contamination in coastal and marine waters.


  • National Surveillance Programme for Aquatic Animal Diseases.
  • Prevention and management strategies for viral, microbial and parasitic diseases of candidate species in brackishwater ecosystems.
  • Development of diagnostics and vaccines for sustainable aquaculture.
  • Network project on agricultural bioinformatics and computational biology.


Contact details

ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture
75 Santhome High Road, MRC Nagar
Chennai 600028
Tamil Nadu
Mobile: +91 (44) 24618817
Fax: +91 (44) 24610311
Email: svalavandi@gmail.com