I have been working in the area of aquaculture nutrition and feed technology since 1997. The main research areas of interest are nutrient requirement of Brackishwater fish and shrimps. The main focus of our research work is to develop cost effect feed technology for shrimp and fish and the prioritised areas are nutrient requirement of candidate species; feed processing technology; farm made feeds; functional feeds for broodstock and larvae of fish and shrimp; high health feeds; ornamental feeds; feed management and the development and commercialisation of cost-effective feed technologies.
My research interests include the nutrient enrichment of unconventional plant ingredients and replacement of fishmeal; farm-made feeds for brackishwater finfishes and polyculture; and nutrient requirements of brackishwater fish and shellfish species. My research area also includes feed development and culture of hilsa shad (Tenualosa ilisha), a migratory fish. I have twenty years’ research experience in the field of brackishwater finfish and shellfish nutrition and feed biotechnology. I am a recipient of the Endeavour Research Fellowship of the Australian Government and Nanaji Deshmukh Award for Outstanding Interdisciplinary Team Research from ICAR, Government of India. I am an Executive Committee member of the Society of Coastal Aquaculture and Fisheries in India.
My research interests include research and product development in the area of therapeutics and disease prevention. I have experience in development of immune stimulating agents and vaccines against viral diseases. I am a member in several committees under the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Government of India, and Central Drugs Standards Control Organization under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which help in preparing policy guidelines on regulation and monitoring of aquaculture drugs and importation of exotic species. I am also on the Editorial Board of the Indian Journal of Comparative Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases.