Thiru. A.Udhayan, I.F.S.,

Mr.A. Udhayan, I.F.S., has been the Director of the Advanced Institute for Wildlife Conservation, Vandalur in the Tamil Nadu Forest Department since 14th June 2022. He belongs to 1991 batch of Indian Forest Service of Tamilnadu. He holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from Jawarharlal University, New Delhi, and Post Graduate diploma in wildlife Management from Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun and Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He has several years of experience in the field of wildlife and biodiversity conservation, having worked in various positions in the Tamil Nadu Forest Department. He had also served as Principal of the Eastern Forest Rangers College in Kurseong on deputation. As Deputy Director of the Forest Survey of India, as a Scientist at the Wildlife Institute of India, and a Specialist at the SAARC Forestry Centre in Thimphu, Bhutan Most recently, he served as Chairman of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board.

Thiru. Nihar Ranjan, I.F.S.,
Additional Director

Nihar Ranjan has joined as Additional Director of the Advanced Institute for Wildlife Conservation, Vandalur on 18th January, 2023. He is an Indian Forest Service Officer (2001 Batch - Tamilnadu Cadre). Nihar is an Engineer (B. Tech in Electrical Engineering). He graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, BHU, Varanasi. He also holds Master’s degree in Forest management from FRI Deemed University. Having worked in various positions in the Tamil Nadu Forest Department, as DFO/CF/CCF, he has nearly two decades of experience in the field of Conservation of Forests & Wildlife. Also, he is experienced in management of Tiger Reserve (he was Field Director of Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve) and captive wildlife management (he has served as Deputy Director of Arignar Anna Zoological Park for nearly 2 years) and also working in Corporations (he has served as General Manager and then as Managing Director of Arasu Rubber Corporation for nearly 2 years).

Deputy Director

Thiru.M.G.Ganesan has been the Deputy Director of Advanced Institute for Wildlife Conservation, Vandalur in the Tamil Nadu Forest Department since 12th October 2022. He received his M.Sc Agri from Govind Ballabh Pant Agricultural University and Technology (GBPUAT), Pantnagar, Uttrakand and joined as Agriculture officer in 2009. Earlier he served as ACF in Squad and Vigilance unit at Virudhunagar circle where he had handled many marine offences. He has also served as Eco-development officer in KMTR and as DD at ATR and handled tribal issues, Man-animal conflict and tiger cub rewildling for the first time in Tamil Nadu.

M.Sc.,M.Phil.,Ph.D.,B.Ed., Scientist “C”, AIWC,Vandalur

Completed B.Sc., Zoology (1984), M.Sc., in Wildlife Biology (1986),M.Phil in Zoology (1988) and Ph.D in Zoology(2001) from AVC College. Gold medalist and University first rank holder in PG and college Silver medalist in the UG degree. Attended 4 month training with fellowship by Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust (JWPT), Jersey, U.K. with special reference to Captive breeding of Wild animals (Reptiles, Birds and Reptiles). Recipient of Jaganatha Rao Memorial ward in the year 2022 for research contribution in Arignar Anna Zoological Park (AAZP). Recipient of Lions club (Chennai) meritorious award in the year 2021 for long term contribution to the captive management of wild animals in AAZP. Attended around 40 National and international seminars /conferences /workshops. Published more than 50 scientific research articles in various national and international journals on animal behavior, breeding, captive management etc Worked as Biologist in Arignar Anna Zoological Park from 1988 to 21th November 2022 and transferred and posted as Scientist “C’ in Advanced Institute for Wildlife Conservation (Research, Training & Education), Vandalur on November’ 2022.

Dr. D. Vasantha kumari
Veterinary Assistant Surgeon

M.V.Sc. Veterinary and Animal husbandry extension, Madras Veterinary College, Chennai Co-ordinator of research unit

JRF Morphometry Lab

PG in Environmental Sciences from PSG College of Arts and Sciences Coimbatore.

Evangeline D
Junior Research Fellow (Morphometric Lab)

M.Sc Wildlife Biology AVC College Mayiladuthurai Ph.D Zoology (Board field Entomology) Queen Mary's College Chennai

Subhashree G
Junior Research Fellow (DNA Forensic Lab)

M.Sc Biomedical Genetics, Dr. ALM PG Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Taramani Chennai

R.Uma Maheswari
Junior Research Fellow

M.Sc in Biotechnology from Alagappa University, Karaikudi B.Sc in Biotechnology from JJ College of Arts and Science, Pudukkottai

M. Prema
Laboratory Assistant

B.Sc. Zoology Assistant at Morphometry lab - Centre for Wildlife Forensic Sciences and Animal care lab – Centre for Animal Care Sciences

Dr. C. Bala Amarnath.,
Project Scientist

Dr. C. Bala Amarnath done his PhD in Biotechnology and Pathology from ICAR - Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture, Chennai, TamilNadu and the Doctoral degree awarded by the University of Madras, Chennai, Tamilnadu. He was the Scientific Officer in Orbito Asia Diagnostics, Chennai, Tamilnadu and he has wide experience in the molecular diagnostic platform via Real-time PCR, Development of Monoclonal Antibodies, and RNAi technology. Currently, he is working as a Scientist (TANII Project); his research is devoted to the Development of a LAMP-ELISA detection system for Anthrax and Tuberculosis infection in Elephants, Deer, and Gaur. He has qualified for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) – 2016 -Biotechnology; awarded the Department of Biotechnology (Govt. Of India) fellowship for pursuing the Advance Post Graduate Diploma in Molecular Diagnostics. Also, he has secured 60th Rank in the All India Biotechnology talent search by Biotech Helpline Foundation.

DR. Kalaiarasan
Project Scientist

Dr. Kalaiyarasan obtained his PhD from DRDO-Defence Institute of High Altitude Research, Leh, J&K, India in the field of Nanobiotechnology. He was a Scientist at ICMR- Regional Medical Research Centre, Dibrugarh, Assam; Project Scientist (World Health Organization) at CSIR- Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi and Project Scientist at Punjab Biotechnology Incubator, Punjab. Currently, he is working as a Scientist (TANII Project); his research focuses on the Identification of modified or altered or degraded meat derivatives of deer species to the species level using high though put DNA high-resolution melt. He has been awarded DRDO-Fellowship-2015, GATE-2013, CSIR-NET-2015 and Building Bharat-Boston Biosciences (B4) Young Scientist by South Asia Institute, Harvard University and Department of Biotechnology, India.

Dr. T.T. Shameer
Project Scientist

Dr. T.T. Shameer holds a Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from Government Arts College, Ooty, affiliated with Bharathiar University. He specializes in Landscape Ecology, Population Ecology, Community Ecology, Ecological Modeling, and Climate Change. He has worked with organizations such as the Wildlife Institute of India, UNDP, and various State Forest Departments, conducting research on carnivores from Tigers to Fishing Cats. Dr. T.T. Shameer is a prolific researcher with a notable publication record. He has authored 19 scientific articles published in various international peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, he has served as a reviewer for high-impact journals such as Scientific Reports and Global Ecology and Conservation, further contributing to the scientific community through peer review and evaluation of research work. He served as a Project Scientist at AIWC Under APO projects 2021-2022, focusing on Human-Wildlife Conflict and wetland identification. Currently, he works as a Project Scientist under TBGPCCR projects, his research focus on Wildlife Policy, Species Recovery, Migratory Species Ecology, and Capacity Building.

Dr M. Gabriel Paulraj
Project Scientist

Dr. Paulraj acquired his Ph.D. in Zoology from Bharathidasan University, Trichy in 2001; B.Sc. in Zoology and Zoology from St Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University. He was a Scientist at Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, Chennai, from 2003 to 2021 and Scientist at G.S. Gill Research Institute, Guru Nanak College, Chennai, from 2021 to 2022. Currently, he is working as a Scientist under APO projects; his research work is primarily focusing on ‘Surveillance of Chronic kidney disease by analysis of serum symmetrical dimethylarginine (SDMA) in captive tigers of AAZP’ and ‘Hematological and biochemical assessment of health in camp elephants in Anamalai and Mudhumalai Elephant camps’.

Dr. P.Malathi
Project Scientist

Dr. P.Malathi awarded her PhD in Zoology from Thanthai Periyar College of Arts and Science affiliated with Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli in 2018. She did her B.Sc, M.Sc, and M.Phil in Zoology from Holy Cross College, Tiruchirappalli. She participated as an Editor of the book in the Research circle “Emerging Trends in Science, Social Science, Engineering and Management - A Multidisciplinary Approach” Published with an Attempt of “Most Chapters in a Single Book”. This achievement has been entered in Wonder's Book of Records. Currently, she is working as a Scientist under the APO project titled, Aquatic insects: Indicators of ecological quality of wetland waters in Tamil Nadu.

Dr.Divya D
Project Scientist

B.V.Sc from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Veterinary Education and Research, Puducherry. M.V.Sc from College of Veterinary and Animal Science, Mannuthy, Kerala. Dr. Divya worked as a Veterinary surgeon and Scientist at Dr.K.M.Cherian Heart Foundation, Chennai, with her work focusing on cardiac studies in pigs and sheep. Presently, she is working as a Scientist under the APO project with her research on "Study on Haemoprotozoan disease infection in zoo carnivores"

Dr. Kumar K
Project Scientist ( MoFF Project)

Having completed Master's and Doctorate in Veterinary Anatomy from Madras Veterinary College, Dr. Kumar joined as Scientist in AIWC from August 2023. As a researcher he has worked with various animal models and has worked in coordination with Medical doctors and researchers of IIT Madras. Also has experience in teaching Veterinary Anatomy for Vet students and Animal husbandry for Agri students.

Sasipriyan P
Junior Research Fellow (Centre for Conservation Education)

B.Sc. Environmental Management at Jawahar Science College, Neyveli, Cuddalore, M.Sc. Environmental Sciences at Bharathiar University, Coimbatore.

T.Arvind Prabhu
Junior Research Fellow (TANII)

B.Tech in Biotechnology from Velsuniversity, Chennai. M.Tech in Biotechnology from Sree Satha Institute of Engineering and Technology, Chennai.

A.Benaiah Joel
Senior Research Fellow (TANII Project)

B.Tech Information Technology from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore. PGDM Data Science & Business Analytics from Great Lakes Institute of Management Private school, Chennai.

Valluri Lakshmi Sowjanya
Project Assistant (APO Project)

B.Sc Forensic Science from Aditya global business school, Andhra Pradesh Wildlife Biology from A.V.C College, Tamil Nadu

Avinash. T
Junior Research Fellow (APO Project)

MSC Geology Integrated From Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli. Mtech in Geo Informatics From Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli.

R. Madeswaran
Junior Research Assistant (MoFF Project)

M.Sc in Zoology from University of Madras, Chennai.B.Sc in Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology from Guru Nanak College, Chennai

Rithvik Sri Datta Nirmal M
Junior Research Fellow (MoFF Project)

M.Sc in Biotechnology from Pondichery University, Ponidcherry. B.Sc in Biotechnology from Achariya Arts and Science College, Pondicherry

P. Sandhya
Junior Research Fellow

M.Sc and B.Sc in Zoology (Specialization in Biotechnology) from Lady Doak College, Madurai.

Amritha Christine
Project Assistant (APO Project)

M.Sc. Zoology from Madras Christian College, Chennai. PgD in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland. B.Sc. Zoology from Madras Christian College, Chennai

Junior Research Fellow (APO Project)

Bachelors and Masters in Zoology at A.V.C. College (Autonomous), Mayiladuthurai.

R. Saravanakumar
Project Assistant (TANII Project) zoology From A.V.C College (Autonomous) Mannampandal, Mayiladuthurai. B.Sc Zoology From A.V.C College (Autonomous) Mannampandal, Mayiladuthurai.

Madhumita R
Senior Research Fellow(TANII Project)

M. Sc. Animal Biotechnology

Pradeep Kumar. N
Junior Research Fellow (Centre for Conservation Education)

B.Sc. Zoology (Animal Science) at Government art's college Coimbatore, M.Sc. Environmental Sciences at Bharathiar University, Coimbatore.

Shinta Ann Jose
Junior Research Fellow (MoFF Project)

M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Biotechnology from Shri Nehru Maha Vidyalaya College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore.

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