July 15, 2019
+91-44-24618817, 24616948
Faculty Member

Scientists

Satheesha Avunje, Dr.

Scientist
Discipline: Aquaculture
Division: Aquatic Animal Health and Environment Division
Specialization: Aquaculture, Anti-viral immunology, Therapeutics

Contact Me

Phone: +91- 044 – 24618817 Ext:118
Fax: +91- 044 – 24610311

Email:satheesha@icar.gov.in / satheesha@ciba.res.in

Brief profile:

With masters in aquaculture from ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai in 2008, PhD in Aqualife Medicine from Chonnam National University, the Republic of Kore in 2012 and post-doc for one year, I am working in CIBA since 2014 on fish health management. I currently work in the division of Aquatic Animal Health and Environment Division in CIBA. My research career started with a doctoral research project on the influence of temperature on fish immune response against viral infection and escape of virus from the host immune system. During post-doctoral research, I worked on the development of anti-viral therapeutics from seaweeds. At present, I am a team member in the development of probiotics for improving fish/shellfish health and the cultural environment. During these periods, developed phage therapy for bio-control of vibriosis in shrimp aquaculture. My research interests are studying microbial intervention in improving culture animal health and environmental conditions, the influence of environmental parameters on fish/shellfish, host-pathogen interaction and development of treatment measures to control diseases in aquaculture.

Research areas:

  • Development of probiotics and therapeutics to control diseases in aquaculture
  • Influence of environmental parameters on disease susceptibility of culture animals
  • Host-pathogen interaction and anti-immune display by pathogen

Current Research Projects:

 

No
Title
Funded By
1 Abiotic stress management for enhanced productivity and environmentally sustainable shrimp farming Institute
2 All India Network Project on Fish Health ICAR
3 ICAR Consortia Research Platform onVaccines and Diagnostics ICAR
4 National initiative on climate resilient agriculture (NICRA) – Impact of climate change on aquaculture and mitigation options for minimizing greenhouse gases from aquaculture sector ICAR
5 Network Project on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) ICAR

Recognitions (National & International)

Avunje, S., Kim, W.S., Park, C.S., Oh, M.J. and Jung, S.J., 2011. Toll-like receptors and interferon associated immune factors in viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus-infected olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus). Fish & shellfish immunology31(3), pp.407-414.

Rajendran, K.V., Shivam, S., Praveena, P.E., Rajan, J.J.S., Kumar, T.S., Avunje, S., Jagadeesan, V., Babu, S.P., Pande, A., Krishnan, A.N. and Alavandi, S.V., 2016. Emergence of Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) in farmed Penaeus (Litopenaeus) vannamei in India. Aquaculture454, pp.272-280.

Avunje, S., Kim, W.S., Oh, M.J., Choi, I. and Jung, S.J., 2012. Temperature-dependent viral replication and antiviral apoptotic response in viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus (VHSV)-infected olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus). Fish & shellfish immunology32(6), pp.1162-1170.

Avunje, S., Oh, M.J. and Jung, S.J., 2013. Impaired TLR2 and TLR7 response in olive flounder infected with viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus at host susceptible 15 C but high at non-susceptible 20 C. Fish & shellfish immunology34(5), pp.1236-1243.

Dash, P., Avunje, S., Tandel, R.S. and Panigrahi, A., 2017. Biocontrol of luminous vibriosis in shrimp aquaculture: a review of current approaches and future perspectives. Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture25(3), pp.245-255.

Yang, H.K., Jung, M.H., Avunje, S., Nikapitiya, C., Kang, S.Y., Ryu, Y.B., Lee, W.S. and Jung, S.J., 2018. Efficacy of algal Ecklonia cava extract against viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV). Fish & shellfish immunology72, pp.273-281.

Avunje, S. and Jung, S.J., 2017. Poly (I: C) and imiquimod induced immune responses and their effects on the survival of olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus) from viral haemorrhagic septicaemia. Fish & shellfish immunology71, pp.338-345.

Kole, S., Avunje, S. and Jung, S.J., 2019. Differential expression profile of innate immune genes in the liver of olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus) against viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus (VHSV) at host susceptible and non-susceptible temperatures. Aquaculture503, pp.51-58.

Solanki, H.G., Manoharan, N., Ray, A.K., Avunje, S. and Jangham, A.K., 2018. Interactions of physico chemical parameters with bacterial populations in earthen and lined white legged shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) culture ponds. Indian Journal of Comparative Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases39(1), pp.38-44.

Kim, W.S., Kim, S.R., Park, M.A., Lee, J.S., Avunje, S., Kim, D.H. and Oh, M.J., 2013. Changes in fish viral disease outbreaks in the coastal area of Korea due to increasing water temperature, an impact of climate change.

Best 5 Publications during the Career

Rajendran, K.V., Shivam, S., Praveena, P.E., Rajan, J.J.S., Kumar, T.S., Avunje, S., Jagadeesan, V., Babu, S.P., Pande, A., Krishnan, A.N. and Alavandi, S.V., 2016. Emergence of Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) in farmed Penaeus (Litopenaeus) vannamei in India. Aquaculture454, pp.272-280.

Yang, H.K., Jung, M.H., Avunje, S., Nikapitiya, C., Kang, S.Y., Ryu, Y.B., Lee, W.S. and Jung, S.J., 2018. Efficacy of algal Ecklonia cava extract against viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV). Fish & shellfish immunology72, pp.273-281.

Avunje, S. and Jung, S.J., 2017. Poly (I: C) and imiquimod induced immune responses and their effects on the survival of olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus) from viral haemorrhagic septicaemia. Fish & shellfish immunology71, pp.338-345.

Kole, S., Avunje, S. and Jung, S.J., 2019. Differential expression profile of innate immune genes in the liver of olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus) against viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus (VHSV) at host susceptible and non-susceptible temperatures. Aquaculture503, pp.51-58.

Dash, P., Avunje, S., Tandel, R.S. and Panigrahi, A., 2017. Biocontrol of luminous vibriosis in shrimp aquaculture: a review of current approaches and future perspectives. Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture25(3), pp.245-255.

Best 3 Publications during last 3 years

 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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