Area of research Fish Cell culture, Fish Virology, Fish Disease Diagnosis, Fish vaccines, Antibacterial Residence
Education MVSc., PhD.
Current Projects
  • Development of vaccines and diagnostic kit for the disease management of Goldfish Herpesviral Hematopoietic Necrosis Disease in India
  • National Surveillance of Aquatic Animal Diseases Subproject No 9 -Peninsular and Marine Fish Genetic Resources: Implementation of aquatic animal disease surveillance in the state of Kerala
  • Development and Characterization of Anti-Immunoglobulin Antibodies (Anti-Ig Abs) against an Indigenous Aquaculture Species
  • Development of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells from Somatic Cells for Long-term Use of Fish Genetic Resources 
Awards and recognition
  • ICAR National Fellow 2022
  • Best research paper award by American Fisheries Society 2020
  • ICAR NBFGR Best Scientist Award 2020
  • ICAR National Fellow 2017
  • ICAR NBFGR Best Scientist Award 2015 
  • ICAR NBFGR Best Team Award 2014
  • ICAR NBFGR Best Team Award 2012 
  • NAIP overseas fellowship to on Stem cell research (Fisheries) 
  • Member, Technical and Inspection committee, DADHF, Ministry of Agriculture and farmer’s welfare for establishment of Brood stock multiplication centers in India
  • Member of the expert committee, DADHF, Ministry of Agriculture and farmer’s welfare to develop aquatic animal quarantine units (AAQU) in India. 
  • DBT Nominee in the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBSC) at ICAR-Central Institute Fisheries Technology
  • Outside Member in the IBSC at ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute
  • DBT Nominee in the IBSC, National Ayurveda Research Institute for Panchakarma, Kerala.
Publications (Best 5 publications)
  • Arathi Dharmaratnam, Arun Sudhagar, T. R. Swaminathan. 2023. Evaluation of protective effects of heat-inactivated cyprinid herpesvirus-2 (CyHV-2) vaccine against herpesviral hematopoietic necrosis disease (HVHND) in goldfish (Carassius auratus), Fish & Shellfish Immunology, 132, 108460, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fsi.2022.108460.
  • Swaminathan, T.R., Tina Kollannoor Johny, Sundar Raj Nithianantham, Arun Sudhagar, Pravata Kumar Pradhan, Krupesha Sharma S R, Reshma R. Nair, and Neeraj Sood. 2022. A natural outbreak of Infectious spleen and kidney necrosis virus (ISKNV) threatens wild pearlspot, Etroplus suratensis in Peechi Dam in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot, India. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, DOI: 10.1111/tbed.14494 
  • Swaminathan, T. R., Narendrakumar Lekshmi, Prasannan Geetha Preena, Shanmuganathan Arun Raja, Dharmaratnam Arathi, and Nithianantham Sundar Raj. 2021.Comprehensive update on inventory of finfish cell lines developed during the last decade (2010-2020).  Reviews in Aquaculture, 13(4):2248-2288. DOI: 10.1111/raq.12566 
  • Swaminathan, T.R., Sundar Raj N., Lekshmi N., Tina K. J., Sood, N., Pradhan, P. K., Lal, K. K. 2021. Cichlids endemic to India are not susceptible to Tilapia Lake virus infection.  Aquaculture, Volume 548, Part 1, 737589, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2021.737589
  • Swaminathan, T. R., Sundar Raj, N., Arathi, D., Raj Kumar, Pradhan, P. K. Sumithra, T. G. and Sood, N. 2020. Cyprinid herpes virus - 2 (CyHV-2): a comprehensive review. Reviews in Aquaculture. 13(2):796-821. .https://doi.org/10.1111/raq.12499


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