Dr Somnath S. Pai

Asst. Professor (Grade - II)

Amity Institute Of Virology & Immunology
 
  • Teaching Interests

    Microbiology Molecular Biology Immunology Virology
  • Qualifications

    Graduation : B.Sc(Zoology, Botany, Chemistry)-1993,Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam

    Post Graduation : M.Sc(Life Science)-1995,Pondicherry University

    Post Graduation : P.G. Diploma(Plantation Management)-1997,Kothari Agricultural Management Centre

    Doctorate : Ph.D.(Virology & Immunology)-2007,Cochin University of Science & Technology, Kochi

  • Experience

    01 Feb 2012 - Present
    Asst. Professor (Grade - II),
    Amity Institute Of Virology & Immunology

    01 Oct 2008 - 31 Dec 2010
    Post Doctoral Fellow,
    Università Degli Studi di Pavia,
    -Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Via Taramelli 5, Pavia, 27100, Italy

    01 Apr 2005 - 18 Sep 2008
    Research Associate,
    Cochin University of Science and Technology,
    National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health, CUSAT, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi, 682016, Kerala

    12 Nov 2001 - 11 Nov 2004
    Senior Research Fellow,
    Cochin University of Science and Technology,
    National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health, CUSAT, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi, 682016, Kerala

    12 Jun 2000 - 11 Nov 2001
    Senior Research Fellow,
    Cochin University of Science and Technology,
    -School of Environmental Studies, CUSAT, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi, 682016, Kerala.

    01 Jan 1999 - 30 Jun 2001
    Instructor & Prog Coordinator,
    Triumphant Institute of Management Education,
    -

  • Current Courses Taught

    Aquatic Virology

    Bacterial Systematics

    Microbiology-I

    Mucosal Immunology

    Nutrition & Immunity

    Research Techniques in Biosciences and Biotechnology

    Viral Diseases in Humans

  • Research Interests

    Diversity of vibrios in coastal marine ecosystems Antibiotic resistance in the environment Bacteriophages in marine environment Chronic viral infections: Epidemiology & Host factors
  • Publications

    Enhanced B cell differentiation and reduced proliferative capacity in chronic hepatitis C and chronic hepatitis B virus infections. ,
    Elsevier

    Reducing Vibrio load in Artemia nauplii using antimicrobial photodynamic therapy: A promising strategy to reduce antibiotic application in shrimp larviculture ,
    Blackwell

    Effects of two anaesthetics on water quality during simulated transport of a tropical ornamental fish, the Indian tiger barb Puntius filamentosus. ,
    Taylor & Francis

    Penaeus monodon larvae can be protected from Vibrio harveyi infection by pre-emptive treatment of a rearing system with antagonistic or non-antagonistic bacterial probiotics. ,
    Blackwell

    Comparative efficacy of MS-222 and benzocaine as a anaesthetics under simulated transport conditions of a tropical ornamental fish Puntius filamentosus (Valenciennes) ,
    Blackwell

    Alkali insoluble glucan extracted from Acremonium dyospyri is a more potent immunostimulant in Indian white shrimp, Fenneropenaeus indicus than alkali soluble glucan ,
    Blackwell

    A survey of potential carriers and reservoirs of White Spot Syndrome Virus in Penaeus monodon culture systems of Kerala ,
    Springer

    Development and demonstration of 'Shrimpvac-I' for the management of white spot syndrome virus and vibrios in shrimp grow-out system ,
    Springer

    A brackishwater isolate of Pseudomonas PS-102, a potential antagonistic bacterium against pathogenic vibrios in penaeid and non-penaeid rearing systems ,
    Elsevier

    Isolation of a pathogenic strain of Vibrio alginolyticus from necrotic larvae of Macrobrachium rosenbergii (de Man, 1879) ,
    Blackwell

    A marine Micrococcus MCCB104 antagonistic to vibrios isolated from prawn larval rearing systems ,
    Inter-Research

    Fenneropenaeus indicus is protected from white spot disease by oral administration of inactivated white spot syndrome virus ,
    Inter-Research

    Fisheries and Aquaculture: Strategic Outlook for Asia ,
    Cochin University of Science and Technology

    Aquaculture Medicine ,
    Cochin University of Science and Technology

    Nucleic acid based diagnostics for shrimp diseases ,
    Cochin University of Science and Technology

    Aquaculture drug regulations in the Indian context ,
    Cochin University of Science and Technology

    Broad host range siphoviridae-like vibriophages isolated from the sediment of Vembanad estuary ,
    Asia-Pacific Society of Marine Biotechnology

    Segregation and characterization of a putative probiotic antagonistic to Vibrios in shrimp larval rearing system ,
    Asia-Pacific Society of Marine Biotechnology

    Evaluation of environmental factors influencing the outbreak of whitespot syndrome in latent Penaeus monodon ,
    Conference on Microbiology of Tropical Seas

    Biological control of prawn pathogenic vibrios by an antagonistic Pseudomonas PS – 2 isolate ,
    World Aquaculture

    Evaluation of antibiotic sensitivity of Vibrio harveyi associated with the larval rearing systems of Penaeus monodon hatcheries in Andhra Pradesh and Kerala (India)

    Recirculation system for organic shrimp and prawn seed production ,
    Organic Aquaculture and Sea Farming Global Technical and Trade Conference and Exhibition

    Isolation and characterization of broad spectrum bacteriophages lytic to Vibrio harveyi from shrimp farms of Kerala, India ,
    Wiley

    Distribution of multiple antibiotic resistant Vibrio spp across Palk Bay ,
    Elsevier

    Fluorescence detection of the pathogenic bacteria Vibrio harveyi in solutions and animal cells using semiconductor quantum dots. ,
    Royal Society of Chemistry

    In silico analysis of natural compounds targeting structural and nonstructural proteins of chikungunya virus. ,
    F1000

    In vivo evaluation of Withania somnifera based Indian traditional formulation (Amukkara Choornam), against chikungunya virus induced morbidity and arthralgia ,
    SAGE

    Standardization of in vitro assays to evaluate the activity of polyherbal siddha formulations against Chikungunya virus infection ,
    Springer

  • Affiliations

    American Society for Microbiology Since 20 Jun 2012

    Indian Immunological Society Since 01 Jun 2012

  • Conferences attended

    EMBO Meeting
    Organized By :EMBO

    Influenza
    Organized By :Universita degli Studi di Pavia

    Liver Meeting
    Organized By :European Association for the Study of the Liver

    Environmental Microbiology & Microbial Ecology
    Organized By :School of Environmental Studies, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Kochi

    Pollution Prevention Paradigm
    Organized By :Amity Institute of Environmental Toxicology, Safety and Management

    Scientific Writing and Publishing
    Organized By :American Society for Microbiology

    Immune Mechanisms in Host Pathogen Interactions: Emerging Trends
    Organized By :Amity Institute of Virology & Immunology

    Workshop on Flow cytometry and Q-PCR: Principles and clinical applications
    Organized By :Amity Institute of Virology & Immunology

    "Influenza: An Omnipresent Global Health Threat”
    Organized By :Amity Institute of Virology & Immunology

    Molecular and Immunological Assays for Influenza
    Organized By :Amity Institute of Virology & Immunology

    Biotechnology Innovations and Opportunities Summit
    Organized By :Sharda University

    Asia-Pacific Congress of Virology, VIROCON2013
    Organized By :Amity Institute of Virology & Immunology

    National Conference on Molecular Virology
    Organized By :Jamia Milia Islamia

    OSICON-15
    Organized By :Ocean Society of India, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography

    Hands-on Training on Cell Culture Techniques and Cytotoxicity Assays
    Organized By :AIVI

    Hands-on Training on Cell Culture Techniques and Cytotoxicity Assays
    Organized By :AIVI

  • Short Description

    Immunology and virology are interdisciplinary sciences that cut across disciplines. Therefore, to understand and establish their fundamentals in students, one must impart a strong base in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology and microbiology. Students of a class are seldom homogeneous and therefore my efforts are to effectively reach out to students across abilities in the class. It is my firm belief that students with speedy grasping capabilities must be challenged to strive for higher achievements whereas those who find it difficult to keep up with the syllabi, be given more time and attention to attain bare minimum standards. In the last few years this approach has yielded excellent results given the response of the students who have passed out from the department. My continuing endeavour would be to help students become competitive and strive for high standards of excellence not just in academics but in every sphere of life, so as to realize their dreams and attain their