ProfileDr. Sekar Raju graduated from the University of Madras (India) and carried out further research at the University Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (Germany), Florida International University (USA) and The University of Sheffield (UK) in various environmental microbiology and microbial ecology research projects.
His current research focuses on the microbial source tracking (MST) of fecal pollution in watersheds, detection of antibiotic resistant bacteria and resistance genes (ARGs) in aquatic environments, the impact of urbanization on microbial diversity-ecosystem function, microbiome associated with microplastics, plastics degradation potential of microbes and microbial biofilms in natural and engineered systems. He has authored over 60 publications and many of his research articles have appeared in leading microbiology and environmental science journals and are well cited.
He is an honorary recognised PhD Supervisor at the University of Liverpool (UK) and thus far, he has supervised/co-supervised seven PhD students to successful completion.
He is a Senior Editorial Board Member of BMC Microbiology (SpringerNature) and is serving as a reviewer for many journals. He has also co-edited three books.
He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Biology (FRSB), and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).