Priyadharshini Elanchezhian

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PhD student

I have always been fascinated by marine life and its beauty living near the coast of Bay of Bengal. One of my favorite nostalgic memories is visiting Marina Beach, the world’s second longest beach with my parents. I had no idea that I was becoming a science enthusiast by participating in high school science exhibitions, where I won prizes. As a result, I've started to explore science communication. My love for plants led me to choose plant biology as my major during my undergraduate course. During my first year of University, we travelled to the Gulf of Mannar to study marine seaweed in the coast of Rameswaram, in the southern coastal region of India. Participation in state-level workshops on algae pigment extraction and national and international conferences on algae biotechnology broadened my interest in algae.With this valuable experience, I graduated as a gold medalist in my undergraduate studies. After my undergraduation, I took an entrance examination in India's age-old University and was accepted to take a Master's degree at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Botany at the University of Madras. My graduate research was conducted under the guidance of Dr. V. Siva Subramanian, Director of Phycospectrum Environmental Research Centre. This international organization has a successful history of government projects worldwide. The study was looking at the ability of a microalgae consortium to degrade industrial effluents. And I worked as a Science Academic Specialist to school kids after completing my Master’s and have hosted Biology & Math videos for Tamil Nadu School Textbooks. As I have always wanted to enter the area of Research & Development, I was looking out for opportunities accordingly and it has led me here.

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Maximising bromoform production in Asparagopsis taxiformsis for methane reduction in food and feeds

The main objective is optimised yield of individual Asparagopsis taxiformis components as well as optimised overall productivity of cultivation and processing. The key considerations includes the impact cultivation on the quality and quantity of biomass, maximising the use of biomass, stability and sustainability of the cultivation system.



Professor Michele Stanley - SAMS


IBioIC and SAMS Enterprise



University of the Highlands and Islands


July 2022- October 2022 - Subject Matter Expert, LMES ACADEMY

October 2021-July 2022 - Academic Specialist, BYJU'S 

Higher Education

2021 - MSc Botany, University of Madras

2019 - BSc Plant Biology & Plant Biotechnology , Guru Nanak College, University of Madras