Three members of the University of Guyana (UG) faculty have been elevated to the rank of professor, an achievement that has not occurred in over 15 years.
This is according to a statement issued by the University, which indicated that its Council recently approved the promotion of three members of the academic staff – Dr. Abdullah Adil Ansari, Dr. Raymond Jagessar and Dr. Gomathinayagam Subramanian – to the rank of professor.
This is the first time in more than a decade that a member of the academic staff has earned the distinction of achieving professorial status. Doctors Ansari and Jagessar are from the Turkeyen campus, while Dr. Subramanian is from the Berbice campus. Their promotions took effect on June 19, 2015.
Dr. Ansari completed his undergraduate studies at the New College (Madras University) in 1993 and received his MSc Life Sciences Education from Regional College of Education (Utkal University) and PhD degree in Life Science-Zoology from Madras University. He was a research associate for three years at Uttar Pradesh Land Development Corporation (World Bank Project), Lucknow in association with IRSBB, Chennai, India.
He assumed a position in the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Guyana in January 2005, serving as a lecturer for period of three years before he was appointed Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biology. He also served as Head of Department Biology in 2012 and later took over as Dean.
Since 1998 his research profile includes vermitechnology, soil biology and ecology, land reclamation, organic farming, organic solid waste management, earthworm taxonomy, soil microbiology and environmental pollution. He teaches several courses in Biology at the University and is responsible for supervision of research at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD levels. He has several publications in Journals of repute.
Dr. Jagessar obtained his BSc (Distinction) in Chemistry/Biology from the University of Guyana (1992) and his PhD from the UK (1995). He held three post-doctoral Research Fellowships at the University of South Carolina, Wichita State University and the University of the West Indies (1996-1999). He has also won several international awards; amongst them are Chartered Chemist, CChem and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, FRSC, UK.
He joined the University of Guyana in 2000 and his research interests are broad, covering the spectrum of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry. He has published over 65 articles. Prior to his recent promotion he served as Reader in Chemistry at the University of Guyana.
Dr. Gomathinayagam, joined the university in 2005 as Lecturer ll and has been progressively promoted to Senior Lecturer and Reader. He is the current Director of the Berbice campus.
Among his publications are two books and 41 research publications. His research interest includes the diagnosis and control of Black Sigotoka and Moko disease in banana and plantain, and the development and molecular characterisation of fungicide resistance in plant pathogens and Isolation, Purification and Characterisation of protein.
He is the recipient of several awards including the Special Merit award for outstanding teaching and research, 2008, University of Guyana, Berbice Campus; and the Research Associate of Life Science Award in Central Leather Research Institute, Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (2003-2004)
He is a member of several professional organisations including the Board of Bio info Publications, CARISCIENCE, the International Plant Proteomics Organization (INPPO) (2011) and a life Member of the International Society of Conservation of Natural Resources (ISCON) India (2005)
The professors have made significant contributions to academia. They have built strong research profiles in their respective fields, each having more than 25 research publications, evident by outstanding quality, productivity, and scholarly impact.
Meanwhile, the Council also approved additional promotions of faculty in the following categories: one Reader, nine Senior Lecturers, 16 Lecturer ll and nine Indefinite Tenures.
The University congratulated all the deserving staff members whose achievements are being recognised by their well-deserved promotions.
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