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National Node of the BCH
Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
101325
Status
Published
Date of creation
2010-08-06 20:55 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2010-08-06 20:55 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Trinidad and Tobago
Personal Information
Coordinates
Professor Pathmanathan Umaharan
College Road
St. Augustine
Trinidad and Tobago
Phone:+868 662 2002
Fax:+868 663 9686
Email:pumaharan@sta.uwi.edu
Url:http://www.sta.uwi.edu
Nationalities
  • Sri Lankan
Date of birth
1958
Current employment
Employer / Organization
The University of the West Indies
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Department / Division / Unit
Life Sciences
Main responsibilities
Population genetics, molecular biology, conservation genetics, biotechnology and biosafety management
Employment history
Countries or regions where you have worked
  • Sri Lanka
  • Trinidad and Tobago
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
The University of the West Indies
Main areas of responsibility
Teaching, research and outreach
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Eastern University
Main areas of responsibility
Teaching, research
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
BSc
Name of academic institution
The University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
PhD
Name of academic institution
The University of West Indies
Formal education
Third Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: Ph.D. in Microbiology
Postdoc
Name of academic institution
The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Botany, forestry and plant agricultural sciences
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk communication
  • Biotic stress resistance (bacterial, fungus, nematode resistance)
  • Performance traits (e.g. altered growth, yield)
Publications
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
Umaharan, P. (2004). 'A Biosafety Regulatory Framework for the Caribbean; Regulatory Authorities, systems and guidelines' NIHERST, Trinidad and Tobago
CARICOM biotechnology and biosafety policy
Caribbean Biotechnology and Biosafety Initiiative
List of other publications files
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • Tamil
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • English
/B
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • English
/B
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • English
/B
References
Key Professional References
Prof. Dyer Narinesingh, Dean, Faculty of Science and Agriculture, The University of the West Indies
Prof. John Agard, Head, Department of Life Science, The University of the West Indies
Dr. Cyril Roberts, Chairman, CARICOM Committee on Biotechnology and Biosafety

Caribbean Agriculture, Research and Development Institute, Graham Hall, Barbados