Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
Dr. Nilima Renukdas has been appointed lab manager for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Fish Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Lonoke, Ark. In this position she will provide Extension diagnostic and research support for Arkansas aquaculture.
“We are fortunate to have such a competent professional managing our diagnostics lab in Lonoke,” Dr. Rebecca Lochmann, interim chair of the UAPB Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries, said. “Dr. Renukdas will play a vital role in serving the needs of fish farmers in the state.”
Prior to this position, Dr. Renukdas worked as a post-doctoral researcher for Dr. Jeongwang Park, assistant professor of aquaculture/engineering at UAPB. In that role, she conducted studies with hybrid catfish, baitfish and largemouth bass. She gained experience in fish health by volunteering for the UAPB diagnostic laboratory during inspections for farmers as part of the Arkansas Baitfish Certification program.
Dr. Renukdas has a Ph.D. in biotechnology, a master’s degree in botany and a bachelor’s degree in botany and bio-medical techniques from the University of Pune in India.