Debbie Archer | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
Dr. Grace Theresa Nicholas Ramena has been appointed as assistant professor of fish pathology for the Aquaculture/Fisheries Center of Excellence at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. In this position she will develop a productive research program including both biotechnological and applied aspects of fish health issues that provide more effective diagnosis, treatment and prevention of fish health problems.
In addition to overseeing the fish disease diagnostics at the UAPB location, she will participate in fish inspections as needed for certifications. She will also contribute to Extension educational programs focused on fish health and biosecurity and she will teach a graduate course in fish health and an undergraduate biology of fish course.
“We are very fortunate to have attracted a faculty member that is equally skilled in basic and applied research in fish health in different countries,” Dr. Rebecca Lochmann, interim chair of the UAPB Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries, said.
Dr. Ramena has a doctorate degree in medical microbiology immunology and cell biology from Southern Illinois University, a master’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois at Springfield and a master’s degree in aquaculture from Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntur, India.
Prior to this position, Dr. Ramena was a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Her project was “Understanding the ErbB2-ErbB3 Hetero-dimerization and Downstream Signaling Events.”
From 2002-2007 she worked in a fish/shrimp health clinic at Charoen Pokphand Aquaculture in India. She provided technical assistance to commercial fish farmers and went on farm visits.
“The fish farmers were very impressed by Dr. Ramena and so were our students,” Dr. Lochmann, said. “We are looking forward to a very productive fish health research program under her direction.”