Post-doctoral research associate
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Dept. of Forestry and Natural Resources
West Lafayette, IN 47907
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Ph.D. 2008. Population genetics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA. Dissertation: Of genes and ticks: the population genetics of two species of ticks (Dermacentor variabilis and Ixodes texanus) parasitizing a wildlife host, the raccoon (Procyon lotor).
M.V.Sc. 2000. Wildlife Science, Madras Veterinary College , Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Science University , Madras , Tamil Nadu , India .
B.V.Sc. 1997. Madras Veterinary College , Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Science University , Madras , Tamil Nadu , India .
Honours and Awards
Kirkpatrick Memorial Graduate Student Award (April 2008): Purdue University
Bilsland dissertation completion grant (August 2007): Purdue University
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant (April 2007): Purdue University
Frederick N. Andrews Doctoral Fellowship (Purdue University)
Animal Welfare Scholarship (Govt. of India)
TANUVAS Merit Scholarship (Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University).
Dharmarajan G, Beasley JC, Fike JA and Rhodes OE Jr (In Review) Kin structure, skewed reproduction and dispersal patterns in raccoons (Procyon lotor) inhabiting a fragmented landscape. Molecular Ecology.
Dharmarajan G, Beasley JC and Rhodes OE Jr (Accepted; Minor Revisions) Heterozygote deficiencies in parasite component populations: An evaluation of interrelated hypotheses in the raccoon tick, Ixodes texanus. Heredity.
Dharmarajan G, Beasley JC and Rhodes OE Jr (2010) Spatial and temporal factors affecting parasite genotypes encountered by hosts: Empirical data from American dog ticks (Dermacentor variabilis) parasitizing a wildlife host. International Journal for Parasitology (doi:10.1016/j.ijpara.2009.12.004)
Dharmarajan G and Rhodes OE Jr. (In Press) Evaluating levels of PCR efficiency and genotyping error in DNA extracted from engorged and non-engorged female ticks. Medical and Veterinary Entomology.
Dharmarajan G, Beasley JC, Fike JA, Rhodes OE Jr. (2009) Population genetic structure of raccoons (Procyon lotor) inhabiting a highly fragmented landscape. Canadian Journal of Zoology 87, 814-824.
Raizman EA, Dharmarajan G, Beasley JC, Wu CC, Pogranichniy RM and Rhodes OE Jr. (2009) Serologic survey for selected infectious diseases in raccoons (Procyon lotor) in Indiana, USA. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 45, 531-536.
Dharmarajan G, Fike JA, Beasley JC, Rhodes OE (2009) Development and characterization of 12 polymorphic microsatellite loci in the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis). Molecular Ecology Resources 9, 131-133.
Dharmarajan G, Fike JA, Beasley JC, Rhodes OE (2009) Development and characterization of 14 polymorphic microsatellite loci in the raccoon tick (Ixodes texanus). Molecular Ecology Resources 9, 296-298.
Latch EK, Dharmarajan G, Glaubitz JC, Rhodes OE Jr (2006) Relative performance of Bayesian clustering software for inferring population substructure and individual assignment at low levels of population differentiation. Conservation Genetics 7, 295-302.
Dharmarajan, G., 2002. I nterspecific transmission of helminths at the wildlife-cattle interface: A perspective from Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Southern India . Veterinary Workshop on Management of Rare and Endangered Wild Animals and their Neonatal care, Trivandrum (25th - 27th April, 2002)
Dharmarajan, G. and M. C. John, 2001. Effect of season on helminth loads in wild herbivores in the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu. XII National Conference of Veterinary Parasitology, Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh, India. August 25-27, 2001.
Dharmarajan, G., M. G. Jayathangaraj, M. C. John and Baskaran, 2000. Nephritis in a Tigress. Third Annual Convention of the Indian Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and the National Symposium of "Sustainable Animal Health for 2000 and Beyond", Coimbatore , Tamil Nadu , India , December 10-12, 1998 .
Research and Training
Graduate student, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University , IN , USA , (August 2002- present). Presently interested in the disease ecology of raccoons ( Procyon lotor ).
Course participant, "Envirovet Summer Training Institute ", College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA ( June 14- July 26, 2002). Training at Florida and Kenya in terrestrial/ aquatic wildlife and ecosystem health in developed and developing country contexts.
Research Assistant, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore , India (September 2000- April 2002). Studied elephant ecology in the highly fragmented habitats of North Bengal, India, a region having severe human-elephant conflict and helped in the preparation of a conservation action plan for this region.
Course Participant, "Wildlife Capture Course ", Price Forbes Chair in Wildlife Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria , Pretoria , South Africa ( May 19-27, 2000 ). Training at Kruger National Park , South Africa , in chemical and physical capture/restraint of wildlife.
Trainee, South Africa National Parks, Pretoria, South Africa and Kenya Wildlife Service, Nairobi, Kenya (May 28- August 5 and August 6-19, 2000 respectively). Self organized training, with sponsorship from the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, in techniques related to wildlife management and health at individual and population levels at various protected areas in South Africa (Kruger, Hhluwi-Umfolozi, Richtersveld National Parks) and Kenya (Nairobi and Tsavo East National Parks).
Graduate student, Madras Veterinary College , Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Science University , Madras , India (May 1999- January 2000). Master's research on " Epidemiology of helminth parasites in wild and domestic herbivores at the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu ". Studied interspecific differences in helminth distributions in relation to host physiology and ecology and inter-specific transmission of helminths at the cattle- Axis deer ( Axis axis ) interface.
Intern, Aringar Anna Zoological Park, Madras , India (August 1998- February 1999). Training (as a part of the MVSc. course at Madras Veterinary College ) in techniques related to captive wildlife management and health.
Intern, Nammakkal Veterinary College and Hosur Livestock and Agricultural Farm, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University , Madras , India (January 1997- July 1997). Training (as a part BVSc. course) in clinical medicine and farm management.