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Sathya Velmurugan

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Reproductive Biology

sathya.velmurugan[at]niab[dot]org[dot]in
     

Education and training:

Dr. Sathya Velmurugan completed B.V.Sc. (2003) from Madras Veterinary College, TANUVAS, M.V.Sc. (2006; in Animal Reproduction, Gynaecology & Obstetrics) from College of Veterinary Science, Punjab Agricultural University (now GADVASU), and Ph.D. (2009; Biomedical Sciences – Neuroendocrinology) from the University of Edinburgh, UK. She then worked as a Post-doctoral Fellow (2009-2013) at the Rush University Medical Center and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science, U.S.A. She joined NIAB in 2013.


Research experience and interests:

Dr. Velmurugan is interested in studying the regulation of ovarian physiology using novel tools to address ovarian disorders in livestock. Her lab is focused on the role of kisspeptin, a novel hypothalamic neuropeptide that is also expressed in non-neuronal tissues such as ovaries, in the regulation of ovarian follicular dynamics. In addition, she is also interested in understanding the modulation of regulatory pathways in ovaries by metabolites such as ketone bodies so as to tackle ovulatory disorders during metabolic disturbances in livestock. Apart from this, she is focusing on genetic and molecular basis of fecundity in highly prolific indigenous goats.


Selected awards, honours and fellowships:
  1. Overseas Research Students Award by Scottish Funding Council – For PhD (2006-2009).

  2. College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine PhD Studentship by the University of Edinburgh – For PhD (2006-2009).

  3. Three International Travel Awards: From the Physiological Society (for the Young Physiologists Symposium and the Main Meeting of the Physiological Society 2008, University of Cambridge, UK), from the British Society for Neuroendocrinology (for attending Society for Neuroscience 2009 and Neuropeptides – 19th Neuropharmacology Conference, Chicago) and from World Congress on Neurohypophyseal Hormones (WCNH; for attending 7th WCNH 2009, Kitakyushu, Japan).

  4. Award of Junior Research Fellowship by ICAR – For M.V.Sc (2003-2005).

  5. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s First Graduate Merit Scholarship for B.V.Sc (1997-2003).

Selected publications: (Sathya Velmurugan née Arunachalam)
  1. Velmurugan S, Russell JA, Leng G. 2013. Systemic leptin increases the electrical activity of supraoptic nucleus oxytocin neurones in virgin and late pregnant rats. Journal of Neuroendocrinology 25 (4): 383-90.

  2. Velmurugan S, Brunton PJ, Leng G, Russell JA. 2010. Circulating secretin activates supraoptic nucleus oxytocin and vasopressin neurons via noradrenergic pathways in the rat. Endocrinology 151 (6) 2681-88.

  3. Brunton PJ, Arunachalam S, Russell JA. 2008. Control of neurohypophysial hormone secretion, blood osmolality and volume in pregnancy. Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, 59 (Suppl 8):27-45.

  4. Tobin VA, Bull PM, Arunachalam S, O’Carroll AM, Ueta Y, Ludwig M. 2008. The effects of apelin on the electrical activity of hypothalamic magnocellular vasopressin and oxytocin neurons and somatodendritic peptide release. Endocrinology 49 (12):6136-45.

  5. Arunachalam S, Prabhakar S, Sangha SPS, Ghuman SPS. 2007. Vitamin E and selenium supplementation reduces plasma cortisol and oxidative stress in dystocia affected buffaloes. Veterinary Research Communications 31(7):809-18.

  6. Arunachalam S, Prabhakar S, Ghuman SPS. 2005. Effect of dexamethasone administration on cortisol concentration and biochemical profile in buffaloes suffering from dystocia. Animal Reproduction 2(4): 233-39.

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