Kanmani Chandra Rajan

Before joining Dr Rajan’s lab, HKU

     I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biotechnology from Anna University, Tamil Nadu, India. I found marine biology exciting and decided to use my molecular biology expertise in studying marine biology for my PhD at Dr Rajan’s lab at HKU! 

My PhD Research

           I study oyster biomineralisation and ocean acidification using a combination of molecular (such as RNA seq, Methyl RAD) and material characterization techniques (SEM – EBSD, hardness testing). Mantle tissue in oyster is known to be highly expressing shell matrix proteins. I particularly have performed RNA seq and Methyl RAD analysis of mantle tissue from juvenile oysters that were exposed to ocean acidification. I also employ microstructure and crystallographic characterization  technique (SEM-EBSD) for analyzing property changes of oyster shells exposed to OA. 


     I am also passionate about science communication to public. To learn more up-to-date information about my research, publications and science communication activities, visit my personal website and new science communication brand: https://www.thetamilscientist.com/

HKU - Three minute thesis competition 2020 Finalist and Online People's choice winner

First prize - Best paper award - GRAMMER-19, City University of Hong Kong


Constance Boone Award for best student presentation at American Malacological Society virtual meeting 2021

Long term goal


              To be an academic researcher and science educator. 


My contribution to the Lab so far: Rajan’s view

         I always remember the pair: Kanmani and Michele, you both have worked together and started various projects while taking care of each other – especially when you both were working in Zhanjiang’s Prof Yu hatchery – passed through those very tough time together. Well done. Your presentation skills is visible from the very beginning of your PhD. Congratulations on your award in HKU’s 3MT competition. I am amazed with your scientific manuscript writing skill and style – excellent skill that all scientist should have – hope you will me make use that skill to get an outstanding PhD thesis award in near future – wish you all the  best with the rest of your PhD work. 


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Email: kanmani_c@outlook.com