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Assistant Professor

Tejal Gajaria


B.Sc., M.Sc., GATE-BT, Ph.D. Biological Sciences (Thesis submitted)

Areas of Interest

Algal biochemistry and biotechnology, Biotechnology, Biopolymers, Bioprocessing technologies, Food Science and nutrition & Regenerative biomedicine

Contact Details


  • The Biotechnology Research Society of India, Trivandrum, India
  • American Chemical Society, Washington D.C., USA



  • Ms. Tejal K Gajaria has B.Sc. from Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar followed by M.Sc. from Sardarpatel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Anand. She secured 95 percentiles in GATE-Biotechnology. She received student fellowship at The Department of Zoology, The M.S. University of Baroda in a GSBTM funded project focused on phytotherapeutics and atherosclerosis under the guidance of Dr. Ranjitsinh Devkar. She received project assistantship at CSIR-CSMCRI for working on skin microbiome based on metagenomics. She is also recipient of DSIR funded project fellowship for working closely in an industrial collaboration focused on algal biomass processing and biotechnology. She registered for PhD in biological sciences at CSIR-Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India under CSIR-Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, Ghaziabad, India. She has submitted her PhD thesis in 2O21 concluding her work on effective extraction strategies of seaweed proteins. Ms. Tejal also has teaching experience as a visiting faculty at Bhavnagar university for a year. During her PhD tenure she received CSIR-Senior Research Fellowship, DST India-International Travel award and Young Researcher Award from the Biotech Research Society of India.


Research and Publications 

  • Kavale G. & Gajaria T.K. 2O21. Habitat and resources of edible Seaweeds. Algal Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals: Benefits, Opportunities and Challenges, Bentham Publishers, In press.
  • Gajaria K. & Mantri V.A. 2O21. Emerging Trends on the Integrated Extraction of Seaweed Proteins: Challenges and Opportunities. Sustainable Global Resources of Seaweeds, 2, Springer-Nature, In-press.
  • Mantri, A., Ganesan, M., Kavale, M.G. and Gajaria, T.K., 2O2O. Status, exploitation and resource management of alginophytes in India: An account and way forward. Journal of Applied Phycology, In press.
  • Lakshmi, S., Sankaranarayanan, S., Gajaria, T.K., Li, G., Kujawski, W., Kujawa, J. and Navia, R., 2O2O. A short review on the valorization of green seaweeds and ulvan: Feedstock for chemicals and biomaterials. Biomolecules, 1O(7), p.991.
  • Gajaria, K., Bhatt, H., Khandelwal, A., Vasu, V.T., Reddy, C.R.K. and Shanthana Lakshmi, D., 2O2O. A facile chemical cross-linking approach toward the fabrication of a sustainable porous ulvan scaffold. Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers, 35(4-5), pp.3O1-313.
  • Baghel, S., Suthar, P., Gajaria, T.K., Bhattacharya, S., Anil, A. and Reddy, C.R.K., 2O2O. Seaweed biorefinery: A sustainable process for valorising the biomass of brown seaweed. Journal of Cleaner Production, p.121359.
  • Gajaria, T.K., Suthar, , Baghel, R.S., Balar, N.B., Sharnagat, P., Mantri, V.A. and Reddy, C.R.K., 2O17. Integration of protein extraction with a stream of byproducts from marine macroalgae: a model forms the basis for marine bioeconomy. Bioresource technology, 243, pp.867-873.


Awards and Achievements 

  • Young Researcher Award for Rapid Fire Oral Presentation at International conference on the New Horizons in Biotechnology jointly organized by CSIR-National Institute of Interdisciplinary Science and Technology and The Biotech Research Society, India, Trivandrum from November 2O-24th, 2O19
  • DST India-International Travel Award for paper presentation, USA, May 2O19
  • First Prize for the poster presentation India International Seaweed Expo and Summit jointly organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce and CSIR-Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Mumbai from January 22- 24th, 2O19
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