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Jackson Achankunju
Assistant Professor in Biology
College of Applied Sciences


Name: Jackson Achankunju
Job Title: Assistant Professor in Biology
College: College of Applied Sciences
Email: jacksonachankunju@asu.edu.om
Phone: +96892337103 Ext. 1163


Member of Royal Society of Biology,London. Holds PhD degree in Botany and Master of Science  degrees in both Botany and  Education and M.Phil degree in Biotechnology.  Joined ASU  in 2013 and currently working as the Asst. Professor of Biology in the College of Applied and Health Sciences. My areas of research include species diversity, DNA-Barcoding and bioprospecting of algae and plants. Exploring the biodiversity for useful applications is always been my interest and worked in the collaborative researches on the  extraction of phytochemicals, antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-cancer effects of biomolecules from plants, algae and fungi(mushrooms). I do studies on the  lab-scale cultivation of microalgae like Chlorella,Scenedesmus and cyanobacteria like  Spirulina for producing biomass for various applications like production of aquaculture feeds,nutrient supplements etc.. Currently running a block funded collaborative project on the microgreen algae of Oman in collaboration with OAPGRC, Research Cuncil of Oman. I could identified few new species of microalgae from Oman and presented papers on algae of Oman in many national and international conferences. I also conduct workshop on smart learning techniques towards improving the academic performance of students. I like  writing  scientific articles pertaining to biodiversity in newspapers for the public.“Treasures of Oman” a small  booklet on the genetic resources of Oman is one of my contributions for the kids of Oman (available in Arabic and English) through OAPGRC. I received the  Advanced Communicator (Bronz) award from Toastmasters International and  currently  the Vice President (Membership) of the Ibra Toastmasters Club.

B.Sc (Bachelor of Science), B.Ed (Bachelor of Education), M.Sc (Master of Science),M.Ed (Master of Education) M.Phil (Master of Philosophy in Biotechnology),PhD (Doctor of Philosphy) & PGDEPMA (Educational Planning, Management and Administration).

1.Toastmasters International

2.Environmental Society of Oman

3.National Association for Cancer Awareness, Oman

4. Phycological Society of India.

 

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1.Toastmasters International

2.Environmental Society of Oman

3.National Association for Cancer Awareness, Oman

4. Phycological Society of India.

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1.Toastmasters International

2.Environmental Society of Oman

3.National Association for Cancer Awareness, Oman

4. Phycological Society of India.

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1.Toastmasters International

2.Environmental Society of Oman

3.National Association for Cancer Awareness, Oman

4. Phycological Society of India.

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1.Toastmasters International

2.Environmental Society of Oman

3.National Association for Cancer Awareness, Oman

4. Phycological Society of India.

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1.Toastmasters International

2.Environmental Society of Oman

3.National Association for Cancer Awareness, Oman

4. Phycological Society of India.

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1.Toastmasters International

2.Environmental Society of Oman

3.National Association for Cancer Awareness, Oman

4. Phycological Society of India.

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1.Toastmasters International

2.Environmental Society of Oman

3.National Association for Cancer Awareness, Oman

4. Phycological Society of India.

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1.Toastmasters International

2.Environmental Society of Oman

3.National Association for Cancer Awareness, Oman

4. Phycological Society of India.

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1.Toastmasters International

2.Environmental Society of Oman

3.National Association for Cancer Awareness, Oman

4. Phycological Society of India.

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1.Toastmasters International

2.Environmental Society of Oman

3.National Association for Cancer Awareness, Oman

4. Phycological Society of India.

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1.Toastmasters International

2.Environmental Society of Oman

3.National Association for Cancer Awareness, Oman

4. Phycological Society of India.

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1.Toastmasters International

2.Environmental Society of Oman

3.National Association for Cancer Awareness, Oman

4. Phycological Society of India.

 

Species diversity, DNA-Barcoding and bioprospecting of algae, seaweeds  and plants.

Antioxidant, Antimicrobial and Anticancer-activities of plant,algae, seaweeds and fungi.

Mass cultivation of microalgae - Chlorella, Spirulina and other prospective hydrophyes for nutrient supplements,  feed, fodder and mannure.Isolation and Taxonomy of microalgae including Diatoms and Cyanobacteria.

Bioremediation


Journal paper

Hakkim FL , Mohammed Al-Buloshi, Jackson Achankunju, Chemical composition and anti-proliferative effect of Oman’s Ganoderma applanatum on breast cancer and cervical cancer cells. Journal of Taibah University Medical Sciences, Scientifca Journal 2016.


DOI/URL: https://cyberleninka.org/article/n/609164/viewer

Hakkim FL, Jackson Achankunju, Syed Sikander Hasan, In Vitro DPPH Radical Scavenging and Anti-Bacterial Activity of Oman’s Cymbopogon, International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2016

 


DOI/URL: www.researchgate.net/publication/291229607_IN_VITRO_DPPH_RADICAL_SCAVENGING_AND_ANTI-ACTERIAL_ACTIVITY_OF_OMAN%27S_CYMBOPOGON


Hafidh Al Mahrouqi, Mohamed A. N.,Jackson.A.,Hishamuddin .O., and Ahmad .I., Different salinity effects on the mass cultivation of Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) undersheltered outdoor conditions in Oman and Malaysia.Journal of Algal Biomass Utilization , 6(1):1-14., 2015


DOI/URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/268808124_Different_salinity_effects_on_the_mass_cultivation_of_Spirulina_Arthrospira_platensis_under_sheltered_outdoor_conditions_in_Oman_and_Malaysia

Bast F, Bhushan S, Ahmad John A, Achankunju. J, Nadaraja Panikkar MV, et al. (2015) European Species of Subaerial Green Alga Trentepohlia (Trentepohliales Ulvophyceae)  Caused Blood Rain in Kerala, India.Journal of Phylogenetics and  Evolutionary Biology 3: 144.


DOI/URL: doi:10.4172/2329-9002.1000144

Panikkar MVN.,Jayalakshmi,R and Jackson, A. 2012, Species diversity of two Chlorococcaleancolonial genera from the freshwater ecosystems of Kerala. Indian hydrobiology,14(2):109-116,2012.


DOI/URL:

Panikkar, M.V.N.,Jayalakshmi,R and Jackson, A.2012. Biodiversity of Filamentous   desmids of Kerala.  Indian hydrobiology,  14(2):117- 125,

 


DOI/URL: https://indianhydrobiology.yolasite.com/resources/cont_abst/14(2)/IH14(2)2012abstracts.pdf

Conference paper

Achankunju J, Phycotechnology for environmental monitoring and sustainability, Phycologia, International Phycological Society, ISSN: 0031-884, 2017.


DOI/URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/319623405_Phycotechnology_for_Environmental_monitoring_and_sustainability

Hakkim FL , Mohammed Al-Buloshi, Jackson Achankunju, Growth Inhibitory effect of Cymbopogan schoenanthus on triple negative breast cancer (MDA MB 231) and cervical cancer (HEp-2) cells: Piperitone and Elemol as an active principle.


DOI/URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/306400254_Growth_Inhibitory_Effect_of_Cymbopogan_Schoenanthus_on_Triple_Negative_Breast_Cancer_MDA-MB-231_and_Cervical_Cancer_HEp-2_Cells_Piperitone_and_Elemol_as_an_Active_Principle

1. Isolation, DNA Barcoding and Genetic conservation of native strains of freshwater microgreen algae of Oman –Phase _I - Sharqiyah governorates

in collaboration with Oman Animal and Plant Genetic Resources Center,Oman

Other research collaborations:

2. Sultan Qaboos University,Oman

3. Omani Agricultural Assosciation