Jerry Maria Sojan
Primary Supervisor: Prof Oliana Carnevali
Co-supervisor: Dr Paulo Gavaia, Dr Francesca Maradonna
Jerry Maria Sojan has a Bachelor in Fisheries Science from Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, India (2016) and an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society from University of Highlands and Islands; University of Crete, Greece and University of Nantes, France (2018). Her master’s thesis was supervised by Prof Chris Secombes at the Scottish Fish Immunology Research Centre, University of Aberdeen. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the Polytechnic University of Delle Marche, Ancona, as an ESR of the Biomedaqu project.
SCIENTIFIC WORK EXPERIENCE
Jerry gained extensive experience in various fields of fisheries science during her bachelor’s degree in fisheries science. Apart from the theoretical aspects, she has good field work experience in fish culture and she is very confident at handling fish. She has successfully completed feed trial experiments on tilapias and has hands-on experience at breeding multiple carp species and tropical ornamental fish.
She was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship to pursue a joint master’s degree in Aquaculture across three reputed universities in Europe. She accumulated a lot field experience with salmon and mussel culture in Scotland during her first semester.
After that, Jerry completed an internship at Scottish Fish Immunological Centre and was exposed to the basics of fish immunology research. During the second semester, she was taught Mediterranean aquaculture with a focus on fish like seabass and sea bream. A one-month internship at HCMR, Crete, enabled her to participate in a team that discovered and characterised a new parasite (Henneguya spp) in Mediterranean aquaculture, which is currently being prepared for publication.
Following this, she completed an internship at University of Udine, Italy, and was trained on cell culture techniques.
Jerry then had great experiences with mariculture of shellfish in France during her third semester at University of Nantes.
Finally, she worked on her master’s thesis at University of Aberdeen, UK. Her research focused on developing a novel 3D cell culture system using RTG-2 and RTS-11 cell lines of rainbow trout. In addition, she also has very good experience in various laboratory skills including basic nucleic acid techniques, qPCR, microscopy and microbiology.
Jerry was a volunteer at Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary, Barcaldine, Scotland for 3 months. She was assigned the responsibility of feeding the fish and regular monitoring of water quality parameters. She also had been farming tilapia at her home for many years during her bachelor studies.
Her mother tongue is Malayalam and she is also fluent in English. She is very open minded and completing her master’s degree in a batch comprising students from 19 countries fostered an interest in cultural diversity and team work. She is an avid traveller and loves exploring new places. She is highly passionate about aquaculture and very happy to be a part of the Biomedaqu project which aims at improving skeletal health in aquaculture as well as in humans.