Dr Tushar Kaushik

Name : Ansil P A

Designation : Senior Research Fellow (CSIR)

Brief Background :

Completed Bachelor’s degree in Botany from Sacred Heart College affiliated with Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, and a Master’s degree in Applied Plant Science from Dept. of Botany, University of Calicut, Kerala. He was also selected as a Summer Research Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bengaluru, Karnataka, under the guidance of Dr. Aravind Madyastha.

His passion for fungi was developed during his Master’s degree, in which he worked on Agaric taxonomy under the guidance of Dr. P. Manimohan. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in lichenized fungi at Agharkar Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra, as a Senior research fellow (CSIR) under the guidance of Dr. Rajesh Kumar K.C.

Contact Details :

Lichenized fungi, Photobiont, Polyphasic taxonomy, Phylogeny, Ecology.

He is working on the polyphasic taxonomy of the lichen family Graphidaceae from the Western Ghats, India. He is also interested in multigene sequencing of myco- and photobionts, phylogeny, thallus chemistry, distribution studies, and Biomonitoring.