Belle Damodara Shenoy

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Belle Damodara Shenoy, mycologist

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Dr. Belle Damodara Shenoy is a fungal taxonomist by training. After completing his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from India, he pursued his Ph.D. in fungal taxonomy at the University of Hong Kong under the guidance of Prof. Kevin Hyde and Dr. Rajesh Jeewon. His Ph.D. thesis titled “Multigene phylogeny of selected anamorphic ascomycetes” dealt with the evolutionary relationships of asexual genera such as Sporidesmium complex and provided insights into the implications of their polyphyly in the fungal taxonomy. Dr. Shenoy, for a brief period of time, worked as a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Keith Seifert at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa on DNA barcoding of Fusarium. In 2008, Dr. Shenoy returned to India and joined the Microbial Type Culture Collection (MTCC), CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh (CSIR-IMTECH). He supervised two Ph.D. students at CSIR-IMTECH and published several high-impact papers on fungal taxonomy, phylogeny, DNA barcoding and comparative genomics. In 2013, Dr. Shenoy moved to CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Goa and initiated research on diversity and taxonomy of microbes associated with tarballs (crude-oil derivatives). He is presently working at CSIR-NIO Regional Centre, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh and supervising two Ph.D. students on bacterial diversity in select marine niches. Dr. Shenoy has so far published 46 papers in reputed international journals. He is the founding member and presently the managing editor of a new mycology journal, MycoAsia – Journal of modern mycology (www.mycoasia.org). Additionally, Dr. Shenoy has been a member of the International Sub-commission on Colletotrichum taxonomy. Dr. Shenoy is on the Advisory Board of Amity Institute of Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences, India. His non-scientific hobbies include travelling and exploring India and writing poems.