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Dr. Ruby MOOTHIEN PILLAY, BSc, MSc [Marine Ecology and Fisheries Biology], Ph.D. [Fisheries Science]

Dr. Kamla Ruby Moothien Pillay holds a Doctorate degree in Fisheries Science from Kitasato University (Japan); a Master’s degree in Marine ecology and Fisheries Biology from James Cook University (Australia), a Post graduate diploma in Science from James Cook University (Australia) and a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Madras (India). She started her marine research career in the early 1990s at the Ministry of Fisheries. She joined the Mauritius Oceanography Institute in 2001. Her pre and post-doctoral experience stem from participation in several local, regional and international projects in coral taxonomy, coral reef ecology, phylogenetics, phylogeography and population genetics. Dr. Moothien Pillay has been appointed as the Director of the Mauritius Oceanography Institute since 1st July 2016.


Dr. Daniel MARIE, BSc (Joint Hons.)[Chemistry & Environmental Studies], PhD & Post Doc.[Chemistry]

Dr. Marie joined the MOI in November 2000 as Project Officer in Chemical Oceanography. He was formerly a scholar of the Tertiary Education Commission for his post graduate studies. In 1998, he won an Association of Commonwealth Universities scholarship which brought him to the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, for one year where he finalized his Ph.D. on the Chemistry of Natural Products. He was awarded a Ph.D. in 2001. In 2002, he won a postdoctoral fellowship by the “Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie” and he spent almost one year at the “Universite Catholique de Louvain”, in Brussels, Belgium. The main research areas of Dr. Marie are marine drugs and the distribution and dispersion of pollutants in seawater. To date he has under his responsibility a Cell Culture facility and a Chemistry Laboratory. The chemistry laboratory is specialized in the production of marine-organisms-derived extracts/molecules which are subsequently being tested on cancer cell lines in the cell culture facility. He is also the coordinator of a project which aims at measuring the flux of Submarine Groundwater Discharge around the coast of Mauritius. Dr. Marie was promoted to the post of Principal Research Scientist in 2009. He was elected as Country Coordinator for the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) for Mauritius in 2010 and he is the Focal point for the Agulhas and Somali Currents Large Marine Ecosystems project (ASCLME) since April 2011. He has occupied the post of Officer-in-Charge of the Institute from December 2012 to 12th January 2014 and from August 2015 to June 2016. Dr. Marie has been appointed as Deputy-Director of the Mauritius Oceanography Institute since 1st July 2016.


Mr. Javed MOSAHEB, BSc [Marine Biology], BSc [Biochemistry with Molecular Biology]

Mr. Javed Mosaheb has worked as adviser at the Albion Fisheries Research Centre for 8 years before joining the Mauritius Oceanography Institute in June 2005. His research interests are mainly in the field of Environmental Impact Assessment, Coastal Erosion and Marine Ecology. He was the focal point person for Mauritius for COI/EU Coral Reef Monitoring Regional Project . He is the main author of a book on "Biostatistics" and co-author of the "Field Guide to Coastal Fishes of Mauritius". He has also published several research papers. In January 2013, he was promoted to the post of Principal Research Scientist.


Mr. Manvendra SINGH, BSc [Physics & Geology], MSc [Geology]

Before joining the Mauritius Oceanography Institute, Mr. Singh has been working in the private sector for more than four years. He joined MOI in July 2008 as a Research Scientist. For his MSc, he undertook research studies on Experimental Petrology and Mathematical Geology on 'Ultrahigh Temperature Metamorphism'. Currently, his main project is the 'Study of Local Seismicity around Rodrigues–CIR Region Using Array Techniques (collaborative project with Frankfurt University)' and analyzing seismological data collected from Mauritius, under RHUM-RUM (a French–German collaboration), project at the Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany, where he is also enrolled for his PhD. He is also involved in the Continental shelf Project of the Republic of Mauritius.

Mr. Prakash MUSSAI, BSc [Zoology], MSc [Marine Biology & Oceanography], MSc [Project Management]

After his studies, Mr. Mussai followed a one-year training at Albion Fisheries Research Center under the Skills Development Programme. He joined the Mauritius Oceanography Institute in May 2005 as Research Assistant and has worked on the project 'Database of Marine Organisms'. He has been recently appointed as Research Scientist.

Mr. Beenesh MOTAH, BSc (Hons.) [Physics with Environmental Science], MSc [Sustainable Environmental Management]

Mr. Motah was initially a trainee in the field of Satellite Oceanography at the Mauritius Oceanography Institute. He had been appointed as Research Scientist in the same field of work and is currently preparing for his Ph.D. thesis on “Tuna movement with respect to the ocean environment in the Indian Ocean – Tag & Recapture Approach” with the University of Cape Town and the Institute of Research and Development (IRD), France.

Mr. Vimal RAMCHANDUR, BSc (Hons.) [Physics], MSc [Computer Security and Forensics]

Mr. Ramchandur joined the MOI in 2006 for the project Bathymetry survey for the shallow lagoons of Mauritius. Appointed in 2011 as Research Scientist in Physical Oceanography, he has contributed in various projects of the MOI like the Continental Shelf project, Ballast Water Management project and Sand Budget around lagoons of Mauritius. He was the thematic expert for the AMESD project funded by the European Union and at present working on MESA project on fisheries management and contributing at Continental level.

Mr. Suraj BACHA GIAN, BSc (Hons.) [Biology with Plant Science], MSc [Molecular and Cellular Biology]

Mr. Bacha Gian has worked for seven months as Laboratory Chemist / Microbiologist at the Universal Breweries Ltd before joining the Mauritius Oceanography Institute in May 2007 as a trainee under the Government Empowerment Programme. He has been appointed as Associate Research Scientist in Marine Biology in October 2008 and is actually assisting in the project entitled “Development of a pilot project for coral farming for tourism, export, education, research and conservation”.


Mr. Oocheetsing SADASING, BSc Hons [Biology with Environmental Science], MSc [Marine Biology & Oceanography]

Mr. Sadasing followed a one year training at Beach Authority under the Skills Development Programme and worked at the Mauritius Research Council before joining the Mauritius Oceanography Institute as Research Assistant. He has been appointed Associate Research Scientist in October 2008 and is presently working on the project for setting up a 'Pilot Farm for Pearl Culture'.

Dr. Hemanaden RUNGHEN, BSc [Mathematics], PhD [GIS and Mathematical Modelling]

Dr. Runghen joined the Mauritius Oceanography Institute in January 2008 as Research Assistant. He is interested in the study of ocean\coastal hydrodynamics, oil spill trajectory modelling using numerical models and environmental impact assessment. He also has experience in GIS and remote sensing. Dr. Runghen was appointed Associate Research Scientist in January 2009. He has been seconded to the Prime Minister’s Office to form part of the Continental Shelf, Maritime Zones Administration & Exploration department since January 2013.

Dr. Dass BISSESSUR, Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) [Remote Sensing; Signal Processing], Ph.D. [Marine Geophysics]

Dr. Bissessur carried out his Ph.D. work at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (Paris, France) on the ‘Structure, Age and Evolution of the Mascarene Basin, Western Indian Ocean”. His main research interests are the Geology of the Mascarene region: Mascarene Basin and Mascarene Plateau, the Structure and Evolution of Mauritius Island: Structure and geological history of Mauritius islands and the Ridge - Hotspot Interaction: Interaction between the Central Indian Ridge and the Reunion hotspot in the Rodrigues region. Research themes and projects he is involved in are: Deep Sea Research and Characterisation of the Seafloor, Sub-seafloor and its structures: Mapping and imagery of the seafloor and sub-seafloor to identify areas of potential resources and to understand the tectonics, formation and evolution of the region; RHUM-RUM project, a French-German project with Mauritius, Madagascar and Seychelles as collaborators: Establish the origin of the heat source that has been fuelling La Réunion hotspot and study the interaction between La Réunion hotspot and the Central Indian Ridge spreading centre; Extension of the legal Continental Shelf for Mauritius; Tsunami and Seismic Risk Assessment for Mauritius and Rodrigues; Morphological study of beaches and lagoons in Mauritius (Beach Erosion; Lagoon Dynamics). Dr. Bissessur research work brings him to take part in oceanographic expeditions in the Indian Ocean in collaboration with other oceanographic institutions.

Mr. Avin RAMANJOOLOO B.Sc. (Hons.) [Chemistry], MSc [Chemistry]

Mr. Ramanjooloo joined the Mauritius Oceanography Institute in July 2009 as Associate Research Scientist in Chemical Oceanography. He is currently working in the Marine Natural Products research group where he is investigating the biological activities of marine sponges with the aim of discovering new bioactive compounds that could be used for the treatment of diseases such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer. He followed an in-service training course in isotope hydrology at University D’Avignon, France and was involved in the Sub-marine Groundwater Discharge project.

Mr. Sarvanen Curpen, BSc (Hons.) [Biology with Environmental Science], MSc [Bioinformatics]

Mr. Curpen worked as a Research Assistant for the MOI from September 2002 to December 2003 before proceeding for further studies in the UK. After his master’s degree, he worked as a science technician for the Imperial College of London, UK and as a bioinformatician for the University of Wits, South Africa before taking employment as Associate Research Scientist at MOI in October 2009. Mr. Curpen is at present working on the molecular barcoding of marine organisms project and also assisting in the coral farming project.

Dr. Arshad RAWAT, Diplôme d'Ingénieur [Modelisation Mathematique et Mécanique], Doctorat [Océanographie Physique]

Dr. Rawat joined the Mauritius Oceanography Institute in February 2008 as Research Assistant in Satellite Oceanography and has been working mainly on the Continental Shelf Project. He holds a master’s degree in mathematical modelling and mechanical engineering from the University of Bordeaux I and a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Bretagne Occidentale, France.

Mr. Arnaud NICHOLAS, B.Sc. (Hons.) [Marine Science], M.Sc. [Applied Marine Science-Oceanography]

Mr. Nicolas joined the Mauritius Oceanography Institute in December 2011 as Associate Research Scientist in Biological Oceanography. He is actually completing a M.Sc. in Applied Marine Science. He performed his Student Work Experience Programme for six weeks at the Mauritius Oceanography Institute in 2009.

Mr. Olivier C. A. PASNIN, B.Sc. (Hons.) [Agricultural Biotechnology], M.Sc. [Applied Marine Science – Zoology]

Mr. Pasnin joined the MOI in 2011. His research interests primarily focus on the conservation and sustainable use of marine species and the marine environment. He is currently investigating effective approaches of integrating genetic information into GIS for the appropriate location of MPAs. He has carried various scientific surveys in Mauritius, Rodrigues, St Brandon and Agalega.

Mr. Kamlesh RAMDHONY, B.Sc. [Medical Technology with Specialization in Clinical Laboratory Technology], M.Sc. [Biotechnology]

After his studies, Mr. Ramdhony joined the Mauritius Oceanography Institute in December 2011 as Associate Research Scientist. He is interested in Marine Biotechnology and is currently working on industrially important microalgae and Ballast Water Management project.

Ms. Prerna ROY, B.Sc. [Biotechnology ( Enterprise)], M.Sc. [Molecular Medicine & Cancer Research]

Miss Roy has been appointed as Associate Research Scientist, at the MOI, since 2011. She is currently working on the project ‘Bioprospecting of Mauritius Waters’ and is involved in identifying potential cancer drug leads from marine- derived substances and elucidating their mechanism of action. Her research interests encompass cancer research, marine biotechnology and cellular biology amongst others.

Mrs. Rajni SOORAJBALLY, B.Sc. [Biotechnology]

Mrs. Sooroojebally has worked as a laboratory technician in a private food microbiology laboratory for two and a half years before joining the Mauritius Oceanography Institute as Associate Research Scientist in December 2011. Her research fields of interests are commercially important micro algae and other marine natural resources.

Ms. Khishma MODOOSOODUN, B.Sc. (Hons.) [Marine Science and Technology], PG.Cert [Observational Oceanography]

Ms. Modoosoodun joined the Mauritius Oceanography Institute as Associate Research Scientist in January 2012. She had previously been working as Environmental Officer and Laboratory Technician in a Non-Governmental Organization. She followed an in-service training course in Observational Oceanography at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Germany. Her research interest is interdisciplinary incorporating satellite remote sensing and its applications in biophysical processes.

Dr. Yashvin NEEHAUL, Master Chimie-Physique des Molecules et Interfaces, Ph.D. [Bio-physicalChemistry]

Dr. Neehaul joined the MOI in March 2013 following his tertiary education at the Université de Strasbourg, France. He holds a Master de Chimie spécialité Chimie-Physique des Molécules et Interfaces. Dr. Yashvin Neehaul was awarded a scholarship by Le Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, France back in 2009 for a Ph.D. in Chemistry. He is currently working on the Sub-marine Groundwater Discharge project and is actively developing the marine chemistry field at the MOI.

Ms. Preeti OOGARAH, B.Sc. [Chemistry], M.Sc. [Pharmaceutical Analysis and Quality Control]

Ms. Oogarah holds a Bachelor`s degree in Chemistry from University of Mauritius and a Master`s degree in Pharmaceutical Analysis and Quality Control from King`s College London. Ms. Oogarah has worked under the Service to Mauritius Programme at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and as Research Assistant at the University of Mauritius before joining the MOI in March 2013. She is currently working in the Bioprospecting Mauritius waters project.

Mrs. Cindy MEYEPA,B.Sc. (Hons.) [Marine Science and Technology]

Ms. Lebrasse had been a former trainee at the MOI for a two-month period (June-July 2011). She has also worked for five months as trainee in the Quality department of Avipro Co. Ltd (A member of Food and Allied Group) before joining the Institute in March 2013 as Associate Research Scientist in the Chemical Oceanography department. She has worked on the extraction and isolation of marine natural products. She is currently on leave for higher studies.

Mr. Oomarsing GOOROOCHURN, B.Sc. (Hons.) [Biology with Environmental Sciences]

Mr. Gooroochurn joined the public sector in September 2003 as Environment Enforcement Assistant at the Ministry of Environment. He then moved to the Ministry of Fisheries as Technical Officer in July 2006. In October 2011, following a Board decision, he was temporarily transferred to the MOI to work in the AMESD project. He was then subsequently appointed as Associate Research Scientist in June 2013.

Dr. Danishta DUMUR-NEELAYYA, Ph.D. [Environmental Sciences]

Dr. Dumur holds a BSc in Biology with Environmental Sciences and a MPhil from the University of Mauritius. Following her doctoral studies at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK) and 6 months’ employment at the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development under the Service-To-Mauritius Programme, Dr. Dumur joined the MOI as an Associate Research Scientist in 2014. She is currently part of the Biological Oceanography team, working on the DNA barcoding of marine organisms. Her primary research interest is in the area of microbial ecology, with focus on phytoplankton/microalgae, chemotaxonomy and biogeochemistry.


BTech. (Hons.) [Computer Science & Engineering], MSc [E-business]


Mr. Martial has been working in the private sector before joining the Mauritius Oceanography Institute in February 2005 as Project Officer in IT (now re-styled as Systems Administrator). He has several years of experience in the field of Information Technology. Mr. Martial has set up the server and local area network of the Institute. He designed and developed the interface (Web and CD) for the ‘Database of Marine Organisms of Mauritius’. He has also devised the software for the electronic attendance system and a platform for document sharing on the LAN. He has been involved in the African Monitoring of the Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD) project since 2008 as systems administrator, developer and trainer. He led the MOI-AMESD team from March 2011 to June 2013. He is currently leading the team working on the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) project for the Indian Ocean Commission Region.


Mr. Chettanand. SAMYAN, STA

Mr. Samyan, seconded for duty from the Ministry of Fisheries as diver, has been appointed as Technical Assistant/Senior Technical Assistant in November 2005.


Prior to joining MOI in March 2013, Mr. Sunassee has worked in dive centers since 2004 as a dive master and Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) leader and holds the following qualifications: (1) Open Water Scuba Instructor; (2) Emergency First Respond Instructor; and (3) Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT).


Reena SOBHA (FCCA) , MBA - Accountant

Maheshwaree JOYRAM, BSc (Hons.) [Public Administration and Management] - Executive Officer

Neermala MUDHOO  - Accounts Clerk

Ms. Meenal NUCKCHADY  - Accounts Clerk


Ms. Ranjeeta BOYJOONAUTH, BSc (Hons.) [Communication Studies], MA [Public Policy and Administration]  - Public Relations Officer


Mrs. Lutchmee KUREEMAN, BSc (Hons.) [Public Administration & Management], MBA [HR with Knowledge Management]   - Administrative Secretary

Administrative Assistant - Vacant

Mrs. Nazli TEGALLY - Confidential Secretary

Mrs. Sarika SUKAI - Front Desk Officer

Mrs. Asha MOONESAWMY, BA (Hons.) [Library and Information Science]  (Registered as Professional Librarian, Mauritius Council of Registered Librarians) - Acting Documentation Officer

Mrs. Neetoosha NEERMUL  - Clerical Officer/Higher Clerical Officer

Mr. Manoj ANGATEEAH  - Clerical Officer/Higher Clerical Officer (redeployed from the Mauritius Ex Services Trust Fund, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development)


Mr. Dharmanand MUNSAH (Vinay)  - Driver/ Office Attendant

Mr. Velloo COOPEN (Azagen)  - Driver / Office Attendant

Mr. Surendra SEECHURN  - Driver / Office Attendant

Mr. Vishwamitra MICHEL  - Driver

Mrs. Mala RAJIAH  - Handyworker




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