Dr Subramanian is an entomologist and insect pathologist, within the icipe Plant Health Theme, where the main focus of his research is on the development of integrated pest management (IPM) strategies for horticultural crop systems.
He has over 12 years of experience with significant contributions in vegetable IPM, thrips biology and management, plant virology, virus –vector relationships, insect virology and entomophagy with ~90 publications, of which 32 are peer-reviewed.
To pursue his research objectives, he is extensively involved in grant development and resource mobilization. He has a global network of partners, collaborators and stakeholders across ~40 organizations in 18 countries from 6 continents.
Dr Subramanian is extremely keen on building African capacity in IPM and climate change research, and he has mentored two postdoctoral researchers, seven PhD and six Masters degree scholars, and been involved in several undergraduate trainings.
For the past eight years, Dr Subramanian’s research group has played a leading role in East Africa to enhance the understanding on biology and ecology of invasive and indigenous thrips and to develop bio-intensive thrips management strategies.