Research Team (Pillai lab)
Molecular Environmental and Food Microbiology Team: The Pillai lab provides comprehensive end-to-end molecular microbiology support for all microbiology and molecular biology related projects at the NCEBR. This team is made up of experienced molecular microbiologists and food scientists. The team has full-time scientists as well as Ph.D. and Masters graduate students and talented undergraduate students in food science, chemical engineering, and electrical engineering. The undergraduates are part of the prestigious Texas A&M University Undergraduate Research Scholars and the Aggie Research Programs. For projects that require additional expertise we team with researchers and faculty from other Texas A&M University departments and Centers.
Director: Professor Suresh D. Pillai is the Director of the National Center for Electron Beam Research (NCEBR). He brings together researchers from across the Texas A&M University System and around the world to harness their skills to make paradigm-shifting changes in how we address contemporary food, public-health and environmental challenges. He is a molecular microbiologist by training, and has been with Texas A&M University System for almost 24 years. His research program focuses on molecular microbiology as it relates to food processing, food safety, and environmental microbiology. In addition, his research focuses on the detection, characterization, and decontamination of microbial populations in natural and man-made ecosystems using a variety of contemporary tools such as genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics.