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Shobha Sriharan

Sriharan, Dr. Shobha, PhD

Dept. of Agriculture


Phone: (804) 524-5220
Fax: 804-524-5486


  • Ph.D. (1967) Toulouse University, France (Zoology/Physiology)
  • M.S. (1962) Osmania University,  (Zoology)
  • B.S.   (1960) Osmania University (Biology/Chemistry)

Positions and Employment (Virginia State University)

  • 1990 - Present.  Associate Professor, Environmental Science, Department of Agriculture and Human Ecology, and Project Director, BRIDGES to Baccalaureate, USDA  International Project, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
  • Teaching: Environmental Science courses (AGRI-150) to Science Majors and GEAG 150 to Non-science Majors. Responsible for developing curriculum in Environmental Science, “Plant, Soil and Environmental Science Concentration”.
  • Postdoctoral Research, Max-Planck Institute for Biochem Munich, West Germany, 1975-1978 
  • Postdoctoral Research, Institute for Environmental Chemistry, Munich, W. Germany, 1979-1980
    • 1998-1999 Review Panel Member, National Science Foundation Institutional Laboratory Instruments. 
    • 1998-1999 Review Panel Member, National Science Foundation Institutional Laboratory Instruments.
    • 2002-2003 Review Panel Member, USDA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Program
    • 2003 Review Panel Member, National Institutes of Health BRIDGES to Baccalaureate Program
    • American Association for Advancement of Science
    • Entomological Society of America
    • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 
    • Society of Research Administrators
    • National Council of University Research Administrators
    • AAAS National Minority Women in Science
    • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
    • American Association for Advancement of Science
    • Entomological Society of America
    • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene     
    • Society of Research Administrators
    • National Council of University Research Administrators
    • AAAS National Minority Women in Science  
    • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
        • 1987 AAAS/EPA.Environmental Science Fellow, Washington, D.C.1990 EPA Summer Faculty Award, EPA-Region V, Chicago, IL.
        • 1991 EPA Summer Faculty Award, EPA Environ. Res. Lab., Gulf Breeze, FL
        • 1992 EPA Waste Management Division, Health Effects, EPA-Region IV, Atlanta, GA.
        • 1993 NIH Extramural Research Associate Training (Summer), Bethesda, Maryland
        • 1994 NSF Faculty Enhancement Participant in 2-week Workshop on Air Toxics and Their Control, Montana Tech., Butte, MT.
        • 1995-1998 Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry Postdoctoral Fellowship
        • 2002 Keynote Speaker at the NSF Undergraduate Research Symposium, Universitat Americana, San Juan, Puerto Rico
        • 2003 NASA Faculty Fellowship at NASAStennisSpaceCenter (Supervised and Unsupervised Classification of Stennis Image)
        • 2003 National Weather Service, Wakefield, Virginia (case Study on Weather: Using Remote Sensing Weather Data: Impact of Flood on Agricultural Production
          • Sriharan, S. and Kovalik, P. 2004. Teaching Environmental Science Students Weather Using Remote Sensing to Interpret Flood Data, Annual Conference of American Meteorological Society, Seattle, Washington, January 10-13, 2004.
          • Sriharan, S. 2003. Supervised and Unsupervised Classification of NASA Stennis Space Center Image by ERDAS Imagine Sosftware, Manuscript under preparation .
          • Sriharan, S. 1987: Risk assessment for Developing Health Advisories, Report to USEPA (1987 AAAS-EPOA Fellow)
          • Sriharan, S, and Pretorius, S. 2002. Globalization of Academic Programs by razing the Digital Divide: Third International Conference on Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, Rhodes University, East London, S. Africa, January 15-18, 2003 (Page 55). The paper was published in the Proceedings of the Conference
          • Zola, N. Sen, D., and Sriharan, S. 2002. Toxicity Studies on Mice: Use of Electron Microscopy Techniques. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, New Orleans,LA, November 14-18, 2002.
          • Rice, T. Mohamed, A. and Sriharan, S. 2002. Phytochemicals from Green Soybean, 59th Joint Annual Conference of National Institute of Health/Beta Khappa Xchi, Columbia, S. C., March 29-April3, 2002
          • Wilson, P., Mohamed, A. and Sriharan, S. 2002. Biochemical Studies of Soybean Verities in Virginia, Symposium on Minority Undergraduate Research at the University of Texas, Galveston, TX, and February 29-<ぐ颵ᇏ芻ꨀ봀௎text>March 2, 2002
          • Jackson, T., Sen, D., Sriharan, S. 2001. Evaluation of Antiprotozoan Activity of the Azaridactin A from Neem (Herbal drug). Minority Biomedical Research Symposium,Washington, D.C., October, 2001   
          • S. Kumar, A., Dunkel, F.V., and Sriharan, S. 2000. Pesticides from Marigolds: Effect on Non-Target Aquatic Macroinvertebrates. Physiological and Chemical Ecology, 29 (2): 140-149.
          • Dunkel, F.V., Serugendo, A, Breene, W.M., Sriharan, S. 1995. Influence of insecticidal plant materials used during storage on sensory attributes and instrumental hardness of dry edible beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Plant Foods for Hum. Nutrition 48: 1-16
          • Weaver, D.K., Wells, C.D., Dunkel, F.V., Bertsch, W, Sing, S, and Sriharan, S. 1994. Insecticidal activity of floral, foliar, and root extracts of Tagetes minuta(Asterales:Asteraceae) Against Adult Mexican Bean Weevils (Coleoptera: Bruchidae). J. Economic Entomol., Vol. 87: 1718-1725.
          • Dunkel, F.V., Sriharan, S., Nizeyimana,E., and Serugendo, A. 1990. Evaluation of neem kernel extract (Margosan-O) against major stored insect pests of beans and sorghum inRwanda. Proc. 5th Internat. Conf. on Stored Product Protection. Bordeaux, France, September 9-14, 1990. Volume I: 527-536.
          • Sriharan, S., Wright, A., Singh, P., Dunkel, F.V., Richards, D.C., Bertsch, W., and Wells, C.1994. Insecticidal activity of floral and root extracts of Tagetes minuta and Tagetes Patula (Marigold) against the Mexican bean weevil, Zabrotes subfasiatues, a non-target fish Gambeson affinis , and the predatory pirate bug, Xyloccoris flavipes. Proc. Fourth Nat. Conf. Pesticides. Wigman, D.L. (ed). Virginia Water Res. Center, Virginia Polytechnic Institute,Blacksburg, VA.  Nov. 1-2, 1993. P. 542-556.
          • Wright, A. and Sriharan, S. 1992. Evaluation of bioactivity of natural substances of botanical origin against non-target organisms. Proc. 6th National Conf. Undergrad. Res. Vol. I:353-1358.
          • Holifield, C. and Sriharan, S. 1996. Insecticidal Action of the Plant Derived Thiophenes on a Stored Product Insects, Rhyzophertha dominica (F.). NCUR X 1996 Proceedings, Asheville, N. C. Vol. III
          • Kumar, A., Dunkel, F.V., and Sriharan,S. 1998. Preparing Natural Products for Use in IPM Programs Throughout the World. Poster at Symposium on Integrated Pest Management(IPM)- Coordinated Research Support Program   (CRSP), Blacksburg, VA
          • Kumar, A. Dunkel, F.V., and Sriharan. 1998. Effectiveness of Root Exudates of the Mexican Marigold,         Tagetes minuta, for the Management of the Sugarbeet Cyst Nematode, Heterodera schachtii. Abstract at the Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of America,Las Vegas, Nevada, November 10-14, 1998
          • Colley, A. and Sriharan, S. 1996. Studies on Isolation and Evaluation of the Naturally Occurring "-terthienyl from Marigolds (Tagetes spp.): Effects on Target and Non-target Organisms. Abstract to be presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Applied Chemistry (SETAC), Washington, D. C., Nov. 17 - 22, 1996.
          • Sriharan, S. 1995. A multifaceted approach to Environmental Science Bachelor Degree. Conference on Undergraduate Research, UnionCollege, Schenectady, NY, April 20-22, 1995.
          • Contributing Author: Sriharan, S (1996) AIR TOXICS: NSF Undergraduate Teaching. Problems and Solutions Workbook. (eds. Theodore, L., Scaffee, J., Dupont, R.R.).
          • NIH Grant: VirginiaStateUniversity’s BRIDGES to the Baccalaureate: The major goal of this project is to increase the number of underrepresented student in their transfer to four-year institutions (2001-2004), $ 640,000. 
          • NIH-EARDA Grant:    Sponsored Research in Health-Related Sciences (1994-2003), $ 260, 000
          • EARDA Transition Grant : Office of Sponsored Research in Biomedical Sciences, 2004-2006) $160,000
          • Chesapeake Bay Foundation:    Water Quality Issues at Chesapeake Bay: Water Quality Monitoring and Mapping by Geographic Information System (2002-2003), $ 15,000.
          • Co-Project Director USDA Grant: Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System in Teaching Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences. The goal of this project is to integrate the innovative technologies in science curriculum through faculty development Workshops.(2003-2005), $ 199,980.
          • USDA Grant:   Globalization of Agricultural Programs at VirginiaStateUniversity and Universityof Free State (South Africa) through Faculty Training and faculty exchange, ( 2002-2004), $ 100,000.
          • Member of Colonial Heights Rotary Club, (Board Member and Chair, International Committtee
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  • Review Panel: NSF, USDA and NIH

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