Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
I am an environmental scientist with a broader interest in occupational hygiene. My current role at the Adelaide Exposure Science and Health (www.ua.edu.au/aesh) department of the University of Adelaide revolves around the assessment and mitigation of the impacts of occupational and environmental hazards on human health. At present, I am working on an engineered stone-associated silicosis project funded by iCARE Dust Disease Care. The aim of the project is to improve exposure science and dust control for engineered stone workers to prevent the onset of associated lung diseases. This project entails both laboratory analytical methods and ‘real-time’ field-based study design to meet the research aim.
Another research interest of mine is biofortification, which is the development of sustainable fertiliser strategies to improve crop and/or human nutrition. During my PhD, I set up experiments across different countries (the UK and Australia) to develop novel fertiliser formulations to improve the uptake of the micronutrient selenium into wheat, destined for human consumption. With over a third of the world’s population currently suffering from hidden hunger, there is an urgent need for collaborative research across platforms and disciplines to optimise agricultural productivity. I graduated from my joint doctoral program between the University of Adelaide and the University of Nottingham (UK) in 2020.
I am also passionate about wine science. I was introduced to the world of grapegrowing and winemaking during my PhD as I worked part-time as a sensory panellist for the Australian Wine Research Institute. As part of the sensory panel, I would be responsible to identify flavour profiles in wines, which would influence winemaking and technical advice to Australian grapegrowers and winemakers.
I would like to scope future avenues for field-based research across the intertwined areas of agronomy and environmental science and health. The ultimate goal of every research program I undertake is to provide empirical evidence to support policy and practice for stakeholders.
Date Position Institution name 2020 Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide 2016 - 2014 PhD candidate University of Adelaide and University of Nottingham (UK)
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2019 Award Brian Chambers Early Career Researcher International Fertiliser Society United Kingdom £1000 2018 Award 7th International Conference on Selenium in the Environment and Health International Conference on Selenium China ¥1000 2017 Award Postgraduate Symposium FOODPlus Award University of Adelaide Australia $200 2017 Scholarship Plant Nutrition Travel Grant Karolinska Insitutet, Stockholm Sweden £1000 2017 Award Three Minute Thesis - School of Agriculture, Food and Wine University of Adelaide Australia $200 2017 Scholarship Crawford Fund Student Award Crawford Fund Australia — 2016 Scholarship Beacon of Enlightenment PhD Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia —
Language Competency Creoles and pidgins French based Can read, write and speak English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review French Can read, write, speak and understand spoken Hindi Can read, speak and understand spoken
Date Institution name Country Title 2016 - 2020 University of Adelaide Australia PhD 2011 - 2015 University of Nottingham United Kingdom MSci Environmental Science
Year Citation 2021 Ramkissoon, C., Degryse, F., Young, S., Bailey, E. H., & McLaughlin, M. J. (2021). Effect of soil properties on time-dependent fixation (ageing) of selenate. Geoderma, 383, 9 pages.
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2019 Ramkissoon, C., Degryse, F., da Silva, R. C., Baird, R., Young, S. D., Bailey, E. H., & McLaughlin, M. J. (2019). Improving the efficacy of selenium fertilizers for wheat biofortification. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 19520-1-19520-9.
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Year Citation 2017 Ramkissoon, C., Degryse, J. L., McLaughlin, M. J., Coqui da Silva, R., Baird, R. J., Young, S., & Bailey, L. (2017). Wheat biofortification using selenium-enriched macronutrient fertilisers. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Conference on Selenium in the Environment and Human Health. Stockholm, Sweden.
Lab demonstration for Soil and Water Resources courses in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the University of Nottingham.
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