Chandnee Ramkissoon

Dr Chandnee Ramkissoon

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 ( 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.


  • Appointments

    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 Competencies

    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
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2016 - 2020 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2011 - 2015 University of Nottingham United Kingdom MSci Environmental Science

Lab demonstration for Soil and Water Resources courses in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the University of  Nottingham.

  • Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83134957
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  • Campus: Thebarton
  • Building: 28 Anderson Street, floor 3
  • Org Unit: School of Public Health

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