Aurunthavarani Thiyagarajah, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2100
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-6941
Fax: (504) 988-1726




Research Interests:

Aquatic pathobiology/toxicology-Exposure assessment; Fish diseases, diagnosis and pathology; chemical carcinogenesis- hepatic and pancreatic cancers using in vitro and in vivo (fish) models; drinking water disinfection byproducts (trihalomethanes); biological monitoring; biomarker development; environmental chemicals and breast cancer progression


Professional Achievements:

  • FAO/SIDA Postgraduate fellowship, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Certified Fish Pathologist, American Board of Fish Pathologists, USA
  • Reiki Practitioner, Level 2

Educational Background:

  • PhD, Auburn Alabama, USA, 1985
  • FRVC(path), Uppsala, Sweden, 1978
  • BVSc, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1975


Selected Publications: 

Teuschler, L.K.,  Gennings, C.,  Stiteler, WM.,  Hertzberg,  RC.,  Colman, JT.,  Thiyagarajah, A.,  Lipscomb, JC.,  Hartley, WR., and  Simmons, JE. 2000.  A Multiple-Purpose Design Approach to the Evaluation of Risks from Complex Mixtures of Disinfection By-Products (DBPs).  Drug and Chemical Toxicology. 23: 307-321.   

Thiyagarajah, A., MacMillan, JR., and Munson, AD. 2001. Neoplasms in cultured sunshine bass: case report. Journal of Fish Diseases 24: 551-556.

Watanabe, KH., Desimone, FW., Thiyagarajah, A., Hartley, WR., Hindrichs, AE.  2003. Fish tissue quality in the Lower Mississippi River and health risks from fish consumption.  The Science of the Total Environment.302: 109-126.

Getsfrid, W., Thiyagarajah, A., Hartley, WR., Conerly, O.  2004. Ovo-testis in a Japanese medaka.  Journal of Aquatic Animal Health16: 164-168.

Teuschler, LK., Gennings, C., Hartley, WR., Carter, H., Thiyagarajah, A., Schoney, R., and Cubbison, C. 2005. The interaction effects of binary mixtures of benzene and toluene on the developing heart of medaka (Oryzias latipes). Chemosphere 58: 1283-1291. (Awarded best paper for the year, from EPA Cincinnati, Ohio)

Melancon, K., Cheng, Q., Kiefer, TL., Dai, J., Lai, L., Dong, LL., Yuan, L., Collins, A., Thiyagarajah, A., Long, S., and Hill, SM.  2005. Regression of NMU-induced mammary tumors with the combination of melatonin and 9-cis-retinoic acid.  Cancer Letters 227: 39-48.

Li, Z., Carrier, L., Belame, A., Thiyagarajah, A., Salvo, VA., Burrow, M. Rowan, BG.  2009.   Combination of methylselenocysteine with tamoxifen inhibits MCF-7 breast cancer xenograft in nude mice through elevated apoptosis and reduced angiogenesis. Breast cancer Research and Treatment 118: 33-43  

Thiyagarajah, A., and Abdelghani, A.  2009.  Proliferative lesions in the liver and pancreas of Bowfin, Amia calva.  Presented at the Annual meeting of SETAC, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 19-23. 


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