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Ravi Ravindran graduated with a honours degree in Agricultural Science from University of Sri Lanka, Peradeniya and subsequently Master of Science and PhD degrees in Animal Nutrition from Virginia Tech University, USA. He has held academic and research positions in Sri Lanka, Canada, USA and Australia, prior to moving to New Zealand in 1998. He has had a distinguished international career in nutritional science, having published in excess of 500 scientific works, including 280 peer-reviewed journal artiles, 5 books and over 30 book chapters. These have attracted over 15,000 citations with a remarkable h-index of 65 as well as an i10-index of 200Dr. Ravindran has been awarded numerous research grants from national and international sources for his research and has received a number of awards. His scientific expertise has been recognized by invitations to consult by industry, government and international agencies and to serve in the Editorial Boards of a number of international journals, including British Journal of Nutrition, Animal, Animals, Animal Production Science, Poultry Science, Animal Feed Science and Technology and Journal of Animal Science. He is a member of the UN/FAO Expert Committee on new feed resources in animal nutrition. Professor Ravindran is an acknowledged world leader in the areas of measurement of amino acid availability in poultry and feed enzymes, particularly microbial phytases. His work has addressed various aspects of feed evaluation, feed technology, early nutrition and, digestion and metabolism of amino acids and minerals in poultry. Furthermore, he has contributed to educating and preparing the next generation of scientists having trained 5 post-doctoral fellows, 20 Ph.D., and 20 M.Sc. students. In 2011, Ravindran was an USAID Scholar at Virginia Tech University (1979-1985), NSERC Fellow at the University of British Columbia, Canada (1989-1992), Lee Pratt Fellow at Virginia Tech University (1992-1993) and RIRDC Research Associate at the University of Sydney, Camden, Australia (1994-1998). Professor Ravindran was awarded the 'American Feed Industry Association Poultry Nutrition Research Award' for his distinctive work demonstrating sound research in poultry nutrition in the last 10 years. According to the 2011 analysis by the Council of Canadian Academies, Ravindran is acknowledged as being an author of one of the top 1% most highly cited papers in Poultry Science. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious JM Bell Lecturership, which acknowledges his international prominence in poultry nutrition, at the Canadian Western Nutrition Conference, Manitoba. In 2015, he was the recipient of McMeekan Memorial Award, the highest award by the New Zealand Society of Animal Production – for outstanding contribution to animal production in New Zealand - and of Massey University Research Medal – Individual College Research Award in 2015. This was followed in 2017 by the Massey University Individual Research medal, the University’s highest award for an individual research in recognition of research achievements. In 2018, Ravindran was recognised with the New Zealand Poultry Industry Award for his lifetime contribution to the industry.
Amino acid metabolism
Nutrition of young broilers
Feed processing technology.
Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Animal Nutrition (070204): Animal Production (070200)
Poultry nutrition, with emphasis on nutrient metabolism, feed enzymes, feed evaluation, amino acid availability, nutrition of the newly hatched chick, management of gut flora in poultry.