Neeraj Gohad


Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Focus:



To develop environmentally benign marine antifouling coatings it is essential to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the process of larval settlement and metamorphosis in marine invertebrates. Dr. Gohad primarily works on the ONR (Office of Naval Research) funded biofouling research initiative at Okeanos, his work involves collaborating with leading polymer chemists and materials scientists at Clemson and Texas A&M Universities to develop ligand conjugated polymers for deterring marine larval settlement. The hemocytes (cells) of the Eastern Oysters (Crassostrea virginica) are used as model systems to understand the interactions between cells and engineered polymers. As surface exploration is an essential step prior to larval settlement, one of the focal points of his research includes identifying specific receptors present on the sensory apparati of the settlement stages, such the pediveliger larvae of the Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) and the Cyprid larvae of the Striped Barnacle (Balanus amphitrite). Dr. Gohad is also a Co-PI on Dr. Andrew Mounts AFOSR (Air Force Office of Scientific Research) funded research initiative where he is trying to understand the fundamental mechanisms behind cellular adhesion and surface degradation. He describes his research 'as the unison of marine biology, modern cell biology and cutting edge imaging techniques; the field of marine invertebrate cell biology and marine materials.'




mon, 12/12/09