Max Häggblom, Distinguished Professor and chair of Biochemistry and Microbiology, was invited as the Kerala Erudite Scholar-in-Residence in the Spring under a program sponsored by the Kerala State Higher Education Council, India. His visit was coordinated and hosted by Prof. Salom Gnana Thanga V. in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Kerala.
This Scholar-in-Residence Program was established to provide funding for universities in Kerala to invite scholars to share their expertise and knowledge with the scientific community, and to allow students the opportunity to develop international connections and research collaborations.
Over the eight-day visit, Häggblom met with faculty and students and presented research seminars on environmental microbiology at the University of Kerala, Mar Ivanios College and Women’s College, and Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology in Thiruvananthapuram, and at St. Mary’s College in Thiruvalla.
In addition to his seminars on the topics of microbial ecology, biodegradation, biogeochemical cycling and preparing a scientific paper, Häggblom also held a laboratory tutorial on working with anaerobic bacteria.