Dr. Viduthalai Rasheedkhan ReginaPrincipal Research Fellow, SCELSE & Deputy Research Director, L’Oréal-SCELSE joint laboratory

Dr. Viduthalai Rasheedkhan Regina is Principal Research Fellow, SCELSE & Deputy Research Director, L’Oréal-SCELSE joint laboratory.

He leads the skin microbiome research program in SCELSE. In collaboration with academic (NTU, NUS) as well as external partners (L’Oréal, SRIS/A-star) Dr Vidu intends to discover novel microbial community processes and exploit that knowledge to develop microbiome targeted health technologies. His work involves conducting clinical studies, build niche-specific simple synthetic microbial communities in the laboratory, and develop methods to study the inter-species interactions (beyond cooperation and competition) mediated by secreted metabolites and their function. By tapping into their metabolic interactions and applying community ecology frameworks, these simple microbial communities pave the road to the discovery of unique metabolites, novel targets, and strategies for microbiome engineering.

Dr Vidu carried out his PhD research on microbial adhesion and biofilm formation under the supervision of Prof. Rikke Meyer at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre (iNANO) in Aarhus University (Denmark). He continued his post-doctoral research on the link between the microbiome associated with raw milk and their potential for forming resident biofilm communities that might affect the safety and quality of the dairy products. After a brief entrepreneurial venture in the Netherlands as the founder of ‘VRR biotech’ that offered consultation on biofilm mitigation for food industries, Dr Vidu joined SCELSE as a research fellow in 2016.

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