SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Dr.Bharanidharan Devarajan
Omics Scientist, Aravind Medical Research Foundation
Dr. Bharanidharan Devarajan, is a scientist in the Departments of  Bioinformatics and Ocular Microbiology, at the Aravind Medical Research Foundation, Madurai, India. Dr. Bharani, specializes in ocular cancer bioinformatics and systems biology, analysis of genome-wide expression profiles of mRNA and non-coding RNAs, biological pathway analysis, and computational analysis of alternate transcripts.  Dr. Bharani earned his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Biochemistry from University of Madras. He received his Ph. D (2007) in Computational Biology and X-ray crystallography from the Centre for Crystallography and Biophysics at University of Madras. He then pursued his Postdoctoral research at University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA (2008-2010) and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA (2010-2012). Dr. Bharani's main research interest is in translational genomics of various eye disease and ocular cancer, to understanding the complexity of biological processes and to identify diagnostic molecular markers for more effective and personalized therapies. His research is to seek an agile and predictive understanding of how genetic variants and alternate transcripts that results Retinoblastoma, and other ocular cancers including lymphoma, melanoma using DNA microarrays and next generation sequencing. eye diseases including ocular cancers. In tandem, his lab is also developing mRNA and microRNA biomarkers of Retinoblastoma tumor progression, recurrence in ocular lymphoma, and other ocular diseases. His lab analyzes whole exome/genome dataset, genome-wide expression profiles, alternate transcripts networks, biological pathways to get critical answers faster.
Dr.Vijayalakshmi Ramshankar
Associate Professor at the Cancer Institute ( WIA) Adyar, Chennai.

Dr Vijayalakshmi Ramshankar is working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Oncology, heading the research division at the Cancer Institute ( WIA) Adyar, Chennai. She is a doctorate in molecular oncology and completed her post doctoral tenures at prestigious Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Columbia University, Newyork, United States. She is currently a faculty scientist of the reputed Cancer Institute (WIA) and has a vast experience of the more than 25 years in the field on molecular oncology. Her primary focus is on tobacco related cancers like Oral, lung cancers and Human papilloma virus (HPV) based screening for cervical cancer. Her objective is to translate oncology research to patient bedside in the form of prognostic and predictive biomarkers that can be useful for screening, early detection and disease monitoring.

Dr Vijayalakshmi also uses her skill and expertise for molecular diagnostics. Her laboratory expertise is helpful for cancer patients in the various molecular tests such as HLA typing for bone marrow transplants, EGFR and other mutation testing for lung cancers, infectious diseases testing like CMV, HBV, HCV etc.

She has been the recipient of the prestigious Lady Tata Memorial Fellowship for doctoral studies, Dept of Biotechnology fellowship for postdoctoral studies, recipient of gold medal for best research in Oral cancer from FHNO (Foundation of Head and Neck Oncology). With more than 50 papers in international and national journals and 4 book chapters, Dr Vijayalakshmi additionally guides Ph.D students and helps in building the skill set for the young postgraduates in her laboratory. Dr Vijayalakshmi is in scientific advisory panels of several reputed academic institutions including IIT Madras, Sri Ramachandra Deemed University, Tamilnadu Dr MGR Medical University and Vellore Institute of Technology.    

Dr. Venkata Ramanarao PARASA
Principal Research Scientist at Linköping University, SWEDEN.

Dr. Venkata Ramanarao PARASA worked as Principal Research Scientist at Linköping University, SWEDEN. His research interests are diagnosis, assay development and host-directed therapy. After completing PhD in 2010 at University of Madras, INDIA, Ramana was invited to Karolinska Institute, SWEDEN as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist, where he developed in vitro human tissue models based on primary cells and cancer cells. Later, Ramana joined Linköping University, SWEDEN and is currently a Principal Research Scientist investigating chemo-resistance of breast cancer, epigenetic training of immunity and host-directed therapy for respiratory infections. He is primarily accountable for planning, managing and executing several research projects with ownership of writing grant applications and liaising within team and collaborators across multiple disciplines for timely completion.

His notable accomplishments include Fellowships from Indian Council of Medical Research and Lady Tata Memorial Trust; publication of book on diagnostics and several peer-reviewed research articles; Expert Reviewer for Drug Discovery Today Journal and Editorial Board member for Journal of Academia and Industrial Research; and Investigator for two project grants from Swedish Research Council.

Ramana associated with Sankalp Beautiful World with the aim of discovering point-of-contact tests to cancer. Presently, Ramana is an Expert Advisor to Sankalp Beautiful World and is responsible for drafting SOPs for the organization and writing fund-seeking applications.

Dr.Sakthivel Arumugam
Director,Study Breeze Academy
Dr.Sathivel Arumgam, currently working as director of Studi Breeze Academy. Dr Sathivel earned his bachelor and master’s degree from University of Madras. He received Ph.D (2005) from the department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Madras. Dr. Sathivel specialises in hepatotoxicity, pathology and apoptosis during liver disease, seaweed pharmacology and cancer biology. Worked as associate professor in biochemistry nearly two decades of national and international experience with diverse roles distinguished by commended performance and proven results in Medical Education. Published over 30 articles in reputed national & international journals.
Dr.Balaji Ragavendra
Associate Professor,NOCERAL
Dr.H.Balaji Raghavendran, working as Associate Professor, in National Orthopaedic Centre of Excellence in Research and Learning (NOCERAL), Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, KL, Malaysia. Dr.Balaji, specialized in Stem cells and Biomaterial tissue engineering research in vitro and in vivo. Dr.Balaji obtained his Bachelor's from University of Madras and Master's degree in Biochemistry from Periyar University. He received his Ph. D (2005) in Biochemistry from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University of Madras. He then pursued his Postdoctoral research at three institute POSTECH, Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute and Liver Immunology Research Centre South Korea (2006 to 2010). Dr.Balaji main research interest is in development and testing various 3D material cues for tissue engineering application and in vivo testing using bone marrow stromal cells using various analytical and molecular and imaging techniques. Have published 70 research articles for his research credit and since 8 years major focus on application of biomaterials for bone tissue engineering applications. Have tested nano-fibrous, porous and 3D scaffold in vitro and in vivo studies using bone marrow stromal cells and rat cranium defect animal model. Have used control or sustained release strategies for growth factors and attempted studies to regenerate rat cranium bone using 3 D scaffolds loaded with growth factors like Platelet derived growth factor (PDGF-BB).
Dr.Priyanka Ganapathy
Assistant Professor at Ragas dental college and hospital
Dr Priyanka Ganapathy, currently working as Assistant Professor at Ragas dental college and hospital, Dr Priyanka earned her bachelor(2002-2005) and Masters in Medical Physiology from University of Madras, IBMS(2005-2008). She received Ph.D (2020) from the department of Physiology, from Meenakshi Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, Kanchipuram, MAHER Dr. Priyanka specialises in cell culture studies, cell Cycle analysis, hepatotoxicity,pathology and apoptosis during oral cancer. Started her carrier as Tutor since 2008 in Meenakshi Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, continued to work in Karpaga Vinayaga Institute of medical sciences, Shree Sathya sai medical college hospital and Research Institute till 2011,and started to work in venkateshwara dental college, and presently continuing to work in Ragas dental college and hospital, Ecr. Published over 12 articles in reputed national & international journals(4 scopus indexed, 1 review article in Thomson and Reuters and 7 articles Index copernicus).