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- M.Sc. Medical Biochemistry
- PhD in Biochemical Oncology
- Post Doctoral Fellowship – Cancer Institute (WIA), Chennai
- Post Doctoral Fellowship – Wayne State University, USA
Current Interests of Dr. Balanehru Subramaniam:
- Drug Discovery and Development
- Translational Research
- Evidence based traditional medicine
About Dr. Balanehru Subramaniam:
He has three years of experience in heading multi-disciplinary biomedical research facility. Over 16 years of international expertise in the development of new drug/product discovery and development plans from drug screening onwards. 10 years of experience in the product development in the area of nutritional food/beverages/dietary supplements. USA/India based research experience in translational medicine, biotechnology, life sciences, bioinformatics, pharmacology, proteomics, genomics, cell culture, toxicology, therapeutic assessment, animal testing.
Dr. Balanehru has in depth knowledge of Good Laboratory Practices & planning, executing and reporting drug discovery and developmental protocols. Thorough understanding of research project data collection processes and data sets. He has participated in national and international collaborative groups on clinical research, drug/biologics development and safety monitoring. Handled multiple competing projects and deadlines, and coordinated the intellectual needs of each research project. Used medical/scientific understanding to propose and perform additional analyses appropriately and independently.
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- PhD in Human Molecular Genetics, University of Goettingen, Germany
- Post Doctoral Fellowship – MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (MIND)
- Post Doctoral Fellowship – Harvard Medical School, USA
Current Interests of Dr. AJ Pandian:
- Genetic Engineering
- Gene and Protein therapeutics
- Personalized Epigenomics
About Dr. AJ Pandian:
After his master’s degree course in integrated biology at Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai; Pandian moved to National Center of Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore for an internship in Prof.Obaid Siddiqi’s lab. Subsequently he worked at department of Molecular Reproduction, Development and Genetics in Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore before starting his Ph.D studentship at the Institute of Human Genetics, University of Goettingen, Germany. In his doctoral studies he created three different transgenic mouse models for Mecp2 gene implicated in Rett Syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder. Further, he was working as a post-doctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA where he focused on epigenetics of Huntington’s Disease, a neurodegenerative disorder, performing ChIP-on-chip analysis and characterizing histone modifications in the brain of a transgenic mouse model overexpressing Huntingtin protein. Then, he was undergoing a training in Medical Informatics at York University, Toronto, Canada, before he took up a position at Vision Research Foundation, Sankara Nethralaya (a tertiary care eye hospital), Chennai heading the department of Genetics and Molecular Biology and serving it’s noble cause.
He has received grants from German Research Council (DFG), Center for Molecular Physiology of the Brain (CMPB), University of Goettingen, Germany; Young Investigator grant from Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt of India. Moreover, he has obtained funding from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Department of Science and Technology (DST) and DBT as Organizing Secretary to conduct 1st & 2nd SN GENETiCS national conventions (CME accreditation by The Tamil Nadu Dr.MGR Medical University, India) and 41st Indian Society of Human Genetics (ISHG) 2016 annual meeting & international conference.
His awards and accolades include Academic Excellence award in Bachelor’s degree from Madurai Kamaraj University; Ph.D Fellowship from German Research Council (DFG), Center for Molecular Physiology of the Brain, University of Goettingen, Germany and for Best research work in Basic Medical Sciences at Sankara Nethralya, Chennai (to JRF, 2014).
Besides, he teaches Human Genetics and Molecular Biology and has been a guide for M.S, M.Tech, M.Phil, and Ph.D students affiliated with University of Goettingen, Germany; Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani; SASTRA University, Tanjore; University of Madras, Chennai; SRM University, Chennai.
He is a life member of Indian Society of Human Genetics (ISHG) and his international presentations and participations include various annual meetings and international conferences organized by German Research Council – DFG Center for Molecular Physiology of the Brain; American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG); Hereditary Disease Foundation (HDF); Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and so forth.
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- PhD in Marine Biotechnology
Current Interests of Dr. Mangaiyarkarasi:
- Medicinal Plants
- Marine natural products for therapeutic use
- Marine algae for bone health
- Marine algae for cancer treatment
- Marine algae for larvicidal activity
About Dr. Mangaiyarkarasi:
Dr. Mangaiyarkarasi is a marine biologist with more than 30 years of academic and research experience in using field observations and manipulative experiments to address issues relating to medicinal plants, marine macro algae, biodiversity and ecosystem function. She has a broad range of interests including extraction of marine natural product and its therapeutic use. The research she oversees aims to develop novel approaches for extraction and medicinal activity of bio molecules especially in relation to human carcinoma cells.
- M.Sc. Biotechnology (Pondicherry Central University)
- PhD in Biotechnology ((Pondicherry Central University)
- Postdoctoral Res. Associate (Dept. of Biology, Texas Tech University)
- Postdoctoral Res. Associate (Dept. of Cellular Biology, University of Georgia)
Current interests of Dr. Agiesh Kumar:
- Molecular basis of dengue Pathogenesis
- Lipidomics in the pathogenesis of viral diseases
- Insect vector-pathogen interactions
- Gene silencing and next generation vector control methods
About Dr. Agiesh Kumar:
Dr. Agieshis researching on vector borne disease for several years. He studied the molecular basis of vector parasite interactions for his PhD thesis. He had documented some of the vector transcripts that regulate the development of filarial parasite in the mosquito host. He had postdoctoral training at Texas Tech University (USA) and University of Georgia (USA). During his postdoctoral tenure at TTU he studied the role of sphingolipids in the virulence of Leishmaniasis. Postdoctoral fellowship in the Dept of cellular biology, UGA gained him training on RNA interference mediated gene silencing in vectors. He is skilled in Molecular cloning, microinjection and homologous recombination methods. He started his career as assistant professor in the School of Chemical and Biotechnology (SCBT), SASTRA University (Deemed), India , involved in teaching Btech, Mtech, M.Sc students in various areas of biotechnology. He has mentored students for UG, PG dissertations and PhD thesis. He has been awarded fundings for carrying out research from National funding agencieslike DBT, ICMR. He has published several high quality papers in peer reviewed Journals like Plos NTDs, Plos One, IUBMB life, JCV, IJID . Dr. Agiesh has Joined CIDRF in 2015 and is currently researching on “Lipids in the pathogenesis of dengue virulence”
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- M.Sc. Life Sciences
- M.Phil. Endocrinology
- Ph.D. in Endocrinology
Current Interests of Dr. Veni:
- Bone Health
- Evidence based traditional medicine
About Dr. Veni:
Dr. Veni received M.Phil and Ph. D in Endocrinology from Dr ALM Post-Graduate Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Madras, Chennai. Her PhD studies were supported by ICMR SRF funding. For her thesis she worked on “Scientific validation of Terminalia arjuna in Osteoporosis using mesenchymal stem cells and ovariectomized animal model. She was involved in co-ordinating the establishment of CIDRF Since June, 2011. Her current area of research interests are Bone Health and Stem cells. She has published 5 papers in peer reviewed international journals with a total citation index of 257 and h index 4.
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- M.Sc. Zoology
- Ph.D. in Biochemistry
Current interests of Dr. Pooja:
- Cancer Biology
- Obesity associated carcinogenesis
About Dr. Pooja:
Dr. Pooja Pratheesh received her doctoral training during 2004-2009 under the guidance of Prof. Subrata Sinha at the Department of Biochemistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. She was trained to generate and screen Phage Display Libraries of scFv fragments against Placental isozyme of Alkaline Phosphatase (PLAP), an onco-fetal marker. Her work showed that the conformational changes due to loss of scaffold can lead an scFv molecule to lose its affinity and specificity.
Later she moved to Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, Tamilnadu. At CMC, she worked under the mentorship of Dr. B. S. Ramakrishna and was trained in GC-MS and SPE techniques. She was awarded Research Associates fellowship by ICMR to explore the metabolic signatures of the stool samples from IBD patients. Her work was selected to be presented at YRLS conference, organized by University of Paris, Diderot, Paris, France in May 2012
She joined CIDRF as a scientist in June 2013. She was selected for Pilot Project Grant for Young Investigators in Cancer Biology run by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. She is currently working on the cancer biology of Glioblastomas. Her other research interest is obesity associated tumorigenesis. She is currently guiding two PhD students at CIDRF and is a co-guide for two students in the Department of Microbiology, MGMCRI, SBV, Pondicherry.