Faculty

Biocon KGI Certificate Program in Biosciences

Having more than 20 years of experience in global Commercial and Clinical Quality and Operations, Gary has worked at different companies including Bayer, Genentech Boehringer Ingelheim and now Theravance Biopharma in various capacities. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a Degree in Integrative Biology and Environmental Science in 1996 and received a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary’s College in 2011.

Gary began his career in 1996 in Manufacturing Process Development for Kogenate at Bayer. Later in 1997, Gary moved to Genentech to work in almost every aspect of Product Production and Quality, and was then hired and promoted to Site Quality Head at Boehringer Ingelheim Gary, where he lead a divisional initiative to define and improve Quality Culture, prepared the site for BLA and PAI submission, hosted a perfect FDA inspection and hosted training of 100 FDA inspectors.

Now at Theravance Biopharma, Gary drives Quality strategy, governance, and Quality oversight of operations for commercial and clinical programs through an internal and external vendor network. He has established a Quality Manual, Quality Governance, has led or co-led several Regulatory inspections with no observations that impacted the business.

Eddie Crabbe, who holds a PhD in Food Science and Technology (Microbial Biotechnology option) from Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, and holds a BS (honors) and an MPhil in Biochemistry from the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, comes with more than 12 years of experience in aerobic and anaerobic fermentation process development for recombinant protein and bioenergy production, technology transfer, and manufacturing support.

He also undertook post-doctoral studies in methane steam reforming to hydrogen TonenGeneral Corporation (an ExxonMobil affiliate in Saitama, Japan) and lysine production by a thermo-tolerant bacillus species from methanol in Professor Mike Flickinger’s Lab in the Biotechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul.

Eddie joined KGI in 2014 and currently works at Allergan in Irvine, California as a Senior Scientist in Biologics Development Process Sciences. In this role, he leads the design, development, scale up, characterization, and transfer of fermentation and primary recovery processes for the production of biologics and enzymes.

Prior to joining Allergan, he worked as a Senior Scientist in Kam Biotechnology in Surrey, Canada where he developed a lab scale platform for microbial hydrogen production from biological waste streams, provided proof-of-concept for a two-step continuous bioethanol production process, and supported manufacturing of bio-based (fungal and bacterial) products for applications in wastewater treatment.

Dr. Meghana Joshi, who joined KGI in February 2014, is the Program Director for Biocon KGI certificate program in Biosciences based at KGI, California, USA. She comes with a strong foundation in Biopharmaceutical Business Development with a strong focus on emerging markets as well and over 5 years of Biotech research experience.

 

Dr. Joshi received her PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago, followed by post-doctoral experience at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas and Columbia University, New York. Prior to her doctoral work, she was an active business partner in Saraswati Agencies in Mumbai. Thereafter, she completed the KGI Post-Doctoral Professional master’s degree, a program training PhD’s to work in the Biotech industry.

Pukar Ratti currently serves as the Executive System Director of Research at CHRISTUS Health in Dallas, Texas. Prior to that, he has worked as Director of Clinical Research and Biobank at Ochsner Health System in Louisiana, and the Department Head of the Office of Research & Sponsored Projects at Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center, part of the Louisiana State University Health System. He passionately holds concurrent academic appointments at University of California Irvine (CA), Rutgers University (NJ), Keck Graduate Institute (CA/India), Dillard University (LA), and University of Phoenix (AZ). He has previously served as an Institutional Review Board (IRB) member on Ochsner Clinic Foundation’s IRB.

With multiple graduate degrees in Healthcare Management, Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering, plus active certifications as Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) from Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) and Certified IRB Manager (CIM) from National Association of IRB Leaders (NAIL), Pukar has over 15 years of combined experience in Research Administration, Clinical Research, Preclinical research, Basic Science Research, Behavioral Research, Clinical Research Revenue Cycle, Project Management, IRB services, Contract negotiations, Student Mentorship, Operational Redesign, Grants Portfolio Management, Policy-making, Personnel Development, Strategic Planning, and Biobanking. Today, Pukar is one of the only 47 medical professionals in the entire State of Texas to have earned the prestigious title of Fellow of American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE).

Dr. Linda Soo Hoo holds a PhD in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology where she studied the molecular neuronal signaling characterized targeting and polarity molecular mechanisms in cells. She holds a Post-Doctoral Professional Masters in Bioscience Management from Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), and BS in Cell Biology and Biochemistry from UC San Diego.

She has been an Adjust Professor at KGI, California, teaching two masters-level courses on CMC Pharmaceutical Regulations which provides foundational knowledge surrounding current CMC issues, and best practices. Currently, she is the Associate Director of Process Development for Gilead Sciences where she serves as an integral part of cross-functional, cross-discipline team built out of new clinical manufacturing line.

Saurav Datta joined KGI as an Assistant Professor of the Amgen Bioprocessing Center in the Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences in January 2020. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee), India from 2014-2019. He also worked as a Chemical Engineer (2011-2013) and as a Postdoctoral Fellow (2008-2010) at Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory.

He has major research contributions in the areas of bioprocessing (bioseparation, biocatalysis and bio-based product formation), water treatment, and CO2 capture. His current research interests encompass downstream processing of biopharmaceuticals, bioreaction engineering and bioinspired materials.

Datta earned his PhD from the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky. He obtained master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) and University of Calcutta, India, respectively.

Dr. Hu Zhang received his PhD in Biochemical Engineering from the Department of Biochemical Engineering at University College London in 2004. He continued his postdoctoral research at University College London from 2004-2006 and at the Institute of Science and Technology in Medicine at Keele University in the UK from 2006-2009. In March 2009, he took a lectureship at the University of Adelaide in Australia to develop the Pharmaceutical Engineering program in the School of Chemical Engineering. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in January 2014. He joined KGI in April 2018 as a Professor in Bioprocessing.

Dr. Levitin, who joined KGI in March 2013, received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and her PhD in Biotechnology at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. She then worked on identifying new treatment options for patients suffering from Candida infections at the Biotechnology Research Institute – National Research Council of Canada. She conducted her postdoctoral studies at McGill University Medical School and at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Levitin is interested in studying host immune response to bacterial / fungal infections, and in developing vaccines for prevention of microbial infections. She is also interested in defining biomarkers for rapid detection of microbial infections and autoimmune diseases.

She is the Director of KGI’s Master of Science in Applied Life Sciences program and co-director of the Master of Science in Translational Medicine program.

Program Dean
Qualification: Post-Grad, Analytical Chemistry | Degree: Education

Bindu Ajit is the Program Dean of Biocon Academy and is responsible for all the programs offered by the academy. She is a post-graduate in Analytical Chemistry and also has a degree in Education. Her total experience is of around 23 years, which includes over 14 years of leadership and Operational Management in the learning function, predominantly in the finance and IT domain, and 4 years in International schools and colleges and 5 years in the field of Biosciences.

Academic Dean, Biocon Academy
Qualification: M.Sc., Microbiology | M.Phil, Life Sciences | GCP Certification | PG Dip. Marketing Management | MDP

SS.Easwaran is the Academic Dean at Biocon Academy, Bangalore where he is responsible for executing Biocon KGI Certificate Program in Biosciences. Prior to joining Biocon Academy, he was General Manager for Technology and Services, BIOZEEN, responsible for the Biopharmaceutical Production Training and Regulatory Services departments.

Academic Manager, Biocon Academy
Qualification: PhD, Plant Biotechnology | M.Sc., Plant Sciences | MBA Professionals | PG Diploma in Patents Law

Dr. Ramgopal is the Academic Manager at Biocon Academy, Bangalore where he is responsible for managing the activities of Biocon KGI Certificate Program in Biosciences. Prior to joining Biocon Academy, he worked as Associate Professor in Biotechnology wherein he taught for M. Tech / B. Tech Biotechnology Programs for 12 years. He has guided many PhD students in Biotechnology, has executed funded R&D projects in Biotechnology & published research papers in International/National Journals/Conferences. His academic interests include Cell & Molecular Biology, Genetics, Plant Biotechnology, Bioethics, Biosafety & Intellectual Property Rights. Ramgopal has research experience in the areas of Biotechnology of Oilseeds & Medicinal Plants and Biofuels from Microalgae. He has trained faculty and students in Biotechnology, IPRs, Effective Teaching Learning and Soft Skills.

Biocon KGI Certificate Program in Biosciences Management

Dr. Casper received his PhD in government from Cornell University. He came to KGI from the University Of Cambridge, UK, where he was a University Lecturer in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Judge Institute of Management Studies. He was previously employed as a Senior Research Fellow at the Social Science Center, Berlin.

Dr. Casper is widely published in the fields of economic sociology, international business, and public policy. He has written a book on the development of the science-based industry in Europe (Creating Silicon Valley in Europe: Public Policy Towards New Technology Industries, Oxford University Press, 2007). Dr. Casper has been selected as an academic year fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies and a summer fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University. In 2009, Casper was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship to do research in Canada.

Dr. West combines a high-tech entrepreneurial background with more than a decade of leadership in graduate business education. He received an SB degree in Interdisciplinary Sciences from M.I.T. with a concentration in Meteorology, and has worked more than 20 years in the software industry as an engineer, manager and entrepreneur. He was co-founder and president of Palomar Software as well as co-author of the Modsim programming language.

Dr. West has earned a PhD in Management from the University of California, Irvine and taught at Temple University Japan, Pepperdine and UC Irvine before joining the San Jose State University College of Business. At SJSU, he taught innovation, strategy and entrepreneurship classes, and was co-founder of the SJSU Solar Workforce Project and Silicon Valley Open Source Research Project.

Dr. West is known as a researcher, public speaker, and blogger on the topic of open innovation, including editing (with Henry Chesbrough and Wim Vanhaverbeke) the books Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm (Oxford, 2006) and New Frontiers in Open Innovation (Oxford, 2014). His research has been published in Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Technology Transfer, R&D Management, Research Policy, and Telecommunications Policy, among other journals.

Ms. Tamanna Prashar is the Sr. Director of Consumables Operations at Cepheid. In this position, Ms. Tamanna provides the day to day oversight and support for a production and engineering organization focused on the manufacturing of beads, liquid reagents, and finished cartridges for worldwide distribution. With an emphasis on safety, quality, and compliance, and with collaborative efforts with Sweden, the Cepheid Global Operations Team successfully produced over 17 Million filled cartridges in 2014.

Prior to beginning this role at Cepheid in March 2014, Ms. Tamanna spent 4 years at Covidien Neurovascular as the Director of Operations and the Director of Supply Chain. Prior to Covidien, Tamanna held a number of technical and operational leadership roles with Boston Scientific. Her educational background includes both a BS and a MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a MBA from the University of Minnesota. Over the past decade, Tamanna has built a track record of successfully leading teams to deliver ever-improving results in highly technical, complex, and regulated-market environments.

BITS Biocon Certificate Program in Applied Industrial Microbiology

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, BITS Pilani

Degree: Ph.D. Microbiology, NDRI Karnal (ICAR)

Area of Specialization: Antimicrobial Research

Thesis title: “Studies on Genetics and Biochemical Aspects of the Antifungal Substances Produced by Lactic Acid Bacteria.”

Positions Held:

  1. Research Board Member from Division of D. Microbiology (1994-1996) at NDRI Karnal.
  2. Research Board Member from Biological Sciences Group, BITS Pilani (1999-2000).
  3. Senate Member since 2011

About the Faculty
Dr. Utpal Roy is heading the Department since 2004 at BITS Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus.

Email: uroy@bits-pilani.goa.ac.in, utpalroy@gmail.com

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, BITS Pilani

Degree: Ph.D., Cancer Cytogenetics, MAHE, Manipal

Area of Specialization: Molecular mechanisms in Cancer and therapeutic applications of Tissue engineering.

Thesis title: “Anticancer activity of Tenosporacordifolia on HeLa cells in response to 60Co gamma radiation and without radiation.”

Positions Held:

  1. Associate Professor, Biotechnology, March ’08 to March ’09, Rajalaxmi College and Research Institute, Chennai
  2. Professor, Industrial Biotechnology, MGR University, Chennai, May ’07 to March ’08
  3. Assistant Professor, Biotechnology, Oct ’02- May ’07, Sri Ramachandra Medical University, Chennai, India
  4. Research Associate, Biomedical Research, July ’01- Mar ’02, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  5. Senior Research Fellow, Laser Technology, June ’99- Jul ’01, Department of Laser Technology, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), (DU)
  6. Lecturer, Microbiology, Kasturba Gandhi College for Women, Secunderabad, AP, India, Jun ’98 – May ’99

Email: vijayashree@goa.bits-pilani.ac.in

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, BITS Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus

Degree: Ph.D., Goa University, August 2003

Area of Specialization: Microbiology

Thesis title: “Uptake of Arsenic and Cadmium by Halophilic Archaea.”

Positions Held:

  1. Lecturer in Biotechnology, Dhempe College, Goa
  2. Lecturer in Biological Sciences, BITS – Pilani, Goa Campus
  3. Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences, BITS – Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus

About the Faculty
Dr. Judith M. Braganca joined the Department in 2004 when BITS – Pilani started the Goa campus. She teaches Microbiology and Immunology to the students of MSc. Biological Sciences and Microbial Fermentation Technology and Molecular Immunolgy to the students of M.E. Biotechnology.

Email: judith@goa.bits-pilani.ac.in

Associate Professor, Birla Institute of Technology & Science-Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus

Degree: Ph.D., Microbiology, Pune University, 2003

Area of Specialization: Microbiology

Thesis title: “Microbial synthesis of semiconductor and transition metal nanoparticles, their physico-chemical characterization and evaluation as nanomaterials.”

Patents:

  1. A process for manufacturing gold metal nanoparticles Indian Patent No. 205346
  2. A process for manufacturing metal sulphide nanoparticles Indian Patent No. 202756
  3. A process for manufacturing silver metal nanoparticles Indian Patent No. 202757
  4. Nanomaterial based DNA Delivery vehicle for bacterial transformation, Provisional Indian patent application number 1529/MUM/2013

Positions Held:

  1. Associate Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences at BITS – Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus, March 2013
  2. Assistant Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences at BITS – Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus, Jan 2006 – 2013
  3. Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at BITS – Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus, 2004 – 2005

Email: meenal@goa.bits-pilani.ac.in

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy

Degree: Ph.D. (Medicinal Chemistry) from Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (2005)

Area of Specialization: Medicinal Chemistry

Thesis title: Studies on Genetics and Biochemical Aspects of the Antifungal Substances Produced by Lactic Acid Bacteria.

Awards
Recipient of Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Fellowship (2004) to pursue part doctoral research at Eberhard Karls Universitat, Tuebingen, Germany.

Email: sajeli@hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in

 
Professor, Department of Pharmacy, Birla Institute of Technology & Science – Pilani, Hyderabad Campus

Degree: Ph. D. (Medicinal Chemistry), Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, Jan 2000. (Record period of 2 years)

Area of Specialization: Medicinal Chemistry

Patents

  1. Yogeeswari, P. Sriram, D. Kumar, A.S.K. et al., Novel N-Spiro substituted compounds. Indian Patent 263536 (Granted on 5th Nov 2014)
  2. Yogeeswari, P. Sriram, D. Madhubabu, B. Brahmam, M. Indian Patent Application No. 2945/DEL/2014 (15/10/2014): A Compound for treating inflammatory neuropathic pain and cancer.
  3. Saketh, D.V.S. Srikanth, V. Yogeeswari, P. Sriram, D. Indian Patent Application No. 5707/CHE/2014 (13/11/2014): Novel compounds as modulators of AKT.
  4. Yogeeswari, P. Sriram, D. Hasitha, S.A. Brahmam, M. Indian Patent Application No. 1763/DEL/2015 (12/06/2015): Cathepsin D inhibitors and compositions thereof for treating breast cancer.
  5. Vinay K Nandicoori, Vijay Soni, P. Yogeeswari, D. Sriram, Indian Patent Application No. 3167/DEL/2015 (1/10/2015) M. Tuberculosis GlmU inhibitor

Positions Held

  1. Associate Researcher at National Institute of Science and Technology for Tuberculosis, Technopuc, Brazil
  2. Visiting Scientist at Center for Drug Design and Discovery, Sathyabhama University, India

Email: dsriram@hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy, Birla Institute of Technology & Science – Pilani, Hyderabad Campus

Degree: Ph. D. (Pharmaceutical Sciences), South Dakota State University, USA, 2010

Area of Specialization: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Email: vamsi@hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in

 
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Degree:
Post Doctoral Research Fellow – Bioprocess Engineering, INSA de Toulouse, France, Nov 2008.
Ph.D. – Environmental Science & Engineering, Pondicherry (Central) University, India, Apr 2008

Area of Specialization: Environmental Science & Engineering

Thesis title:
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow – “Optimisation of the production of bioplastic precursors, polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) from municipal sludge by sequencing batch reactor system under dynamic condition.”
Ph.D. – “Some applications of bioprocess engineering in solid waste management.”

Positions Held

  1. Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, BITS – Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, India, 2009 – Till date.
  2. Senior Consultant, Swiss Red Cross, Switzerland, INTACH Pondicherry Chapter, Puducherry, India, Nov 2008 – Jun 2009.
  3. Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Laboratoire d’Ingénierie des Systèmes Biologiques et Procédés, INSA de Toulouse, France, May 2008 – Nov 2008.
  4. Senior Research Fellow, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Centre for Pollution Control and Energy Technology, Pondicherry University, India, Apr 2006 – May 2008.
  5. Project Associate, Centre for Environment Education, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Tirupur Field Office, India, Oct 2002 – Jan 2004.
  6. Lecturer, Environmental Studies, Mountain State University, EDUSCAN, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Jun 2000 – Sep 2001.

About the Faculty
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Associate Dean, International Programmes & Collaboration Division
Leader, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Imperative, Mission 2015, Vision 2020

Email: sangan@hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in

  • Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Associate Dean, Academic Research Division, BITS – PILANI Hyderabad Campus

Degree:
Ph.D. (Molecular Biology), BITS – Pilani, 2007
M.E Biotechnology at BITS – Pilani, 2000
M.Sc in Microbiology from Nagpur University, 1995

Thesis title: “Studies on Sequence Diversity and Characterization of the Apical Membrane Antigen of Plasmodium in Indian Isolates.”

Positions Held

  1. January 2014 – till date: Associate Dean, Academic Research Division, BITS, Pilani – Hyderabad Campus
  2. August 2012 – Jan 2014: Professor In-charge, Academic Research Division, BITS, Pilani – Hyderabad Campus
  3. July 2008 – August 2012: Head of the Department (HoD), Biological Sciences Department, BITS, Pilani – Hyderabad Campus.
  4. July 2008 – October 2009: Faculty In-charge, Student Welfare Division, BITS – Pilani – Campus.
  5. September 2005 – May 2008: In-charge, Instruction cell, Practice School Division, BITS – Pilani – Pilani campus

About the Faculty
Prof. Vidya Rajesh is working as Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, BITS – Pilani, Hyderabad campus since June 2008. From 2001 – 2008 she was associated with BITS, Pilani where she completed her M.E. (Biotechnology).

Email: vidya@hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in, vidya_nrajesh@yahoo.com

 

Biocon Ramaiah Certificate Program in Quality Control Analytical

Professor, Dept. Of Biotechnology & Genetics, MS Ramaiah college of Arts, Science and Commerce (MSRCASC)

Degree: M.Sc, B.Ed, M.Phil, Ph.D

Experience: 31 years (Teaching), 22 years (Principal & Research)

Email: principal@msrcasc.edu.in, principal.msrcasc@gmail.com

Awards:

  1. Fellow of Society of Applied Biotechnology during 2014.
  2. Won the Scientist Award in the senior category during Feb 2009.
  3. Won the Certificate of Excellence for the outstanding achievement and service to society in the field of Education and Research in Bio- Technology on Inter- National Women’s day organized by PRCI and Rotary Club South West Bangalore on 8th March 2009.

Key Career Achievements:

  1. M S Ramaiah College of Arts, Science and commerce got UGC Recognition of 2(f) and 12(B)
  2. Under my Leadership the college has successfully got the NAAC Accreditation and ISO-9001-2008
  3. Was responsible to introduce various new courses in the colleges worked with

Special Achievements:

  1. Conducted several Faculty development Programmes, like writing Research proposals, Writing Research paper of International Standards, Self Initiated Development, Transactional Analysis 101 for the Faculty members.
  2. Conducted Two INSPIRE Science nurture Camps, sponsored by Department Of Science and Technology, Govt. of India
  3. Organised many other National and International conferences
  4. Organised a National Conference on the Impact of Biotechnology in India,2007, where more than 65 Research were presented.
  5. Organised a National Conference on the Challenges of Modern Biology in 2020, CHAMB,in association with the Indian Science ongress Association, Bangalore chapter, and Department of Science and Technology, Govt of Karnataka, during March 2010.

Text Books:

  1. A text book on Environmental Studies for the students of Degree classes published by Subhas publication 2008.
  2. A text book of Zoology for 1st year Degree students is Published Edition 2000.
  3. A text book of Environmental Biotechnology is under Publication.

Research Guideship
Guided 7 students for their M.Phil and a Recognized Guide of Periyar University, PRIST University,Thanjavur and Bharthiyar University,Coimbatore

 
Professor, Dept. Of Biotechnology, MS Ramaiah college of Arts, Science and Commerce (MSRCASC)

Degree: PhD, Molecular Cell Biology & Genetics, University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

Area of Specialization: Developmental biology, Molecular biology, Genetics, and Evolution

Thesis title: “Modulation of C. elegans vulva organogenesis by nuclear hormone receptor NHR-25”

Positions Held:

  1. July 2018-Present, Professor, Dean & Head of Research, Department of Life Sciences, M S Ramaiah College of Arts, Science, and Commerce (RCASC), Bangalore, India
  2. Jan 2018-July 2018, Post-doctoral researcher, MRDG, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India. Host-pathogen interactions in C. elegans
  3. Oct 2016-Dec 2017, Post-doctoral researcher, UMR168 Physico-Chemie, Institut Curie, Paris, France. Force generation by actin cytoskeleton in C. elegans
  4. Dec 2015-Sep 2016, Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Biological Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai, India. Neuronal transport in C. elegans
  5. Jan 2013 – March 2015, Visiting Scholar, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular biology, Pennsylvania State University, State College, USA. Role of EGL-26 during vulva morphogenesis in C. elegans and microfluidics
  6. Sep 2014 – Dec 2014 (Fall 2014), Instructor, BMB-BIOL 430 senior course, Pennsylvania State University, State College, USA)

Achievements:

  1. Labex CelTisPhyBio travel grant award, Institut Curie, Paris 2017Labex CelTisPhyBio travel grant award, Institut Curie, Paris 2017
  2. Labex CelTisPhyBio postdoctoral award, Institut Curie, Paris 2016
  3. Qualified for National Eligibility Test-Lectureship (NET-LS), conducted by

Email: gireesh_dos.hor@msrcasc.ac.in, gireesh.bojanala@gmail.com http://msrcasc.edu.in/node/326

 
Assistant Professor, Dept. Of Biotechnology, MS Ramaiah college of Arts, Science and Commerce (MSRCASC)

Degree:PhD in Applied Botany-Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Spices Research/ Mangalore University

Area of Specialization: Plant Secondary metabolites and Cancer therapeutics

Thesis title: “Developing transgenic vanilla resistant to cucumber mosaic virus through antisense RNA”

Positions Held:

  1. Assistant Professor, MSRCSAC (2019-till date)
  2. Postdoc @ Indian Institute of Science (2010-2018)

Research interests:
RNA splicing, Cancer therapeutics and Metabolic engineering

Assistant Professor, Dept. Of Biochemistry, MS Ramaiah college of Arts, Science and Commerce (MSRCASC)

Degree: PhD, Medical Biochemistry, Umea University, Sweden

Area of Specialization: Women Infertility and Reproductive genetics

Thesis title: “The functional roles of the intra-oocyte phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) signalling in controlling follicular development in mice”

Positions Held:

  1. Reviewer for Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology (2014 -till date)
  2. Research Scientist at Anna University, Chennai (2015-2016)
  3. Post-doctoral Associate at Baylor college of Medicine, Houston, USA (2012-2014)
  4. Associate Editor for Women’s Health Journal (2012-2014)
  5. Post-doctoral fellow at University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA (2010-2014)

Email: ankammachowdary1@gmail.com

About the Faculty:
Dr. Krishna Rao Jagarlamudi is an Assistant professor at MS Ramaiah college of Arts, Science and Commerce (MSRASC) engaged in both teaching and research activities.

 
Principal Scientist, Central Research Laboratory, Ramaiah Medical College and Teaching Hospital

Degree: M.Pharma, PhD, DR&D, MNAMS

Area of Specialization: Molecular nutrition; Cancer nutrition; Molecular biology; Phyto-pharmacology and molecular diagnostics, Research planning and execution, Formulating and execution of academic and translational research projects, Herbal drug research, Nutraceutical development.

Positions Held:

  1. Principal Scientist, Ramaiah Medical College and Hospitals, Bangalore, India.
  2. Head, Research and CAM, MS Ramaiah Academy of Health and Applied Sciences, Bangalore, India.
  3. Sr. Research Scientist, Triesta Sciences, HCG Oncology Hospital, Bangalore, India.
  4. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA.

Patents and Publications:

  1. International patents: 4
  2. Book edited: 2
  3. Peer reviewed research paper published: 88
  4. Book chapter published: 15
  5. Papers presented in national and international symposium: 62
  6. Invited presentations: 60

Honors and awards:

  1. Dr. V.N.Patwardhan Prize- 2012 from Indian council for Medical Research, New Delhi for outstanding research in Nutritional Sciences.
  2. SS Mishra Memorial Award for best un-published research in the area of biomedical sciences-by National Academy of Medical Sciences, India-2013.
  3. 12th Chemluminary award for the year 2010, American Chemical Society

Industry and academic institution advisory committee:

  1. Nutrition, nutraceutical and phytopharmaceutical (N2P2) park-Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka – Advisory board member.
  2. Advisor, E2E Biotech Pvt Ltd., Bangalore Bio innovation Center, Electronic city.
  3. Scientific advisor and board member, Sri Sai Agro industries, Bagalkot.
  4. InDNA Life Sciences Pvt Ltd., Bhubaneshwar , Orissa.

Email: kncmurthy@gmail.com

Assistant professor in the department of Biotechnology

Degree: Ph.D. Biological Sciences, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Area of Specialization: Molecular biology, Immunology

Thesis title: “Cloning and expression of 5’ untranslated regions (5’UTRs) from ST6Gal I gene”

Positions Held:

  1. Bellwether fellowship, University of Tulsa (2011).
  2. Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) since 2012.

Fellowships and membership:

  1. Assistant professor in the department of Biotechnology, Ramaiah College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Bangalore since 2016.

Email: priyankab.msr@gmail.com

 
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Ramaiah College of Arts, Science and Commerce

Degree: PhD Life Sciences, IGNOU, New Delhi, M.Phil in Microbiology and M.Sc Microbiology, Bangalore University

Area of Specialization: Microbiology

Thesis title: “Characterization and Growth enhancing properties of Rhizosphere and Endophytic fungi of medicinal plants”

Positions Held:

  1. Board of Examiner in Microbiology, Bangalore University
  2. Board of Studies in microbiology, Mount Carmel College & Government Science college ( 2000-2015)
  3. Board of Studies in Microbiology, Bangalore Central University ( 2018- till date)

About the Faculty: Dr. Prasanna Srinivas.R is teaching Microbiology since 1996 with specializations in Industrial Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology

Email: microprasanna@gmail.com

Associate professor, Department of Pharmaceutics, Ramiah University of Applied Sciences (RUAS)

Degree:
M.Pharm., Ph.D, ACCR

Area of Specialization:Novel drug delivery systems

Thesis title:
“A Multiple Unit Floating controlled Drug Delivery System of Anti-ulcer Drugs”

Positions Held

  1. Associate Professor, Approved Guide for PG and Ph.D programmes, RUAS
  2. Co-ordinator, Research and Patents (Faculty of Pharmacy), Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences

Higher Degree Courses Taught:

  1. Biopharmaceutics and Pharamcokinetics
  2. Advanced Biopharmaceutics and Pharamcokinetics

First Degree Courses Taught:

  1. Pharmaceutical Engineering
  2. Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence
  3. Pharmaceutical formulations
  4. Pharmaceutical technology and biopharmaceutics
  5. Dosage form design and development
  6. Cosmetics Technology

First Degree Courses Taught:

  1. Pharmaceutical Engineering
  2. Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence
  3. Pharmaceutical formulations
  4. Pharmaceutical technology and biopharmaceutics
  5. Dosage form design and development
  6. Cosmetics Technology

About the Faculty
Dr. B.V.Basavaraj is Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics since 2002 at Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences.

PUBLICATIONS:
89

RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS:
75

Patents Filed:
Indian Patent Application: 201741046738, December 27, 2017

Email: basavaraj.ps.ph@msruas.ac.in, bvbasu@gmail.com

 

Biocon KGI Certificate Program in Clinical Development

Program Director
Qualification: Post-Grad, Analytical Chemistry | Degree: Education

Bindu Ajit is the Program Dean of Biocon Academy and is responsible for all the programs offered by the academy. She is a post-graduate in Analytical Chemistry and also has a degree in Education. Her total experience is of around 23 years, which includes over 14 years of leadership and Operational Management in the learning function, predominantly in the finance and IT domain, and 4 years in International schools and colleges and 5 years in the field of Biosciences.

Academic Director, Biocon Academy
Qualification: M.Sc., Microbiology | M.Phil, Life Sciences | GCP Certification | PG Dip. Marketing Management | MDP

SS.Easwaran is the Academic Dean at Biocon Academy, Bangalore where he is responsible for executing Biocon KGI Certificate Program in Biosciences. Prior to joining Biocon Academy, he was General Manager for Technology and Services, BIOZEEN, responsible for the Biopharmaceutical Production Training and Regulatory Services departments.

Academic Manager, Biocon Academy
Qualification: PhD, Plant Biotechnology | M.Sc., Plant Sciences | MBA Professionals | PG Diploma in Patents Law

Dr. Ramgopal is the Academic Manager at Biocon Academy, Bangalore where he is responsible for managing the activities of Biocon KGI Certificate Program in Biosciences. Prior to joining Biocon Academy, he worked as Associate Professor in Biotechnology wherein he taught for M. Tech / B. Tech Biotechnology Programs for 12 years. He has guided many PhD students in Biotechnology, has executed funded R&D projects in Biotechnology & published research papers in International/National Journals/Conferences. His academic interests include Cell & Molecular Biology, Genetics, Plant Biotechnology, Bioethics, Biosafety & Intellectual Property Rights. Ramgopal has research experience in the areas of Biotechnology of Oilseeds & Medicinal Plants and Biofuels from Microalgae. He has trained faculty and students in Biotechnology, IPRs, Effective Teaching Learning and Soft Skills.