Title: Next-Generation Point-of-Care Platform for Quantitative Detection of a Blood Analyte – Towards Personalized Precision Medicine
Speaker: Prof. V. Renugopalakrishnan
Date/Time: October 14, 2015 Wednesday 13:40 - 14:30
Place: FENS G032
Bio: Prof. V. Renugopalakrishnan, American Biophysicist , “Renu”, Harvard and his group at the Children’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School and Northeastern University focuses on the interface between protein engineering and nanotechnology. He has been on Harvard faculty since 1984, starting from Assistant Professor to a Professor. In recent years his laboratory has been targeting proteins as intelligent and innovative biomaterials in solar cells, fuel cells, smell receptors, very high density data storage, and tagged on to CNT/Graphene for directed drug delivery, sensors. He teaches and is guiding MD PhD program at Walter Bradford Cannon Society, First Year MD Students, “New Pathway in Medical Education” as a part of Harvard-MIT Health Sciences program and is currently spearheading a campus-wide effort in bio inspired devices. He is funded by NSF, US Air Force, NIH. He was Wallace H Coulter Chair and Professor at the University of Florida, Miami. He had been a visiting Professor in Denmark, Taiwan, India. He obtained his B.Sc. from the Madras University, entered graduate school in the Dept.of Chemistry, Columbia University, New York, NY and Rockefeller University, New York, NY working with Prof Harold C Urey, Nobel Chemistry Laureate and Prof. Barbara Low and obtained his Ph.D. in Biophysical Sciences from State University of New York, Buffalo, New York. He is the author of more than 340 publications, 4 monographs – 1991, 2006, 1 Graduate Level Textbook in Bionanoscience (under development), and member of academies. He was the Editor in-Chief, Journal of Bionanoscience, Associate Editor, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.and serves on 6 Editorial Boards of Journals. He also sits in Corporate Boards. His scientific lineage or ancestry traces its origin to Prof G N Ramachandran, FRS, Biochemistry to Nobel Laureate Prof Stanford Moore, Rockefeller University, New York, NY ; experimental studies of protein structural biology to Prof Dan Wesley Urry, Univ of Minneapolis, Minnesota ; Prof Melvin J Glimcher, Harvard to mineralization of connective tissue macromolecules, to Prof. Richard Collins Lord, MIT on Raman Spectroscopy of Proteins. He is a member of numerous Scientific academies in the World and recipient of honorary M.D. and Ph.D. degrees.He along with Dr. Sowmya Viswanathan is organizing one of the largest endowments focused on Bionanodevices.