Maneesha S Inamdar
Maneesha S Inamdar is a stem cell and developmental biologist interested in understanding blood vascular and cardiac development and physiology. She pioneered the use of human pluripotent stem cell derived models in India. This area has applications in the prevention of congenital defects, cardiovascular disease & cancer as well as for regenerative therapies. Her team established several new disease models. She has been a recipient of several awards and fellowships, including the National Bioscience Award from the Department of Biotechnology, India, in 2011, and the Dr Kalpana Chawla Award in 2017. She completed her PhD from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India, and post-doctoral research from the University of North Carolina, USA. She is currently Professor and Dean at the Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore, India, and Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), Bangalore, India. Her work at TIGS is focused on creating human disease models and therapeutic interventions through stem cell research.
Bipin Nair is Dean of Faculty of Sciences and Professor & Dean of the School for Biotechnology, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India. He received his PhD in Microbiology from MS University of Baroda, India, and completed post-doctoral training from University of Tennessee, Memphis, USA. His expertise lies in growth factor receptor signaling, GTP-binding proteins, second messenger pathways, high throughput screening and application of novel technologies in a wide range of target areas. Currently, his research focuses on natural products lead discovery in wound healing and cancer. His team developed a prototype of an automated insulin pump, which resulted in Amrita University’s first patent from the USPTO. In partnership with TIGS, Amrita University is now focusing on developing new tools to reverse antibiotic resistance in pathogens like Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which have been declared as ‘critical priority’ by the World Health Organization.
Subha Srinivasan leads TIGS’ bioinformatics research efforts at the Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB). She completed her PhD from the Center of Advanced Study in Biophysics, University of Madras, and post-doctroral research from the Roswell Park Memorial Institute, New York, USA. She spearheaded bioinformatics research divisions at several companies for more than 20 years. She also founded and served as the Chief Scientific Officer of Jivan Biologics, which specializes in microarray services for alternative splicing. Her team at IBAB applies genomics and bioinformatics techniques in cancer biomarker discovery, plant and insect genomics, root metagenomics, nutritional genomics and non-invasive diagnostics.