Dr. B. Ravindran
Dr. B. Ravindran is a Microbiologist trained in JIPMER, Pondicherry and Delhi University and later in Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK, and University of Connecticut Health Centre, USA. He worked as a scientist with the Indian Council of Medical Research for more than two decades and spent 10 years as Director of Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar, an autonomous research institution under the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt of India. His scientific interests include Immunobiology of Infectious Diseases, regulation of inflammation and macrophage biology and evolution of the immune system in mammals.
He has been an active member of a large global consortium of investigators from Universities and Research institutions in the UK, USA, Germany, France, Netherlands, Malaysia and Indonesia for nearly a decade working on Immuno-biology of metazoan pathogens. He has been a visiting Professor/visiting Scientist at University Edinburgh, University of Bonn, Pasteur Institute at Lille during the last 15 years.
He has published 120 scientific papers in international journals and trained 19 Ph.D. and 16 MD students. Currently, he is a Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Life Sciences and Adjunct Professor at NISER, Bhubaneswar and Ahmadabad University. He spends part of his time mentoring young investigators in Universities and Institutions in the country apart from serving in Board of Governors and in Scientific Advisory Committees of several Research institutions and functions as a peer-reviewer for several scientific journals and funding agencies in India and abroad
Professor M. Radhakrishna Pillai
Professor M. Radhakrishna Pillai is currently the Director of the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, a national research institute of the Government of India in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala State, India. Professor Pillai is one of India’s well-known cancer biologists. A fellow of all the Science and Medical Academies of India and the Royal College of Pathologists, London, Dr. Pillai currently leads a major European Union-funded program on HPV in the development of oropharyngeal cancers and an International Research Agency for Cancer (IARC) program on the efficacy of different doses of the HPV vaccine.
Dr. Pillai has over 220 international peer-reviewed research publications and has mentored 25 PhDs. In recognition of his contributions to medical biotechnology, Professor Pillai was appointed Director, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology in 2005, making him then, the youngest head of a national research institution. Professor Pillai used RGCB’s excellent expertise for nation-building through new start-up industries and utilization of infrastructure for education, research, and testing facilities by managing a technology development incubator – BioNest at Cochin. This incubator now boasts of 17 start-up companies – the only biotechnology institute in the country to do so. Professor Pillai has undoubtedly one of the best and unique track records in India as a director, administrator, and scientist bringing with him a history of 11 years of institute leadership tenure and excellent track record of achievements in medical science research.