About Us


SciGenom Research Foundation (SGRF), a not-for-profit organization, is working to promote Science in India through research and education.

Currently the foundation is involved in a number of research initiatives that are typically not funded by government agencies, but identified as scientifically relevant and important in consultation with our scientific advisory board. We have on going research activities spanning Agriculture, Animal health, Biodiversity, Genomics and Human Health. The ongoing projects include the study of genomics of colored rice, metagenomics of rivers in India, wild elephant viral disease genomics, tea looper biocontrol agent development, familial cancer genomics and human genome variation studies.

In addition to research activities, through our education arm SGRF Conferences, we have conducted a number of educational workshops and international conferences to promote science in India. Besides our educational activities, we have instituted awards to recognize outstanding educators and support students through scholarships.


Mr. Sam Santhosh


Sam Santhosh is an entrepreneur, with over 20 years experience in the software industry. Currently he is at the helm of affairs as CEO and promoter of SciGenom Labs Pvt Ltd. Sam sits on the board of a number of companies...

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Mrs. M R Balamani Amma


Balamani Amma is currently a board member of MedGenome Labs, Bangalore, SciGenom Labs, Cochin, AgriGenome Labs, Hyderabad, and MagGenome Technologies....

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Sekar Seshagiri Ph.D.

President, Science & Education

Somasekar (Sekar) Seshagiri oversees SGRF’s scientific research activities. He also manages the foundation’s educational outreach activities including conferences and serves as its chair for the Nextgen Genomics, Biology, Bioinformatics and Technologies (NGBT) international meeting.

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George Thomas Ph.D.

COO, AgriGenome, Kochi, India

Dr. George Thomas holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He did his postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health,...

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Arjula Ramachandra Reddy Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor, University of Hyderabad, Former Vice Chancellor, Yogi Vemana University, India

Dr. Reddy was the Founder Vice Chancellor of Yogi Vemana University from 2006-2011. He contributed significantly toward the overall development of the ...

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Stephan C Schuster Ph.D.

Research Director and Professor
Nanyang Technical University, Singapore.

Dr. Schuster has over 15 years of experience setting up and operating centralized sequencing core labs at Max Plank Institute in Germany and Penn State in...

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Ussuf K.K Ph.D.


Dr. Ussuf is a PhD from Mumbai University and has done post doctoral research at the University of Texas, Houston, USA. He has over 25 years research experience...

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