BANGALORE March 1st, 2018 - SGRF appoints Dr Rajani Kanth Vangala as its Director. Dr Vangala obtained his Ph.D in Hemato-oncology from the Ludwig Maximillians University, Munich, Germany. He then did his postdoctoral studies at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden and Imperial College London, UK before returning to India. After working for a year on stem cells at Avesthagen Limited, Bangalore, India, he founded Innovo Biologicals Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad, where he developed diagnostics assays.. He was a faculty at IBAB, Bangalore, India, and then joined Thrombosis Research Institute (TRI), Bangalore, India in 2011 where he served as its director before joining SGRF. His primary research focus has been on the discovery of biomarkers for risk prediction, diagnostics and translating them into clinically useful tools using nanotechnology. His approach to translational research also included knowledge translation, technology development and teaching / training M.Sc and Ph.D students. He has over twenty peer reviewed publications and a patent pending to his credit along with several presentations at national and international conferences.
As part of the 30th Kerala Science Congress we are privileged to announce the institution of a new award SGRF SPARK Award for the best innovative idea for “Transforming Kerala through Science & Technology Interventions”. This award is instituted by SciGenom Research Foundation (SGRF), a not-for-profit organization, promoting Science through Research and Education along with Kerala State Council for Science Technology & Environment (KSCSTE). Post Graduate Science students from Kerala are eligible to contest for this award. The entries will be evaluated by a panel of experts, and the best innovative idea shall be chosen for the award.
Inspiring the next generation of innovators to come to the forefront of scientific pursuit shall be the goal of this award and we hope this inspires students to inculcate a passion for Science & Technology through offering solutions to today’s challenges in Science & Technology.
For More Details,
Dr. N. S. Pradeep,
SGRF Spark Award Competition,
Kerala State Council for Science Technology & Environment (KSCSTE)
Sasthra Bhavan, Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram – 695004.
Dr. PARTHA P MAJUMDER, Distinguished Professor, National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG), Kolkata, India receiving 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from Dr. George Thomas for her pioneering and path-breaking contributions in the field of Human Population Genentics in India.
Dr. K Thangaraj, Sr. Principal Scientist, Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, India receiving 2017 Excellence in Science Awards from Dr. George Thomas for his pioneering and path-breaking contributions in the field of Human Population Genentics in India.
Dr. V. Shanta,Chairman, Cancer Institute, Chennai, India receiving 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from Dr. George Thomas for her pioneering and path-breaking contributions in the field of Cancer Research in India.
Dr. Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath, Professor, Centre for Neuroscience, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India was awarded the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from Dr. George Thomas at the NGBT meeting, Cochin, India.
Dr. N.K Singh, National Professor, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India receiving 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award for his pioneering and path-breaking contributions in the field of Agricultural Science in India.
Dr. Ivan Dikic Receiving the SGRF Excellence in Science Award medal and plaque at the 2015 NGBT meeting from Dr. George Thomas.
Dr.Mammen Chandy, Director of Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata, India receiving 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from Dr.Mohan (right) for his pioneering and path-breaking contributions in hematology and bone marrow transplantation in India
Dr.Alfred Wittinghofer, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Germany was awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award at the NGBT meeting in Hyderabad for his pioneering and path-breaking contributions towards the structural analysis of signaling proteins, especially GTPases.
Dr.Jitendra P Khurana, Professor and Dean, University of Delhi South Campus was awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award at the NGBT meeting in Hyderabad for his pioneering and path-breaking contributions in plant molecular biology and genomics.
SciGenom Research Foundation (SGRF) and its co-hosts - Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), and Institute of Bioinformatics (IOB) hosted the three-day NextGen Genomics, Biology, Bioinformatics and Technologies (NGBT) Conference at Hyderabad International Convention Center (HICC). The inauguration was presided over by Ch. Mohan Rao, Director, CCMB. Other speakers included Dr George Thomas, Director, SciGenom Research Foundation, Dr Sekar Seshagiri, 2015 NGBT Conference Chair and Dr Thangaraj, Group Leader, CCMB.
The conference featured various sponsors from the genomics and sequencing platform manufactures who were excited to partner with the largest genomics conference in the country bringing together the best of scientific minds and practitioners together. MedGenome, the leader in clinical genomics in India was a major sponsor for the event along with Illumina, the largest sequencing platform manufacturer in the world.
“The conference provided a platform to bring academia and industry in genomics and related technologies together,” Sam Santhosh, CEO, MedGenome opined. He added: “We are happy that the NGBT conference has grown to become the largest genomics conference in the country.”
2014 SGRF Excellence in Science Awards, a prize setup to recognize excellence in Science in India, were awarded at the 2014 NGBT meeting, Bangalore, India. The winners were selected from the nominations received by a committee of experts constituted by SGRF. The 2014 award focused on clinical/translational genomics work.
Dr. Ishwar Verma Head, Department of Genetics Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, was awarded the 2014 SGRF Excellence in Science Awards on Nov 17th, 2014 at the NGBT meeting in Bangalore for his significant contributions to medical genetics research and the application of genetic in the clinic in India
Dr. V. Mohan, President and Founder MDRF, was awarded the 2014 SGRF Excellence in Science Awards on Nov 19th, 2014 at the NGBT meeting in Bangalore for his significant contributions to diabetes genetics research and his work in the clinic for the management of diabetes in India
Dr. Ishwar Verma (middle) along with Dr. George Thomas (left), Dr. Krishnaraj Rajalingam (right) after receiving the SGRF Excellence in Science Award medal and plaque
Dr. Ishwar Verma delivering a keynote lecture at the 2014 NGBT meeting
Dr. Ishwar Verma receiving an oil on canvas painting memento following his lecture at the 2014 NGBT meeting from Dr. Krishnaraj Rajalingam
Dr. V Mohan delivering his keynote address at the 2014 NGBT meeting
Dr. V Mohan, MDRF, receiving the 2014 SGRF Medal from Dr. Andrew Peterson, Genentech.
Dr. Andrew Peterson, Dr. Radha Venkatesan, Dr. V Mohan and Dr. R. M. Anaja at the awards ceremony
Dr. George Thomas, Dr. Radha Venkatesan, Dr. V Mohan and Dr. R. M. Anaja at the awards ceremony
2014 SGRF Student Scholarships for AC&RI, Killikulam winners were announced at the 2014 NGBT meeting on Nov 19th, 2014.
The scholarship winners were selected and recommended to SGRF director Dr. George Thomas by a committee constituted by Dr. V. Subramanian, Dean (i/c) and Professor, AC&RI, TNAU, Killikulam, India.
The selection committed consisted of
The scholarship to cover the tution and boarding expenses for the year 2015-16 was awarded to Ms. Tamilarasi. N.K and Kavitha. R, first year B.Sc. (Agriculture) students at AC&RI, Killikulam, India.
Ms. Tamilarasi. N.K., winner of Seetharaman Seshagiri memorial scholarship receving the scholarship certificate from Dr. M. Swamiappan
Ms. Kavitha. R, winner of Namagiriammal memorial scholarship receving the scholarship certificate from Dr. M. Swamiappan
Scholarship winners (middle) Ms. Kavitha R, Ms. Tamilarasi. N.K and their parents (to left of Ms. Kavitha) along with the scholarship committee members (from far left) Dr. Swamiappan M, Dr. Angappan and Dr. George Thomas, SGRF Director, (far right)
Dr. Swamiappan M, receiving a portrait of Hassan as memento from Dr. George Thomas, SGRF Director
Dr. Angappan, receiving a portrait of Hassan as memento from Dr. George Thomas, SGRF Director
June 28th, 2014 – SGRF recognized several founding Professors of the Agricultural College and Research Institute, Killikulam, Vallanadu for their excellence in Education and Research and also for their contributions to the college during its inception in 1984. This recognition was awarded in collaboration with the 1985-89 students of the college