Prof Chandrabhas Narayana appointed RGCB Director

Prof Chandrabhas Narayana appointed RGCB Director

Narayana is now serving as dean, (Research and Development) at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bengaluru

Prof Chandrabhas Narayana, currently Dean, (Research and Development) at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research

Prof Chandrabhas Narayana has been appointed as the Director of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), a leading molecular biology and biotech research and development institute under the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Narayana is, at present, serving as dean, (Research and Development) at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bengaluru. Narayana succeeds M Radhakrishna Pillai, who retired as the RGCB’s director in August. The normal term of the director is five years.

According to an official statement, Narayana, who is a highly accomplished scientist and inter-disciplinary research leader, specialises in Raman Spectroscopy.

The appointment, approved by the Appointments Committee of the Union Cabinet, is for a period of five years, a press release said.

An autonomous national institution of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, RGCB s four major mandates include discovery research in disease biology, translational sciences, technology development and training and education.

Though a trained condensed matter physicist, Prof Narayana developed a keen interest in Biology soon after joining JNCASR.

Subsequently, his group pioneered in the use of Raman Spectroscopy in drug-protein interaction for drug screening applications and diagnostic applications.

His projects proved to be trendsetters in inter-disciplinary research.

He is a member of several governing and advisory bodies and board of studies of leading universities and higher education institutions in the country.

 

(With inputs from PTI)