Vascular stem / Progenitor cells, Diabetes, Vascular tissue engineering, in-vivo microscopy, Human induced pluripotent stem cell research, Ultrastructure, Pathology.
- Post doctoral research in vascular tissue engineering: 2008-2011, under mentorship of Professor Rakesh K. Jain, The Edwin L Steele Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.
- MD, Doctor of Medicine, Pathology, 2001- Christian Medical College, India.
- Internship, Medicine (MBBS), 1997- Christian Medical College, India.
- MBBS, Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery 1996 - Sri Ramachandra Medical College and
Research Institute, India.
- 2015 - Guided Audio Tour for poster entitled “Dysfunctional Placental Fetal Gestational Diabetic Vascular Progenitors resemble Type 2 Diabetic Retinopathy ” at the American Diabetes Association Conference, Boston, USA. June 5th-9th.
- 2015 - International Travel Scheme, Science and Engineering Research Board (DST), travel for airfare to attend the American Diabetes Association conference, Boston USA, June 5th-9th.
- 2015 - Travel award, University Grants Commission, to attend the European Association for the study of Diabetes. (Eye Complication Study group), Turin, Italy. June 26th-28th.
- 2015 - Partial Travel Assistance, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, for European Association for the study of Diabetes. (Eye Complication Study group), Turin, Italy. June 26th-28th.
- 2013 - Best poster prize. Stem Cell Society of Singapore Annual Symposium. November 18th-19th.
- 2010 - Award, Harvard Stem Cell Institute Imaging Contest, November 3rd, Stem Cell Salon, "New Technologies for Imaging Cells."
- 2008-2011 - Overseas Associateship in Niche areas of biotechnology, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.
- 2003 - Senatus prize-best paper by junior faculty of the year 2002-2003, Christian Medical College, India for publication: Histopathological study of chronic hepatitis B and C: a Comparison of two scoring systems. J Hepatol; 2003 Feb; 38(2): 223-9. (MD thesis).
- University Gold medal for Community Medicine (MBBS).
- Honours in Pathology, Microbiology and Pharmacology (MBBS).
The focus of the lab is centred on the cellular and molecular events that lead to the interaction of human endothelial progenitor cells and perivascular cells in vascular disease, with a special interest in the diabetic pericyte.
The basis of Type 2 diabetic (T2D) micro vascular pathology is unresolved, worldwide. A combination of genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors are responsible for in utero reprogramming that can result in the development of Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) in later life. A third of newly diagnosed Diabetic patients present with micro vascular complications. Targeting early vascular changes that precede the catastrophic events culminating in microvascular disease such as Proliferative T2D retinopathy is therefore critical.GDM women, and their babies have a 10- 70% chance of developing T2D postpartum in India. The association of fetal reprogramming in utero involving the GDM placental microvasculature and the development of adult diabetic vasculopathy is of particular relevance in India, where Diabetes and vascular disease are prevalent.
- European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes / Sanofi Collaborative Programme - 2015.
- Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India - 2014-2015.
- Department of Biotechnology, Government of India (Bioengineering). BT/PR7990/MED/32/282/2013. 2013-2016.
- Science and Engineering Research Board (Fast Track Grant, Department of Science and Technology), Government of India-SERB/LS-196/2012.
- Department of Biotechnology, Government of India (Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine). 2012-2014. BT/ PR5915/ MED/ 31/ 172.
- Indian Council of Medical Research: 2012-0803.
- Christian Medical College, Fluid Research Grants: IRB Min 7737 (2012-2014) and IRB Min 7846 (2012-2014).