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Dr. Vemula obtained masters (M.Sc., Org. Chem.) degree from Osmania University, Hyderabad and Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in Organic Chemistry (2005). Subsequently he carried out over two years postdoctoral research at the City College of New York and over four years at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in Harvard Medical School in affiliation with Brigham and Women's Hospital. In 2009, he was selected as one of the thirteen fellows in the USA for the prestigious postdoctoral entrepreneur fellowship from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he received exposure to entrepreneurial education and closely worked with the foundation to commercialize the biomedical technologies.

Dr. Vemula's research interests are in the fields of biomaterials, drug delivery, gene delivery and translation science. He is an Assistant Investigator at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), Bangalore. Several technologies developed by he and team have formed the foundation for multiple products on the market and currently under development and for the launch of two companies including Skintifique and Alivio Therapeutics.

His laboratory has been funded by multiple foundations, companies and governmental funding agencies including Manus Biosciences, the Lady Tata Memorial Trust, the Department of Biotechnology, Department of Science and Technology, BIRAC (Biotechnology Industry Research Assistant Council), Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB).

Vemula’s work has been discussed in hundreds of newspapers, online websites, television newscasts, and radio shows around the world including The New York Times, CNN, ABC News, NBC, Boston Globe, LA Times, BBC, Discovery, National Geographic, The Hindu, The Times of India, Deccan Herald and many more.

Vemula is an associate editor of Bulletin of Materials Science, a journal of Springer and Indian Academy of Sciences.

At present, Vemula’s lab is focusing to develop biomaterials and bioengineering concepts to solve huge unmet clinical needs including protection of transplanted organs, developing therapeutics for inflammatory/infectious diseases and prevention of pesticide induced lethality.


More about my research vision and our lab philosophy can be read here: An interview with Praveen Vemula by  Anusha



Awards, Fellowships and Academic Service (selective)

  2017  - present,  An Associate Editor, Bulletin of Materials Science (Springer and Indian Acedemy of Sciences)

  2015  - 2017,  An Associate Editor, RSC Advances (Royal Society of Chemistry)

  2012   Ramalingaswami ReEntry Fellowship 2011-12 by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India
  2011   Exellence in Research Award, Fall 2011 awards, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Med. Sch.
 
2010   MIT $100K Business Plan Competition finalist, and runner-up, May 2010
            Track Winner ($20,000, Product and Services) at MIT $100K Business Plan Competition, 2010.
  2009    Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneur Postdoctoral Fellow
            (One of the thirteen recipients in USA for cross-disciplinary fellowship)
  2006   Best cover page of the year-2006, Royal Society of Chemistry Journal Soft Matter


Apart from science, badminton is my passion. I just love that game!
(Disclaimer: The quality of game is not necessarily proportional to the level of passion!!!)



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  Praveen Kumar Vemula


Contact

Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative
Medicine (inStem),
National Centre for Biological Sciences,
UAS-GKVK Campus,

Bellary Road,
Bangalore 560065
Karnataka, INDIA

Tel: +91-80-67176395
Fax: 91-80-2363 6662

eMail: praveenv AT instem.res.in