BIOQUEST 2013 provided an ideal forum to discuss exciting and emerging multidisciplinary themes related to the use of biotechnology in addressing pertinent societal needs. The conference will focus on the ways in which research areas such as translational medicine, nanotechnology, neuroscience, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, and bioengineering contribute to alleviating human suffering and improving the quality of life


Leland H. Hartwell Ph.D.
2001 Nobel Laureate, Physiology & Medicine
Vural Özdemir, MD, PhD, DABCP
Co-Founder, DELSA Global, Seattle, WA, USA
P. Venkat Rangan, Ph.D.
Vice-Chancellor, Amrita University
V. Nagaraja, Ph.D.
Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India
Upinder S. Bhalla, Ph.D.
Professor & Dean, NCBS, Bengaluru, India
Tobias Preckel, Ph.D.
Life Science Center Manager, Agilent Technologies, Germany
Tim Guilliams, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Chemistry Department, University of Cambridge, UK
Terry Hermiston, Ph.D.
Vice President, US Biologics Research Site Head, US Innovation Center, Bayer Healthcare, USA
Taslimarif Saiyed, Ph.D.
Director and Chief Operating Officer, C-CAMP at NCBS, Bengaluru, India
Tarun B. Patel, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair of Pharmacology, Loyola University, Chicago, USA
Suryaprakash Sambhara, DVM, Ph.D.
Chief, Immunology Section, Influenza Division, CDC, Atlanta, USA
Suresh Subramani, Ph.D.
Vice-Chancellor(Academic Affairs), University of California San Diego, USA
Sudhir Sahasrabudhe, Ph.D.
CEO, Rines Therapeutics and Research Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Utah, USA
Sudarslal S, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Biotechnology, Amrita University, Amritapuri Campus, India
Srisairam Achuthan, Ph.D.
Senior Scientific Programmer, Research Informatics Division, Department of Information Sciences, City of Hope, CA, USA
Rajgopal Srinivasan, Ph.D.
Principal Scientist & Head Bio IT R&D, TCS Innovation Labs, India
Srinivas Pentyala, Ph.D.
Director of Translational Research, Stony Brook Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY, USA
Sneh Anand, Ph.D.
Professor, Center for Biomedical Engineering, IIT-Delhi, India
Shrikumar Suryanarayanan
Chairman, Sea6 Energy [Former President (R&D), Biocon]
Shrikant Anant, Ph.D.
Professor, The Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Kansas University Medical Center, USA
Shigeki Miyamoto, Ph.D.
Professor of Oncology, Wisconsin Institute Medical Research, Madison, USA
Sharmila Mande, Ph.D.
Principal Scientist & Head, Bio Sciences R&D, TCS Innovation Labs, India
Shantikumar Nair, Ph.D.
Professor & Director, Amrita Center for Nanosciences & Molecular Medicine, Amrita University, India
Seeram Ramakrishna, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Nanofibers & Nanotechnology, National University of Singapore
Satheesh Babu T. G., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Sciences, School of Engineering, Amrita University, Coimbatore, India
Sanjeeva Srivastava, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Proteomics Lab, IIT-Bombay, India
S. Ramaswamy, Ph.D.
CEO of c-CAMP, Dean, inStem, NCBS, Bangalore, India
Rustom Mody, Ph.D.
Head R & D, Lupin Ltd., Pune
Rohit Manchanda, Ph.D.
Professor, Biomedical Engineering Group, IIT-Bombay, India
P.R. Sudhakaran, Ph.D.
Director, Kerala Biotechnology Commission, Govt. Of Kerala
Ramani A. Aiyer, Ph.D., MBA
Principal, Shasta BioVentures, San Jose, CA, USA
R. Manjunath, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Dept of Biochemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Pravat Mandal, Ph.D.
Professor, Neurospectroscopy & Neuroimaging, National Brain Research Center, India
Prashanth Athri, Ph.D.
Senior Specialist, Strand Life Sciences, Bengaluru, India
Pradip K. Bhatnagar, Ph.D.
Former President & Head, Daiichi Sankyo Life Science Research Centre, India
Nader Pourmand, Ph.D.
Director, UCSC Genome Technology Center University of California, Santa Cruz
Michelle Hermiston, MD, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics University of California San Francisco, USA
Manzoor K, Ph.D.
Professor, Centre for Nanosciences & Molecular Medicine, Amrita University, Kochi, India
M. D. Nair, Ph.D.
Former Vice-President, SPIC Pharmaceuticals, Tamil Nadu, India
Lalitha Subramanian, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer & VP, Services at Scienomics, USA
Krishnakumar Menon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Centre for Nanosciences & Molecular Medicine, Amrita University, Kochi, India
Karmeshu, Ph.D.
Dean & Professor, School of Computer & Systems Sciences & School of Computational & Integrative Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.
Karen A. McDonald, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, University of California at Davis
Kal Ramnarayan, Ph.D.
Co-founder President & Chief Scientific Officer, Sapient Discovery, San Diego, CA, USA
K. P. Mohanakumar, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist, Cell Biology & Physiology Division, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata
K. Satyamoorthy, Ph.D.
Director, Life Sciences Centre, Manipal University, India
John A.Tainer, Ph.D.
PBD Collaborating Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA
Jeff Perry, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of California, Riverside
Jaydeep Unni, Ph.D.
Sr. Project Manager, Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Palo Alto, CA
Jaap Heringa, Ph.D.
Director & Professor of Bioinformatics, IBIVU VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Hideaki Nagase, Ph.D
Professor Emeritus, Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology-Centre for Degenerative Diseases, University of Oxford, UK
H. Sivaramakrishnan, Ph.D.
President, Piramal Life Sciences, NCE Research, Mumbai, India
Gokul Das, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Breast Disease Site Research Group, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
Gillian Murphy, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Oncology, University of Cambridge, UK
Gaute Einevoll, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics, Department of Mathematical Sciences & Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)
Ganesh Sambasivam, Ph.D.
CSO & Co-Founder, Anthem Biosciences India
Egidio D’Angelo, MD, Ph.D.
Full Professor of Physiology & Director, Brain Connectivity Center, University of Pavia, Italy
Deepthy Menon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Centre for Nanosciences & Molecular Medicine, Health Sciences Campus, Amrita University, Kochi, India
D. Narasimha Rao, Ph.D.
Professor, Dept of Biochemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
D. Bommi Bommannan
CEO, MaxVal Group, San Francisco
Colin Barrow, Ph.D.
Chair in Biotechnology, School of Life & Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Australia
Claudia AM Wheeler-Kingshott, Ph.D.
University Reader in Magnetic Resonance Physics, Department of Neuroinflammation, UCL Institute of Neurology, London, UK
Bodo Eickhoff, Ph.D.
Senior Vice-President, Head of Sales and Marketing for Roche Applied Science, Germany
Bharat B. Chattoo, Ph.D.
Professor, Faculty of Science M.S.University of Baroda, India
Ayyappan Nair, Ph.D.
Head, Business Development (Technologies, Discovery Biology), Anthem Biosciences & DavosPharma, New Jersey, USA
Ashok Pandey, Ph.D.
Scientist F & Head, Biotechnology Division, National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology CSIR), Thiruvananthapuram, India
Andrey Panteleyev, Ph.D.
Vice Chair, Division of Molecular Biology, NBICS Centre-Kurchatov Institute, Moscow, Russia
Anand Anandkumar, Ph.D.
External Director & Chairman, Cellworks Research India Ltd. Bangalore, India
Akhilesh Pandey, Ph.D.
Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA
Ajay Shah, Ph.D.
Director, Research Informatics, City of Hope , CA, USA
Aditya Murthy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Centre For Neuroscience, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Aditi Chatterjee, Ph.D.
Faculty Scientist, Institute of Bioinformatics, Bengaluru, India
A. Vijayarajan
Founder & CTO, InnAccel Consulting Services, Begaluru, India
Achuthsankar S Nair, Ph.D
Head, Department of Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, University of Kerala, India
Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri
President, Amrita University