Senior Scientist, Department of Genetics
Dr. P.Sundaresan received his Ph.D in Microbiology from Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai in 1990 and served as Lecturer for two years at Birla Institute of Science and Technology, Pilani, Rajasthan, India. He then moved to the U.S and served as post-doctoral fellow at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ( 1993-1995) and Georgetown University, Washington DC (1996-1998). He worked as Research Assistant Professor at School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, New York ( 1999-2000). Dr. Sundaresan's postdoctoral training was on structure-function of Herpes simplex virus-1 glycoprotein gE; HSV-1: Viral Gene therapy for brain and prostate cancer and making Herpes Simplex Virus-2 gB -2 recombinant viruses to study cell entry.
Dr.P.Sundaresan's research focuses on the Molecular Genetics of eye diseases and molecular diagnosis for inherited eye diseases. His specific areas of research include molecular genetics on Aniridia, POAG, PACG,BPES, CHED, Diabetic Retinopathy; Ocular Albinism and Age related Macular Degeneration, FEVR, LHON, Congenital and Age related cataract and Identification of Biomarkers for Primary Open Angle Glaucoma.
He has published over 95 scientific papers in peer reviewed national and international journals. He is a recognized Ph.D supervisor under Madurai Kamaraj University, The TamilnaduDr.M.G.R Medical University, Alagappa University and Sastra University. He has guided 15 scholars and currently 5 Research scholars are working under his guidance. He has been awarded the Biotechnology Overseas Associateship Award (2005-2006) and CREST award (2010-2011) from Ministry of Science and Technology, DBT, Govt. of India. He has received 2 ICMR awards: (1) for Biomedical Research for scientists belonging to underprivileged communities for the year 2006 and (2) for Biomedical research conducted in underdeveloped areasfor the year 2009 and also received TamilNadu Scientist award (TANSA 2013) under the discipline Biological Sciences. In addition, received Hari Om Ashram Alembic Research Award ( Medial council of India ) for 2010 from Honourable President of India at Rashtrapati Bhawan. He has received funding for research from Government of India ( ICMR, NMITLI-CSIR, DST and DBT) and Wellcome Trust.
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