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Board of Directors


Prof. Satyajit Mayor (Co-Founder)

Satyajit "Jitu" Mayor was born in Baroda, India and received his M.Sc in Chemistry from IIT, Mumbai. He obtained his Ph.D. in Life Sciences from The Rockefeller University, New York, working in the Laboratory of Molecular Parasitology with Prof. George Cross where he studied the biosynthesis of GPI-anchors in the African sleeping sickness parasite, Trypanosoma brucei. He then moved to Department of Pathology at Columbia University, New York where he developed tools to study the trafficking of GPI-anchored proteins in mammalian cells using quantitative fluorescence microscopy.

In 1996, Mayor moved to the National Centre for Biological Sciences, (NCBS) Bangalore, India where he is now Professor in the area of Cellular Organization and Signaling. As an NCBS Director, he has taken a multi-disciplinary approach combining cell biology with physics and chemistry to study the organization and endocytic trafficking of transmembrane and lipid-anchored proteins in membranes of living cells.


Mr. Shrikumar Suryanarayan

Shrikumar Suryanarayan graduated in Chemical Engineering from IIT Madras, and subsequently specialized in Biochemical Engineering from IIT Delhi in 1984. He then joined Biocon India to start their Research and Development Division. During the 23 plus years that he spent at Biocon, the company grew from a small company manufacturing industrial enzymes to a specialized Biopharmaceutical company with market capitalization in excess of a billion dollars.
He has overseen the development and commercialization of a number of enzyme and pharmaceutical process right from the laboratory and into production. He designed the initial Solid State fermentation plants for Biocon and then spearheaded the team that developed the Plafractor - a novel bioreactor. The Plafractor was granted a US patent in 2001 and the invention also received an award from the Department of Science and Technology of India. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Biotechnology at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, with research interests Bioprocess technology and bio-fuels. In addition, he is a visiting faculty at the Department for Molecular Medicine at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, with research interests in Diabetes and inflammation.


Prof. Ramaswamy. S

Prof. Ramaswamy S. has a PhD in Molecular Biophysics from the Indian Institute of Science. After working at the the Department of Molecular Biology, Biomedical Center, SLU, Uppsala, Sweden and at the Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA, he moved to Bangalore in 2009. He was one of the founding Deans of the Institute of Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine, where he was also a Senior Professor (2009-2019). He is one of the co-founders of C-CAMP. He was the first CEO of C-CAMP from 2009-2016. He continues to be in C-CAMP Board of Directors.
He is currently Professor of Biological Sciences; Professor, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Bindley Bioscience Centre at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA. He continues to hold an adjunct Professor’s position at the Department of Biochemistry, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa. He continues to work closely with several organizations in India, including start up companies, not-for profits as well as academic institutions. His research interests are in understanding biological function at atomic resolution.


Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed

Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed is the CEO and Director of C-CAMP. His initial training has been in neurosciences, where he received his PhD from Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany and followed it up by postdoctoral training at University of California San Francisco (UCSF). At the same time, he also underwent training in management for Biotech and Innovation from QB3 at UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco. He has also completed a biotech management program for biotech executives at Wharton School of Management. In the Bay area, he served as a Management Consultant with QB3 New Biotech Venture Consulting and in an individual capacity, he also consulted for many biotech firms in the US.

Dr. Saiyed is an Adjunct Faculty at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and also Amrita Institute - School of Biotechnology. He also heads the Discovery to Innovation Accelerator program at C-CAMP. He is actively involved in promoting innovation in lifescience / healthcare by supporting translation of discoveries to application, entrepreneurship and technology development.
Twitter Handle - @taslimarif


Dr. Alka Sharma (DBT Nominee)

Dr. Alka Sharma is the Director Scientist "G" at DBT


Mr Manoj Kumar

Manoj Kumar is the Founder and Chairman of Social Alpha, an initiative to strengthen the science and technology start-up ecosystem in India with a focus on “lab to market” enablement. He serves as a senior advisor at Tata Trusts, where he is responsible for managing the innovation portfolio, promoting entrepreneurship and nurturing the academic/R&D relationships globally. He also manages the India Health Fund, which endeavours to strengthen India's ability to fight and eliminate the public health challenges of Tuberculosis and Malaria. Manoj is a founding trustee of Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS) and serves on the advisory and governing boards of a number of companies, non-profits and research institutions.
Prior to founding Social Alpha, he has been an entrepreneur as well as an early stage investor in a number of enterprise software start-ups and social innovation experiments. Manoj is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and lives in Bangalore, India.



CEO and Director


Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed

Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed is the CEO and Director of C-CAMP. His initial training has been in neurosciences, where he received his PhD from Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany and followed it up by postdoctoral training at University of California San Francisco (UCSF). At the same time, he also underwent training in management for Biotech and Innovation from QB3 at UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco. He has also completed a biotech management program for biotech executives at Wharton School of Management. In the Bay area, he served as a Management Consultant with QB3 New Biotech Venture Consulting and in an individual capacity, he also consulted for many biotech firms in the US.

Dr. Saiyed is an Adjunct Faculty at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and also Amrita Institute - School of Biotechnology. He also heads the Discovery to Innovation Accelerator program at C-CAMP. He is actively involved in promoting innovation in lifescience / healthcare by supporting translation of discoveries to application, entrepreneurship and technology development.
Twitter Handle - @taslimarif


Programs in-charge


Ms. Nandita Chandavarkar

Ms. Nandita Chandavarkar is Program Lead - Entrepreneurship Advancement and AMR. In her current role she is involved in Entrepreneurship Development, Mentorship and Accelerator Programs for start-ups as well as in C-CAMP’s AMR Vertical. Her responsibilities include overseeing existing programs and managing budgets. She is also involved in launching new programs, building partnerships and expanding C-CAMP’s ecosystem network. She also supports other initiatives and programs of the organisation. Nandita has over 30 years of experience and prior to C-CAMP was with the Industry Association - Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises – ABLE as Director Operations where she was responsible for Strategic planning for growing the organisation; financial planning and resource mobilisation, corporate communication and interacting with stakeholders to develop Policy – both Fiscal and Regulatory as well as initiatives to grow the biotechnology sector in India. She has worked in the Pharmaceutical industry in Quality Assurance and Marketing & Product Development. Nandita is a Post Graduate in Chemical Technology from VJTI, Mumbai, and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing.


Dr. Mohammad Atif Alam

Dr. Mohammad Atif Alam in his current role as Programme Lead - Technology Platforms, Business Development & Projects, oversees the Technology Platform - Services & Development and Training vertical at C-CAMP. In addition Dr. Alam liaises with Industry for Outreach and Technology Licensing for the ‘Discovery to Innovation Accelerator’ program at C-CAMP. Prior to joining C-CAMP, he worked at Piramal Enterprises Limited (Life Sciences Research), Mumbai, where he was involved in in vitro and Pre-clinical studies for small molecule (NCE) based drug discovery. He holds a Ph. D. in Biological Sciences & Bioengineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India.


Dr. Niranjan Joshi

Dr.Niranjan Joshi is presently the Associate Programme Lead - Digital Health & Innovation Deployment at C-CAMP. His primary responsibility includes designing and managing new projects and programmes, liaising with start-ups, building new partnerships, and developing strategic initiatives in the two thematic areas of digital health and innovation deployment. He has more than 14 years of experience across the innovation value chain ranging from academic research, translational R&D, application identification, technology development, innovation adoption and health system integration, entrepreneurship, start-up acceleration, and ecosystem development. His decade long work in India has helped him develop deep insights into health-tech innovation for resource constrained settings. He is a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford, UK in the field of Medical Image Computing.


Dr. Neelanjana Janardan

Dr.Neelanjana Janardan is the Program Lead, Early-Stage Entrepreneurship and Funding at Centre for Cellular & Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP). She currently manages early-stage entrepreneurship & funding opportunities for Life science & Biotech start-ups. As a part of the Entrepreneurship programme, she co-ordinates the investment program which includes grant and equity-based investment and and is also involved in other initiatives for promoting and supporting early-stage start-ups. She has an Integrated Masters-cum-Ph.D. degree in Structural Biology from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and her doctoral work involved studying the structure and function of lipid metabolizing enzymes.


Dr. Debarshini Chakraborty

Dr. Debarshini Chakraborty is the Entrepreneurship and Technology Outreach Manager at C-CAMP. As Communications Lead she manages and oversees all of C-CAMP's communications efforts, especially but not limited to the website, digital media, social media, print and press relations. With more than 5 years experience in science communication, she liaises with all Programs-in-Charge for analyzing, capturing and conveying news from each of C-CAMP's verticals in both online and offline medium. In her earlier positions as Executive Assistant to the Director, Raman Research Institute, Bangalore and Scientific Co-ordinator, Science & Tech Department of French Embassy in India she has worked at the intersection of science and administration, communication and policy. She holds a PhD degree in Theoretical Soft Condensed Matter Physics from Indian Institute of Science with postdoctoral experience at NCBS, Bangalore and Institut Curie, Paris.



Scientific Staff


Dr Feroz M.H. Musthafa

Dr Feroz M.H. Musthafa is the Facility in-charge for Medtech and the Microfluidics and Microfabrication facility. He has done his Ph.D. from the National Centre for Biological Sciences - TIFR, Bangalore under Prof. G.V. Shivashankar studying forces in chromatin remodelling in live cells. He did his post-doctoral training at the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore with Prof. Michael P. Sheetz looking at adhesion of cells to substrates. He is experienced in building experimental setups especially in optical microscopy and in microfabrication using SU8 and PDMS. His current interests are to extend medtech, microfabrication and microfluidics capabilities to the scientific community and to startups.


Dr. Lakshmi Subramanian

Dr. Lakshmi Balasubramanian is a computational biologist specialising in Bioimage informatics. She started her research career as a Computational Chemist and continued to finish her Ph.D in Bioinformatics at Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and Bharathidasan University, Trichy. She has thereafter completed her Postdoctoral research in the field of Bioimage analysis at National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru.Currently, she is a Technology Consultant for Bioimage analysis and also dabbles in Bioinformatics pertaining Biological image data. She is also involved in training/workshops for bioimage analysis at CCAMP


Ms. Padma Ramakrishnan

Ms. Padma Ramakrishnan is currently Technology Scientist at the Mass Spectrometry Facility at Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms, Bengaluru. Her area of interest is mass-spectrometry based Metabolomics. Besides the services, she also enjoys conducting trainings and workshops for metabolomics applications. She was previously with Panacea Biotec, New Delhi, with focus on synthesis and characterization of peptide therapeutics as well as bio-analytical method development. Prior to that, she has also worked with the healthcare and the life sciences vertical of Gerson Lehrman Group, India Pvt. Ltd., an investment research firm. She has a Masters in Biophysics from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.


Dr Sabyasachi Halder

Dr Sabyasachi Halder has been working as Lead of Biologics Characterization and Glycomics Facility at Center for Cellular and Molecular Platform (C-CAMP), Bangalore, India. He did Ph.D from Bose Institute, Kolkata India on Protein Structure-function correlation and continued Post-doctoral Research in United States of America ( University of Pennsylvania Medical School , Michigan State University etc.) in the same area. He also worked as Analytical Lead in Biosimilar Development Industry in Pfizer Biologics Development Center, Chennai, India, Stelis Biopharma Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore, India. His primary interest at C-CAMP to establish capabilities of GLP compliance Analytical Facility with all biologics characterization attributes and Platform methodologies to support Product Development for Biopharma Industry He has also research interest on the Higher Order Structure (HOS) of Biologics using Biophysical, Analytical and Mass Spectrometry based techniques such as Cross-linking Mass Spectrometry (XL-MS).


Dr. Vikas Kumar

Dr. Vikas Kumar obtained his Ph.D. from University of Otago, New Zealand (2010) under Prof Christine Winterbourn’s studying cardiac redox proteomics changes. He then did his post-doctoral training at cardiovascular proteomics centre at Boston University School of Medicine. He has extensive hands on experience with various mass spectrometers such as Fusion Lumos, LTQ Orbitrap XL and Discovery Thermo, QStar XL, 4800 MALDI TOF/TOF, 4000 Q-TRAP,qTOF Micromass for both qualitative and quantitative Proteomics. His research interest are Qualitative and Quantiative Proteomics, Data Analysis, Redox Proteomics. He offers his Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics expertise as an expert Consultant.



Administration / Finance


Wg Cdr K F James (Retd.)

Wg Cdr K F James (Retd.) is working as GM, Fin & Admn at C-Camp since 2011. He is a Post Graduate in Commerce from Calicut University and holds a PGDM from IIT, Kharagpur. He was Commissioned in the Indian Air Force, in Accounts Branch, in 1985 and since then, he worked at different units and formations of the Indian Air Force in various capacities including Jt. Director (Cost Analysis) at Air HQ (New Delhi). He took Pre - mature retirement from IAF in 2011 and joined C-Camp as GM, Fin & Admn.

Contact
Public Information Officer - pio@ccamp.res.in

Appellate Authority   - Wg Cdr K F James (Retd.) james@ccamp.res.in