Veena S. Rao
Veena Rao obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2003 from the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore. His Ph.D. thesis examined the structural and functional properties of snake venom prothrombin activators (PTAs) and was part of the group to determine, for the first time, the complete sequence of Group III PTA using both protein chemistry as well as molecular biology techniques. His research findings showed that snake venom PTAs are indeed structurally and functionally similar to mammalian FXa-FVa complex. Part of this work was published in the Journal Blood. Soon after completing his Ph.D. degree, he joined Thrombosis Research Institute, India and has been actively involved in both clinical and basic research in ischemic heart disease. In his capacity as a Research Associate from 2003 to 2005, he and his team have for the first time in the Indian population studied the role of many markers of the lipid, inflammatory, and coagulation pathway and have been successful in identifying biomarkers that might play a significant role in coronary artery disease in the Asian Indian population. Moreover, he presently leads the Proteomics and Coagulation Section at TRI, Bangalore, and they are working on the identification of novel biomarkers for the early diagnosis of coronary artery disease using the proteomic approach. He is the recipient of a four-year fellowship awarded by the National University of Singapore. In addition, he has been awarded the Young Scientist Award and Reach the World travel Grant for the paper presented at the International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis held in Paris in 2001. He has over 20 research publications in various leading International journals and over 50 abstracts presented at various international conferences to his credit.
Biography Updated on 17 March 2010