Vimaleswaran Santhanakrishnan graduated originally from the University of Madras, Chennai, India, in 2000 with an M.S. degree in biomedical genetics. Subsequently, he has also done postgraduate courses in bioinformatics (2003) and drug design and patenting (2004). He completed his Ph.D. degree in molecular genetics at the University of Madras in 2005. During his Ph.D. studies, he studied the role of genetic determinants involved in the pathogenesis of obesity and type 2 diabetes. After obtaining his Ph.D. degree, he went on to pursue his postdoctoral studies in the UK, where he was initially working at the Department of Genetics, University of Leicester (2006), investigating on the molecular genetic aspects of postmenopausal osteoporosis. He then completed his postdoctoral studies in 2010 at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, Cambridge, UK, where he was involved in the identification of genes contributing to obesity and weight gain and in the investigation of how the environmental exposures, such as diet and physical activity, modify these genetic effects. During his postdoctoral studies, he underwent training on epidemiology and medical statistics at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (2008). Santhanakrishnan joined Institute of Child Health, University College London, in 2010 as a Research Associate. He is working on a collaborative project (funded by the British Heart Foundation) combining information from several large cohort studies around the world and the main aim of the research is to establish possible causal effects of vitamin D on cardiovascular disease and related traits such as obesity and type 2 diabetes using genetic markers as proxies for environmental exposure (Mendelian randomization).
Biography Updated on 28 March 2011