Chandrika B-Rao

Piramal Life Sciences Limited, India


Chandrika B-Rao was born in India in 1964. She graduated with merit from the University of Bombay, with a major in statistics in 1984 and was a recipient of the National Merit Scholarship. She specialized in Applied Mathematics for her M.A. degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB). She received her Ph.D. degree in mathematics from IITB in 1992. She was a recipient of the Dr. U. S. Nair Young Statistician Award from the Indian Society for Probability and Statistics in 1987, for her original work on applying combinatorial probability theory to antigen-antibody aggregation phenomena, which involved an extension of the classical pigeonhole problem to a 2-type constrained occupancy problem. On a High-Level Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the French Government, she did further research in the multidisciplinary Theoretical Immunology group consisting of scientists from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris), Pasteur Institute (Paris), and Brussels free University (Brussels). She has worked in many institutes of international repute in biology and medicine like Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, and Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi, and has been part of multidisciplinary research groups. Her research interests have spanned the areas of immunology, phylogenetics, disease genomics, genome informatics, and drug discovery, where she has used statistical, mathematical, and computational methods for problem solving. In 2004, she setup a computational drug discovery facility at Piramal Life Sciences Ltd, Mumbai, India, where she currently holds a post as the Director. She has been involved in various activities for promoting mathematical and computational biology in India, notably organizing a Workshop on Mathematics in Drug Discovery in the Year of Mathbio (2010-2011) sponsored by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and IISc, Bangalore. She is listed on Linked-in.

Biography Updated on 2 October 2011

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