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Strand Life Foundation Leadership Team


VIJAY CHANDRU, Ph.D

Director, Strand Life Sciences

Dr. Vijay Chandru co-founded Strand in 2000 with Dr. Ramesh Hariharan as a spin-off from the prestigious Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. He is an academic entrepreneur recognized as a ‘Technology Pioneer’ by the World Economic Forum in 2006. His academic career has spanned over two decades at Purdue University and IISc.

Dr. Vijay Chandru co-founded Strand in 2000 with Dr. Ramesh Hariharan as a spin-off from the prestigious Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. He is an academic entrepreneur recognized as a ‘Technology Pioneer’ by the World Economic Forum in 2006. His academic career has spanned over two decades at Purdue University and IISc.

Dr. Chandru was the elected Honorary President (2009-2012) of the Association of Biotech Led Enterprises (ABLE), the apex trade body that represents the Indian biotech industry. Dr. Chandru also serves as an advisor to the Karnataka State Council on Science & Technology and on the Atal Innovation Mission at the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI AAYOG) in New Delhi. He holds a Ph.D from MIT.


RAMESH HARIHARAN, Ph.D

Director, Strand Life Sciences

Dr. Ramesh Hariharan is the co-founder and CEO at Strand, and adjunct professor at the Computer Science department of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. At Strand, over the last 15 years, Dr. Ramesh has lead teams building analytical tools for high-throughput molecular profiling; these tools are widely used and have been cited in several thousand publications. More recently, Dr. Ramesh and the team at Strand have been working on technology to make DNA sequencing for genetic disease diagnosis affordable in India. Dr. Ramesh’s research contributions in computer science include fast algorithms for several algorithmic problems. Dr. Ramesh is a recipient of the TR100 Award of Young Innovators by MIT’s Technology Review Magazine and in 2003 received the Global Indus Technovator Award from MIT, instituted to recognize the Top 20 Indian Technology Innovators worldwide.

Dr. Ramesh received his B. Tech from the IIT, Delhi, his Ph. D from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, and subsequently did a postdoc at the Max-Planck Institut fur Informatik in Saarbrucken, Germany.

Dr. Ramesh was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences. IIT, Delhi recognized him as the Distinguished Alumnus for the year 2015.


R Prabhakar, Ph.D

Information Technology, Strand Life Sciences

R Prabhakar has been with Strand right from its inception and currently manages the infrastructure of Strand’s genomics analysis pipeline and the overall computational infrastructure at Strand. He has over 20 years of experience in building and managing compute infrastructure, product development, documentation and global support. He has been involved in the development of the Soochika, StrandNGS and GeneSpring products at Strand as well as managing global support for all of Strand’s computation products.

R Prabhakar is a B.Tech from IIT, Madras and obtained his Ph.D from IISc, Bangalore.


Ravi Chellam

CEO, Strand Life Foundation

Ravi Chellam
CEO, Strand Life Foundation

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