Confirmed Speakers

Focal Theme (Nanoscience and Nanotechnology for Human Welfare) Lectures
12 February 2023


Dr. B. L. V. Prasad, is the Director, Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS), Bangalore.
Dr. Prasad is also working as a Senior Principle Scientist, Physical/Materials Chemistry Division of National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune, India. He received his Ph.D. from the Central University in Chemistry. After two post-doctoral stints; one at Tokyo Institute of Technology (2 years JSPS fellowship and 1-year Research Associateship) and second at Kansas State University (KSU; 2.5 years -NASA sponsored project); he joined NCL (2003). His group is actively working in the general area of material synthesis and in particular nanoparticles and nanoscale materials. He has published more than 125 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and has 8 international patents to his credit.


Prof. Deepthy Menon is a Faculty Coordinator of the Nanobiotechnology program at Amrita Center for Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi campus. She did her Ph.D. Physics (Materials Science) from IISc Bangalore, and had post-doctoral trainings from the Technical University of Eindhowen, The Netherlands; National Cancer Institute, Maryland, USA, and International School of Photonics, CUSAT, Kochi. Since 2006 Dr. Menon is associating with Amrita Center for Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine. Dr. Menon’s research interests are: multifunctional nanomaterials for cancer diagnosis and therapy, development of biodegradable polymeric nano materials for drug delivery, fabrication and evaluation of nanophase metallic materials for biomedical implants in orthopedics, dental and vascular applications.
Dr. Deepthy has received several recognitions which includes the Young Research Award from International Union of Materials Research Society (1999), Young Scientist Fellowship from Department of Science & Technology [DST] (2002), Rapid Young Investigator grant from Department of Biotechnology [DBT] (2007) and BOYSCAST fellowship from Department of Science & Technology (2010). She has over 70 research publications and 5 provisional or full patents to her credit.

12 February 2023

Prof. Deepak T. Nair
Prof Deepak, a well-known structural biologist, is a scientist at Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB), Faridabad, Haryana since 2019. Prof Deepak had his Ph.D. from National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi and had his post-doctoral studies from  Mount Sinai Medical Centre, USA.  In 2007 he returned to India and joined at the National Centre for Biological Sciences.  He worked in NCBS as Reader-F (2007–2013) and Associate Professor (2013–2014) before joining to RCB.   He has over 50 publications in high impact journals to his credit.  Some of the awards he received are: Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Life Sciences (2017), National Bioscience Award for Career Development (2014), Ramanujan Fellowship (2008-2013).  He is a fellow of the Indian National Science Academy.  More details… 

12 February 2023

Prof. Lakshmanan Sriramkumar

Prof. Sriramkumar is a faculty in the dept of physics, IIT Madras.  He had his Ph.D. in Physics from the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune and did his post-doctoral studies at various institutes: Hebrew University (1997-99), University of Alberta, Canada (199-2001), Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad (2001-03).  Since 2011 he is a faculty in IIT Madras, Chennai. 

His research interests include: Inflationary cosmology and the cosmic microwave background; Bouncing scenarios as an alternative to inflation; Aspects of black hole physics; Quantum field theory in classical backgrounds etc.  He has over 60 publications in high impact journals and many popular articles to his credit. More details… 

13 February 2023

Dr. Ramiya A.M.

Dr. Ramiya, is a faculty in Remote Sensing and Image Processing at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, IIST.  She had her Ph.D. from IIST and MS (in Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis) from the University of Southampton, UK.  She has more than 18 years of experience in handling and processing geospatial images from multispectral/ hyperspectral/ LiDAR sensors captured from various platforms such as satellite, airborne, drone/UAV, ground-based and mobile platforms. Her research interests includes: LiDAR Point Cloud Processing: Development of Algorithms and techniques, 3D processing/visualization/VR; Primary Application areas: Urban., agriculture, forest, disaster management, cultural heritage mapping, archaeological studies, industrial application, etc; Development of processing, analyzing, high spatial/spectral remote sensing images: Hyperspectral/ Multispectral/ Microwave; Developing geo-spatial solutions for real world applications related to Urban., agriculture, forest, disaster management etc; Geospatial analysis using open source programming and machine learning techniques, Spatial database, spatial data structures. More details…

14 February 2023

Dr. Vivek Datar

Dr. Vivek Datar was the Project Director, India based Neutrino Observatory (INO) since 2016 till 2020 and a Senior Professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai from May 2015- May 2020. He obtained his PhD from the University of Mumbai in 1983 and did post-doctoral work at IPN, Orsay, France and SUNY (Stony Brook), USA (1986-88). Before moving to TIFR he was a Distinguished Scientist and Head of the Nuclear Physics Division (NPD), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) [1975-2015]. He was a Senior Professor of the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) and Dean-Academic for Physical and Mathematical Sciences, BARC. He has also been an adjunct professor at the School of Natural Sciences, TIFR. He joined NPD, BARC in 1975 after a year at the BARC Training School. His areas of interest include low energy nuclear physics, tests of conservation laws and symmetries and neutrino physics More details…