Dr. Andreas Bender was the lead faculty for the Postgraduate Cheminformatics Course at IBAB several times. Dr. Bender’s work comprises descriptor and classification algorithm development and evaluation, as well as applications to predict biological targets for small molecules. Andreas received his PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK) developing virtual screening methods working with Prof. Robert C. Glen at the Unilever Centre for Molecular Informatics / Department of Chemistry. He was a Cambridge Gates Scholar and a member of Darwin College while at Cambridge. He  is the author of more than 30 publications in the fields of cheminformatics and bioinformatics, and referee for several journals in the area. Further information can be found at http://www.andreasbender.de.

Vishwanath (Mahesh) Iyer has a Ph.D. in Statistics from Temple University, Philadelphia.  He has been involved in analyzing and reporting clinical trial data since 1998 with companies like Boehringer-Ingelheim and Bristol Myers Squibb, and specifically for Oncology studies since 2000.  In addition, Mahesh has also been active in the statistical research community with a primary focus on multiple comparison procedures.  Currently, he heads the Oncology Biostatistics and Statistical Reporting group for Novartis in India.  Mahesh is actively involved in teaching at multiple institutes in India, serves as adjunct faculty at Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology and the Institute of Ayurvedic and Alternative Medicine, is on the Advisory Council of India for the DIA, is on the Board of Studies for Statistics at Manipal University and is the co-editor for a pharmaceutical journal.

Dr. Srinivas V Kaveri is Director of Research at INSERM, Paris. A veterinarian by training, he received his PhD from the Pasteur Institute and did post-doctoral work at the University of California. He leads a team at INSERM, at the Centre de Recherche des Cordeliers in Paris. His work relates to the molecular mechanisms of immunopathology and immunotherapy. Aside from over 150 publications, he has several patents to his name. He has received research grants from several national and international bodies, and has received awards from CNRS and INSERM.


Dr. Ashwini Mathur received his Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley and subsequently taught as a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco before joining GSK (US) in 1996. He headed GSK’s Biometrics operations in India till 2006 and now heads the Biostatistics and Statistical Reporting operation of Novartis in India. He is a member of American Statistical Association and Secretary of International Biometrics Society. He has over 35 medical collaborative papers in international journals, 2 book chapters and numerous invited lectures, presentations and posters at international conferences.


Dr. Binay Panda received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford, UK and was an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA. Before returning to India to set up Ganit Labs, he co-founded a molecular diagnostics startup company in the San Francisco bay area with a focus on early detection of cancer. Prior to that, he worked at Affymetrix’s Santa Clara, California and Tokyo, Japan offices where he was instrumental in building the company’s scientific operations in Japan. Binay was a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo, Japan and taught molecular diagnostics at the University of California, Santa Cruz extension. Binay is also a visiting professor at the Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore and has research and commercialization interest in genomics and personalized medicine. 


Prof. Naren Ramakrishna is an associate professor of computer science and faculty fellow at Virginia Tech. His research interests are in the areas of software systems for computational science, data mining, and information management, especially as they pertain to bioinformatics applications. He has contributed to the development of software systems such as Expresso and JigCell that automate tedious aspects of microarray experiment management and cell cycle modeling, respectively. His current research focus is the development of novel data mining techniques that expose important abstractions to biologists for problem solving and knowledge discovery. Ramakrishnan currently serves on the editorial board of IEEE Computer. He obtained his Ph.D. in computer sciences from Purdue University in 1997. More information about his teaching and research is available at: http://people.cs.vt.edu/~naren.

Mr. Nagesh Rao is the CEO of CyberPlus Infotech, a company he founded in 2000. Over the last 11 years, he has conducted training in the areas of System Software on Linux, Application Software on Linux, and Web Development using LAMP. He has assisted IT professionals in the design and implementation phases of their projects. He has also developed applications, software libraries, tools and utilities. Mr. Rao has a flair for teaching and enables students to grasp even the most difficult concepts easily. He has been teaching at IBAB for several years now.