Murthy Group Alumni (1978–2019)

Information as provided by the former co-workers is summarized below.  The list includes graduate students and postdoctoral associates.


Mahesh Pattabiraman

Current job/position: Assistant Professor. Department of Natural Sciences, Western New Mexico University, Silver City, NM 88061 

What I do: Teach UG students and do research in the area of supramolecular photochemistry and host-guest chemistry

Raja  Kaliappan

Senior Research Investigator, Syngene-Biocon Ltd., Bangalore, India.

Nature of job: I take care of a team of 6 MS level chemists. My team is responsible for the process development of pharmaceutical/agrochemical compounds and their intermediates.  The development work involves sourcing of raw materials, route scouting, optimization of the selected route and scale up to the desired level.

Selvanathan Arumugam

Research Scientist, The Dow Chemical Company, Spring House, PA.

Nature of job: Developing innovative technologies at Core R&D for applications in coatings, adhesives, water treatment, home Care and personal care products. Assisting Dow's Business through technical support, scouting new business and technology, bringing new ideas. Writing research proposal, identifying and capturing IP space.

Karthikeyan Sivasubramanian

Post Doctoral Research Associate,  Eindhoven University of Technology Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

My current research topic focuses on "Supramolecular approaches for self healing materials". Let me know if you need any more information.

Murthy V. S. N. Maddipatla  

Postdoctoral Fellow  University of North Carolina (UNC, Chapel Hill): Working on Molecular Sensors using Dynamic Combinatorial Chemistry approach

Arunkuamr Sundaresan

Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Chemistry, Columbia, University, New York.

Working in collaboration with Intel on developing new materials for Lithography.

Anand Parthasarathy

Post doctoral associate,  Deaprtment of Chemistry, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Research : Synthesis and photophysics of conjugated polyelectrolytes and their utility as light induced biocidal agents.

S. Annalakshmi

Quality Assurance Manager, Cosmaceutical Research Lab, Vancouver, Canada

My Responsibilities are maintaining GMP, GLP compliance in over all activities of the company and also conducting validations studies for NHPD Products.

Bala Krishna Bhogala

Deputy Manager, Matrix Laboratory Ltd., Bollaram, Hyderabad, India

I am working on Polymorphs, salts and co-crystal screening and scale-up of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

Yaopeng Zhao

Senior organic synthesis researcher, Pharmaron-BJ, China.

My job is to synthesize and develop a novel anti-diabetes medicine.

Dr. Nithyanandhan Jayaraj

Currently in NCL, Pune, Assistant Professor


X. Li

Manoj Warrier

Clinical Specialist at Genentech Inc.

I am in a rotation program in Genentech in the sales and marketing group. I am part of the sales organization that promotes the drugs "Boniva" and "Tamiflu" at Genentech.

Nicolette Prevost

Southern Regional Research Center(SRRC), USDA-ARS, MSA, New Orleans, LA

I am a support scientist with the title CHEMIST of the Cotton Chemistry and Utilization Unit at the Southern Regional Research Center of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) which is part of the USDA.  [MSA is Mid-South Area]  I am currently working on Value-Added products of cotton.  In particular, antimicrobial and decontamination wipes and products like wound healing bandages involving cotton.

G. Sundarababu

Chemist, Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, West Chester, PA 19382, US

Development of drugs.

K. J. Thomas

Rebecca Robbins

Senior Research Chemist at Mars Snackfood, Greater New York City Area

Fundamental research: in the areas of polyphenol chemistries (flavanols, procyanidins, anthocyanins); analytical method development, validation, production of reference standards, isolation of materials, HPLC. Project management, training. Greener Technologies

Abraham Joy

Assistant Professor of Polymer Science, The University of Akron

Research Focus: Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering and Drug / Gene

Delivery Applications

Lakshminarasimhan Pranatharthiharan

Prinicipal Scientist. Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sepracor, Inc., Marlborough, MA 01522

My group's responsibilities include providing analytical support for drug substance and drug product development and qualification of container closure systems for inhalation drug products

Smiriti Koodenjeri

High School Chemistry Instructor at The Harker School, San Jose.

Shailaja Jayaramachandran

Scientist, Sirtris pharmaceuticals, a GSK company

I am a scientist working in the area of Formulations and Drug delivery. Given the challenging physico-chemical properties and absoprtion of drug compounds, we come up with the best possible way to deliver a drug to the body.

Sundararajan Uppili

Team Leader, Hydrocracking R&D, ConocoPhillips, Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Area of Research: Clean Fuels Technologies: Hydrocracking, Hydrotreating, SZorb(TM) gasoline sulfur removal technology, Commercial filter cleaning

Job Profile & Experience:  Lab scale and pilot R&D innovations; Technical lead-hydroprocessing R&D; Manage and improve hydrocracking R&D program to more efficiently support refinery units.

J. Sivaguru

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA.

Research in the Sivagroup involves the use of light to initiate chemical reactions and control photoreactivity in the excited state using molecular design and nanoconfinement.

Arunkumar Natarajan

Lead Scientist in GE Global Research, Albany NY

Development of organic and inorganic dyes and polymer materials for Holographic Technology, Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) Applications and Fluorescent dyes development for Healthcare Applications.

Lakshmi Sireesha Kaanumalle

Lead Scientist, GE Global Research, Albany NY

Funtional Role: Developing optical/fluorescence based technology for diagnostic applications such as molecular pathology and contrast agents.

Keith Ponchot

Chief Science Officer of Owen Biosciences, Inc. in Baton Rouge, LA

We develop and manufacture personal care products.  I lead Research and Develpoment, Quality Assurance.

Ajit Pradhan

Team Leader, Chevron

Leading a team of nine scientists and technicians engaged in characterization of petroleum feedstock, products and materials.

Shinsuke Takagi

Associate Professor, Division of Applied Chemistry, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo, Japan

Active control of photochemical processes by manipulation of intermolecular distances: The aim of the present study is to control photochemical processes actively by manipulation of intermolecular istances on nano-layered materials such as clay minerals. Through the development of the previously proposed "Size-Matching Effect", which is a novel technique to control the molecular alignment on inorganic surfaces, the establishment of active control methods for photochemical processes will be examined.

Tetsuya Shichi

Scientist, Central Japan Railway Company, Nagoya, Japan

Research in the area of coating liquids and TiO2

Yasuharu Yoshimi

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology, University of Fukui, Fukui, Japan

Pursuing research in the area of a new photochemical organic reaction in water using photosensitive surfactant and exploring their applications

THE DUPONT COMPANY (1987-1994)   



V. Jayathirtha Rao

Deputy Director, Organic Chemsitry Division II, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology [IICT], Hyderabad-500607, INDIA

I am engaged in doing research in organic chemistry organicphotochemistry-organic materials-process devlopment of organic chemicals" with the help of Ph.D. and Masters students.

Ram Muthuramu

Manager at Apotex Inc., a large generic pharmaceutical company in Toronto, Canada

I am in-charge of a technical support group dealing with resolving analytical chemistry/methodology issues arising within Commercial Laboratory Operation

Ramesh Varadaraj

Research Advisor, Corporate Strategic Research Center, ExxonMobil

I advise our researchers on energy research projects execution and provide strategic research direction.

N. Ramnath

Advisor, Afton Chemical

I am responsible for Drivetrain Additives Development for the European

Automobile Industry.

K. N. Bhagawathi Sundari

Reader, Guru Nanak College, Chennai, India

Author, Applied Chemistry, Mjp Publishers, Chennai

Sharat Singh

Vice President, Research & Development, PROMETHEUS Therapeutics & Diagnostics

San Diego, CA92121

I work on therapeutics & diagnostics related to Autoimmune disease and Oncology.

Usha Raghuram

Principal Nanotechnology Engineer for Aerospace Missions Corporation

Developing processes that led to successful production of several types of IC chips.

Pushkara Rao Varanasi

R&D Manager & Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM Microelectronics Division, Hopewell Junction, NY

Responsible for lithography materials R&D strategy, technology innovation and execution.

Nageshwer Rao Bantu

Proprietor, Neenav Corporation, Woburn,  MA  01801.

Importer of Indian goods

B. Jayasree

Dasharartha Reddy

Associate Director, Process Development, Formulations, Clinical Supplies Manufacturing and Logistics, Relypsa, Inc. Santa Clara, CA 95054

My research focuses on Cardiac and Renal drugs

Munnirpallam S. Syamala

Search Analyst, Cardinal Intellectual properties Inc., Evanston, IL

S Devanathan

Operations Manager, DuPont Company (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Singapore 098633

Responsible for establishing and managing strategic contract manufacturing for  DuPont Crop Protection business.

K. Pitchumani

Senior Professor of Chemistry, Chairperson-School of Chemistry, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai-21, India.

Areas I am currently involved : Biomimetic chemistry, Organic photochemistry, Green Chemistry, Catalysis by metal and metal oxide nanoparticles, Nanosensors

N. Ramasubbu (jointly with Professor K. Venkatesan)

Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Biology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ

Co-Director of the Oral Biology Ph.D. Program and an Adjunct faculty in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Ramasubbu’s research program focuses on the structural biology to understand the structure-function relationships of proteins that have an impact in the oral cavity.

Murthy S. Gudipathi  (jointly with Professor K. Venkatesan)

Principal Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

And University of Maryland at College Park, MD

At JPL/Caltech, I am a principal scientist in the science division. My lab is engaged in understanding the evolution of icy matter in the Universe, starting from ice on earth through solar system ices such as on Mars, comets, icy satellites, and outer planets, to the interstellar medium. There are at present 6 post-doctoral colleagues working with me  and I engage in both national and international collaborations.

Kaillathe Padmanabhan (jointly with Professor K. Venkatesan)

Manager, Macromolecular Computer Facility, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University,  E.Lansing, MI 48824-1319

I offer personal assistance in protein modeling, computer networking, installation, and hardware troubleshooting; installation of operating systems and software packages, as well as presentation formatting and design.

Paliniappan Arjunan (jointly with Professor K. Venkatesan)

Research Instructor, VA Medical Center, Department of  Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, University of PittsburghPittsburgh, PA 15240

Dr. Arjunan's current research includes the high resolution three-dimensional structure determination of thiamin diphosphate(ThDP)-dependent enzymes, the yeast pyruvate decarboxylase (PDC) and pyruvate dehydrogenase multienzyme complex (PDHc) from Escherichia coli. The refined structure is then used to address long-standing issues regarding the structure and function of thiamin diphosphate-dependent enzymes.  

K. Ganaguru (jointly with Professor K. Venkatesan)