|Dr. Krishna N. Ganesh
Professor & Director
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Tirupati
Krishna N Ganesh (born 1953) obtained his B.Sc (1970) and M.Sc (1972) degrees in Chemistry from Bangalore University and did his Ph.D (1976) in Chemistry at Delhi University. He was awarded a Commonwealth Fellowship to pursue higher studies University of Cambridge, UK that resulted in another Ph.D degree in 1980. He joined the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CSIR) at Hyderabad in 1981 where he established India's first microsynthesis DNA facility, initiating a vigorous research programme to discover new motifs of DNA-protein interactions. In 1987, he relocated to National Chemical Laboratory (NCL-CSIR) where he became the Head of Organic Chemistry Division in 1994. He was chosen as the First Director of the newly founded IISER Pune In 2006 and IISER Tirupati in November-2017. Prof. Ganesh has made excellent research contributions to the chemistry and biology of nucleic acids, focusing on therapeutic and diagnostic applications of DNA analogues, structural biology of collagen peptides and the emerging area of DNA nanotechnology. He is internationally recognized for his original and creative contributions to design of Peptide Nucleic Acid (PNA) analogues for effective cell permeation.
Prof. Ganesh is a Fellow of all 3 Science Academies in India and also a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). He served as the President of Division of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry of IUPAC (2012-2013). Prof Ganesh has received innumerable professional awards, the most important ones being Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award of Chemical sciences (CSIR) and TWAS Prize for Chemical Sciences, SASTRA-CNR Rao Award of SASTRA University (2015) and H K Firodia Vijnan Bhushan Award (2015). He has served as Member of the various policy making and Project Advisory Committees of Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India. He is currently the Chairman of Bionanoscience committee of DST Nanoscience mission and Lady Tata memorial trust. He has been appointed as Principle and Founding Editor for ACS Omega, the first open Access mega journal of American Chemical Society. He has been also appointed as Chairperson on RAAC of INST Mohali & Member of Governing Council of Association of Indian University.
Foremost, as the First and Founding Director of IISER Pune and IISER Tirupati, Prof. Ganesh provided great leadership in Institution building to establish IISERs as brand science education and research institutes, now attaining international recognition.