Guest lecture by eminent scientist Prof K Kannan on Fred Sanger and his impact on Science and Society on 1st Feb, 2014


Fred Sanger and his impact on Science and Society

1 February 2014

Guest Lecture

By: Prof Krishnamurthy Kannan

School of Biotechnology, Guru Gobinda Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi

9:15 – 10:00 AM, 1st February, 2014

Speaker Biography

Prof K Kannan is the recipient of National Science Talent Scholarship in 1970 which allowed him to complete his graduation, masters and PhD with scholarship. His doctoral work was on buffalo milk protein at CFTRI, Mysore where he established the first protein sequencing laboratory in India. He was a Govt of India fellow at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London where he worked on large scale purification of enzymes. Prof Kannan returned to join CCMB, Hyderabad as Scientist C where he initiated early work on understanding the role of Ubiquitin in cellular process and established the state-of-the-art protein sequencing laboratory. In 1986, he joined Poona University as a Reader in the department of Zoology to establish one of the first Biotechnology PG programme in India. Prof Kannan moved to industry in 1988 as Director of Research with the Span group of companies at Surat. Five years later he joined Ranbaxy Laboratories as General Manager and subsequently as the Associate Director. Prof Kannan was also consultant to a few industries before joining Indraprastha University in 1999. During 2006 to 2011, he was on lien as the Vice Chancellor of Nagaland University and established three new campuses and several new programs in the state of Nagaland.

In collaboration with IGIB, Prof Kannan looked at Complexity of proteins from complete genomes, Alu sequences from human genomes, and surface modification of membranes. In collaboration with DRDO he studied the in vivo effects of plant extracts. However, his landmark work was to demonstrate the extracellular role of Ubiquitin and its importance in haematopoietic stem cells in murine system. This paper was cited in the latest US review of 2011 and one would believe that he narrowly missed the Nobel for this work. Currently Prof Kannan is exploring the role of Ubiquitin in development, autophagy in Zebra fish in collaboration with IGIB.

In this lecture, Prof Kannan will talk about the impact of Fred Sanger’s work and also about his interaction with the Sanger group. He will share with us his experiences on the PPP – passion, perseverance and patience of the Nobel laureates.

Venue: Genotypic Technology, #2/13 Balaji Complex, 4th Floor, 80 Feet Road, Poojari Layout, RMV 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560094

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