Prof. James Tour
Rice University, USA
Prof. James Tour is a T. T. and W. F. Chao Professor of Chemistry at Rice University, USA. He is a synthetic organic chemist, received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Syracuse University, his Ph.D. in synthetic organic and organometallic chemistry from Purdue University, and postdoctoral training in synthetic organic chemistry at the University of Wisconsin and Stanford University. His scientific research areas include nanoelectronics, graphene electronics, silicon oxide electronics, carbon nanovectors for medical applications, green carbon research for enhanced oil recovery and environmentally friendly oil and gas extraction, graphene photovoltaics, carbon supercapacitors, lithium ion batteries, CO2 capture, water splitting to H2 and O2, water purification, carbon nanotube and graphene synthetic modifications, graphene oxide, carbon composites, hydrogen storage on nanoengineered carbon scaffolds, and synthesis of single-molecule nanomachines which includes molecular motors and nanocars. He has over 715 research publications and over 140 patent families, with an h-index = 150 with total citations of >107,000. He won several awards in his academic career like Royal Society of Chemistry’s Centenary Prize, Trotter Prize and many more. He was ranked one of the Top 10 chemists in the world over the past decade, by a Thomson Reuters citations per publication index survey.
Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe
University of Buckingham, UK
Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe is a Professor and Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham. He is a Sri Lankan-born British mathematician, astronomer and astrobiologist. He obtained his Ph.D. in mathematics from Cambridge University in 1963. His research interests include the interstellar medium, infrared astronomy, light scattering theory, applications of solid-state physics to astronomy, the early Solar system, comets, astrochemistry, the origin of life and astrobiology. A student and collaborator of Fred Hoyle, the pair jointly worked for over 40 years as influential proponents of panspermia. In 1974 they proposed that some dust in interstellar space was largely organic. He is an award-winning poet and the author or co-author of over 30 books and over 350 scientific papers. In 1992 he was decorated by the President of Sri Lanka with the titular honor of Vidya Jyothi. He was awarded the International Sahabdeen Prize for Science in 1996.
Prof. Nick Lane
University College London, UK
Prof. Nick Lane is a professor in evolutionary biochemistry at University College London. His research deals with evolutionary biochemistry and bioenergetics, focusing on the origin of life and the evolution of complex cells. He graduated from Imperial College London and thereafter earned his Ph.D. in 1995 from Royal Free Hospital Medical School. Nick Lane has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers in top international journals, including many in Nature and Science. He played a crucial role in the establishment of the UCL Consortium for Mitochondrial research and the UCL Centre for Life’s Origin and Evolution. He has authored four popular books on evolutionary biochemistry. He has been awarded several international prizes including the Royal Society Micheal Faraday Prize in 2016, the Biochemical Society Award in 2015, BMC research Award in 2011. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society, the Royal Society of Biology and the Biochemical Society.
Prof. Manoranjan Sinha
IIT Kharagpur, India
Dr. Manoranjan Sinha is a Professor at IIT Kharagpur in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Sinha received his B.Tech degree from IIT Delhi in 1993 and subsequently received M. Tech and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 2001. In the following years he worked as Post Doctoral Fellow in the area of neural networks at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada under the supervision of Prof. Madan M. Gupta, and as an Assistant Professor at Birla Institute of Technology, Pilani and IIT Mumbai Dept. of Aerospace Engineering. He joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Kharagpur in 2004. His research fields are neural networks, system identification, controls, flight dynamics, system health monitoring, vibration control, attitude dynamics, and formation flying. He is involved with the lunar satellite orbit determination, lunar gravity and topography modeling for chandrayan Mission - I of ISRO. He is also working on reconfigurable flight control. He is also interested in integrative cosmology from Scientific and Vedantic perspectives.
Dr. Hare Krishna Mohanta
BITS Pilani, India
Dr. Hare Krishna Mohanta is an Associative Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering in BITS Pilani, Rajasthan. He has been teaching in BITS Pilani since 1998. He worked in Indian Rare Earths Ltd (A Govt of India Undertaking) during 1995-1996. He obtained his B.E. (Chemical Engineering) in 1995 from NIT Rourkela, M.Tech (Chemical Engineering) in 1998 from IIT Kanpur, and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2006 from BITS Pilani. He is a Life Associate Member of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers(IIChE). He has several publications in international and national journals. His areas of research include Advanced Process Control, Process Monitoring and Control, Sensors and Microreactors, Catalysis and Pyrolysis, Applied Wavelet Analysis, Reactive Distillation, Modeling and Simulation and Consciousness Studies.
Dr. Debashis Khan
IIT (BHU) - Varanasi, India
Dr. Debashis Khan received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 2007. Later he has joined as an Assitant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi. His research interests include analytical and computational methods in engineering and science, Solid Mechanics, Fracture Mechanics, Continuum Mechanics, Finite Deformation Plasticity. In order to have a better understanding of the very fundamental laws of nature, Dr. Khan has started working in the area of synthesis of science and spirituality, the origin of life and univerise under the guidance of Dr. T. D. Singh, a well-known authority on Vedanta and Science.
Dr. Jaynarayan Tudu
IIT Tirupati, India
Dr. Jaynaryan Tudu is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Tirupati. He obtained his MSc(Engg) and Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science(IISc). His research interests include Power-aware Computer Architecture, Digital VLSI Test and Verification, Design for Reliable Architecture, Hardware Security, Post-silicon Debug and Consciousness studies using Computer technologies.
Sri K. Vasudeva Rao
IIT Kanpur (Alumnus), President of Bhaktivedanta Institute, Kolkata
Vasudeva Rao (also known as His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Vrajapati Swami), an alumnus of prestigious institute, IIT Kanpur (Computer Science, 1998), is currently the President of the Bhaktivedanta Institute, Kolkata. He is also the Editor of Bhaktivedanta Institute’s reputed annual journal, Savijnanam – Scientific Exploration for a Spiritual Paradigm and travels widely across India and abroad. His deep interest in the Foundations of mathematics, fundamentals of computer science and Logic and its relation to the nature of reality as well as ancient Indian texts led him to interact and meet renowned scholars at Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and MIT. He has delivered numerous talks on computer science and spirituality. Under his guidance and supervision, more than 10 national conferences, 2 International conferences, over 200 papers and over 100 seminars and workshops on science and spirituality have been organized by the Institute in the past decade which includes contributions from more than 20 Nobel Laureates and world-renowned scholars. He is also a Global Council Trustee of the United Religions Initiative.
Sri Varun Agarwal
IIT Kanpur (Alumnus), Director of Bhaktivedanta Institute, Kolkata
Varun Agarwal (also known as His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Vrajendrakumar Swami), an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur, 1999, Aerospace Engg.), is currently the Director of the Bhaktivedanta Institute, Kolkata, India (Founded by illustrious scientist-saint, Dr. T. D. Singh, also known as His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami) and works actively in the Foundations of Science and its possible relation with spirituality. His search for deeper meaning of life culminated in meeting and taking personal guidance of Dr. T. D. Singh which completely changed his life and he later dedicated himself for the cause of selflessly helping humanity. He is the Editor of many publications on science and spirituality as well as of the Bhaktivedanta Institute’s reputed annual science-spirituality journal, Savijnanam – Scientific Exploration for a Spiritual Paradigm and travels widely across India and abroad. His deep interest in the Foundations of mathematics and its relation to nature of reality as well as ancient Indian texts led him to interact and meet renowned scholars at Harvard, Princeton, ETH, Stanford, and MIT. He has interacted with many renowned mathematicians and himself has given numerous talks on foundations of science, foundations of life, mathematics and spirituality.
Dr. Viknish Krishnan-Kutty
Founder and CEO of Cellivate Technologies, Singapore
Dr. Viknish Krishnan-Kutty is the founder and CEO of Cellivate Technologies. Prior to founding Cellivate, he completed his PhD in Neural Stem Cell Differentiation at the National University of Singapore and his B.Eng. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Viknish is determined to follow in the footsteps of scientists who are not content to have their contributions published and archived; rather, he wants to apply his science and knowledge to help society. Through Cellivate Technologies, Viknish wants to help enable the clean meat revolution, where meat can be produced without the slaughter of animals. Viknish is currently the president of the Society for Bhagavata Culture, Singapore and has a keen interest in understanding the synthesis of science and spirituality.
Dr. Sai Phani Kumar
Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Northwestern University, USA
Dr. Sai Phani Kumar is currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow in McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. He pursued his PhD from the Chemical Engineering Department of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He has experience in computational design of metal oxide-based materials for heterogeneous catalysis, high performance battery applications and in drug delivery applications with emphasis on surface chemistry of different surface exposed facets and site-specific activity.
Dr. Shashi Kumar Kotagiri
Post Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Texas, Houston, USA
Dr. Shashi Kumar Kotagiri obtained his master’s degree in genetics from Osmania University. With a fellowship from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), he perused his doctoral study at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), a premier research organization in frontier areas of modern biology. At CCMB, he worked on chronic myeloid leukemia and skeletal muscle differentiation. After obtaining his Ph.D. degree, he got the Department of Science and Technology (DST)-National Postdoctoral fellowship to work as a postdoctoral fellow in the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) on developing therapeutics for diabetes. Currently, he is working as a postdoctoral fellow at the prestigious MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. He is exploring non-small cell lung cancer pathogenesis to discover therapeutics.
Doctoral Research Scholar, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Aging, Cologne, Germany
Chandragiri Srikanth currently working as a Ph.D. student at Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne, Germany. At present, his research involves investigating the mechanism of Ageing. Chandragiri Srikanth holds a Master’s degree in Genetics from Osmania University. After completing his master’s degree, he carried out brief research in the Notch signaling of T cell development and survival at National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) Bangalore. He also worked at UNIFR Switzerland on the molecular mechanism of membrane contact sites (MCS) formation and its role in facilitating the transport of biomolecules between the organelles. He has been a recipient of CSIR, ICMR and DBT fellowships in India and SNSF fellowship at Switzerland.
Senior Research fellow, TIFR - Hyderabad, India
Dheeraj Dube carries out his doctoral research at TIFR, Hyderabad. Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences of TATA Institute of Fundamental Research. He holds B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT-BHU (2010-2014). His research interest lies in Bio-macromolecules and their complex transitions in biological systems. Principles of Drug designing and Computational biophysics, He works in deciphering the major modes of fluctuations, guided by the chemical propensities of the interacting species, behind the nucleating precursors of such large-scale macromolecular transition events. In addition, his interests lie at the interface of theoretical biology and the Principles of Ayurvedic sciences.
Research Scholar, IIT Kharagpur, India
Pavan Kumar currently working as a PhD research scholar at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. His research involves multiscale and multiphysics modeling of electrochemical energy storage systems. As part of his research he uses Density Functional Theory (DFT) and Molecular Dynamics (MD) to obtain various physical parameters of atomic scale and transfer them to the continuum scale models to explore better battery designs with improved performance. Before joining PhD he obtained MS (by Research) degree in materials engineering from IIT KGP.