IISc professor Nagaraja takes charge as JNCASR president

IISc professor Nagaraja takes charge as JNCASR president

6:22 AM, 17th October 2015
IISc professor Nagaraja takes charge as JNCASR president
Professor Valakunja Nagaraja. © Times of India News

BENGALURU, INDIA: Professor Valakunja Nagaraja from the department of micro and cell biology of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), took charge as the president of interdisciplinary research institute Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR).

Nagaraja, whose appointment has been cleared by the appointments committee of the cabinet, government of India, took over from prof K S Narayan, who was holding interim charge at the institution.

Narayan was the first faculty member of the institute and has served there for 25 years. While the founding president was prof CNR Rao, there have been two other presidents,  prof V Krishnan and prof MRS Rao.

Nagaraja an alumni of Bangalore University received his BSc degree in 1973 and MSc in 1975 from the varsity before completing his PhD on 'molecular biology of host virus interaction' from the IISc in 1981. He has part of the IISc faculty since 1989.

“The appointment has happened after a long process and having been an honorary professor at JNCASR; I’ve been part of several activities and have been studying the institute,” Nagaraja said.

Stating that his immediate goal is to sustain the institute's research, he said: “I will of course have to work towards taking it to a higher level. How and what I need to do for that is in the works,” he said.

Nagaraja has had a lot of experience in research and exposure to having worked as a research associate at the University of Basel, Switzerland (1981-85), and the University of Rochester, US (1985-89) where he worked on type 1 restriction enzymes among other things.

© Times of India News

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