InCoB 2020 Keynote and Plenary Speakers
Vinod ScariaSenior Scientist CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB)
Vinod Scaria is a clinician turned computational biologist. His laboratory is interested in understanding the function, organization and regulation of vertebrate genome, and how genomic variations could potentially impact them. He has been part of collaborative genomics projects aimed at understanding the Asian Genome diversity. He has also been part of the whole genome sequencing and analysis projects including the Indian, Sri-Lankan and Malaysian genome projects and is a member of the HUGO PanAsian Population Genomics Initiative (HUGO-PAPGI) task-force. He is also the co-founder of the Genomics for Understanding Rare Disease: India Alliance Network (GUaRDIAN), which is one of the largest networks of clinicians and researchers in India working on rare genetic diseases. He has adopted novel and creative strategies, such as the use of social media, and the participation of a large number of undergraduate students in collaborative projects to accelerate genome annotation and co-creation of resources for genomics.
Vinod did his undergraduate medical education from Calicut Medical College, University of Calicut and PhD in Computational biology from University of Pune. Vinod has over 150 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, two book-chapters and two books to his credit. He is also in the editorial board of PLoS ONE, Journal of Translational Medicine, Journal of Orthopaedics (Elsevier) PeerJ and International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases (Wiley). He is the recipient of the CSIR Young Scientist Award for Biological Sciences in 2012 , a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2015 and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (2017).