Dr. S. Mathavan is currently a chief scientist & senior professor, Head of the Department of SN ONGC department of genetics and molecular biology, Vision Research Foundation, Chennai. Previously,he was working as professor and Head of the Department of genetics at Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Head of zebrafish research group at the Genome Institute of Singapore, Singapore and Genetics and Genomic specialist at LKC School of medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singjapore. Dr. Mathavan served as overseas visiting senior scientist at University of California, Davis, USA; University of Lyon, France and University of Oslo, Norway, and National University of Singapore, Singapore. Dr.Mathavan has operated multiple international collaborations thus, indicating his leadership ability to operate international collaborations. Some of the overseas collaborations were between University of Oslo, Norway; University of Sheffield, UK and University of Otego, New Zealand. These projects were funded by Government of India (during my tenure in India) and by Government of Singapore, Government of New Zealand (during his tenure in Singapore).
So far 25 students have completed Ph.D. degree under his supervision and he has also trained postdoctoral fellows. Students trained in his lab are placed in leading research institutions all around the world. He has published more than 100 research papers in international peer reviewed journals. Recently, his research has been funded by DBT, New Delhi under Indo-US collaboration to study genetic architecture of diabetic retinopathy.
During his tenure in India (MK University, Madurai), he was the first to clone growth hormone gene from Indian food fish and to generate transgenic food fish which exhibited faster and bigger growth. Subsequently, during his tenure in Singapore, he served as a fulcrum for international collaborations on the genomics projects using fish as developmental and disease model system. His laboratory discovered the process of cytoplasmic polyadenylation in a cohort of maternal RNA and showed that this phenomenon regulated the process of maternal to zygotic transition. He has extensively used microarray and RNA sequencing technologies and has expertise in transcriptome analysis and in discovery of novel mRNA and miRNA transcripts.
After his relocation to Vision Research Foundation, Dr.Mathavan is employing genomics tools and technologies for ophthalmological research. His group is interested in ‘molecular genomics’ to discover transcriptome (coding and long non-coding RNA and microRNAs)in vasculopathies and are employing NGS technology for deep sequencing to explore dynamics of transcriptomics in patient blood samples and retinal cell lines. The long term goal of his lab is to discover RNA biomarkers for vasculopathies and to develop a miRNA biosensors.
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UGC Research Award, University Grants Commission, New Delhi, India
Seth Baldeodas Award,Government of India, New Delhi, India
Fellowship: Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, India (FNASc)
Chairman - M.Sc. Biology, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai1994 - 1997
Member - Board of Studies, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai 1997 - 2000
Member - Board of Studies,Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai 1992 - 1995
Member - Board of Studies, Mysore University, Mysore 1996 - 1999
Member - Board of Studies, Fatima College, Madurai
Member - Board of Studies, Lady Doak College, Madurai
Member - Board of Studies, ANJA College, Sivakasi
Dr.Sudha K. IyengarSudhaIyangar, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, USA. Project : Unravelling the genetic architecture of diabetic retinopathy in South India
Dr. Peter Alestrom, (University Oslo, Oslo , Norway ). Project :Zebrafish early embryonic transcriptome and embryonic stem cells.
Dr. PhillipeCollas (University of Oslo, Olso, Norway). Project: Epigenetic and pre-patterning during maternal-zygotic transition (MZT) in zebrafish.
Dr. Julia Horsfield (University of Dunedin, Dunedin, New Zealand). Project: Epigenetic profiling and DNA methylaiton analysis during liver tumor induction and disease progress , using zebrafish model.
Dr. Freek van Eden (University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK). Project: Sheffield-ASTAR collaboration- Genome-wide binding site analysis of Hif1a inzebrafish.
Dr. Sukla Gosh (University of Calcutta, Calcutta, India). Project: Zebrafish nerve card regeneration
Dr. Gong (University of Singapore, Singapore). Project: Liver tumor analysis using zebrafish model
Prof.Phil Ingham (ASTAR, IMCB, Singapore). Zebrafish model to predict organ toxicities
Molecular Genomics: Discovery of microRNA in Zebrafish and generation of microRNA microarray platform for zebrafish.
Agilent and Molecular Genomics: Exon array for zebrafish. Array design, development and validation.
Sciencewerk : MicroRNA and their role in early embryonic development
Served as Visiting Professor in Bharathidasan University, Trichirapalli, India.
Served as Overseas Consultant to University of Calcutta for a project funded by DST,Government of India.
Served as Adjunct Professor (Honorary) in SRM University, Chennai
Served as Task Force Member: Department of Biotechnology, Aquaculture Taskforce.
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