Dr. Naresh K
Scientist 'C'
Phone :
+91-471-2520 311 (Off) or 271/281 (Labs)

Ph.D. in Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, India, 2007-12

M.Sc. in Biotechnology, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, 2004-06

B.Sc. in Biotechnology, Kakatiya University, Warangal, India, 2001-04 (Institute Gold Medallist)

Scientist-C, Division of Tissue Culture, BMT Wing, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, India, since Oct 2017.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant & Co-Lab Manager, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, Jan 2016 - Aug 2017.

Junior Research Scientist, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Prague, Czech Republic, Jul 2015 - Dec 2016.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Prague, Czech Republic, Dec 2014 - Jun 2015.

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, Jun - Dec 2014.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Prague, Czech Republic, Oct 2012 - Jun 2014.

Lecturer in Biotechnology, Government City College, Hyderabad, India, Jun - Dec 2006.

Invited Session Co-Chair and Oral Presentation Evaluation Panel Member, International Conference on Biomedical Materials Innovations 2020, organized by SBAOI and STERMI in association with Bharathiar University, Coimbatore 2020.

Invited Resource Person, Faculty Development Program on Recent Advancement in Biomaterials and Nanotechnology for Biomedical Applications, organized by NIT Jalandhar, Punjab, 2019.

Invited Speaker and Session Chair, Fifth International Conference on Nanomedicine and Tissue Engineering, organized by Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India 2018.

Scientific Committee Member: 5th European Young Engineers Conference, organized by the Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland, 2016.

Young Investigator Session Co-Chair, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society European Chapter Meeting held at Istanbul, Turkey, 2013.

Oral Presentation Award: Indo-US International Conference on Bioengineering and Regenerative Medicine, IIT (BHU), Varanasi, India, 2020

Sentinel of Science Award: In recognition of the contribution to peer-review in the field of Biochemistry, Genetics & Molecular Biology, by Publons, New Zealand, 2016.

Best Lecture Award: Career in Polymer Workshop organized by UNESCO, IUPAC, CEEPN and Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Prague, Czech Republic, 2013.

Bajpai - Saha Best Presentation Award: International Conference on Biomaterials, Artificial Organs & Tissue Engineering organized by SBAOI, Cochin, India, 2010.

Best Oral Presentation Award: National Seminar on Current Trends in Biotechnology organized by Lal Bahadur College, Warangal, India, 2007.

Design and development of novel biomaterial structures and manufacture techniques.

Unraveling molecular structure and organization events in polymeric biomaterials.

Understanding and modulating cell - material interactions at molecular level.

Dr. Chitra Raghavan, Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Thiruvananthapuram

Dr. Anugya Bhatt, Division of Thrombosis Research, SCTIMST Thiruvananthapuram

Dr. Manoj Komath, Division of Bioceramics, SCTIMST Thiruvananthapuram

Research: Involved in the development of biomaterials and stem cell based regeneratice technologies for therapuetic applications. Currently, our group is majorly on bench to bed side translation of corneal limbal stem cell sheet technology. Besides, we are working on 3D bioprinting, stem cell technology and exosomal therapy in the context of skin, bone and lung regeneration.

Testing & consultancy: Offers testing and consultancy services related to in vitro cytotoxicity as per ISO 10993-5 under ISO/IEC 17025 quality platform.

Teaching: Involved in teaching modules such as Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine for MPhil, MTech and PhD courses.

Supervision: Involved in supervision of MTech and MPhil students on various themes of biomedical technologies.

Administration: Delegation of charges on behalf of Scientist-in-Charge, Division of Tissue Culture when required.

Indian Patents: 05 (filed)

Indian Design Registrations: 03 (02 granted and 01 filed)

Elected Member: National Academy of Sciences, India (2018), Royal Society of Biology, United Kingdom (2017).

Elected Associated Member: Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom (2016).

Registered Member: European Federation of Biotechnology, Spain (2014).

Life Member: Indian Society for Quality (2019), Indian Society of Chemists & Biologists (2018), Association of Biotechnology & Pharmacy, India (2018), Biotech Research Society, India (2018), Indian Science Congress Association, India (2018), Indian Academy of Biomedical Sciences, India (2018), Society for Biomaterials & Artificial Organs India (2009), Society for Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine India (2009), and Biomedical Engineering Society of India (2009).

Student Member: Controlled Release Society - Indian Chapter (2009).

Corneal Epithelial Cell Sheet Engineering: Validation and Pre-Clinical Evaluation (PI, DST Technology Resource Centre Fund, SCTIMST, 2020-22).

Stem Cell Derived Exosome Therapy for Clinical Management of Lung Damage in Critically-ill Corona Viral Pneumonia Patients (PI, DST SERB, 2020-21).

Bioceramic Cages with Axially Aligned Pores as a Substitute for Tricortical Bone Graft (Co-PI, DST Technology Resource Centre Fund, SCTIMST, 2019-21).

3D Printing of Skin Tissue Constructs for In-vitro Testing and Applications (Co-I, DST Technology Resource Centre Fund, SCTIMST, 2018-21).

Other projects: Development of Human-on-a-Chip Device Technology: A Paradigm Shift in Biological Evaluation and Disease Model (Co-I, DST, 2018-21).

Development of a Novel Device and a Method of Cell Seeding For the Establishment of an In Vitro Co-Culture System (PI, Technology Development Fund, SCTIMST, 2018-20).

Cytocompatibility Evaluation of Biomedical Materials (Co-PI, DST Technology Resource Centre Fund, SCTIMST, 2017-20).

10th Training Program on Science Technology & Emerging Trends in Governance for Scientists & Technologists, organized by Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi (08-12 Feb 2021).

Organizing Secretary, National Workshop on Microscopy on Microscopy and Image Analysis, SCTIMST Thiruvananthapuram (2019)

Ms. Athira RK, Project Assistant (Scientific) (2019 - to date)

Ms. Anju MS, Project Assistant (Scientific) (2020 - to date)

Mr. Anand Krishnan, Project Assistant (Scientific) (2020 - to date)

Alumni: Ms. Akshaya Ashok, M.Tech. Project Fellow from Karunya University, Coimbatore (2017 - 18), Mrs. Jimna M Ameer, Junior Research Fellow (Non-NET) (2018 - 2020), Mr. Febin R. Dan, M.Tech. Project Fellow from Karunya University, Coimbatore (2019 - 20), Ms. Maya B, M.Phil. Scholar (2019 - 20).

Guest Editor, Special Issues on Advanced Tissue Engineering Scaffolds, Bioengineering - MDPI Journal (2017-18), Link

Guest Editor, Special Issues on Nano-Tissue Engineering: Nanomaterials and Nanoengineered Systems in Fabricating Artificial Tissues, Journal of Nanomaterials - Hindawi Journal (2020-21), Link

Editor, Biomedical Applications of Electrospinning and Electrospraying 1st Edition, Elsevier Woodhead Publishing (2021), ISBN 9780128224762, Link

Editor, Biomaterials in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine 1st Edition, Springer Nature (2021), ISBN 9789811600012, Link