Prof Guna Magesan has vast experience as a research scientist, academician, and a community leader/organizer. On 1 July 2015, he joined the University and Institute of Advanced Research (UAIR), as the vice chancellor.
In 1992, Prof Magesan received his PhD degree in Soil Science from Massey University, New Zealand. He then worked for various New Zealand Government research organisations: as a postdoctoral fellow at HortResearch, Palmerston North; as an environmental scientist at Landcare Research, Hamilton; and as a senior environmental scientist at Forest Research, Rotorua. He also helped in setting up Maori Research Institute and New Zealand Biological Farming Research Centre, both in Rotorua.
From 2012 to 2014, he was the Professor and Head, Department of Environmental Science, Fiji National University. Previously, he had other academic positions such as Visiting Professor, Huazhong Agricultural University, China; Visiting researcher, National Institute of Agro-Environmental Sciences, Japan; Visiting scientist, The Flinders University of South Australia; and Honorary Lecturer, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Waikato, New Zealand.
He has won a number of awards and honours for his scientific research as well as for community work: T.W. Walker Award (1992); Young Scientists' Award (1993); International award for the best paper (Soil Physics) at the 15th World Congress of Soil Science in Mexico (1994); Commonwealth Science Council Travel Fellowship (1997, 2000 and 2003); Invitational Fellowship from Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (2001); Best Technical Paper Award, NZ Land Treatment Collective (2008); Elected as the Secretary of Soil Physics Commission, International Union of Soil Sciences (2002); Executive member of New Zealand Society of Soil Science (2002-2012). He was invited to be on the editorial advisory board of 3 international science journals, and acted as a referee for over 20 international journals. His total contribution to scientific literature is more than 200 journal publications, book chapters, review papers, conference presentations; and co-editor of a book on 'Urban waste management in Australasia-Pacific region'.
He has actively involved in social and community projects such as youth development and tree planting. His work on Hindu Maori relations, organising national Hindu conferences and festivals are well recognised. He was made a Justice of Peace for New Zealand. Since 2003, he has been a member of Board of Trustees of the World Hindu Council. Recently, he was a full-time community volunteer, and helped organizing the World Hindu Congress in Nov 2014 in Bharat. Following that, he took the responsibility as the CEO, World Hindu Economic Forum.
He comes from a small village in Nilgiri district in Tamil Nadu, Bharat.
Mr. Ashwani Puri was trained at National Defense Academy, Khadakwasla and spent the initial years in defense services. He took premature retirement from Indian Air Force where he trained as fighter pilot and served at the western, northern and eastern borders. During the service he was part of MIG 21 frontline squadron in air defense and ground attack roles. He participated in operational, training and management roles. He hails from a business family and has been involved in family business activities including manufacturing, engineering consultancy and charitable activities.
Mr. Puri has been instrumental in setting up the University and bringing advanced research into the realm of a privately sponsored Indian University. It was early on, when the trustees emphasized the need to bring research in the main stream of education to bring India at the International level in education as they realized that, globally, it is research that matters more than anything else in defining the best institutions. As such, higher education, in general, is the domain and distinguishing feature of Universities and quality higher education is synonymous with the quality of research done in these Universities.
In the first instance, Indian Institute of Advanced Research was set up. The first Centre of Excellence that was set up under this umbrella is the School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology. With the advice and participation of senior scientists and leaders of international repute like Prof. MGK Menon, Prof. G Padmanaban, Prof. P Balram and active support and inspiration from Dr. Manju Sharma, Former Sectretary, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, the School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology was set up. The institute was formally inaugurated by the President of India, H.E. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on 28 Apr 2006.
His current interest is to develop a culture of enterprise in the university system involving innovations and applications that are cushioned and buffered by basic science research.
Dr. Chandramani obtained his post-graduate degree in Biotechnology from the G.G.D. University, Bilaspur (M.P.) in 1999. After completing his master, he joined as project fellow at Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Unit, Department of Zoology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi to carry out research in cancer biology. Dr. Pathak has obtained Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Jiwaji University, Gwalior in 2008.
Dr. Pathak has accomplished his doctoral research on “Hypomodification of tRNA in cancer”. The research finding was published in international repute of Journal i.e. RNA Biology, Cancer Biology & Therapy, Molecular Biology Reports, Biosciences Reports, Bio Factors etc. Subsequently, after completing his doctoral research joined as a lecturer in Jaipur National University. Within short stint, he moved the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi to peruse Postdoctoral Research. Dr. Pathak has joined Prof. Surolia Lab and carried out extensive research work on molecular mechanism of pain, inflammation and osteoporosis. In between he has been offered as an Assistant professor at Department of Cell Biology, School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Advanced Research (IIAR) Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Dr. Pathak has joined IIAR in Oct 2009 and established himself as an independent Scientist. He received major research grants from the Department of Biotechnology, Department of Science & Technology, Gujrat state of biotechnology Mission, Gov. of India within short period.
Dr. Pathak has received prestigious fellowship and awards like ICMR-SRF, Dr. DS Kothari postdoctoral fellowship, DBT-Rapid Grant for young investigator and DST Young Scientist. In July 2014, Dr. Pathak was appointed as a Dean at University of IAR. Dr. Pathak is focusing his research on molecular signaling of apoptosis and inflammation in cancer cells. In addition, Dr. Pathak is also working on Nanoparticle based drug delivery in cancer cells for therapeutic intervention of cancer. He has several international publications and is also a member of several scientific committees.For detailed research interest,
University of IAR
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Dr. Ashima Bhardwaj joined IIAR in 2006 and has been the group leader of Human Health and Disease Department since 2006. Before joining IIAR, she was a faculty (Research Scientist) at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi. At IIAR, her research has been focused on deciphering the molecular epidemiology of antibiotic resistance in Vibrio spp. She has also co-ordinated various courses for the M. Sc (Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology ) at IIAR.
Assistant Registrar - University Management
Dr. Anand K. Tiwari Assistant Professor
University Management Cell University of IAR
C/o The Puri Foundation, Koba Institutional Area, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.
Dr. Anand K. Tiwari joined School of Biological Sciences & Biotechnology at IIAR in 2010. Dr. Tiwari did his Ph.D. from “Banaras Hindu University”, Varanasi in 2008. At IIAR/UIAR, Dr. Tiwari is actively involved in teaching and Research activity in the area of Genetics and Development Biology. Currently, his group is interested in use fruit fly “Drosophila melanogaster” as a model organism for the study of molecular mechanism of neurodegenerative diseases (i.e. Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson Disease). He is also involved in several activities related with University Governance
Assistant Registrar - Student Affairs
Dr. Radha Tiwari Assistant Professor
Dr. Radha Tiwari joined UIAR in 2016 with the Department of Leadership and Business School. She had Completed her Ph.d in Economics on research topic “Foreign Direct Investment after 1991 in India” from Kanpur University in 2007. She is having more than 6 years of experience in research & academic field. At UIAR, her main focus is on development of Leadership and Business School. She is also taking care of the Student Affairs cell of the University.