Harsha K Rajasimha, Ph.D.
Dr. Harsha Karur Rajasimha is a genomics scientist, social entrepreneur and co-founder of the Organization for Rare Diseases India (ORDI). At ORDI, Dr. Rajasimha is responsible for the overall vision, research, strategy, formation of advisory boards, international collaborations, web content development and grant proposals.
Dr. Rajasimha is a life sciences solutions consultant for Dell and co-directs the center for metabolic and rare diseases at George Mason University where he leads research in rare disease database integration, policy frameworks, best practices guidelines for diagnosis and screening of rare diseases in USA and how they can be adapted to countries such as India. He is also founder president of Jeeva informatics solutions, a genomics bigdata analytics company based in Maryland, USA and serves on the executive advisory board of a number of companies.
Dr. Rajasimha has over 15 years work experience and 15 peer-reviewed publications in interdisciplinary projects involving genomics, BigData integration and analysis at National Institutes of Health, US FDA, Strand Genomics Inc. and Virginia Bioinformatics Institute. His research work has focused on the genomics and systems biology of diseases including rare genetic diseases, Cancer, Infectious, mitochondrial, and retinal degenerative diseases. Harsha earned his MS in Computer Science (2004) and PhD in Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at Virginia Tech (2007).
Prasanna Kumar Shirol
Prasanna Kumar Shirol serves as a founder member of the Organization for Rare Diseases in India and a Founder Former President of LSD Support Society (Lysosomal Storage Disorder Support Society),This is the first National Level Parents support group for children suffering from ULTRA RARE Diseases in India. The society initiated observing International Rare Disease day for the first time in India on a national scale under his leadership. He has worked extensively to create awareness on LSD and Rare disease in India. He has represented India in various conferences and meetings internationally .developed a strong network of international Parent and Rare disease groups.
Prasanna Kumar academically an Post Graduate in Business Management has over 16 years of sales experience in telecom and consumer industry. Worked with companies like Sony, Reliance, Bharti etc. He has a experience in launching product and services. Personally, he is married to Sharada and has a 14 year daughter. Nidhi is India’s first Pompe Patient and also runs Pompe Foundation supporting Pompe Patients in India.
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Dr. Madhuri Hegde, Ph.D., FACMG
Dr. Hegde is the Professor, Human Genetics and Executive Director of Emory Genetics Laboratory. Her areas of specialty and interest are muscular dystrophy, mental retardation, and novel and high throughput methodologies to detect sequence variation. The focus of her laboratory is to develop and perform comprehensive mutation analysis and interpretation for complex or challenging genetic disorders using multiple approaches. The primary focus of her clinical work is the development of high-throughput next generation sequencing strategies for rare disorders using sequence capture technologies, robotics, whole exome and genome sequencing,oligonucleotide array platforms, robotics. Her research is focused on gene discovery and functional analysis of sequence variants in disease associated genes specifically muscular dystrophies and translating what is learned in the basic research laboratory to clinical practice. She received a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. from the University of Bombay, India, and a Ph.D. from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has post doctoral studies at Baylor College of Medicine and is board certified in Clinical Molecular Genetics.
A pathfinder of Sorento with ever-futuristic vision, ability to think beyond, inquisitive mind and deep commitment to healthcare.
Over 22 years’ experience in Pharmaceutical Marketing and Healthcare Communications. Formerly headed category teams and market research in big Indian