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Dr. Srinivas Nanduri, Professor

Process Chemistry

Received PhD in Organic Chemistry from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthinilayam, A.P. India in the year 1991 and continued as a faculty for three years. Moved on to the R & D centre of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories in the year 1995 and spent close to 13 years in various positions of increasing responsibilities. Led and managed various drug discovery programmes of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories in the areas of oncology and metabolic disorders as Senior Director, Medicinal Chemistry. Subsequently, joined Biocon BMS Research Centre, Bangalore, as Chief Scientific Manager. Later on moved to Aurigene Discovery Technologies Ltd., (a subsidiary of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories) as Research Director, Medicinal Chemistry in 2008. Led a number of integrated drug discovery programmes in the area of Oncology in collaboration with various pharmaceutical companies. His recent industrial assignment has been with Albany Molecular Research (AMRI), Hyderabad Research Centre as Director, Medicinal Chemistry.

Dr. N. Shankaraiah, Associate Professor

Medicinal Chemistry

Dr. N. Shankaraiah was born in 1976, and grew up in Andhra Pradesh, India. He did his B.Sc and M.Sc from Kakatiya University, Warangal. He completed PhD work at CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad and obtained his Doctorate in 2007 from Kakatiya University. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Talca in Chile (2007 to 2008). He visited University of CAMPINAS, Brazil to probe some important reactions with ESI-MS/MS. In 2009, he joined as an Assistant Professor at NIPER-Hyderabad. He received prestigious Young Scientist Award-2010 from Organization of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI). His primary research interest involves design/synthesis of new chemical entities of anticancer agents in drug discovery by innovative strategies, combinatorial chemistry, and asymmetric synthesis including exploration of new useful methodologies for organic synthesis. He involves in the development of alternative sustainable technologies in pharmaceutical sciences – Green chemistry. He has published about 70 research papers including review articles in reputed international journals. In his research group 53 Students have completed for their 1 year M.S (Pharm) projects, 13 Students are working for their 1 year M.S (Pharm) projects (Guide 4 & 9 Co-guide) and 6 PhD students are working for their Doctoral Research (Guide 4 & 2 Co-guide).

Dr. Jitender Madan, Associate Professor


Dr. Jitender Madan obtained his M.Pharmacy from Dr. Harisingh Gaur University, Saugar and Ph.D (Pharmaceutical Sciences) from Bundelkhand University, Jhansi. He also worked as Postdoctoral Fellow in Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA in Cancer Nanobiology. Currently, Dr. Madan is associated with Department of Pharmaceutics, NIPER, Hyderabad and continuing academic research in the area of topical drug delivery systems, vaccine delivery, and cancer nanobiology.

Dr. S. Gananadhamu, Assistant Professor

Pharmaceutical Analysis

Dr. Chandraiah Godugu, Assistant Professor

Regulatory Toxicology

Studied Bachelor of Pharmacy at UCPSc, Kakatiya University, Warangal. He completed MS (Pharm) programme (2004-2006) from Dept of Pharmacology and Toxicology from NIPER Mohali and graduated in 2006.He entered PhD programme in Dept of Pharmacology and Toxicology under Prof Poduri Rama Rao in the area of Nanotoxicology, this project was sponsored by DST- Centre for Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology (CPN) and he was awarded doctorate in Feb 2011. From Oct 2010 to March 2011, he worked as an assistant professor in KLR Pharmacy College, Kakatiya University. Before joining NIPER Hyderabad as an assistant professor, he worked as a Post doctoral fellow in Florida A&M University under the supervision of Prof Mandip Sachdeva during the period of 2011-2013. Currently, he is associated with Department of Regulatory Toxicology, NIPER Hyderabad and continuing academic research in the area of Nanotoxicology, Nano drug delivery and Toxicology.

Dr. Manoj Dandekar, Assistant Professor

Pharmacology and Toxicology

For the past 15 years, Dr. Dandekar has been working in the neuroscience field. After completing his Ph.D. in the Faculty of Medicine (2009), he worked in the pharmaceutical drug discovery industry (2009-2016). Then for next 4 years, he was associated with the University of Texas Health Science Center and Houston Methodist Research Institute in Houston as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, to strengthen his research background and become an independent researcher. His research interest is on investigating the neuropathology of CNS disorders, drug screening, and brain injury using an in-vivo and in-vitro approaches. His recent research also focused on microbiome-gut-brain axis.

Dr. B. Lakshmi, Assistant Professor

Pharmaceutical Management

A Commerce graduate with an MBA (Finance). She is National Stock Exchange Certified (NCFM) in Derivatives (Dealers), Capital Markets (Dealers), Depositories, Financial Markets modules. She has about 12 years working experience in industry, research and academics. During her tenure at Centre for Urban Governance, Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) she had coordinated with UNICEF - India, Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Government of India (GoI) for the launch of ‘WinS Leadership Course’ for government officials responsible for School Sanitation.