Dr. Rajesh Ranganathan is the Director of the Office of Translational Research at NINDS where he is responsible for leading the Institute’s efforts to more quickly and effectively convert basic and translational research results into new therapeutics. He joined the staff of the NIH in 2010 as the Senior Advisor to the NIH Director for Translational Medicine. While there, he led efforts to assess the translational medicine pipeline across the NIH and helped formulate an NIH-wide strategy which culminated in the formation of the new NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Prior to joining the NIH, he spent seven years at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research Inc. as a director in the scientific strategy and portfolio management group; he also founded and led a Global Office of Scientific Education for the Institutes.
Dr. Ranganathan received his bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry from Amherst College, performed his doctoral training with Dr. H. Robert Horvitz at MIT in C. elegans neurobiology, and his postdoctoral training with Dr. Linda Buck at Harvard Medical School and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the area of mammalian sensory regulation.
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