Dr. Ramesh Ganju from The Ohio State University delivered a special lecture on “Novel inflammatory circuits modulating breast tumor microenvironment” in the Department of Biotechnology, SMVDU. Dr. Ganju is Scott Endowed Professor & Vice- Chair Department of Pathology & Experimental Pathology in The Ohio State University, USA. He is an expert in the field of tumor microenvironment as is evident from his vast number of publications in highly reputed journals. The major focus of Dr. Ganju’s lab is to determine the role of chemokines, especially CXCL12, and various inflammatory molecules, such as S100A7, and anti-inflammatory molecules, such as Slit2 and cannabinoids, in pathogenesis of various diseases.
The lecture of Dr. Ramesh Ganju was attended by faculty & scholars of Department of Biotechnology & Dr. V. Verma, H.O.D Biotechnology laid stress on the special lectures which are important in rising the level of science in the department.
Dr. Rakesh Kumar, a cancer biologist & Assistant Professor invited him to visit the institute and present a special lecture. His visit was facilitated by the administration of SMVDU. He visited various labs in the department & was very much impressed by the infrastructure & instrumentation in the department. He also had a brief interaction with the lab members of Dr. Rakesh Kumar and was made aware about the activities going on in the cancer biology Lab. He also expressed his interest in developing joint Indo-US collaborative projects & also to explore the possibility of exchange of scholars under different schemes of both Governments of India and USA. Dr. Ganju also met Honorable vice chancellor of SMVDU Dr. Sanjeev Jain in his chamber where he was felicitated by presenting him with a memento of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi as a token of appreciation for visiting the University. Dr. Sanjeev Jain proposed that collaboration between the two institutes should be explored & reiterated that SMVDU will take necessary steps regarding that in future with a mission to make SMVDU a world class institute.