Dr Surabhi Kandaswamy
Lecturer in Clinical Genetics
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Dr Surabhi teaches a range of subjects in biomedical sciences, health care sciences, pharmacology, physiology and pharmacy. She has more than 7 years of teaching experience in clinical genetics and genomics, molecular biology. In recognition of her contribution to teaching and academia, she has been awarded the Fellow in Higher Education, UK. She also supervises undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD research projects. She is a STEM Ambassador and offers research placement for A Level students through Nuffield Research Placement scheme.
Surabhi is currently working as a Lecturer in Clinical Genetics in our School of Pharmacy and Biomedical sciences. Her area of research is the molecular basis of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders, Precision Medicine, Ayurgenomics, Characterisation of Ayurvedic formulations and its impact in several disorders like urolithiasis and other neurodegenerative disorders. Underpinning the molecular basis of glioblastoma and adverse drug reactions.
Surabhi worked as a Lecturer in Clinical Genomics at the University of Manchester, wherein she was involved in teaching, assessment for several course modules in the Scientist Training Programme (MSc in Clinical Genomics), MSc in Medical Genomics. She was awarded with Newton International Post Doctoral fellowship by the academy of Medical Sciences, UK, to work on a research project on Near-infrared based therapeutic regimen for inherited optic atrophies. Prior to Moving to the UK, she worked as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH), Central University of Tamilnadu and involved in teaching different courses across three different departments including EPH, Life Sciences and Microbiology.
- PhD Human Genetics, University of Madras, Chennai, India
- Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Munich, Germany 2018
- MPhil Biomedical Technology, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, 2011
- MSc Biomedical Genetics, University of Madras, 2010
- BEd Biological Science and English, University of Madras, 2008
- BSc Microbiology and Biochemistry, Bharathidasan University, 2006
- Gold Medal, first place in her undergraduate (B.Sc. Microbiology) among the affiliated and autonomous colleges associated with Bharathidasan University
- 'Youth for Cleanliness' for her volunteer social work in villages and hospitals as a member of National Service Scheme (NSS) during her undergraduate
- Proficiency award in Microbiology (2005-2006) CSIR-UGC-Research Fellowship on competitive basis to do her PhD Work
- DAAD fellowship awardee (2014 -2016), Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
- DST-DFG award for participation in the 68th meeting of Nobel Laureates and young scientists, held at Lindau, Germany. (24th June to 6th July, 2018) as one of the young scientist from India
- Newton International Post Doctoral Fellowship (Academy of Medical Sciences, Cardiff University, UK (2019-2021)); Best Poster Presentation award at the 37th Annual Conference of The Indian Society of Human Genetics (2014)
- Ahmedabad; Best Lab presentation award (13th SERB School in Chronobiology, Mangalore University (2015)
- Molecular biology
- Precision Medicine
- Cancer Biology
- Neurodevelopmental Disorders
- Neurodegenerative disorders
- Member of European Society of Human Genetics
Surabhi's current research focuses on two areas: understanding the molecular basis of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders (NDDs) including certain brain cancers like glioblastoma and tailoring appropriate therapeutics from ayurvedic formulation based on the molecular profile. The molecular basis of inherited NDDs is explored through next-generation sequencing (whole genome sequencing, whole exome sequencing, targeted panel sequencing). The other area of research focuses on Pharmacogenomics, understanding the association of genes involved in drug metabolism.
She adopts the next-generation sequencing methodology like, whole genome sequencing, whole transcriptome sequencing and bioinformatic approach to underpin the molecular basis of complex neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders and metabolic process (Phase I; Phase II drug metabolism) involved in the processing of a drug. Functional characterisation of putative molecular mechanisms adapting iPSC cell models. Ongoing research Projects - Molecular basis of inherited eye disorders in human and animal models (Spib rat model on retinal degeneration).
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- Clinical Genomics
- Personalised Medicine
- Underpinning the molecular basis of inherited retinal degeneration in Spib rat model.
- Near-infrared light therapy as a therapeutic regimen for inherited optic neuropathy - 2019 to 2021 (NIF\R1\181849).
- Invited guest speaker for a CME Lecture on “Molecular diagnostics of inherited disorders - From Karyotyping to next generation sequencing – A step towards Precision Medicine”, ESIC Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nādu, this has led to research collaboration (19th May 2023).
- Invited Lecture for FDP on “Creating an inclusive working environment for diverse genders in Higher education, Saveetha University, Chennai” (21/10/21).
- Hosted Open exchange session with Nobel laureate, Randy W. Schekman: ASAP (Aligning Science Across Parkinson's), an Initiative to Advance Basic Research and Value of Collaboration during the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on 30 June, 2021.
- Hosted Open exchange session with Nobel laureate, Michael M. Rosbash: Clock genes and circadian rhythm, during the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on 1 July, 2021.
- Attended the 68th Nobel Laureate meeting with young scientist (June 23rd to June 29th 2018), followed by Post-Lindau Lab tour, organized by DFG (June 30 to July 7 2018).
- Co-organised a two-day workshop (September 19 to 20 2017) on “Health System Research Vis-A-Vis Clinical Trial: A gateway to Epidemiology” at the Dept of Epidemiology and Public Health, Central University of Tamil Nadu.
- Organized “World Wildlife Week Celebration” (October 5 to 7, 2017) at the Dept of Life Sciences, Central University of Tamil Nadu.
- Organised one-day awareness programme on Emotional Intelligence, Stress Management and Sexual Health for KV School Students (13/12/2017)
- Organized Spring School Symposium on Recent Trends in Biological Sciences, Central University of Tamilnadu, Thiruvarur - 610005.
- Presented a talk on Genetic complexity in Inherited Retinal Dystrophies at IGCLA, Indo-German convention of Lindau Alumni, 20-23 September 2018, KMC, Maniphal.
- Pedagogy Workshop for Undergraduate teachers held at Kolkata, 23 to 26 September, 2018.
- Oral presentation at 37th Annual Conference ofThe Indian Society of Human Genetics (International Conference on “Genes, Genetics & Genomics: Today & Tomorrow- Human Concerns”) - held at Punjab University, Chandigarh (3 to 5 March 2012).
- EMBO practical course: Computational biology: From genomes to cells and systems, held at Nevseshir, Turkey (29 September 2013 to October 4 2013).
- 13th SERB School in Chronobiology (22 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015), held at Mangalore University, Mangalore.
- 15th Bioinformatics Spring School, Bertinoro, Italy (21 to 25 March 2015).
- Presented a talk on Retinal Panel Sequencing, a Diagnostic tool of Retinal Dystrophies at the 8th Global Ophthalmology Meeting, Chicago, Illinois (July 18-20, 2016).