Dr. Srividhya Venkataraman has a PhD in Biochemistry and several years of Canadian Postdoctoral experience including tenures as a Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Fellow at the University Health Network (Toronto General Hospital & Toronto Medical Laboratories, 2005-07), Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Guelph (2010-2012) and Research Scientist at the University of Toronto, Canada (2007-10, 2013-19). She has extensive experience in the areas of plant virology, plant pathology and plant genetic engineering. Her latest research assignments include production of plant-based vaccines against Hepatitis C Virus (in Prof. Abouhaidar’s laboratory at the University of Toronto) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Virus in collaboration with Prof. Kathleen Hefferon at Cornell University, USA. She also serves as Expert Peer Reviewer Selector with Medical Research Council, UK for reviewing grant proposals submitted to the Molecular and Cellular Medicine Board as well as the Infection and Immunity Board. Further, she is a Science Writer and has authored several research publications (including a pioneering research article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (2014) which received special mention in PNAS Highlights and over 60 citations thus far), reviews, book chapters and encyclopedia chapters along with established track record of conference presentations. She has a recent first-author publication in the Encyclopedia of Food Security and Sustainability on “Agricultural Innovation and Global Politics of Food Trade”. Also worthy of mention are publications on “Plant Products for Human Health” in the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences and eChapter on Hepatitis: Plant-Made Vaccines to Combat Hepatitis; A Global Perspective (2018), both in the capacity of first author. Her latest book chapter on “Plant Virus Expression Vectors & Nanoparticles” for the book entitled: “Plant Biotechnology”, CRC Press (Taylor and Francis), 2019 is currently under communication.
Affiliations and Expertise
Department of Cell and Systems Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
Kathleen Hefferon received her PhD from the Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University. Kathleen has published multiple research papers, chapters and reviews, and has written three books. Kathleen is the Fulbright Canada Research Chair of Global Food Security and has been a visiting professor at the University of Toronto over the past year. Her research interests include virus expression vectors, food security agricultural biotechnology and global health. She most recently held the title of Director of Operations, Human Metabolic Research Unit at Cornell University, Ithaca, United States
Affiliations and Expertise
Director of Operations, Human Metabolic Research Unit at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA