DR Srinivasa Reddy, a scientist from the Organic Chemistry Division of CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune has been honoured with the prestigious Sun Pharma Research Award in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
He received the award at the hands of Dilip Shanghvi, managing director, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries and Prof Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, University of Pittsburgh, USA at a function held in India Habitat Centre in New Delhi recently.
Dr Reddy is working in the area of total synthesis of biologically active natural products and medicinal chemistry using “silicon incorporation approach”. His group research interests are related to application oriented organic synthesis in particular total synthesis of biologically active natural products; medicinal chemistry and crop protection. Efforts on macrocyclic natural compounds and silicon incorporation in known drug scaffolds with an ultimate aim of discovering drugs are the special interests.
His research group has accomplished total synthesis of more than 25 natural products with impressive biological activities. A few recent
achievements include identification of potential leads: (i) antibiotic compound based on hunanamycin natural product for treating food infections, (ii) anti-diabetic molecule in collaboration with an industry partner and (iii) anti-TB compound using a strategy called “repurposing of a drug scaffold”.
Dr Reddy graduated in 1991 from Osmania University and completed his master's degree in organic chemistry from the same University in 1993. He joined Prof Goverdhan Mehta’s lab at University of Hyderabad for doctoral studies and got Ph.D. in 2000. After the post-doctoral work
at the laboratories of Sergey A. Kozmin of the University of Chicago and Jeffrey Aubé of University of Kansas, USA, he worked in pharmaceutical companies in India. In the year 2010, he moved to CSIR-NCL, where he is currently working as a senior scientist.
Dr Reddy has authored more than 80 scientific publications and is an inventor in 35 patents. He is recipient of prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar prize in chemical sciences. Other recognitions include CDRI Award for excellence in drug discovery research, CRSI Bronze Medal in chemical science, NASI-Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee Award for application oriented innovations in physical sciences, OPPI award for contributions in pharmaceutical sciences. He is a nominated member of the scientific body of Indian Pharmacopoeia, Govt. of India. He also serves as an editor of Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, an Elsevier journal. He was also elected as a fellow of Telangana and Maharashtra Academies of Sciences in addition to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI).
Along with Dr Reddy, Dr Rajan Shankarnarayanan, CSIR-CCMB, Hyderabad (basic sciences), Dr Vikram Mathews, CMC, Vellore (medical research) and Prof Ashish Suri, AIIMS, New Delhi (clinical research) also received the awards. Interestingly, two out of the four awardees are from the CSIR institutes.