BMST’s Advisory board


Prof Paturu Kondaiah

Professor & Chairman

Department of Molecular Reproduction, Development and Genetics (MRDG)

New Bio-Science Building, Indian Institute of Science

Bangalore 560 012.  India



Professor & Head

Department of Neurovirology

National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS)

Bangalore 560 029,  India


Dr. Kamala Balakrishnan MD

Lt. Col. AMC (retd.), Former advisor in Immunology Armed Forces Medical Services.

Prof. Emeritus, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati

Former Director, HLA Laboratory & Professor, Clinical Transfusion Medicine, Hoxworth Blood Center,

Former Director, HLA Laboratory, Central Indiana Regional Blood Centre, Indiana

Former Director, Community Blood Center & Tissue Services, Dayton,

Past chair, International Committee, National Marrow Donor Program,

Past President, American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, USA

Past member, Board of Directors, United Network of Organ Sharing, USA.


Suneeta Krishnan, PhD

Social Epidemiologist, Women’s Global Health Imperative, RTI International, San Francisco

Technical Lead, India Liaison Office, RTI International, New Delhi

Adjunct Associate Professor, St. Johns Research Institute, Bangalore. India



BMST Institutional Ethics Committee members


Kishore  S.  Rao, Chairman

Originally from a corporate background, even while still working with Madura Coats, he found time to initiate the Karnataka branch of the Indian Cancer Society. As the Founder Managing Trustee his main, and continuing activity since 1994, is the setting up and running of the Bangalore Hospice Trust (Karunashraya) – the caring centre for terminally ill cancer patients and their families.  This is a totally charitable activity providing free care and counselling for cancer patients in their last stages of life.  More than 12,500 such patients and their families have benefited from this centre and as many as 7,000 patients have died in their care – free from pain and in peace.   As a result of advice and training provided by KARUNASHRAYA seven more such independent units have been set up in Chennai, Vellore, Nagpur, Shimoga, Kallianpur, Mangalore, and Puttur in South Kanara.


Dr. BK Arun Kumar

With over 30 years of experience in Clinical Pathology, Hematology and Blood Transfusion his  main domain of interest is Diagnostic work, Teaching, Training and staff development. His  current focus is on improving the clinical laboratory services in hospitals.


Prof. A.V.Ramani

A chemical engineer and materials expert, he was the Professor of Metallurgy in IIT Madras and then worked with the National Aeronautical  Laboratory. He has more than 53 years of experience in teaching, guiding academic research, technology development, plant design, and project and Research management. One amongst his several achievements is the design and development of the indigenous Chitra Heart Valve.


Ms. Shobha kumar

She completed her post graduation from M.S. University, Baroda as a Gold medalist, in Foods and Nutrition in 1977 and since then involved in academics. As Professor and Head of the Department of Home Science Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, she started & coordinated the UGC vocational course in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics (First one in Karnataka in 1994); was instrumental in making Mount Carmel College as the  nodal center for Indira Gandhi National Open University post graduation in health and nutrition. Recently, she has written course material for a certificate course in Nutrition and Dietetics for Mysore University. She was a member of registered dieticians board for four years, a regulatory body which conducts the RD examination for dieticians all over India. At present she is involved in a number of voluntary activities related to education.


Dr. Latha Jagannathan – Member Secretary