Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Union Christian College, Aluva
BiographyDr. Simi Pushpan is a native of Desom, Aluva. Her graduation in B.Sc. Chemistry was obtained from U.C.College, Affiliated to M.G.University. She obtained her postgraduation in M.Sc. Chemical Sciences from Pondicherry Central University. Her Doctoral research work was done at Indian Institute of Technology, KANPUR (IITK) under the eminent supervision of Prof. Dr. T.K. Chandrashekar. Her Ph.D. thesis work entitled “Core Modified N-confused and Expanded Porphyrinoids: Syntheses, Characterization and Photodynamic Activity.” was selected for IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists for the year 2002 (One of the four recipients selected out of applicants worldwide).
Post doctoral Fellowship from the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt (AvH)Foundation funded her research work on carboplatin derivatives as anticancer agents under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Henri Brunner at University of Regensburg Germany. She acquired another postdoctoral experience in Pharmaceutical industry and worked as a Senior Research Scientist in Medicinal Chemistry division and Intellectual Property Management division of Orchid Research Laboratories Chennai for >5 years. She also gained experience as a Scientific Manager at BBRC (Biocon- Bristol Myers- Squibb Research Centre) for ~4 years. She joined the Department of Chemistry, U.C.College in 2013 March as an Assistant professor. She has over 22 publications in national and internationalpublications and >5 patent publications. Her major research interests includes green synthesis of novel small molecule and porphyrinoid based previleged scaffolds having pharmacological activity.
Research interests in the field of chemistry spanning Bio-inorganic chemistry to Medicinal chemistry.
– Present, Kerala
– (3 years 6 months)Bangalore
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Doctoral thesis was on synthesis and characterisation of Novel porphyrinoid macrocyles namely, N-confused and core modified expanded porphyrinoids and their utility as photosensitizers in photodynamic therapy. Doctoral work resulted in 21 publications in various international journals.
Honors & Awards
Additional Honors & AwardsInternational Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Young Chemist Award (2002) for Ph.D Thesis
Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral fellowship (2002)
Academic and Industry Positions
till date 2013
Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry, U.C.College, Aluva
SCIENTIFIC MANAGER TO PRINICIPAL RESEARCH INVESTIGATORSYNGENE INTERNATIONAL PVT. LTD.
RESEARCH SCIENTIST II TO SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTISTMEDICINAL CHEMISTRY DIVISION, NEW DRUG DISCOVERY, ORCHID RESEARCH LABORATORY, CHENNAI
RESEARCH SCIENTIST IIINTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DIVISION, ORCHID PHARMACEUTICALS, CHENNAI
INDUSTRIAL POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWORCHID PHARMACEUTICALS PVT. LTD.
ALEXANDER von HUMBOLDT POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWUNIVERSITY OF REGENSBURG, GERMANY
Research Assistant , Postdoctoral researcherIndian Institute of Technology, KANPUR (IITK)
Education & Training
Ph.D. 1996-2001Ph.D. in Bio-inorganic ChemistryIndian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
M.Sc. 1994-1996Master of Science, Chemical SciencePondicherry University
B.Sc. 1991-1994Bachelor of ScienceUnion Christian College, Aluva, Mahatma Gandhi University
Union Christian College, Aluva
Union Christian College, Aluva
Address: UC College Rd, Aluva, Kerala 683102