Vadlamudi Raghavendra Rao (M.Sc., Ph.D)
Prof. V. R. Rao taught in the department of Anthropology,
University of Delhi from December 2009 to January 2016. He taught
of Physical Anthropology, Human Genetics, and Molecular Anthropology to postgraduates.
He received his Master’s degree in physical anthropology from S. V. University, Andhra Pradesh
and PhD from Bombay University, Mumbai. . He has been honored with awards like the Panchanan Mitra Memorial award, 2009;
S S Sarkar Memorial Award, 2005; Presidential Award, 2003; Young Scientist Award from the Indian Society of Human Genetics, 1981.
He is ex-President and member of Executive Council of the Indian Society of Human Genetics and member of Executive Council, Association
for the promotion of DNA Finger printing and other Technologies (ADNAT). He has also served as the deputy Director & Head of Office of
the Central Regional Center Anthropological Survey of India, Nagpur, M .S. from 1993- 2001 and Director In Charge of the Anthropological
Survey of India, Kolkata, W.B. from 2003-2009.
He has successfully steered numerous research projects and is currently
investigating projects on Next Generation Whole Genome Targeted Sequencing of 25 Candidate Genes in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (2013-2015)
funded by the Dept of Biotechnology (DBT); Intra-geneic variation of candidate genes in Depression and Suicide ideation association study
in Indian population(2013-2016) funded by the Dept. of Science & Technology (DST), and Anthropological Study of High Risk Community Lohanas
of Gujarat for β- Thalassaemia: Genetic Heterogeneity and Origin of 619 bp deletion mutation (with components of ancestry based carrier
screening and genetic counseling of affected families for Prevention(2014-2017) funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
He has published over 60 research articles in peer-reviewed journals.