Dr. Ramesh Ramakrishnan has more than 25 years of experience in the development and commercialization of genomic products and solutions in biotechnology and clinical research, as well as in the process of strategic planning. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Dovetail Genomics LLC, in Santa Cruz, California, a company that is transforming genomics, enabling researchers and clinicians to solve complex problems, by providing them a more comprehensive view of the genome. He also served on the board of directors of the Fulbright Academy, on their Executive Committee and as their Secretary.
Prior to joining Dovetail, Dr. Ramakrishnan was Executive Vice President of Research and Development at Fluidigm Corp., where he managed the development of single cell genomic and proteomic tools, as well as bulk genomic analysis.
Dr. Ramakrishnan is passionate about science and the scientific process. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the China Medicinal Biotech Association. He was also a Member of the Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme (DPFS) Expert Group, Cambridge, UK. He earlier developed oligonucleotide expression and SNP microarrays for the pharmaceutical marketplace, when he worked with Motorola Life Sciences, as the Section Manager. As a Research Scientist at Vysis, Inc., he worked on developing multi-fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) probes to examine chromosomal aberrations. He loves West Coast Jazz and Chicago-style blues, originally hails from Bangalore (now Bengaluru) in south India, and attended Bishop Cotton Boys’ School there.
He was a Fulbright scholar from India in 1985-86 in Genetic Engineering at Georgetown University, and completed his Ph.D. in 1990 with a degree from the University of Poona, India. He also has a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the Maharaja Sayaji Rao University of Baroda, and an M.Phil. in Zoology from the University of Poona, both in India.