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Dr. Ch. Mohan Rao - A Profile

Dr.Ch.Mohan Rao's research interests include protein folding in health and disease, molecular basis for lens transparency and cataract. 

Born in Huzurabad, Andhra Pradesh, Mohan Rao has obtained his B.Sc. degree from the Arts and Science College (Osmania University), Warangal and M.Sc.(Physical Chemistry) from Kakatiya University, Warangal. Then he moved to the University of Hyderabad for a Ph.D. programme in chemistry. During the Ph.D. programme, he worked on photoacoustic spectroscopy of chemical and biological systems. This work also involved modification and improvement of the system, data acquisition and processing software. 

Later he joined CCMB and initiated intact lens spectroscopic investigation. During 1990-92, he visited National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA and carried out investigations on stability of crystallins and the role of nucleotides in the damage to eye lens due to exposure to ultraviolet light.  On his return he initiated work on protein folding in health and disease, particularly molecular chaperone like property of alpha-crystallin and its relation to cataract, neurodegenerative diseases and cardiomyopathy. He is also investigating other heat-shock proteins such as hsp22 and hsp33.

He was a visiting Professor at the Tokyo Science University, Japan during 1996, Visiting Scientist (Raman Fellow) at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, USA during 2000, Visiting Professor at the Institute for Protein Research, Osaka, Japan during 2002. He is a Fellow of Indian National Science Academy, National Academy of Sciences, Indian Academy of Science and Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences. He was awarded the Shanthi Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in 1999. 

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