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Ch. Mohan Rao - A Profile
Rao's research interests include protein folding in health and disease,
molecular basis for lens transparency and cataract.
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
light. On his return he initiated work on protein folding in
and disease, particularly molecular chaperone like property of
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