Nibedita Rath is Scientific Director of the Open Source Pharma Foundation. She has more than eighteen years of scientific research experience both in industry and academia including IVY League, Premier Indian Institute, Biotech, Government undertaking and in non-profit organizations. She has experience in the interface of chemistry and biology, and she has played a key role in evaluating projects that includes strategy, synthesis, screening, structure-activity relationship (SAR) analyses, medicinal chemistry design. She has worked in multidisciplinary drug discovery projects in therapeutic areas like metabolic disorder, oncogenes and infection. As a Functional Head in a biotech company, she was instrumental in building as well as managing the Chemical Synthesis Lab and Biochemical Screening division. Her major contribution includes taking nutraceuticals from bench to market as a food supplement and playing a key role in establishing a virtual Hepatotoxicity model for a client. Her work as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in MCRC, UPENN focused on identification of transcription factors in the formation and differentiation of the mammalian lung and vascular system. Her work at Drexel focused on molecular and functional dissection of BRCA1 and ELK1 Tumor Suppressor Genes in breast, ovarian and prostate cancers. Her work at the Indian Institute of Science focused on complexation behavior of Ru(II) with nitrogen-based biheterocycles and phosphine derived ligands and analyses of their X-ray crystal structures and also studied their catalytic properties. She obtained her PhD in Chemistry from Utkal University, Orissa in 1999. She is a Gold Medalist and conferred with Best Graduate in the year 1992 and holds all India rank in GATE-1994.
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