Dr. Ramareddy’s research background was strengthened in the field of Microbiology. He earned his Ph.D in Microbiology from Kansas State University, Manhattan in (1970). He was graduated with B.Sc in Chemistry and Biology, A.N.R. College, Gudivada, India. Dr. Ramareddy got his M.Sc in Microbiology from U.P. Agricultural University, Pantnagar, U.P., India (1965). He has received many honors and awards like Government of India Merit Scholarship, 1963-1965; American Cancer Society Senior Dernham Fellowship, 1973-1975; Research Career Development Award, National Institutes of Health 1979-1984.
He was appointed in various positions like Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia; Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University; Assistant Research Microbiologist, University of California, San Francisco. In his research career he has published over 110 research papers in reputed journals including Nature and also holds a patent.
MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO SCIENCE:
a) One of the four-member team that discovered proto-oncogenes (precursors to the cancer causing oncogenes). The 1989 NOBEL PRIZE was given to the two American Scientists.
b) Identified many fundamental steps in the life cycle of Retroviruses, viruses that cause cancer, AIDS and many other diseases.
c) First one to molecularly clone the whole genome of a retrovirus – Rous Sarcoma Virus, which is being used all over the world. This infections clone, sequenced by the Nobel Laureate Walter Gilbert of Harvard University, became the proto-type virus clone in retrovirology.
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