Vinod Scaria

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Dr. Vinod Scaria
Born (1981-03-09) 9 March 1981 (age 34)
Mbinga, Tanzania
Residence Delhi, India
Citizenship Indian
Nationality Indian
Fields Bioinformatics, Computational Biology
Institutions Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology,
Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research
Alma mater Calicut Medical College
University of Pune
Doctoral advisor Samir K. Brahmachari
Notable awards CSIR Young Scientist Award (2012)

Dr. Vinod Scaria (born 9 March 1981) is an Indian researcher specialising in micro-RNA and long noncoding RNA biology, who is best known for sequencing the first Indian genome.[1][2][3] He was also instrumental in the sequencing of The first Sri Lankan Genome, analysis of the first Malaysian Genome[4] and sequencing and analysis of the Wild-type strain of Zebrafish.[5] He was conferred the CSIR Young Scientist Award for biological sciences for developing computational tools to analyse genomic data, by the Prime Minister of India in September 2012.[6][7][8] He is also the member of senate of the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR).

Early life[edit]

Vinod was born in, Tanzania in 1981. He did his schooling in Silver Hills Public School, Kozhikode, India. He studied for pre-degree course in St. Joseph's College, Devagiri and completed his undergraduate studies in medicine and surgery from Calicut Medical College with Gold Medals in Biochemistry and Physiology. He worked as a consultant for information technology at the Pain and Palliative Care society in Kozhikode. Later, he joined the CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi, where he started his career as a researcher.[9]


Dr. Scaria started his research career at Calicut Medical College in the area of medical ethics and health information on Internet. After joining the CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology in 2005, he switched to computational biology and genome informatics. His notable researches include the identification of human micro-RNA which can target HIV virus. In 2009 he and his colleagues at the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology announced the sequencing of the wild-type strain of zebrafish[10] and the sequencing of the first Human Genome from India. He also pioneered the use of social web for genome annotation, through mapping of TB genome.[11] He and colleagues also discovered and designed enzyme silencers for mRNA, dubbed antagomiRzymes.His group also pioneered the use of social web, cloud computing and students for solving complex drug discovery problems for Neglected Diseases.[12] Dr Scaria has also been involved in popularising personal genomics through[13] and OpenPGx.[14]

Genomics for Understanding Rare Diseases India Alliance Network (GUaRDIAN)[edit]

Vinod Scaria has been pioneering the application of genomics to diagnose and solve rare genetic diseases in India, including discovering novel variants.[15] He, with his colleague Sridhar Sivasubbu co-founded a national network (GUaRDIAN)[16] of clinicians and researchers working on rare disease genomics. He also co-authored a handbook on exome sequencing and analysis for clinicians.[17]

He has published numerous papers in international journals.[18] He is also the Editorial Board member of many reputed International Journals including PLOS ONE, PeerJ and Journal of Translational Medicine.


  1. ^ C.G, Manoj (10 December 2009). "After human genome sequence, the scientist duo look ahead". The Indian Express. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  2. ^ G.N, Prasanth (10 December 2009). "Genome sequencing can be applied in clinical setting". Times of India. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Jingjing, Han (9 December 2009). "Scientists decode human genome for the first time in India". China News. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Salleh MZ, Teh LK, Lee LS, Ismet RI, Patowary A, et al. (2013) Systematic Pharmacogenomics Analysis of a Malay Whole Genome: Proof of Concept for Personalized Medicine. PLoS ONE 8(8): e71554. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0071554
  5. ^ Patowary A, Purkanti R, Singh M, Chauhan R,Singh AR, Swarnkar M, Singh N, Pandey V, Torroja C, Clark MD, Kocher J, Clark KJ, Stemple DL, Klee EW, Ekker SC*, Scaria V, Sivasubbu S. A sequence-based variation map of zebrafish. Zebrafish. 2013 Mar;10(1):15–20
  6. ^ "Young Scientist Awards" (PDF). CSIR, India. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "PM gives away awards to scientists". MBCTV. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "PM gives Swaroop Bhatnagar award to 11 scientists". 26 September 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Vinod Scaria's profile". Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Genome of Zebrafish Wild-type Strain(ASWT)". Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Detailed map of TB genome to help treatment". The Hindustan Times. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Crowd Computing for Cheminformatics". RNA Biology. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  13. ^ " : Personal Genomics for All". Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "OpenPGx". Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Exome sequencing reveals a novel mutation, p.L325H, in the KRT5 gene associated with autosomal dominant Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex Koebner type in a large family from western India". Human Genome Variation. Retrieved 17 Dec 2014. 
  16. ^ "Genomics for Understanding Rare Diseases India Alliance Network". Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  17. ^ Scaria, Vinod; Sivasubbu, Sridhar. Exome Sequencing, Analysis and Interpretation : Handbook for Clinicians. India: Research In Genomics. p. 126. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "Publications of Vinod Scaria". RNA Biology. Retrieved 10 February 2013.