Dr. Akila Prashant
Talk by Dr. Akila Prashant
11.50 AM-12.35 PM
Dr. Akila Prashant is Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Convener, Department of Medical Genetics, JSS Medical College, JSS Academy of Higher Education & Research, Mysore. She pursued her MBBS in 2000 from the University of Mysore, MD-Biochemistry in 2005 from Manipal Academy of Higher Education & Research, Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine and Health Care in 2018 from University of South Wales, and Ph.D. in 2018 from JSS Academy of Higher Education & Research. She has worked in the Dept of Biochemistry, Manipal College of Medical Sciences (Pokhra, Nepal) as a lecturer in 2006 and joined the Dept of Biochemistry, JSS Medical College in 2007 as Assistant Professor, was promoted as Associate Professor in 2011 and as a Professor in 2016.
She has played a vital role in availing the Department of Science and Technology – Funds for Improvement of Science and Technology Infrastructure in Universities (DST-FIST) award to the department in 2012 for a period of 5 years with a grant amount of Rs. 80 lakhs. She has been successful in obtaining funds from Government agencies like ICMR, Vision Group on Science & Technology (VGST), and DST. Her current areas of research include Molecular Biology & Genetics of rare disorders. She is currently working on a multicentric project “National Registry for Rare and other Inherited Disorders”. She has been awarded the prestigious Prof. Y.T.Thathachari Endowment Prize for the Best Research Scholar at the Graduates Ceremony 2015 at JSS Medical College, appreciation award for the research activities carried out in the year 2019 by the Research Division, JSS Academy of Higher Education & Research, Women achiever award 2021 by JSS Medical College on the occasion of Women’s Day, apart from the best oral and poster presentation awards in the National and State conferences. She has organized 06 National hands-on workshops in Molecular Methods in disease Management, has trained 100 delegates to date, and has also been invited as resource faculty by various institutes.
She has established and developed the Department of Medical Genetics at JSS Medical College which has facilities for newborn screening for treatable metabolic disorders, maternal serum screening for the detection of aneuploidy & chromosomal disorders, and clinical cytogenetics having facilities for Karyotyping & Fluorescent in-situ hybridization. She has initiated BSc Medical Genetics and MSc Medical Genetics and Genomics program for which the syllabus has been designed according to Choose Based Credit System (CBCS). She is heading the Special Interest Group on Human Genomics and Rare Disorders (SIG-HGRD) comprising of like-minded people with passion in the field of genomics. She has nearly 50 publications to her credit published in indexed high-impact journals like Lancet, Lancet public health, Frontiers in Pharmacology, PlosOne, Clinica Chimica Acta, etc., and is guiding 7 Ph.D. scholars on various research topics. She has also taken keen interest in employing innovative methods in teaching, learning and evaluation and have initiated problem based learning, objective structured practical examination, experiential learning and model making exercises for the medical students.