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U. Deva Priyakumar

Associate Professor, CCNSB, IIIT-Hyderabad

Academic Profile

  • 2000 - 2003: PhD (Computational Chemistry), Pondicherry University/ Indian Institute of Chemical Technology with Dr. G. Narahari Sastry
  • 1999 - 2000: MPhil (Computational Chemistry), Pondicherry University
  • 1997 - 1999: MSc (Chemical Sciences), Pondicherry University
  • 1994 - 1997: BSc (Chemistry), St. Joseph’s (University of Madras)

Career

  • 2012 - now: Associate Professor, IIIT Hyderabad
  • July 2018: Visiting Researcher, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
  • May-July 2014; July 2015; May-June 2016: Invited Associate Professor, Institute of Molecular Sciences, Okazaki, Japan
  • 2008 - 2012: Assistant Professor, IIIT Hyderabad
  • 2004 - 2008: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland Baltimore with Prof. Alex MacKerell

Awards/Recognitions

  • Distinguished Lecture Award from the Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ) (2016)
  • JSPS invitation fellowship (2016)
  • Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Young Scientist Medal in Chemical Sciences (2011).
  • Young Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences (2011-2014).
  • Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award from Department of Biotechnology (IYBA-2010).
  • AICTE Career Award for Young Teachers (2010).
  • Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Young Scientist Research Award (2009).
  • DST-DFG award to participate in the “Meeting of Nobel laureates and young researchers/students”, held in Lindau, Germany (2002).
  • University Gold Medal for academic excellence in MPhil (2000).
  • H.C. Kothari, and University Gold Medals for academic excellence in MSc (1999).
  • Qualified GATE with 99.85 percentile (All India III rank - 1999).

Funding

  • “Insights into the structure-function relationship of chemically modified nucleic acids: A molecular dynamics study” DAE-BRNS (2015-2018)
  • “Investigation of the physicochemical basis of stacking interactions in nucleic acid architectures” INSA (2015-2018)
  • “Modeling, molecular dynamics simulations, and computer aided drug design studies of viroporins, HIV-Vpu and SARS-CoV 3a” DBT (2011-15)
  • “Combining mechanical unfolding, chemical denaturation, and thermal stress to investigate structure-function relationships in proteins and RNA” DBT (2011-2014).
  • “Computational studies on the structure, function, and activity of RNase H from HIV-I” AICTE (2011-14) 
  • “Hybridization in DNA-RNA, DNA-LNA & LNA-RNA duplexes and the sequence dependence on their structure, stability and dynamics: A molecular dynamics investigation” DAE-BRNS (2009-2012)
  • “Prediction and modulation of the stereochemical course of transannular Diels-Alder reactions: Quantum mechanical and molecular dynamics studies” DST (2009-2012)

Scientific Meetings Organized

  • Convener, Indo-German workshop on "Computing in Chemistry, Biology and Medicine" - Nov 29 to 30, 2017 (IIIT Hyderabad)
  • Co-Convener, "Theoretical Chemistry Symposium" - Dec 14 to 17, 2015 (University of Hyderabad)
  • Convener, 21-Day Winter school on “Modeling Chemical and Biological (Re)Activity“ - Jan 2 to 22, 2014 (IIIT Hyderabad).
  • Convener, International conference on “Chemistry with Computers“ - Jan 18-19, 2014 (IIIT Hyderabad & IICT Hyderabad). 
  • Convener, National conference on “Current Trends in Computational Natural Sciences and Bioinformatics” - Feb 26, 2012 (IIIT Hyderabad).

Administrative Responsibilities @ IIIT-H

  • Head, Center for Computational Natural Sciences and Bioinformatics (2013 - now)
  • Chair, Technology resources committee
  • Faculty-in-charge, High performance computing facility @ IIIT-H
  • Chair, Distinguished lectures committee
  • Member, Institute affairs committee; Academic affairs committee; Faculty affairs committee; Building and works committee
  • Program Coordinator of the Science programs (BTech+MS; PhD degrees in Computational Natural Sciences) in IIIT-H (2010-2014)