Dr. Padma Venkat


1. Established the R&D facilities at the organization and mobilised funds to set up and expand the infrastructure and expertise
2. Pioneered strategic areas for trans-disciplinary research such as Rasayana and wellness (concepts and products), Abhava pratinidhi dravya (substitutes), safe drinking water and anemia
3. Pioneered in developing molecular markers for Indian medicinal plant species
4. Built research expertise and established various disciplines (like phytochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, bioassay facilities etc.) required to address the above areas, published scientific articles in peer reviewed journals (40 nos.)
5. Researched and developed an affordable copper based device (TamRas) for microbial purification of drinking water, which is now in the transition process of lab to land
6. Transferred technology of TamRas to industry
7. Patented a field diagnostic kit for authentication of medicinal plants and semi-quantification of reference markers
8. Engaged with industry for new product development. Developed > 25 products
9. On scientific advisory boards of national and international organisations and journal editorial boards
10. Obtained recognition for the R&D lab facility through accreditations from AYUSH and ISO
11. Played a critical role in obtaining recognition from Manipal, Sastra and Christ Universities as a PhD centre
12. Guided 4 PhD students in the areas of drinking water, malaria, abhava dravya and Rasayana & wellness

I am interested to engage with PhD students, young people interested in designing and executing innovative educational and outreach programs related to:

  • Drinking water- going beyond safety; to look at ways in which water can be used as a medium to impart health & wellness
  • Anemia- providing sustainable traditional knowledge based solutions for managing anemia
  • Wellness- Trans-disciplinary research in addressing critical concepts and challenges of achieving wellness. This would include theoretical as well as applied research in upcoming areas like one health & planetary health and integrating them with svasthya and rasayana
  • Abhava Dravya- leveraging Ayurveda knowledge to identify substitutes for unavailable medicinal plant raw drugs and augment

Some of my important publications:

• R Jain, P Venkatasubramanian Sugarcane Molasses–A Potential Dietary Supplement in the Management of Iron Deficiency Anemia. 2017. Journal of Dietary Supplements, 14(5), 589-598
• Balasubramani SP, Mohan J, Esha P, Arunita C, Nongthomba U, Venkatasubramanian P. Pomegranate enhances health span and life span in Drosophila melanogater: an exploratory study. 2014. Front. Public Health 2:245. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2014.00245
• Venkatasubramanian, P., Koul, I.B, Varghese, R.K., Koyyala, S., and Arun, S. Amla (Phyllanthus emblica L.) Enhances Iron Bioavailability in In Vitro Models. 2014. Curr Sci, 107 (11), 1860-66
• Kukkupuni, S.K., Shashikumar, A and Venkatasubramanian, P. 2015. Fermented milk products: Probiotics of Ayurveda: Journal of Medical Nutrition and Nutraceuticals 4 (1)
• Seethapathy GS, Balasubramani SP, Venkatasubramanian P. 2014. nrDNA ITS sequence based SCAR marker to authenticate Aconitum heterophyllum and Cyperus rotundus in Ayurvedic raw drug source and prepared herbal products. Food Chem 145:1015-20.
• Venkatasubramanian, P., Godbole, A., Vidyashankar, R., Kuruvilla, G. 2013. Evaluation of traditional anthelmintic herbs as substitutes for the endangered Embelia ribes, using Caenorhabditis elegans model. Curr Sci. 105(11), 1593-1598
• Aparna. S, Ved. D. K., Lalitha S., Venkatasubramanian, P. 2012. Botanical identity of plant sources of Daśamūla drugs through an analysis of published literature. Ancient Science of Life. 32 (1): 3 -10
• Preethi Sudha V.B, Sheeba Ganesan, Pazhani G.P, Ramamurthy T, Nair GB, Venkatasubramanian P. 2012. Storing drinking water in copper pots kills contaminating diarrhoeagenic bacteria. J Health Popul Nutr. 30 (1): 17-21
• Preethi Sudha VB, Ojit Singh K, Sasirekha Ramani, Anu Paul, Venkatasubramanian P. 2011. Inactivation of rotavirus in water by copper pot. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development. 1(3): 165-169
• Balasubramani SP, Venkatasubramanian P, Kumar SK, Patwardhan B. 2011. Plant-Based Rasayana drugs from Ayurveda. Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine. 17(2): 88 – 94
• Venkatasubramanian P, Subrahmanya Kumar K, Venugopal SN. 2010. Cyperus rotundus, a substitute for Aconitum heterophyllum: studies on Ayurvedic concept of Abhava Pratinidhi Dravya (Drug substitutions). Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine.1(1): 36-39
• Sudha VBP, Ojit Singh K, Prasad SR, Venkatasubramanian P. 2009. Killing of Enteric Bacteria by a Copper Device for Use in the Home: Laboratory Evidence. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 103: 819—822
• Venkatasubramanian P, Kumar S, Venugopal SN. 2009. Use of Kshiravidari as a Substitute for Vidari as per Ayurvedic Descriptions. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge. 8(3): 310-318
• Devaiah K M, Venkatasubramanian P. 2008. Genetic characterization and authentication of Embelia ribes Burm.F (Myrsinaceae) using RAPD – PCR and SCAR marker. Planta Medica. 74: 194-196
• Darshan Shankar, Unnikrishnan PM, Venkatasubramanian P. 2007. Need to develop inter-cultural standards for quality, safety and efficacy of traditional Indian Systems of Medicine. Current Science. 92 (11): 1499-1505
• Shankar D, Venkatasubramanian P. 2005. The evolution of global standards for traditional medicine. Policy Brief, SciDev, London. www.SciDev.com
• Preethi Sudha VB, Geeta UG, Venkatasubramanian P. 2004. Bioactivity of traditional preparation of Piper longum L.(Piperaceae). Journal of Tropical Medicinal Plants. 5(2). 179-182.

E-mail: padma.venkat@tdu.edu.in

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