Prof. Geeta K Vemuganti, Dean, School of Medical Sciences, University of Hyderabad (UoH) has been selected for the Dr. Ramineni Foundation USA award Visesha Puraskaaram.

Prof. Geeta is selected for the award for her contributions to Pathology and Stem Cell Research. She will be receiving the award at the event Puraskaarams – 2017 which is for the noble cause of promotion and propagation of Indian Culture and fine arts on the eve of 88th birthday of late Dr. Ramineni Ayyanna Chowdary, October 12, 2017 at Vijayawada, AP. The award consists of Memento and cash award of Rs.1,00,000.

Late Dr. Ramineni Ayyanna Chowdary, the founder of Dr. Ramineni Foundation was a man with a noble vision that embodies the onus of protecting the monumental heritage of Indian Culture and ideals of Hinduism through myriad artistic cultural and social expressions. The primary mission of this foundation is to felicitate the valiant, relentless and altruistic efforts of those scholars drawn from a cross spectrum of fields in arts, science and humanities. It recognises the outstanding contribution of services towards science and development.

About Prof. Geeta K Vemuganti:

Dr. Geeta Vemuganti joined to lead and develop the fledgling School of Medical Sciences at the UoH in December 2010 after a long stint as head of ocular pathology services at the renowned L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad. A physician- pathologist by training, she has special interest and experience in ocular pathology and stem cell research. Her contribution to cutting edge stem cell research in ocular surface regeneration has led to benchto-bedside applications and won her several national and international awards and honors. She contributed significantly to establishing and expanding Ophthalmic Pathology as a subspeciality in the field of surgical pathology in India and initiated the first fellowship program of Post graduate Diploma Certificate course in Ocular Pathology under the aegis of Indian College of Pathologists. Dr Vemuganti earned her basic medical degree at the JLN Medical College, Ajmer before completing her MD in Pathology at the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences. She has had advanced training in ocular pathology at the Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, USA. She has published widely, authoring 160 papers in journals of international repute with a Citation Index of 1751 and H Index of 22 (Citation Gadget). She has guided several doctoral students in both basic and applied research projects.