Kavirayani R. Prasad


National Chemical Laboratory, Pune(Advisor: Dr. N. N. Joshi)


AvH fellow, University of Muenster, 

Germany (with Prof. Dr. Dieter Hoppe)

Temple University, Philaldephia, USA (with Prof. Franklin A. Davis)

Brief Bio:

Prasad (b.1969) obtained his B. Sc (Chemistry) from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam and MSc from Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur Andhra Pradesh. He obtained PhD from University of Pune in 1997 in asymmetric catalysis working at the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune under the guidance of Dr. N. N. Joshi. He held post-doctoral positions as the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation fellow (1998-2000) at the University of Muenster, Germany with Prof. Dr. Dieter Hoppe and another post-doctoral stay with Prof. Franklin A. Davis at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. After a brief stint as scientist in Medicinal Chemistry at Praecis Pharmaceuticals (presently GlaxoSmithKline) in Waltham, MA, USA, Prasad joined Department of Organic Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science in November 2003 where currently he is currently Professor.

Prasad’s research interests are centered on development of synthetic strategies for the total synthesis of natural products of therapeutic significance and their evaluation as potent therapeutics.

Prasad is recipient of the Swarnajayanthi fellowship of the Department of Science and Technology (2006-2007), National Academy of Sciences-SCOPUS young scientist award administered by Elsevier (2009), Prof. N. S. Narasimhan Endowment lecture award of the University of Pune (2013), Rajib Goyal Prize (2012-2013) and the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in chemical Sciences (2014). Prof. Prasad is an elected fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (2015).

Prof. Prasad is an Associate Editor of Organic Letters a premier journal in organic chemistry published by the American Chemical Society.