06 December, 2020

Suresh Subramani

The Smart Scientist - 61 years | San Diego

Suresh Subramani

“My life has been full of unexpected turns and serendipity has played a role both in my research in bringing me where I am now,” says Suresh Subramani. At 61, he is the executive vice-chancellor for academic affairs and a distinguished professor of molecular biol­ogy at the University of California, San Diego. Yet, when in the 1970s, he applied as a PhD student to the biology department of the university—which counts three Nobel laureates as its alumni—he was rejected. “Today, I serve as the chief academic officer of the campus. These are the twists and turns in life that make it so enjoyable,” says Subramani. Such twists and turns have often followed Subramani almost right from the beginning of his career. He was interested in biochemistry from the time he was in high school, perhaps because his uncle, Dr J. Ramachandran, was a professor of biochemistry at the University of California, San Francisco. However, his first choice was to go to the Weizmann Institute in Israel for, among other reasons, the fact that it was closer home....



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