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Meet The Team

Siva Umapathy

Siva Umapathy

Chairman and
Founding Director

Siva Umapathy is a Professor (since 1990) at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, who specializes in the interdisciplinary research area of applications of laser spectroscopy and technology development to physics, chemistry, materials and medicine. (  He is a recipient number of recognitions and awards nationally and internationally for his outstanding contribution to basic and applied research. He has a number of USA and Indian patents to his credit.  The present start-up "Gyroid Photonics..." is a spin-off based on his research and technology developed by his research group.

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Siva Kumaravel

CEO and Founding Director

Siva Kumaravel is a retired Banker with over 35 years of rich experience in various fields. He holds a Postgraduate Degree in Agriculture and is a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers. He has gained vast exposure in funding Agriculture, MSME, Corporate and retail projects during his career. His banking service spanned over three decades and headed Operations and MIS wings of large PSU banks. His service in various locations in India as Head of Zone, Regions, Branches and Training Institute added skill sets to his credit.


Vijay Chandru


Vijay Chandru (PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is an academic and an entrepreneur.He co-founded and led Strand Life Sciences. Vijay is a member of the Lancet Citizens’ Commission for Reimagining India’s Health System.  Vijay serves as an advisor to the Karnataka State Council on Science & Technology and on the Atal Innovation Mission at the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI AAYOG) in New Delhi. A technology pioneer of the World Economic Forum since 2006, Vijay was recognized among the 50 pioneers of change by the India Today magazine in 2008. He is professor in BioSystems Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science.

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Dr. Satish Rao


Dr. Satish Rao is a Senior Medical Officer and Officer-in-charge at Health centre, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is in charge of the day-to-day administration of the Health centre, IISc.


Dr. Ravi Gopal Varma

Dr. Ravi Gopal Varma, Chief of Neurosciences and Lead Consultant Neurosurgery, at Aster CMI Hospital, is a highly qualified Neurosurgeon, with a special interest in Movement Disorders, and brings with him more than 20 years of experience.

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Prof. Chiranjib Bhattacharyya

Prof. Chiranjib Bhattacharyya is a Professor and Chairman at department of computer Science and automation (CSA) Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. 
He at his IISc Machine Learning Lab works in Machine learning, convex optimization, bioinformatics fields. His research interests are in theoretical and applied aspects to understand artificial intelligence, including machine learning, deep learning, numerical optimization, and natural language processing and to perform research on their applicability in various domains.

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