Dr. Parasuraman P, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences (RUAS), stands as a distinguished figure in the realm of pharmaceutical chemistry. With an illustrious career spanning various facets of this field, his journey is nothing short of remarkable. This article delves into the life and work of Dr. Parasuraman P., highlighting his significant contributions to the world of pharmaceutical research.
Educational Journey and Recognitions
Dr. Parasuraman’s journey into the world of academia commenced with his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Annamalai University in Chidambaram in 2016. This academic milestone laid the foundation for a career marked by excellence and dedication. His educational qualifications are a testament to his commitment to his field, including a Master’s in Pharmacy degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research. As a registered Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Council of India, he possesses the necessary credentials to drive pharmaceutical research forward. Moreover, his dedication to his profession was acknowledged when he was honored with the prestigious “Best Researcher Award” by the ESN Research Group in Chennai in 2019.
A Multifaceted Skill Set
Dr. Parasuraman’s skill set is nothing short of extensive and impressive. His expertise includes drug design, lead optimization, Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR), molecular modeling, ADME modeling, structural-based drug design, ligand-based drug design, homology modeling, and pharmacophore analysis. He excels in analog design, and his proficiency extends to the use of various software, including Schrodinger modules, Auto Dock 4.1, Argus Lab, Swiss PDB viewer, Modeller09, Gaussian09W, SPARTAN, Design Expert tool, and GraphPad Prism. This mastery of software tools enables him to conduct in-depth research and analysis, contributing significantly to the advancement of pharmaceutical chemistry.
Broad Spectrum of Specialized Knowledge
Beyond his computational skills, Dr. Parasuraman possesses a deep understanding of theoretical aspects such as Density Functional Theory (DFT), Molecular Orbital (MO) analyses of bonding and spectroscopy, and molecule-surface interactions. His versatility is further evident in his proficiency in organic synthesis, utilizing both conventional and microwave irradiation methods. His research extends into spectroscopy investigations, encompassing molecular bonding interactions, chemical reactivity, and mechanistic insights of organic reactions. Furthermore, he is well-versed in analytical chemistry, with the ability to develop methods using High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and UV Spectrophotometer. His expertise even extends to the isolation of phytochemical constituents from herbal sources.
Diverse Research Interests
Dr. Parasuraman’s research interests are as diverse as they are impressive. He has made substantial contributions to the fields of Artificial Intelligence-based drug discovery, computer-aided drug design, drug synthesis using both conventional and microwave methods, formulation optimization, and rare diseases. His wide-ranging expertise extends to the critical areas of neurodegenerative diseases and cancer, reflecting his commitment to addressing some of the most pressing health challenges of our time.
Completing the circle of his expertise, Dr. Parasuraman is highly proficient in pharmacological screening. His ability to evaluate natural and synthetic compounds against various animal models is a critical component of drug discovery and development. This aspect of his work holds promise in contributing to the advancement of pharmaceutical research, with the potential to impact human health positively.
“Pharmaceutical chemistry is the bridge between discovery and healing, where molecules become the messengers of hope.”