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Director, Biomedical Sciences Collaboratory

Dr. Kesavapany received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and doctoral degree in molecular neuroscience from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Later, Dr. Kesavapany carried out post-doctoral work at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health, and then joined the Department of Biochemistry of the National University of Singapore as an Assistant Professor.  Starting in 2009, Dr. Kesavapany took a position at GlaxoSmithKline to lead their Neural Pathways Discovery Performance Unit and later became Director of Drug Discovery at Nanyang Technological University.  Dr. Kesavapany is passionate about finding ways to make better medicines for patients. At Marquette, Dr. Kesavapany brings his academic, pharma drug discovery, academic drug discovery and technology transfer experience over the last 20 years to his role as Director of the Biomedical Sciences Collaboratory.


The Biomedical Sciences Collaboratory is firstly a vehicle that will facilitate the generation of data to assist the research faculty to incorporate their data for grants and publications. A second mission for the Collaboratory is to act as a Neurotech Accelerator within the University to identify and plan the progression of these projects along the pipeline towards translation and commercialization.


The Collaboratory will be responsible for cultivating networks internally at Marquette, Wisconsin wide, and across the US and globally in other institutions and contract research organizations to achieve our aims. In addition to the R&D focus, the Collaboratory remains committed to enhancing the education and training capability of present and incoming students and staff to achieve excellence in the lab. We will be interacting with external organizations for internships, work and learning opportunities to make sure we are doing the best we can for our staff and students. The Collaboratory appreciates the value of translational and commercialization learning for the next generation of students and staff in the biomedical ecosystem.  


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