PhD (Indian Institute of Technology, Madras)
I was awarded my PhD at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. Under the overarching theme of cardiac regeneration, I studied neonatal cardiomyocytes and developed protocols for their isolation in culture using the explant technique. I also studied adult bone marrow derived stromal cell differentiation and their 3-Dimensional culture using scaffolds.
In the Foo lab, I will be working in the group of Dr. Matt Ackers-Johnson in his research on multicellular in vitro modeling of cardiovascular disease, the intercellular signaling between diverse cardiac cell types in the event of an inflammatory response following ischemic injury, and potential anti-inflammatory targets in heart disease.
In my free time I love reading comics and writing awful poems.
PhD (IIT, Madras)
Glycogen synthase kinase 3β inhibitor-CHIR 99021 augments the differentiation potential of mesenchymal stem cells Govarthanan, K., Vidyasekar, P., Gupta, P. K., Lenka, N., & Verma, R. S. Cytotherapy (2020).
A simplified protocol for the isolation and culture of cardiomyocytes and progenitor cells from neonatal mouse ventricles P Vidyasekar, P Shyamsunder, R Santhakumar, R Arun, RS Verma Eur J Cell Biol. 2015: 94 (10), 444-452.
Cardiogel: a nano-matrix scaffold with potential application in cardiac regeneration using mesenchymal stem cells R Santhakumar, P Vidyasekar, RS Verma PLoS One. 2014: 9 (12), e114697.
Enrichment of cardiomyocytes in primary cultures of murine neonatal hearts S Parameswaran, R Santhakumar, P Vidyasekar, RS Verma. Methods Mol Biol. 2015;1299:17-25. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2572-8_2.