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Prof. R. Murugesan, a gold medalist in UG and PG programs, received his Ph.D degree from Regional Sophisticated Instrumentation Center, the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in the year 1981. Following several years of research experience in The Netherland, USA and Australia, he joined Madurai Kamaraj University, India as Associate Professor where he went on to become Dean, Academic Affairs and Computerization. He was involved in many interdisciplinary research and teaching programs. His research group was engaged in the development of biodegradable multifunctional nanoparticles for efficacy enhancement in Photo Dynamic Therapy of cancer as well as development of Electron Magnetic Resonance Imaging (EMRI) Scanner for imaging free radicals ‘in vivo’.
Prof. Murugesan has travelled widely abroad (as Visiting Professor/Scientist) and collaborated with many international groups. His collaborative research with the Radiation Biology Branch, National Cancer Institute, NIH, USA to develop RF-FT EMR spectroscopy and imaging for cancer research resulted in FT EMR imaging of live mice for the first time. His contributions for the development of pulsed RF FT EMR imaging, FEDRI (Fluorine Electron Double Resonance Imaging) and OMRI (Overhauser enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging) techniques for imaging free radicals in vivo are covered by a number of patents and publications in international journals. He was also involved in collaborative research with Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyushu University, Japan for development live small animal imaging technology for translational research.
Prof. Murugesan has also worked on the development of many Artificial Intelligence-(AI)-based algorithms for Medical Image Reconstruction and Analysis. His research in drug design and biomarker discovery makes extensive use of AI based-data mining techniques in chem- and bio-informatics.
Dr.R. Murugesan moved in the year 2012 to Chettinad Academy of Research and Education (CARE) as Director, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, where he contributed in the development of various innovative UG and PG interdisciplinary programmes. Later from 2015 to Aug 2021, he served CARE as Director, Research, motivating many young faculty members to get actively involved in interdisciplinary translational research, with emphasis on patentable research. He nurtured and molded them as quality conscious researchers which resulted in quality publications in high impact journals and extramural research grants from various agencies. His research interest covers wide areas such as medical imaging, nanoparticles for drug delivery, cancer cell sorting and drug sensitivity assessment, biomarker discovery, low cost systems for point of care diagnosis and evidence-based nursing research.
Dr. R Murugesan has published over 180 research papers in international journals and has presented 50 papers in international and 40 papers in national conferences. He has 6 patents and 3 copyrights to his credit. In addition, 43 of his patent applications have been published and are in various stages of examination. As an interdisciplinary researcher he has guided 35 doctoral students for Ph.D in the areas of Chemistry, Physiscs, Biology, nanotechnology, Computer Science and Nursing.
Dr. Murugesan has served as member in many expert committees, including UGC’s Expert Committees on Commonwealth Academic Fellowship Selection and Evaluation and Research Funding Council – Major and Minor Research Projects. He has also received awards/recognitions such as National Trainee Award, Biomedical ESR Center, Milwaukee, USA; Visiting Professor, Kyushu University, Japan; Visiting Scientist National Cancer Institute, USA: Research Fellow, Australian National University, Canberra.