Dr. Eri S. Srivatsan

Dr. Eri S. Srivatsan received his high school education from the Tamil Nadu (then Madras) State government high school at Ranipet. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from AM Jain College at Meenambakkam, TN and Master’s degree in Biochemistry from The University of Madras. He obtained his PhD degree in Biochemistry under the guidance of Prof. Joseph D Padayatty from the Department of Biochemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. His work was on bacterial viruses and he received post-doctoral training on animal viruses at UCLA. He is now a professor of Surgery at VAGLAHS/David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His work is focused on the molecular mechanism of chemo resistance in human cancers.

Dr. Srivatsan started project RISHI, a student non-profit organization, at UCLA in 2005 with the help of 2 Medical students, Grant Lee and Ravi Menghani, and 2 undergraduate students Daniel Choi and Aswin Chandrasekar. The group now has a membership of 40 students. The group is working on the health improvement projects in his ancestral village Vadamanappakam in Tamil Nadu. Project RISHI chapters have opened in 5 UC campuses (UCSD, UCI, UCR, UCB and UCD), Cal State Pomona, Northwestern and Purdue Universities. These chapters have selected villages spanning India from Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Andrapradesh. Project RISHI work in India by UCLA and all other chapters could be obtained from Project RISHI.org website.