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Director of the Biomedical Sciences Program



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Dr. Ramaswamy Narayanan currently serves as the Director of the Biomedical Sciences Program. He is a Professor in Residence at the Department of Biology at UNF. He earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1980 from the National University of Dublin in Ireland. After postdoctoral training at the National Cancer Institute, NIH and at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, he worked at Yale University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and at Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc., Nutley, NJ.


He has published over 150 peer-reviewed publications and numerous book chapters, and is a reviewer and editorial board member of several journals as well as a reviewer for NCI, DOD and European study sections. He is an invited speaker in national and international meetings in the US, Europe, South America and Japan.

He was a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, at Florida Atlantic University for twenty years, where his work led to two issued patents and the first Biotech spin-off company for the University and South Florida. He has served in numerous administrative capacities at the Florida Atlantic University as Associate Director and Acting Director for the Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Associate Dean for Research and Industry in the College of Science, Assistant Vice President for Research, Director of Florida Bioinformatics Research Consortium, Director of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Program and Chairman of the Chemistry Department.
He retired in May 2018 to Jacksonville, FL and is a Professor Emeritus of FAU.
Selected publications:
Makler, A and Narayanan R. Mining Exosomal Genes for Pancreatic Cancer Targets. CANCER GENOMICS & PROTEOMICS 14: 161-172 (2017). PMID:28446531
DeYoung MP, Tress M, and Narayanan R: Identification of Down’s Syndrome Critical Locus gene SIM2 as a novel drug therapy target for solid tumorsProc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 100: 4760-4765, 2003. PMID:12676991
Scheurle D, DeYoung MP, Binninger DM, Page H, Jahanzeb M, and Narayanan R: Cancer gene discovery using digital differential display. Cancer Res, 60:4037-4043, 2000PMID:10945605
Higgins KA, Perez JR, Coleman TA, Dorshkind K, McComas WA, Sarmiento UM, Rosen CA, and Narayanan R: Antisense inhibition of the p65 subunit of NF-kB blocks tumorigenicity and causes tumor regression. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 90: 9901-9905, 1993. PMID: 8234333
Narayanan R, Klement JF, Ruben SM, Higgins KA, and Rosen CA: Identification of a naturally occurring transforming variant of the p65 subunit of NF-kB. Science 256: 367-370, 1992PMID: 1566083
Kalyanaraman VS, Narayanan R, Feorino P, Ramsey RB, Palmer EL, Chorba T, McDougal S, Getchell JP, Holloway B, and Harrison AK: Isolation and characterization of a human T cell leukemia virus type II from a hemophilia-A patient with pancytopenia. EMBO J 4: 1455-1460, 1985PMID: 2992932
Kalyanaraman VS, Cabradilla CD, Getchell JP, Narayanan R, Braff EH, Chermann JC, Barre-Sinoussi F, Montagnier L, Spira TJ, and Kaplan J: Antibodies to the core protein of lymphadenopathy-associated virus (LAV) in patients with AIDS. Science 225: 321-323, 1984PMID: 6330889

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Department of Biology, FAU
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