CSO & CEO
SunBurst Agri Biotech Solutions LLC –Owner & CEO: August 2020-Present
Public Health Advocate: 2014 to 2019
Cancer Researcher: 2001 to 2013
Plant Geneticist & Molecular Biologist: 1997 to 2001
Ph.D Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (IARI)
M.A (Health Communication) (Emerson College)
M.Sc. Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (IARI)
B.Sc. Agriculture (TNAU)
As a young boy, fascinated by the power and mastery of nature around everything, I wanted to be a life science researcher when I grow up. I started my research career as a plant geneticist and molecular biologist in India. I worked as a scientist (1997 to200) at National Research Center on Plant Biotechnology (NRCPB) which is part of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). After I moved to US in the year 2000, I had a brief stint at Kansas State University in the Dept of Plant Pathology. Then I moved to Boston to pursue my research in cancer using Drosophila model system at MGH, HMS. I worked briefly for a small business company in the life science group (Physical Sciences Inc., Andover, MA). Later I moved to Texas to become a research faculty at University of Houston looking in to protein post translational modifications for cancer biomarkers and drug targets.
As a change of heart, I wanted to do public health advocacy to educate and help people for their healthy living. As an immigrant from Asia, to understand the perception of health in US, I did a master’s in public health at Emerson College (Boston, MA) under the mentorship of Dr. Timothy Edgar. As a communication specialist I worked at Cancer Surveillance research program (SRP) at National Cancer Institute (NCI). My last job was at National Center for Health Statistics NCHS which is a premier statistical agency under CDC located in Maryland. I worked as a Technical writer for the Office of Information Services (OIS).
Even though I have gone through a variety of career transitions, my heart was always close to agriculture because it brings the real medicine-food that everybody needs every day to live. Having heard about Dr. Tom’s dedication and his passion to help farmers, I got an opportunity to be inspired by his services to the farmers and to carry on his legacy to the next level. Our mission is to diversify SunBurst Agri Biotech Solutions LLC to broaden its range of its services not only to the farmers but also the hobbyists, garden lovers and pet lovers. In this direction, apart from being plant disease clinic, the company will transform into full fledged agribusiness company that brings out products to promote eco- friendly agriculture and to helps people from all walks of life as well.