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Dr Nisha Kuzhuppilly Ramakrishnan


Nisha Kuzhuppilly Ramakrishnan obtained her BPharm degree from Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences and MPharm degree from Government College of Pharmacy, Bangalore, both under Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, India.

She then worked for Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories in Hyderabad, India as a Junior Manager in charge of submitting regulatory documents to the USFDA. After a short break for maternity she moved to Singapore and worked as an Associate Scientist, developing preclinical models of cognitive deficit, at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Centre for Cognitive and Neurodegenerative Disorders. She then moved to The Netherlands to do her PhD in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging at the University Medical Centre Groningen. She obtained her PhD in 2014 under the guidance of Prof. Rudi Dierckx and Prof. Csaba Nyakas and the supervision of Dr. Aren van Waarde, during which she developed methods for imaging sigma-1 receptors in rat brain using the PET radiotracer [11C]SA4503.

After a break for maternity and moving to the UK, she worked as a voluntary visiting scientist at Cancer Research UK, Cambridge Institute and the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre, University of Cambridge before obtaining a position as an Imaging Scientist at King’s College, London in 2015, where she assisted in the running of the preclinical imaging suite comprising of a PET-CT and SPECT-CT.

She moved back to Cambridge to join the team of Prof. Franklin Aigbirhio at MICL in 2016. She currently works on preclinical characterisation of novel PET radiotracers and their translation to the clinic.