Rare honor for Telugu person in America

Vastavam web: Prof P. Hemachandra Reddy, Ph.D, an alumnus of Sri Venkateswara Univerity, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, and now a scientist at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This is a rare honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers and based upon the nominee’s scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Prof Hemachandra Reddy has researched healthy aging, dementia, and other neurodegenerative diseases for over 20 years.

He did his M.Sc from the Department of Physical Anthropology and Pre-historic Archaeology (PAPA) with a specialization in cytogenetics. This is unbelievable that a student from SVU scaled that height in the field of medical genetics with special reference to the process of aging and its consequences. painfully, the Department of Physical Anthropology and Pre-historic Archaeology (PAPA) is no longer exists now at it was merged with the department of sociology, an indication of Indian Universities’ malignant indifference towards a branch of Human socio-biology.

The AAAS elected 489 of its members as Fellows in 2020. Reddy was elected in the Biological Sciences category for his pioneering contributions to the fields of Alzheimer’s disease and mitochondrial neurobiology, particularly in discovering the key role of mitochondria in neurodegenerative diseases and their treatment. Mitochondria, considered the power generators of cells, take in and breakdown nutrients to create high-energy molecules for the cell.

AAAS says Reddy’s experience and contributions benefit several TTUHSC schools and departments. He is a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the TTUHSC School of Medicine, one of the university’s largest research divisions that encompasses nationally and internationally recognized and research grant-funded faculty studying additional fields, including tropical medicine/infectious disease, hematology/oncology, nephrology and cardiopulmonary disease.