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Ramaswamy Narayanan

Dr. Ramaswamy Narayanan
  • Professor Emeritus
  • FAU Biological Sciences
  • 561 297-2247 (Boca Raton)
  • Boca Raton - SC, 216


  • Ph.D., National University of Ireland, Dublin, 1980

Research Interests

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological datamining
  • Druggable targets
  • Repurposed medicine

Research Description

The completion of human genome sequencing efforts over a decade ago has opened new avenues for diagnosis and treatment of diverse diseases. The three Billion base pairs of the human genome hold the key to understanding Biology, disease susceptibility, response to therapy and toxicology. The information content of DNA provides a framework to deliver targeted drugs, provide a basis for DNA computing and for archival digital media storage. Bioinformatics, a highly interdisciplinary field across Science, Medicine and Computer Science has developed into a mature field with numerous datamining tools freely available in the World Wide Web. Prior to the laboratory validation of the chosen genes from the databases, increasingly, Bioinformatics and System’s Biology approaches are being used to identify smart leads for treatment and diagnosis of diseases. Mining the disease and knowledge oriented databases as well as the Genome wide association studies-related databases is enabling the discovery of druggable targets and repurposed drugs for novel therapy.

My laboratory is using Bioinformatics approaches to discover novel druggable gene targets for the treatment of diverse diseases including autoimmune diseases, cancer, diabetes, infectious diseases including HIVEbola viruses and neurodegenerative diseases. Currently, research in the laboratory uses exclusively computer-based approaches. 

Recent Publications

  • Narayanan, R. (2015). Druggableness of the Ebola associated genes in the human genome: Chemoinformatics approaches. MOJ Proteomics Bioinform 2(2): 00046.
  • Narayanan, R. (2015). Phenome-genome association studies of pancreatic cancer: New targets for therapy and diagnosis. Cancer Genomics Proteomics 12: 9-20.
  • Aleman, M.J., DeYoung, M.P., Tress, M., Keating, P., Perry, G. and Narayanan, R. (2005). Inhibition of Single Minded 2 gene expression mediates tumor-selective apoptosis and differentiation in human colon cancer cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 102(36):12765-12770.
  • DeYoung, M.P., Tress, M. and Narayanan R. (2003). Identification of Down’s syndrome critical locus gene SIM2 as a novel drug therapy target for solid tumors. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 100(8):4760-4765.

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