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Eminent scientist Padma Shri MRS Rao passes away at 75

Padma Shri awardee and former President of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Prof. M.R. Satyanarayana Rao passed away at his residence in Tata Nagar in Bengaluru on August 13 night. He was 75. Born in Mysuru, Prof Rao obtained his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Bangalore University. He got his PhD from the Indian Institute of Science and did his Postdoctoral Research at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.

Prof. M.R. Satyanarayana Rao (1948-2023)

Personal Information

  • Born in Mysuru, India
  • Died on August 13, 2023, at the age of 75
  • Studied at Bangalore University and Indian Institute of Science
  • Received PhD from Baylor College of Medicine

Professional Career

  • Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Chairman, Centre for Genetic Engineering and Department of Biochemistry, IISc
  • Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School
  • Visiting Scientist at Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
  • President of JNCASR (2003-2013)
  • Honorary Professor at JNCASR
  • Member, Karnataka Knowledge Commission (2014-2017)

Awards and Honors

  • Padma Shri (2010)

Contributions to Science

  • Prof. Rao was a renowned scientist in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology.
  • His research focused on chromatin biology, the study of the structure and function of DNA and its associated proteins.
  • He made significant contributions to our understanding of how chromatin regulates gene expression.
  • His work has had a major impact on the development of new drugs and treatments for cancer and other diseases.


  • Prof. Rao was a highly respected scientist and educator.
  • He was a mentor to many young scientists and inspired them to pursue careers in research.
  • His death is a great loss to the scientific community.

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