Vinod Scaria is a clinician and a computational biologist. His laboratory is interested in understanding the function, organization and regulation of vertebrate genome and is involved in translating genomic technologies for clinical applications. He has been a part of pioneering collaborative initiatives, aimed at understanding the South Asian and Middle Eastern genome diversity. He has been a part of the whole genome sequencing and analysis projects, including, the first Indian, Sri-Lankan and Malaysian genomes and is a member of the HUGO Pan-Asian Population Genomics Initiative (HUGO-PAPGI) task-force. He is also the co-founder of the Genomics for Understanding Rare Disease: India Alliance Network (GUaRDIAN), which is one of the largest networks of clinicians and researchers in India, working on genetic diseases. He has adopted novel and creative strategies, such as, the use of artificial intelligence, social media, and the participation of a large number of undergraduate students in collaborative genomics projects.
Vinod did his Undergraduate Medical Education from Calicut Medical College, University of Calicut and his PhD in Computational biology from University of Pune. He has over 120 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, two book-chapters and two books to his credit. He is also in the editorial board of a number of reputed journals, including Journal of Translational Medicine, PLoS ONE, Journal of Orthopaedics (Elsevier) PeerJ and International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases (Wiley). He is the recipient of the CSIR Young Scientist Award for Biological Sciences (2012), Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow of the US National Academy of Sciences (2015) and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (2017).