PMCH - Human Nutrition
M.Sc. (Chemistry), University of Madras, India
Ph.D. (Chemistry), University of Madras, India
V.M. Sadagopa Ramanujam has given lectures and organized laboratory sessions for graduate school PMCH courses in structure-activity relationships, environmental chemistry, basic and fundamentals of nutrition, special topics in nutrition, and laboratory rotation in nutrition and tissue analyses for chemicals and metals. He has taught organic and general chemistry MCAT review courses for the UTMB Early Medical School and Medical School Familiarization Program students for fifteen summers. He has written numerous nutritional health clinical scenarios for examination questions and discussions for PMCH medical courses. As a member of the Ph.D. Dissertation Committees, he has given research guidance to a number of graduate students in PMCH and UTMB School of Nursing, and also in the College of Marine Science (University of South Florida-St. Petersburg) and the University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka). He has mentored a number of high school, college and medical students’ summer research. He has been a full-time facilitator for numerous problem based learning (PBL) modules in the Interactive Learning Track (ILT), Integrated Medical Curriculum (IMC) and Practice of medicine (POM) at the UTMB School of Medicine (SOM). He has been an evaluator for Periodic Competency and Integrated Clinical Evaluation Exercise assessments for the SOM students. He received the "Class of 1947 Excellence in Education Awards" in recognition of outstanding contributions to the pre-clinical educational programs at UTMB.
He has done research in the areas of: chemical reaction mechanisms, structure activity relationships, high resolution mass spectrometry, quantification of organic metabolites and trace-metals in tissues and environmental matrices, and isotope ratio measurements for metal isotopes. He directs the trace metal instrumentation facility and collaborates as a co-investigator with research investigators at UTMB and outside. He is a co-investigator in the porphyria research and co-directs Porphyria Laboratory activities. As a principal or co-principal investigator, he had research funding from two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA, Cincinnati, Ohio) grants, two UTMB Intramural grants, and an Autism Research Institute grant. He is a first- or co-author in over ninety peer-reviewed journal articles, seventy research abstracts, and two U.S.EPA and one National Academy of Sciences documents for toxic chemicals. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists and a member of the American Chemical Society. His other distinguished honors include: the Government of India Merit Scholar award, the Robert A Welch Post-doctoral Fellowship, Science Advisor at the U.S. EPA, Member of the Alkyl Benzenes Committee at the National Academy of Sciences, and a Visiting Professorship at the University of Bologna, Italy.