Dr.Riyaz Syed

Chief Scientist


Dr.Riyaz Syed is the founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Centella. He worked as CSIR-Pool Scientist at Department of Chemistry, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad from 2017-2020. His research expertise includes drug discovery that targets critical signaling pathways of cancer as well as development of anti diabetic chemical agents. He is credited with 40 international publications, 3 patents and book chapters that attests to his scientific prowess. He pursued his Masters in Organic Chemistry from Acharya Nagarjuna University in 2005 and Ph.D from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad in 2012. Post his Ph.D, he worked as Research Associate at CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad and involved in successful design and synthesis of small molecule inhibitors targeting microtubulin, braf kinase, and bcr-abl..etc. He worked as junior scientist at Vimta Labs Ltd from 2005-2007 and performed the activities of bioanalytical method development and validation studies. His research group collaborates with world’s reputed institutions such as Harvard Medical School, National University of Singapore, Moscow State University and Kansas Cancer Centre..etc to work on mutually interesting therapeutic targets of drug development. His contributions in the area of design and development of SALL4 targeted antagonists resulted in a joint patent with Harvard Medical School and NUS, Singapore.

He currently serves as Board of Trustees and volunteer as Chief Education Officer (CEdO) at VREAP Foundation, that is aimed at building rural social entrepreneurship eco-system in villages. In the role of CEdO, he spearheads content creation R&D, facilitates in-house and outbound training sessions and actively contributes to foundations’ strategy and future impact program’s design & execution. As a Life Skills Coach, he has trained more than 1.5 lakhs participants across India and has 10,000+ hours of training experience to his credit. His signature programs Memory Manual, The Arts & Science of Emotions and Connected Parenting were highly appreciated, and thousands of participants have been positively impacted. He has to his credit certification in “Business communication” from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore. He is an avid reader, curious learner and enjoys music & nature walks.

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