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Anand Ranganathan

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Anand Ranganathan, also referred to as Ranga Uncle[1] is a columnist, author and scientist based in New Delhi.[2][3][4][5][6] He is currently employed as an Associate Professor in the Special Centre for Molecular Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru University.[7][8][5] He has worked with the online news portal Newslaundry,[9] and is currently a consulting Editor and columnist for Swarajya.[10]

Ranganathan is known for his columns in various news portals and his research which may probably lead to development of more methods to diagnose, treat, and vaccinate the human body against Tuberculosis and Malaria [11][12][13][14][15]

Anand Ranganathan
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ResidenceNew Delhi
Other names
Alma materPembroke College, Cambridge; St. Stephen's College, Delhi
Known forResearch on tuberculosis, opinion pieces and columns in Swarajya, Newslaundry, Twitter personality
  • Subramania Ranganathan (father)
  • Darshan Ranganathan (mother)
HonoursYoung Scientist, World Economic Forum, for the New Champions Summit, 2012

Early life and education[edit]

Both of Anand's parents were scientists. His father, was an Indian bio-organic chemist, a professor, and head of the department of chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Subramania Ranganathan (born. 1936 – 2016). His mother, Darshan Ranganathan (born. 4 June 1941 – 4 June 2001), was an organic chemist from India who was known for her work in bio-organic chemistry, including "pioneering work, in protein folding".[16]

Anand Ranganathan obtained his BSc (Hons) degree, in Chemistry from St. Stephen's College, Delhi in 1992, after which he obtained a Nehru Centenary Scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge, where he obtained his BA (Tripos) in Natural Sciences, his MA, and his PhD.[4][10][17]


Ranganathan started out as a post-doctoral fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, where he worked from 1998 to 1999. After a post-doctoral stint at Cambridge, Anand returned to India to join International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Delhi as a research scientist where he ran his lab for 16 years.[18][10] In 2015 he joined Special Centre for Molecular Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, as an Associate Professor. His laboratory works in the area of Directed Evolution and Pathogenesis, with special emphasis on Tuberculosis and Malaria.[10][19][5]

Ranganathan was elected to Indian Academy of Sciences in 2002.[20]

Ranganathan's contribution for development of a new vaccine against Tuberculosis; was widely reported by the media.[21][12][22][13][23]

Ranganathan worked as a consulting editor for Newslaundry and made regular appearances in their weekly podcasts. He also hosted a few shows[24] and interviews[25] on their platform. He had a falling out with Newslaundry after a few people working their started publicly mocking him on twitter for his data driven analysis and opposing views.[26] The controversy and divide was further fuelled when Newslaundry mocked Anand's Brahmin background in one of their videos.[27] He considers himself an atheist and a free speech absolutist[28] and has written several articles eulogising B. R. Ambedkar.[29][30]

Ranganathan's tweets criticising the judiciary were withheld by Twitter.[31]


Ranganathan has written three fiction books.

  • The Land of the Wilted Rose[32]
  • For Love and Honour[33]
  • The Rat Eater (Juggernaut, 2017; co-authored with Chitra Subramaniam)[34]

Awards and Honours[edit]

  • Young Scientist, World Economic Forum, for the New Champions Summit, 2012[35][4]
  • Young Scientist Medal of the Indian National Science Academy, 2007[35][7]
  • Young Scientist Medal of the UDCT, India, 2006[35][7]
  • Associate Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, 2003-06[35][7]
  • Pembroke College Cambridge Scholarship, 1995[35][7]
  • Cambridge Nehru Centenary Fellowship, 1992[35][7]


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  2. "Anand Ranganathan's Interview - The Hindu".
  3. "Anand Ranganathan on Selective Outrage".
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Anand Ranganathan". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "TEDxXIMB | TED". Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  6. "About Author - Anand Ranganathan".
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 "Anand Ranganathan". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  8. "Anand Ranganathan Profile at JNU".
  9. "Anand Ranganathan at Newslaundry".
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 "About Anand Ranganathan".
  11. Gupta, Dhruv (2018-10-12). "Increasing private practitioner engagement with tuberculosis". Brookings. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Meet the Men behind a Miraculous New Discovery against TB!". 2016-09-07.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "What the discovery of a new protein by Indian scientists to cure malaria and tuberculosis means".
  14. Prasad, R. (2017-05-20). "Indian researchers use a novel route to kill TB bacteria". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  15. Thakur, By Ratneshwar. "Scientists find protein role in TB bacteria growth". @indianscinews. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  16. "Darshan Ranganathan".
  17. "TEDxXIMB | TED". Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  18. "Anand Ranganathan's profile at JNU".
  19. "Anand Ranganathan's Profile at JNU".
  20. "Associateship | Indian Academy of Sciences". Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  21. Gupta, Dhruv (2018-10-12). "Increasing private practitioner engagement with tuberculosis". Brookings. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  22. Prasad, R. (2017-05-20). "Indian researchers use a novel route to kill TB bacteria". The Hindu.
  23. "Anand Ranganathan's research on Malaria - The Hindu".
  24. "Ranga Uncle ka Nichod".
  25. "Anand Ranganathan Interviews on Newslaundry".
  26. "Anand's Newslaundry Controversy". 2018-02-27.
  27. "Anand's tweet".
  28. "Anand's tweet".
  29. "Article on Swarajya - Dismantling Sainthood - Ambedkar on Gandhi".
  30. "Article on Ambedkar".
  31. "Tweets by Scientist and Columnist Anand Ranganathan critical of judiciary blocked from being read in India". OpIndia. 2018-11-27. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  32. The Land of the Wilted Rose at Amazon. ASIN 8129119218. Search this book on Logo.png
  33. For Love and Honour at Amazon. ASIN 9385436015. Search this book on Logo.png
  34. "The Rat Eater - Goodreads".
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 35.4 35.5 "Anand Ranganathan's Profile on JNU".

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