Ajay Royyuru

Ajay Royyuru, IBM Fellow and Director, Healthcare & Life Sciences Research

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Dr. Ajay Royyuru leads Healthcare & Life Sciences research at IBM. His team is actively pursuing high-quality science, developing novel technologies and achieving translational insights across this industry, including areas of cancer, cardiac, neurological, mental health, immune system, and infectious diseases. Scientific interests and active projects include genomics, protein science, systems biology, computational neuroscience, health informatics, miniaturizing for medical devices, and nano-biotechnology.

Working with institutions around the world, Dr. Royyuru is engaged in research that will advance personalized, information-based medicine. He previously led the life sciences research portfolio through the Computational Biology Center, and led the IBM Research team with National Geographic Society on the Genographic Project. He has authored numerous research publications and several patents in structural and computational biology, and his work has featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC, Forbes, Scientific American, Nature Medicine, and Nature news articles.

After his undergraduate and masters education in human biology and biophysics from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Dr. Royyuru obtained his Ph.D. in molecular biology from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. He had postdoctoral training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, and a brief stint in scientific software development before joining IBM Research.

In 2016 Dr. Royyuru was named an IBM Fellow, the company’s preeminent technical distinction. He is a member of International Society for Computational Biology, IBM Academy of Technology, and IBM Industry Academy.