Vinitha Ganesan, PhD

Commercial Translation Architect

Collaborates with investigator teams in the areas of immunotherapy and precision medicine.

Education and Experience

Vinitha brings a strong background in proteomics, genomics and immunology to her work at sciVelo. Vinitha was a consultant at Fourth River Solutions, a non-profit consulting group run by STEM professionals, using academic acumen to solve real-world business problems. In her PhD program at Carnegie Mellon University, Vinitha was trained in proteomics and developed a new reagent and improved methods for discovering biomarkers using immunoproteomics. This led to the establishment of collaborations in academia resulting in proteomics studies in a number of diseases, as well as commercial translation of the research done at Minden lab, Carnegie Mellon University. Vinitha is passionate about wellness and co-founded a university-wide program called YesPlus at Carnegie Mellon University to provide stress management tools for the community.


PhD, Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, 2017
M.Tech, Biotechnology, Anna University, 2012
B.Tech, Industrial Biotechnology, Anna University, 2010

Research Experience

Graduate Student Researcher, Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
Advisor: Jonathan Minden, PhD
  • Ganesan, V. & Ascherman, D. P. Citrullinated Autoantigen Targets as Markers of Extra-Articular Disease in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Protein Deimination in Human Health and Disease 191–203 (Springer International Publishing, 2017). doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-58244-3_11.
  • Ganesan, V., Ascherman, D.P., Minden, J.S. Immunoproteomics technologies in the discovery of autoantigens in autoimmune diseases, Biomolecular Concepts (2016). doi: 10.1515/bmc-2016-0007
  • Ganesan, V., Schmidt, B., Avula, R., Cooke, D., Maggiacomo, T., Tellin, L., Ascherman, D.P., Bruchez, M.P., and Minden, J.S. Immuno-proteomics: Development of a novel reagent for separating antibodies from their target proteins. Biochim Biophys Acta (2015). doi:10.1016/j.bbapap.2014.10.011
  • Van, P.T., Ganesan, V., Bass, V., Parthasarathy, A., Schlesinger, D., Minden, J.S. In-gel equilibration for improved protein retention in 2DE-based proteomic workflows. Electrophoresis (2014). doi:10.1002/elps.201400256

  • Graduate Research Fellow, CSIR – Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology
    Advisor: Kausik Chakraborty, PhD
  • Studied unfolded protein stress response (UPR) pathway in budding yeast using Phage Display Library sequencing.
  • Studied cell-to-cell variation in the UPR signaling in budding yeast using flow cytometry.

  • Undergraduate Researcher, Anna University, India
    Advisors: Dr. P Kaliraj and Dr. S Meenakshisundaram
  • Purified a vaccine target protein for filariasis to help develop antibodies.
  • Extracted biochemical components from Prosopis juliflora leaves to identify an eco-friendly mosquito larvicide.
  • Commercial Translation Experience

    Graduate Student Researcher, Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Synthesized a commercializable biotech tool.
  • Performed customer discovery for commercial projects.

  • Consultant, Fourth River Solutions
  • Conducted secondary market research and revenue analysis for the biotech tools industry.