Srirama Rao

Srirama Rao

Vice President for Research and Innovation / Prof. Microbiology & Immunology

I. Virginia Commonwealth University / School of Medicine

Biography

Dr. Srirama Rao is a Professor and Vice President for Research & Innovation at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Dr Rao has been promoting a transdisciplinary effort of “One Medicine One Science” that aims to advance the Science behind One Health. In this capacity he leads the “International Conference on One Medicine One Science (iCOMOS)”, a global forum dedicated to (i) communicating the importance of science, technology and innovation in solving pressing health issues at the interface of humans, animals and the environment; (ii) facilitating interdisciplinary, international collaborations embracing health, science and economics; and (iii) providing information regarding the public policy development necessary for preserving human and animal health. He is also founder and Chair of global Consortium on the One Medicine One Science (COMOS) with its secretariat in Minneapolis, Minnesota. COMOS aims to build a sustainable community of practitioners, researchers and partner institutions who are committed to cooperating and leveraging existing resources and projects to support high impact health work, research and education around the world and advance the science behind One Health.  Prior to joining Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr Rao was the Associate Dean for Research at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He has previously worked as the Vice President of Research at the La Jolla Institute for Molecular Medicine in San Diego, California