Our Alumni

JNT Alumni 1981 - 1990

Dr. Firdaus Bativala (1982) completed Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Columbia University, U.S.A, while also getting a pilot’s license. He completed a general practice residency at the Veteran’s Hospital in 1987 and his training in Endosseous implants in 1988 – 1989 in Encino, California, U.S.A. Later he practiced in New York specialising in dental implants and prosthodontics. Dr. Bativala returned to India in 1990 to join his parents who were also practicing dental surgeons, introducing Endosseous cylinderical implants in India. He has also been an honorary dentist at the Bombay Hospital, Mumbai since 1993.

Dr. (Mrs.) Bilavari Karkare (1984) completed MS degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Alberta, Canada. She completed Ph.D. degree in Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Pune in 2005. She joined as a Lecturer and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering of the K.K. Wagh College of Engineering, Nasik. From 1989 to 1993 she worked as a structural and computer software consultant with M/s. Shirode Associates, Nasik and also established her own specialised Material Testing Laboratory M/s. Consummate Materials Testing and Engineering Pvt. Ltd., Nasik.In May 2011 she was appointed as the Principal of the Institute which position she holds till date. Her ongoing research project focusses on the study of “Structural Health Monitoring of Reinforced Concrete elements using Acoustic Emission Techniques”. She has also published her research in a number of peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Zaver Bhujwalla (1985) completed Ph.D. degree in Radiation Biology from the University of London in 1988. Dr. Bhujwalla is presently Professor of Radiology and Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, U.S.A. Her work is dedicated to the applications of molecular imaging to understand and target cancer and the tumor microenvironment. Dr. Bhujwalla is an elected Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), the American Institute of Biomedical Engineers and the World Molecular Imaging Society. She is a Distinguished Investigator of the Academy of Radiology Research. Dr. Bhujwalla is currently associated with the editorial boards of Molecular Imaging, NMR in Biomedicine, Cancer Research, Cancer Biology and Therapy and Contrast Media and Molecular Imaging. Dr. Bhujwalla served as the President of the World Molecular Imaging Society from 2012 – 2013. At the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, U.S.A. she serves as Director of the Division of Cancer Imaging Research, the JHU ICMIC Program and the BRB Molecular Imaging Center and Cancer Functional Imaging Core in the Department of Radiology. She also co-directs the Cancer Molecular and Functional Imaging Program of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

Dr. Kaivan Munshi (1986 and 1991) completed M.S. and M.C.P. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A. He has taught at the Boston University and the University of Pennsylvania and held the post of Professor in the Department of Economics at Brown University from 2003 to June 2013. He joined the University of Cambridge as the Frank Ramsay Professor of Economics on 1st July, 2013.Munshi’s research career has been devoted almost exclusively to the analysis of social networks and the role of the community in economic development. Much of this research has been situated in India, but also in diverse locales including Kenya, Bangladesh and the United States. He has been the recipient of numerous grants for his research including the Mellon Foundation Grant in 2000, 2001 and 2002, the Marry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Grant 2002-2004 and grants from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, U.S.A.

Dr. Kalyanmoy Deb (1987) completed MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama, U.S.A. He is now the Koenig Endowed Chair Professor at Michigan State University in U.S.A. He spent 20 years with IIT Kanpur as a professor and received the Bhatnagar Prize in 2005 and the Infosys Prize in 2011. He was the founder and former Director of the Kanpur Genetic Algorithms Laboratory at IIT, Kanpur. He has been the recipient of the Wiley Practice Prize and the TWAS Prize in Engineering Sciences from the World Academy of Sciences in Buenos Aires in 2013. His research interests include non – linear optimisation, neural networks and machine learning.

Dr. Villoo Morawalla Patell (1989) completed Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology from the Pasteur University, France. On her return to India, she established herself as an independent scientist and principal investigator working from the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS) with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation and subsequently at the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) in Bangalore with a grant from IFCPAR, the Indo French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research. Dr. Patell experimented with different models on how best to create a sustainable innovation platform for the nation. In 1998, she registered Avesthagen as a public-private model as perhaps the best way to build an innovation model. Presently she is a founder, chairperson and MD of Avesthagen Limited, Bangalore.

Dr. Kailash Bhatia (1990) completed specialisation in Neuropathology at the Institute of Neurology, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, U.K. In 2007 he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the Institute of Neurology, U.K. where he is presently Professor of Clinical Neurology. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and corresponding Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. His main research interest is in movement disorders, merging clinical, electrophysiological and genetic methods to study the pathophysiology of conditions like Dystonia, Tremor and Parkinsonism. Professor Bhatia has over 500 publications including 384 peer reviewed papers. Dr. Bhatia has just recently published a highly-acclaimed tome entitled “Marsden’s book of Movement Disorders”. He is the current Associate Editor of the Movement Disorders Journal. He is a grant reviewer for Telethon, Inserm France, the U.K. PD Society and a medical advisor to the U.K. Dystonia and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Bachman Strauss Foundation. He is the current chairman of the Movement Disorders subcommittee of the European Neurological Society (ENS) and serves on various committees of the International Movement Disorders Society.

Dr. Atul Goel (1990) completed specialisation in Trans Oral Surgery for cranial base at the National Hospital for Nervous Disease, London, and completed advanced training in skull base surgery at Pittusburgh, U.S.A. He joined the KEM Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai as a Lecturer in 1986 and has been working as Professor and Head of the Department of Neurosurgery from 1998 onwards. He is also a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Tata Memorial Hospital and Cancer Research Institute, Mumbai from 1999 onwards. He is also Honorary Visiting Consultant at the Department of Neurosurgery, Shinshu University, Matsumoto, Japan, since 1992. The Department of Neurosurgery of the Shinshu University, Japan has also awarded him the ‘Shinshu Gold Medal’ and Honorary Life Membership of the Department for his contribution to Skull base Cavernous Sinus Surgery.

He has also co - authored two path breaking books titled Neurosurgery of Complex Tumors and Vasculars Lesions and The Craniovertebral Junction : Diagnosis, Pathology, Surgical Techniques. He has also received the Dr. B.C. Roy National Award from the President of India in 2005.

Dr. Hema Gopalakrishnan (1990) completed Master's degree in Mathematics from the Marquette University, U.S.A. She completed Ph.D. in Mathematics, specialising in Algebra in 1998from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, U.S.A. In 2000 she was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Sacred Heart University, Connecticut, U.S.A. where she is presently an Associate Professor. Dr. Gopalakrishnan teaches a variety of Mathematics courses including abstract algebra, calculus, graph theory, number theory and statistics. Her scholarly publications are in the fields of abstract algebra and the teaching of undergraduate mathematics. She is a founding member of the “Fairfield Country Math Teacher’s Circle” (FCMTC) which is a collaboration between university professors and middle school mathematics teachers in Fairfield County. The goal of the FCMTC is to provide high quality professional development for teachers with a focus on a problem–solving. She is also a member of the Mathematical Association of America.

Dr. Ashu Jain (1990) completed Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky, U.S.A. After completing his Doctorate in 1994 he returned to India and joined the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Kanpur as an Assistant Professor in 1997, becoming Professor in 2010. During the course of this distinguished career he has received the Royal Society Fellowship in 2005 – 2006 to visit the University of Leeds, U.K. He has also received the International Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management Fellowship 2008 to visit the University of Adelaide, Australia and the Endeavour Executive Award 2009 by the Ministry of Education, Australia. His main areas of research include water resources management, rain water harvesting and hydraulogy.