Postdoctoral Alumni - Sreenivasa Rao Ramisetty



Sreenivasa Rao Ramisetty
Research Scientist
Idexx Labs
Westbrook, Maine


After earning pharmacy degrees in India, Sreenivasa Rao Ramisetty decided to pursue a career in applied biochemistry. To do be successful, he had to relocate, so in 2004 he left India and moved to the United States. That journey led him first to University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana for Ph.D. studies in chemical biology and then to Stowers for postdoctoral training with Michael Washburn, Ph.D., director of the Proteomics Center.

His first months in the US were a shock. “For two years I had no car and had to wait for people to take me to get groceries,” Ramisetty recalls. “But I knew that in time everything would work out.”

It did: in 2011 Ramisetty accepted a research scientist position at Idexx Laboratories, a veterinary diagnostic company in Westbrook, Maine. He credits Washburn in large part for that success. “The work I did in two years in the Washburn lab did more for me than five years of PhD work in getting companies to answer my phone calls,” he says.

In graduate school Ramisetty focused on small molecule/RNA interactions. But to be competitive on the job market he knew he needed postdoc training in proteomics. To acquire that expertise Ramisetty searched the literature for leaders in that field, which led him directly to Washburn, a developer of MudPIT technology and recognized pioneer in applying mass spectrometry techniques to the analysis of protein complexes.

Ramisetty recalls that when he interviewed at Stowers he noticed that not only were the facilities first-rate, but unlike graduate school, where it is often obligatory for students to do their own prep work, chores like solution-making were done for you. “They know how to treat postdocs at Stowers,” Ramisetty says. “As a result you stay focused on your work and don’t waste time.”

In the Washburn lab Ramisetty characterized protein-protein interactions of chromatin remodeling complexes and RNA polymerase II, all the while learning state-of-the-art mass spectrometry instrumentation and building a resume topped by a very deep summary of skills in protein biochemistry and molecular biology.

As a result, his leap from postdoc to protein chemist has been considerably more comfortable than the transcontinental journey that had started things off. “The transition to industry has been good,” says Ramisetty. “I have more time for my family and my weekends are a lot more relaxing.”