Dr. BHANU TELUGU
President & CEO, RenOVAte Biosciences Inc
Dr. Telugu is a founding member, President & CEO of RenOVAte Biosciences Inc. He also holds an Associate Professor appointment at University of Maryland- College Park, and a “Visiting Scientist” position in the Animal Bioscience and Biotechnology Laboratory at USDA, ARS, Beltsville. Primary research interests of his laboratory and his company are Genetic engineering/Biotechnology and Reproductive Biology.
Dr. Telugu is a trained veterinarian having obtained his degree from S.V. Veterinary University, India (B.V.Sc., & A.H., 2001). He later joined University of Missouri, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Reproductive Biology (2008). Following a brief stint as a postdoctoral fellow in stem cell biology also at University of Missouri (2008-2012), he joined the University of Maryland, where he is an Associate Professor. His laboratory employs genome editing tools such as CRISPRs for site specifically altering the genome in livestock for agricultural and biomedical applications. Specifically, genome editing tools are employed to alter alleles to facilitate “rational selection” of agricultural traits. The laboratory is also actively engaged in developing porcine models of human disease (diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity), and developing technologies for transplantation research where the pig is a preferred animal model.