Dr. Rao, M.Sc, Ph.D., D.Sc (Hon), M.D,(Hon)(Medicine and Medical Education) (USA) is an eminent academician and researcher, a keen votary of medical education and research, and an able administrator and possesses nearly four and half decades of rich and satisfying teaching, research experience in Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Rao worked as a professor of Medical Microbiology, Parasitology, Immunology, and Biochemistry in many universities, many medical colleges in India, China, Nepal, Libya, Philippines and also worked as Head of the Department of Diseases, Immunity, and Therapeutics (DIT), Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Research at Avalon University School of Medicine, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, Central America. Currently, Professor Rao is working as a Scientist, Emeritus, and Director of research in Central research Laboratory, Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Hyderabad, Telangana, India. Basing on his outstanding experience and research Dr. Rao was awarded M.D (Medicine & Medical Education) (Honorary) from Avalon University, at Youngstown, Ohio, (USA) on May/21/2017. He is one of very few Medical Microbiologist of India, conferred with MD (Medicine and Medical Education) (USA) degree for his contribution in the field of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, by Avalon University School of Medicine, Ohio,(USA) An Institute of National Eminence, Prof. Rao possesses nearly four and half decades of rich and satisfying teaching, research experience in Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Rao has been a part of 12 fellowships, received 37 certificates of honors, guided 4 students to Ph.D. degrees,(Biotechnology), and attended over 36 International & National Conferences, and published 120 research papers between 2016 – 2020, out of the 85 as the main author and got Gold and Silver medals for some of his outstanding papers. Dr. Rao authored and Chief Editor for 12 Medical textbooks. Dr. Rao received the “Lifetime achievement international Scientist award, 18th Jan 2020 in New Delhi, India.
Dr. Rao's research interests include Parasitic infections are more in tropical countries and cause global health problems especially in developing countries, Advanced diagnostics, tests, vaccines, therapeutics, and development of new drugs are needed. Viviparity is common among mammals but not many provide a long gestation period, To study long term parasitic toxic effects, it is essential to use long gestation period laboratory animal models. Rats have 21 days, rabbits 30,dog 60 days of the gestation period, The subtle effects of Thalidomide tragedy resulting in phocomalia, apodaetc in the offspring lead to untold miseries, Similarly the good number of cases of fetal deaths, stillbirths, teratogenices, etc. Dr. Rao used scorpion as a model in estimation of heavy metals like mercury and lead in embryonic development of scorpion and noticed similar effects, Indeed great challenges, given that most drugs in pipeline failed in clinical trials. Because most of the drugs tested on low gestation period animals, A new thought in the drug design for parasitic diseases by using scorpion as a model. Introducing parasite in scorpion and observing the drug effects and reversal effects, In addition to clinical work, developed a variety of basic and translational research programs, participated to Ph.D. programs.