KnowledgeTransfer@CarnegieIndia is an initiative that aims to provide a platform to facilitate the genuine exchange of ideas and knowledge among students, practitioners, subject-matter experts, and other interested audiences.

In November 2018, the Chinese scientist, He Jiankui, claimed to have created genetically altered babies, making them resistant to the HIV virus. This news sparked a fierce global debate on the benefits and perils of gene editing. What does gene editing entail, and what about the technology polarizes the scientific community? How should the use and abuse of gene editing be governed both, domestically and globally?

This KnowledgeTransfer@CarnegieIndia workshop will explore the past, present, and future trajectory of gene editing in India and the world. The discussions will be moderated by Shruti Sharma, a research analyst with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Technology and International Affairs Program.


9:30 to 10:00 a.m.


10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Introduction to Gene Editing and its Governance in India

  • Vijay Chandru, co-founder and director of Strand Life Sciences
11:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Coffee Break

11:45 to 1:00 p.m.

Global Architecture for the Governance of Gene Editing

  • S. R. Rao, former senior advisor, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology
  • Moderator: Rakesh Sood, distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation


Vijay Chandru

Vijay Chandru is an academic entrepreneur and co-founder of Strand Life Sciences, Bengaluru. He also serves as an advisor to the Karnataka State Council on Science & Technology, and on the Atal Innovation Mission at the NITI Aayog in New Delhi. 

S. R. Rao

S.R. Rao was a senior advisor at the Department of Biotechnology of the Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India. He specializes in core and cross-sectoral policy issues of biotechnology development, regulation, safety, partnerships, international relations, Research & Development, public concerns, and consensus building. He is the founder and an editorial board member of the Asian Biotechnology Development Review (ABDR), and has published a book on Animal vaccines and diagnostics, thirty-six research papers in national/international journals, and made more than 100 presentations at various national and international conferences.    


Rakesh Sood

Rakesh Sood is a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. Previously, he served as India's ambassador to Afghanistan and Nepal, and was also India's first ambassador and permanent representative to the Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations in Geneva. 

Shruti Sharma

Shruti Sharma is a research analyst with the Technology and International Affairs Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She works primarily on the safety, security, and ethical implications of emerging biotechnologies.