Dr. Vivek Tanavdeis currently an Associate Professor at Division of Biological and Life Sciences, Ahmedabad University. Prior to joining Ahmedabad University, he was a Principal Investigator at the Bioinformatics Institute (BII), Agency for Science Technology & Research (A*STAR), Singapore in the Genome & Gene Expression Data Analysis Division for over 10 years. His work at BII focused on understanding the link between miRNAs & canonical signaling pathways in stem cell differentiation. His laboratory developed many approaches for interpreting transcriptome data from microarrays and next generation sequencing (NGS) experiments. He was also Head, the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Lab at Reliance Life Sciences, Mumbai where his work focused on developing mesenchymal stromal cell based therapies for cardiac and neuronal disorders. In addition, he also set up and managed the clinical flow cytometry laboratory at Reliance Life Sciences. From 1999 to 2002 he was a post doctoral fellow with Dr. Curt Civin at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Centre, Johns Hopkins University working on expansion of hematopoietic stem cells from umbilical cord blood. Dr. Tanavde obtained his Ph.D from the Cancer Research Institute, Mumbai (1999) in Applied Biology. He is currently the Secretary of the Stem Cell Society Singapore & serves on the Live Education Task Force of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC). In this role, he is responsible for training researchers in flow cytometry in South East Asia. He has taught flow cytometry workshops in India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, US & Turkey. In addition, he also managed the Intellectual Property portfolio at BII and also liaisons with companies interested in collaborating with BII.  He also held an adjunct appointment at the Institute for Medical Biology (IMB), A*STAR.