PMCH Faculty


V.M. Sadagopa Ramanujam, PhDProfessor

Contact Information

Ewing Hall, Suite 3.102A, 700 Harborside Drive, Galveston, Texas 77555-1109
Phone: (409) 747-0041
Fax: (409) 772-6287
Mailing address: 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77555-1150

V.M. Sadagopa Ramanujam, PhD

Dr. Ramanujam is a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health (PMCH), University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). He is a chemist with expertise in organic, inorganic and analytical chemistry. His laboratory measures organic and trace metals in biological tissues and environmental samples. He is the co-director of the Porphyria Laboratory, and oversees the biochemical testing that is essential for diagnostic evaluation of porphyria patients and assess effects of new therapies. His laboratory expertise and interests in translational research on porphyria diseases within a multidisciplinary team of investigators at multiple institutions are valuable to the Porphyria Consortium. His other research interests include chemical reaction mechanisms, quantitative structure activity relationships, metabolism of toxic chemicals, and environmental chemistry. He was a principal investigator for two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), two UTMB Intramural, and an Autism Research Institute grants. He has over ninety research articles in peer-reviewed journals, over fifty research abstracts, and two USEPA and an U.S. National Academy of Sciences document for toxic chemicals. In addition, he is active in teaching problem-based learning sessions in the first two years of medical school and co-directing two medical courses, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary and Great Syndromes. He has been a member of three medical course committees – Integrated Curriculum Evaluation Exercise, Great Syndromes and Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Courses that are vital for the medical education of this institution. He was also a member of the Interactive Learning Track Curriculum Examination and PMCH 2nd year Medical course committees. Dr. Ramanujam is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists and a member of the American Chemical Society. His distinguished honors include government of India merit scholar award, Robert A. Welch post-doctoral scholar award, Science Advisory position at the USEPA, a Member of the Alkyl Benzenes committee for the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and a Visiting Professorship at the University of Bologna-Italy.

  • BSc, (Chemistry), University of Madras, India, 1966
  • MSc, Chemistry, University of Madras, India, 1968
  • PhD, Chemistry, University of Madras, India
  • Organic, Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry, Toxicology and Nutrition
  • Medical Education
  • Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health
  • Department of Nutrition (an adjunct appointment)