The Science Department consists of one team based in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore in India and in Thimphu in Bhutan.

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Dr Philippe Arhets, Science Counsellor in Delhi

Philippe Arhets holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University Paris-Sud, Orsay, and a postgraduate degree in International and European affairs from the IAE Paris – Sorbonne University. He began his career in European affairs in 1997 as a project officer in the Service Europe of the International Affairs Department of the Assistance Publique – Hopitaux de Paris (APHP). His role was to enhance the participation of AP-HP in European programs of interest for the institution, particularly the Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP) of the European Union

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and the European Programme of Action on Public Health. In 2002 he was appointed Head of the European Affairs service of APHP. In addition to his mission of supporting and promoting the participation of AP-HP and its teams in European programs, he worked on the implementation and monitoring of partnership agreements between APHP and French research institutions as well as actions developed as part of its internal research policy.

He joined Inserm (National Institute of Health and Medical Research) in 2005 as Deputy Director of the Department of Regional and European Policy, specifically in charge of the European division. For 5 years, he contributed to the implementation of the European cooperation policy of Inserm, in the framework of the R&D programs and other initiatives of interest of the European Commission; he also developed a revised policy for European bilateral cooperation activities of the institute.

In February 2010, he was appointed Director of International Affairs of Inserm with the mandate of defining a new international policy and its operational modalities of implementation for the institute. This work has been carried out in the context of the French national Alliance for Life Sciences and Health (Aviesan) and its Multi-organisms thematic institutes (ITMOs), and in collaboration with the other institutional members of the alliance.

He left Inserm following his nomination as Scientific and Technology Counsellor at the French Embassy in India, which has started on September 1rst 2014.

Dr Jerome Bove, Science Attaché in Bangalore

Dr Jérôme Bove obtained his PhD in plant molecular biology in 2003. He is a specialist of seed biology. He worked as a researcher at Pennsylvania State University (2003-2006) and University of Montreal (2006-2008) before joining University of Angers (France) as associate professor for four years. In 2012, he was appointed scientific director of the High Council for Strategic Research, a research funding agency affiliated to the Prime Minister’s office. He joined the Science department in September 2016


Dr Sandrine Maximilien, Science Attaché in Mumbai

Sandrine Maximilien obtained a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering and Town Planning, followed by a PhD in Civil Engineering and Design at INSA Lyon (National Institute of Applied Sciences Lyon). She got a position of associate Professor and she led her research work in the field of materials for construction. After completing her « Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches » (HDR), she spent almost 5

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years in Vietnam as expert for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was Project Manager of a training program for Vietnamese engineers. She then returned to France where she was during 3 years deputy Director of international affairs at INSA Lyon as well as researcher in the lab Mateis and teacher in the Department of Civil Engineering and Town Planning. She joined the Science Department in September 2014.
Dr. Meenakshi Singh, Scientific Coordinator in Delhi;

Meenakshi Singh obtained her dual masters degree under Indo-French Consortium of Universities (IFCU) in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology from Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France and University of Delhi, India in 2009. She completed her PhD in 2014 from Université Grenoble-Alpes, Grenoble, France and McGill University, Montreal, Canada supported by the french ministry of superior education and research within the cooperative French-Canadian research funding (FCRF). During her PhD, she developed nanostructured bio-architectures for electrochemical and optical biosensors and also designed a bio-cathode for biofuel cell. Later she joined as a Research Associate at Institute of Pesticide Formulation Technology (IPFT), Gurgaon in 2015 and worked on the development of synthetic and bio-botanical based pesticide formulations. She joined the Science Department in January 2017.

Mr Laurent Glattli, Project Manager in Delhi

Laurent Glattli completed his Masters in International Relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Toulouse (France) in 2015. He has worked as a research assistant on foreign investment flows to India for Gateway House, a think tank based in Mumbai, and as a project assistant for the European Council on Foreign Relations in Paris. He joined the Science Department in August 2016.

Mr Chandan Atreya, Scientific Officer in Bangalore

Mr. Chandan Atreya obtained his Masters in Organic Chemistry in 2007 and has worked with many organizations since then within the corporate, academic and start-up sectors in South India. From starting his career in GE Healthcare as a scientist to working at the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Chandan has worked across diverse scientific fields. He is an experienced synthetic medicinal chemist, HTS assay developer, protein biochemist; and has also worked on initiatives in Product Development, External Collaborations and Digital Marketing. Prior to joining the SST, he was working as a Product Specialist for the Synthetic Biology and Stem Cell businesses of ThermoFisher Scientific for the western region of India. He joined the Science department in August 2016

Ms Shefali Choudhary, Executive Assistant in Delhi;

Shefali obtained her Bachelors Degree in Arts from M.C.M D.A.V College, Chandigarh. During her Bachelor’s study, she completed her Diploma in French Language from Alliance Française de Chandigarh. She completed her Masters in Arts (Economics) and later, Masters in Business Administration (International Business) from Panjab Univesity. She worked as Business Development Executive at Accord Infra for 2 years. Since March 2014, she is working at the Science Department of French Embassy in Delhi.

Ms Kashmira Pavri, Assistant in Mumbai

Kashmira Pavri completed her Master’s in Communication and Journalism from the University of Mumbai. During the span of her Master’s study, she worked as Sub Editor for a regional English newspaper. Later, she joined Trivone Digital Media Ltd, a digital agency for Star India, as a Social Media Community Manager for Star Movies India and Star Movies Action. Currently, she is the Assistant to the Attaché of Science and Technology in Mumbai.

Dr Srini Kaveri, CNRS Representative in Delhi

Dr. Srini Kaveri received his Veterinary Medicine degree in Bangalore, India, and completed his Ph.D. at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. He then carried out his Post-doctoral research training with Professor Heinz Kohler at IDEC pharmaceuticals and University of California, San Diego, USA. He has been leading an INSERM research team at theCentre de Recherche des Cordeliers in Paris for ten years ; his laboratory has been involved with the basic and applied aspects of research on immunopathology and immunotherapy.

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Dr. Srini Kaveri has already been actively involved in Indo-French research activities. He has established in France a number of collaborations with various research institutes in India, and has trained a large number of Indian students at Master’s, PhD and post-doctoral levels. He is the Co-Director of an “International Associated Laboratory” (ICMR-INSERM) in Mumbai, India. Also, he is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology IBAB, Bangalore and an Honorary Professor at Amity University, Noida.

He became Director of the CNRS Office in Delhi in February 2015.

Mrs Deepali Dham, CNRS Executive Assistant in Delhi

Deepali Dham holds a Master’s Degree in Marine Sciences from Goa University. She worked as a Research fellow at National Institute of Oceanography, Goa and later at Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (IUEM), Brest, France. Thereafter she worked for Campus France Delhi for three years. Since 2011, Deepali is working for CNRS office in Delhi as an executive Assistant.