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Name : Dr. M. Vishnu Vardhana Rao
Academic Qualifications : M.Sc.(Stat.), Ph.D.(Stat.), M.Tech.(IT)
Designation : Scientist G and Director
Specialization : Bio-Statistics, Bio-informatics & Big Data Analytics

Dr. M. Vishnu Vardhana Rao is the director of the National Institute of Medical Statistics (NIMS), Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi. He is a trained mathematical statistician and data scientist. He has a Masters and PhD in Statistics from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India and M.Tech(IT) from Punjabi University. Dr Rao's has over three decades of experience in planning, executing and analyzing data for several large scale community and clinical based research studies in the domain of nutrition and health. His research focuses on the development and application of innovative and appropriate statistical methods for analysis of large and complex data. He led several interdisciplinary groups in designing, data collection and interpretation of large data with the ultimate goal of addressing important Nutrition and Health related issues faced by the communities in particular and the country at large. His work also encompasses several evidence based and policy relevant research studies. He is passionate about teaching and training and is resource person and guest faculty with many Universities and Institutes of higher education across the country. He served as an International consultant for UNICEF at Maldives, Min. of Health to help and train officials on surveys and data analysis in 2006. Earlier, he was Scientist F - Sr. Deputy Director with ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad. He played a pivotal role in establishing the Bio-informatics Centre at NIN, where he collected and computerized large volumes of data pertaining to health and nutrition. Under his leadership, the Bioinformatics team brought out the Nutrition Atlas ( and count what you eat ( which are online, virtual, interactive tools that draw from various datasets to provide an overview of nutrition and health scenario from macro to micro levels in India. He has more than 100 papers published in national and international journals and 20 reports to his credit. He guided several post graduates towards obtaining PhD degree in the areas of Multivariate data Analysis, Meta-Analysis and statistical methods in Big data analytics (in progress).

Details of ICMR-NIMS Director's
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To (year)
Name of the Director
Dr A.D.Taskar Director
Dr. S.S.Verma Officer In-Charge
Prof. K. Ramachandran Director
Dr S.P.Tripathy DG, ICMR with additional charge
Dr Padam Singh Director
Dr Padam Singh Additional DG ICMR with additional charge
Prof. Arvind Pandey Director
Dr. D.K Shukla Director-In-Charge
Till date
Dr. M. Vishnu Vardhana Rao Director

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