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 basically 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. He 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 (http://126.96.36.199/nutritionatlas/home.php)
and count what you eat (http://188.8.131.52:8080/CountWhatYouEat/Home.do) 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 about 80 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).