Dr. Harsha Karur Rajasimha is a healthcare and life sciences BigData scientist, social entrepreneur and co- founder of the Organization for Rare Diseases India (ORDI). At ORDI, Dr. Rajasimha is responsible for the overall vision, research, strategy, international collaborations, content development and governing the board of directors.
Dr. Rajasimha is a life sciences solutions consultant for NTT DATA and co-directs the rare diseases systems biology initiative at George Mason University where he directs MS and PhD research programs in rare diseases database integration, systems biology modeling of diseases, policy frameworks, best practices guidelines for diagnosis and screening of rare diseases and how they can be adapted to countries such as India. He is also founder president of Jeeva informatics solutions, a genomics bigdata analytics company that received the ‘Bioscience Company of the Year 2014’ award from Montgomery County, MD, USA and serves on the executive advisory board of numerous companies. In collaboration with Rare Genomics Institute, Dr.
Rajasimha received the Sanofi Genzyme’s rare diseases Patient Advocacy Leadership award in 2016 and a Silver Award from NTT DATA for exceptional quality delivery of projects to life science clients in 2017.
An accomplished scientist, Dr. Rajasimha has over 16 years work experience and 15 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and is often invited speaker including keynote address at international conferences. He has contributed to global standards initiatives such as BioPAX, DELSAGlobal, personalized medicine coalition, and the global alliance for genomics and health. His work has spanned companies such as Dell Services, Strand Genomics, National Institutes of Health, US FDA, Genome International Corporation and Virginia Bioinformatics Institute. His contributions to the next-generation sequencing program at NIH were recognized by NEI director’s innovation award in 2012. He earned his baccalaureate degree in computer science engineering from Bangalore University, MS in Computer Science (2004) and PhD in Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at Virginia Tech (2007).