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Vasu Appanna

Vasu Appanna

Full Professor, School of Natural Sciences
School of Natural Sciences
Science, Engineering and Architecture
S-213, Science Building


Dr. Vasu Appanna is the former Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Laurentian University. He has been at LU since 1989 as a Professor of Biochemistry and served as the Chair of the Department for six years. He completed his BSc from the University of Bombay, his MSc from the University of Wales, and his PhD from the University of Waterloo. He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications in the fields of bio-technology, metabolism and cellular adaptation and toxicology. He has supervised the first doctoral student at Laurentian University and over 135 HQP (BSc, MSc, PhD,Post-doctaral, research associate).

Dr. Appanna has led various funded projects with numerous countries including Russia, Vietnam, China and France. He is the editor of numerous journals. He sits on various organizations and boards, including AMRIC (Applied Medical Research Institute of Canada) and MIRARCO. He has served on different granting agencies like the Department of Energy, (DOE, USA) and the Ministry of Research and Innovation, Ontario. He is consulted world-wide in biotechnology. He is commercializing a biomining process and a kit to detect homocysteine, a marker for numerous diseases. He is also the academic editor of PLOS ONE and numerous journals.


  • BSc Chemistry
  • MSc Chemistry
  • PhD Biochemistry

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My research focus is on metabolism and our work aims to uncover how environmental stress affects microbial and mammalian cells. The former has led to discoveries on biomining and bioremediation while the latter has help identify the some biochemical networks leading to obesity and neurological disorders.