Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai is a renowned systems scientist and computational systems biology expert. He teaches Systems Visualization, a pioneering new course at MIT, and is Founder of the International Center for Integrative Systems.He is the creator of EchoMail and CytoSolve – two large scale enterprise systems for media and medicine respectively. He is passionate about integrating both Eastern and Western systems of medicine to create a new convergent medicine that is fully consistent with the scientific method.
Dr. VA Shiva became intrigued with medicine at the age of five, as he observed his grandmother, a farmer and healer in the small village of Muhavur in South India, apply the ancient healing tradition of Siddha to heal and support local villagers.
These early experiences drove him to pursue modern Western science and technology and Eastern medicine, with the aim of becoming a scientist and healer. Over the last three decades, his formal Western research and study has focused on developing new systems for pattern analysis across multiple disciplines. In parallel, he has trained in many Eastern modalities, including various forms of yoga, meditation, nutritional and herbal medicines, learning from esteemed sages and masters in the oral tradition. In 2007, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study traditional medicines and systems biology.
Dr. VA Shiva holds four degrees from MIT, including a B.A. in electrical engineering and computer science; and, a dual master’s degree in mechanical engineering and visual studies from the MIT Media Laboratory. He completed his Ph.D. in systems biology at the Department of Biological Engineering, where he developed CytoSolve, a scalable computational platform for dynamic integration of molecular pathways models. The website www.vashiva.com provides a gateway to learn the power of the systems approach to all aspects of life.
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