Govind Srimathveeravalli, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and an adjunct in the Biomedical Engineering Department, recently joined the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Foundation Board of Directors in a newly created position for scientist members of SIR.
To commemorate his selection to the board, an interview with Srimathveeravalli in the SIR publication, IR Quarterly, provided some enlightening insights into his background and aspirations.
Before coming to UMass Amherst, Srimathveeravalli was on the faculty in the Department of Radiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In his current research activities at UMass Amherst, he develops technology for the delivery of non-ionizing energy that enables ablation or drug delivery to tumor and healthy living tissue. His research has been supported by grants from the SIR Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, industrial contracts, and various philanthropic foundations.
When asked to describe his aspirations for filling the newly created SIR board position for scientists, Srimathveeravalli said that “I have the opportunity to shape this position, not just for myself, but for those who follow me. It’s important because SIR—at various levels—has always tried to engage scientists.”
Among other topics covered in the interview, Srimathveeravalli was asked to characterize his relationship with SIR over the years and its impact on obtaining research grants.
“Several years ago,” explained Srimathveeravalli, “I received the SIR Foundation Dr. Ernest J. Ring Academic Development Grant, and I cannot tell you how much the grant helped support me and led to NIH and other federal agency grants. Sometimes the very first step to personal success is someone else believing in you.”
Srimathveeravalli believes his payback will manifest itself during the research review process.