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Nandini Katre, Ph.D.

Lead Faculty


  • Ph.D., Biochemistry & Biophysics, 1978, University of Pennsylvania

  • M.Sc., Chemistry, Honors & Distinction, 1972,  Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Honors & Distinction, 1970, University of Bombay


Nandini V. Katre, Ph.D.,  was born and brought up in India, and came to the U.S for her PhD.  studies in biochemistry and biophysics.  After several years of research  as a scientist in the field of bioenergetics, structure and function of  proteins, and designing efficacious biological therapeutics, Dr. Katre  shifted her research to science and spirituality. With on-going study  and practice of Vedic and Buddhist philosophy, she has been researching  and communicating the connection of non-duality of  quantum science with  that of spiritual traditions, and relating this non-duality to  applications in deep ecology, human life-style and well being. She  developed on-line courses for Nithyananda Vedic university, and  currently teaches at CIHS, focusing on how human beings are designed for  spiritual transformation and the evolution of consciousness.  Lay-ordained in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition, Dr. Katre was a  co-founder of the Berkeley chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship,  where she organized walking and sitting meditations for peace,  environment, justice, and identified speakers for talks on engaged  Buddhism.  As Director of Biotechnology and Biodiversity with Greenpeace  International, Dr. Katre addressed the United Nations Conference on  Environment and Development (UNCED) at the United Nations Environmental  Program (UNEP) in Nairobi in 1992, and advised delegates on policy  development for Agenda 21.  She has traveled to about 40 countries,  either as an invited speaker at conferences, or to explore the land and   know its people. She has 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and  13 patents.

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