Dr B Senthinathan

Institute of Applied Health Research
Senior Analyst

Contact details

Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Institute of Applied Health Research
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Biruntha is a senior analyst for the medtech team at the NIHR Horizon Scanning Research & Intelligence Centre, based in the Public Health, Epidemiology & Biostatistics department.

The NIHR HSRIC provides early warning to national policy makers and the NHS of new and emerging technologies that may require evaluation, consideration of clinical and cost impact, or modification of clinical guidance.


  • PhD in Developmental Biology
  • Bsc (Hons) in Biological Sciences


Dr Senthinathan began working at the NIHR Horizon Scanning Research & Intelligence Centre, formerly the NIHR Horizon Scanning Centre, in March 2011.

She gained a 2(i) BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences (honours in Developmental Biology) and worked in developmental biology and molecular biology laboratories before completing a PhD in developmental biology in 2010.

She has also worked as a trainee manager in the public health and commissioning department at a primary care trust and has been involved in the relaunch and running of a voluntary sector organisation.


Past research interests: regulation of gene expression, development of the peripheral nervous system in fruit flies and the patterning of the spine in the chick embryo during development.


Senthinathan B, Sousa C, Tannahill D and Keynes R (2012). The generation of vertebral segmental patterning in the chick embryo. Journal of Anatomy. J Anat. 220(6):591-602.

Yang S-H, Jaffray E, Senthinathan B, Hay R T, and Sharrocks A. D (2003). SUMO and Transcriptional Repression: Dynamic Interactions Between the MAP Kinase and SUMO Pathways, Cell Cycle, Volume 2:528 - 530.

Powell LM, Zur Lage PI, Prentice DR, Senthinathan B and Jarman AP (2004). The proneural proteins Atonal and Scute regulate neural target genes through different E-box binding sites. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 24:9517-26.