Ambati M. Rao, a son of the late Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty, graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and immigrated in 1979 to the U.S., where he did graduate training at SUNY Buffalo and NYU. Founder of the Educational Excellence Program a decade ago, he has trained students in mathematics & science for two decades. Having taught at several universities in the U.S. and India, he is now a government executive.
His elder son, Jayakrishna Ambati, a graduate of Johns Hopkins, completed retina surgical & research fellowship at Harvard Medical School, and is the Director of the Ocular Angiogenesis Laboratory at the University of Kentucky. A National Merit Scholar and two-time winner of the American University Professors of Ophthalmology research competition, he was recently awarded an award by the Foundation Fighting Blindness for research in transscleral delivery of pharmacological agents. His brother, Balamurali Ambati, graduated from New York University at the age of 13 and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine at age 17, becoming the world’s youngest doctor. A National Merit Scholar and a winner in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search & the International Science & Engineering Fair, he completed ophthalmology residency at Harvard, where he developed strategies to reverse corneal angiogenesis. He is completing cornea & refractive surgery fellowship at Duke University, and will be joining the Medical College of Georgia.
The brothers have co-authored the book, AIDS: The True Story, as well as numerous research articles. They and their father serve as judges for numerous regional & national science fairs, and as special U.S. Navy judges for the Intel International Science & Engineering Fairs, and conduct free classes in New York to foster academic excellence. Their mother Gomathi is a Tamil linguist and mathematician.