Murali Venkatrao

Vice Chair, VaYU Board of Directors
Provost, VaYU


  • PhD in Yogic Physiology (Emphasis: Yoga and Type II Diabetes), November 2019 – SVYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru, India
  • ERYT-500, Yoga Alliance, 2014
  • MSc, Computer Science (Emphasis: Complexity Theory), June 1991 – Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • BSc, Jan 1989 – Bangalore University, Bengaluru, India

Professional Experience

  • Provost, Vivekananda Yoga University. Jan 2020 – Present
  • Professor of Yogic Physiology, Vivekananda Yoga University. Jan 2020 – Present
  • Director, Ananda Institute of Living Yoga, Bothell, WA. 2018 – Present.
  • Consulting Software Architect (infrastructure and ML), IDX (MSN) Group, Microsoft Corp., Feb 2013 - Dec 2019
  • Software Architect and Dev Lead, Education Group, Microsoft Corp. 2007 – 2013
  • Consulting Program Manager, WinFS Group, Microsoft Corp. 2000 – 2007
  • Program Manager, Office Group, Microsoft Corp. 1991 – 2000

Research Interests 

  • Mechanisms/pathways for how yoga benefits Type II Diabetes and other endocrinal disorders
  • Impact of Yoga on Metabolic Syndrome
  • Yoga as a public health intervention to reduce the epidemic of obesity, CVD, and Type II Diabetes
  • History of Yogic practices, esp. the Hatha Yogic Period (5th century CE to modern times)

Research Experience

  • Niyantrita Madhumeha Bharata (Diabetes Free India), the largest epidemiological study in the world in the field of Type II Diabetes
  • Continuous Experimentation for tens of new features across multiple canvases for MSN-news content, deployed to over ½ a billion daily active users worldwide

Accomplishments and Awards

  • Member, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • Valedictorian, SVYASA Convocation of 2019
  • Associate Editor, ISO/ANSI SQL-92 Standard
  • Co-inventor of MDX, a SQL-like language for querying multi-dimensional databases
  • Received US-patent (#10678806) for an ultra-high scale algorithm to do “Per-user Aggregation of database content”
  • Professional Progress Award, Kansas State University, 2010
  • 5th Rank, BSc class of 1989, Bangalore University
  • 16th Rank (of 110,000), Engineering track, Common Entrance Test, Karnataka State

Selected Publications

  • Venkatrao, M., Nagarathna, R., Majumdar, V., Patil, S. S., Rathi, S., & Nagendra, H. (2021). Prevalence of Obesity in India and Its Neurological Implications: A Multifactor Analysis of a Nationwide Cross-Sectional Study: Https://Doi.Org/10.1177/0972753120987465, 27(3–4), 153–161.
  • Venkatrao, M., Nagarathna, R., Patil, S. S., Singh, A., Rajesh, S. K., & Nagendra, H. (2020). A composite of BMI and waist circumference may be a better obesity metric in Indians with high risk for type 2 diabetes: An analysis of NMB-2017, a nationwide cross-sectional study. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 161.
  • Gray, J., Chaudhuri, S., Bosworth, A., Layman, A., Reichart, D., Venkatrao, M., Pellow, F., & Pirahesh, H. (1997). Data cube: A relational aggregation operator generalizing group-by, cross-tab, and sub-totals. Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, 1(1), 29–53.
  • Howell, R. R., & Venkatrao, M. K. (1995). On non-preemptive scheduling of recurring tasks using inserted idle times. Information and Computation, 117(1), 50–62.
  • Venkatrao, M., & Pizzo, M. (1995). SQL/CLI - A New Binding Style For SQL. ACM SIGMOD Record, 24(4), 72–77.