Dr Vinod Kochupillai was medical student at Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh; completed postgraduate training in Medicine from UK and cancer medicine training at University of Alabama in Birmingham, USA. Then joined All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) first as a faculty in the Department of Medicine, subsequently, at a Cancer Centre within AIIMS; currently heading the cancer centre in addition to being a professor and Head of Medical Oncology.
She was instrumental in creating Department of Medical Oncology, initiating DM (Doctor of Medicine) teaching programme in Medical Oncology, started Ph.D training, developed haematopoietic stem cell transplant activity, expanded cancer centre overall and all its units including its physical expansion upto 7 floors.
Her clinical and research interests include management of hematological cancers and lung cancer. Her major work relates to foetal liver as a source of hematopoiesis. She has demonstrated the presence of a growth factor in fetal liver conditioned medium which induces hematopoiesis in aplastic marrow. She has also demonstrated that high dosages of vitamins potentiate the efficacy of chemotherapy in lung cancer.
Her current clinical and research interest is in the area of sudershan kriya (arhythmic breathing process introduced through Art of Living workshops). Apart from subjective improvement in physical health, emotional balance and mental processes, definite EEG changes have been demonstrated in those who practice sudarshan kriya regularly. There is a suggestion that this process might prolong the remission duration in hematological cancers.