About us

What We Offer

We offer a number of transdisciplinary, professional and community programs that cater to the needs of individuals working within professional, educational, healthcare and other environments. These low-residency programs are offered as a combination of online classrooms and in-person workshops.

Our Team

Shan Lakshmanan

Vice Chancellor/Founder of Siddha-Vetha

Shanmugamurthy Lakshmanan (Shan) is the Vice Chancellor of the Vetha Center for Transdisciplinary Studies and a Harvard trained Scientist who received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Rutgers/NJIT. From an early age Shan believed that learning is most effective when we are mindful, which supports being peaceful, aware and discerning. Based on his intuitive knowledge, Shan has acquired an understanding of how consciousness-based axioms, can be utilized as a basis for fundamental physics concepts. Thus he explores adding new dimensions to existing scientific views, aiming at shifting the purely mechanistic Cartesian view of reality toward a consciousness and experience-based one. Shan is also the Vice President of international research, a scientific advisor and head of the Indian Medicine, Sciences and Culture Division (IMSCD) at the World Institute for Scientific Exploration (WISE-Harvard). Furthermore, he is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of two peer reviewed international journals and serves in the Editorial board of eight other International journals. He also serves as the chairperson of the R&D division of the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA) for its Harvard-AAPNA Research Project (HARP) as well as a member of the Scientific Committee in the Integrating Spirituality with Organizational Leadership (ISOL) Foundation. He is also founding member of SKY-USA, a non-profit organization which has branches all over the United States. Shan has published his research work in several international journals and books. He received the Aryabhatta award for his research in Ayurveda, the ISOL community program award for indigenous Knowledge and Culture, the ‘Star of the Universe’ award from the Society of Universal oneness for taking initiatives to bridging the gap between Ancient and Modern Science and the ‘Real Hero’ from the Youth Foundation in India for his outstanding contribution to Education. Shan is a scientist, author, editor, poet, farmer and a loving husband and father to his two little children.

John Reed


John Reed M.D., MPH, MBA, a physician specializing in preventive and anti-aging medicine, practicing in the Baltimore-Washington,DC, area. He is currently the Chancellor of Siddha-Vetha Center for Transdisciplinary Studies. He is the president of the World Institute for Scientific Exploration (WISE), a very innovative research institute whose researchers investigate complementary and integrative medicines, especially electrotherapy and other forms of energy medicine, immunotherapy, phage therapy, and ethnic medicines, such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The organization also investigates consciousness, alternative energy, and scientific mysteries.

Stanley North

General Council

Stanley Underwood North, III is a lawyer who has specialized in corporate, commercial, and international law; including legal advice in bringing novel US construction technology to developing markets; advising life science companies in entry into the US market; advise as to implementing driver safety programs in 40 countries; immigration advice; intellectual property advice and more. He has also experience advising about international and domestic commercial transactions, specializing in life sciences, alternative energy, housing technologies, intellectual property, permits and licensing; immigration; international road safety. In his current role, Stanley acts as the Vetha Center's General Counsel.

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