Dr. Vinay Jain, President


Dr. Vinay Jain is a board-certified medical oncologist with over 20 years of clinical practice. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio in 1987. Dr. Jain then completed a Fellowship in Medical Oncology in 1989 at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. He was the founder of Physician’s Education Resource (PER), the country’s leading Oncology Continuing Medical Education Company, which he successfully grew and sold in 2005. Dr. Jain is also the Founder and CEO of DAVA Oncology, LP, a profitable company dedicated to improving and accelerating cancer drug development by leveraging strategic insights and clinical expertise to prioritize oncology pipelines, uncover development opportunities, and accelerate trial enrollment. Additionally, Dr. Jain founded and is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of several other oncology-related companies, including Arog Pharmaceuticals, LLC; Mentrik Biotech, LLC; Oncology Knowledge Management, LLC; and Trimer Biotech, LLC. Dr. Jain currently holds the positions of President, Treasurer, and Director of Jiv Daya Foundation, a Dallas-based 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, which he founded in 2002.




Kanika Jain, Vice President 

B.S. George Mason University

M.S. George Washington University

Kanika Jain received an MS degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University. She worked as an engineer for Computer Sciences Corporation and for Mitre Corporation. Kanika Jain has held the positions of Vice-President, Secretary, and Director of Jiv Daya Foundation since 2002. 


She and Dr. Jain decided to create Shraman Foundation after realizing there was a need for such a resource in Dallas. 



Dr. Yash Paul Virmani, Volunteer Director



Yash Paul Virmani received a PhD from the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in India and completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. He is a former research scientist in Lawrence, KS for the State of Kansas. Since 1982, he has been a Senior Scientist and Corrosion Specialist with the Federal Highway Administration. Yash Paul Virmani also currently holds the position of Director of Jiv Daya Foundation, which he has held since 2004. 


Advisory Board


Dr. Phyllis Emily Granoff

B.A. Radcliffe College

Ph.D. Harvard University

Phyllis Granoff is currently the Lex Hixon Professor of World Religions at Yale University where she has taught since 2004. She previously held teaching positions at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and has held visiting positions at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Berkeley, and Harvard. She has done research in all of the classical religions of India--Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and has published articles on Indian art and literature. Her interests include contemporary Indian literature and she has published translations of short stories from Bengali and Oriya. Her recent publications include The Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection, an edited volume that accompanied the exhibition on Jain art that she curated at the Rubin Museum of Art. Among her current research projects are a study of Jain and Buddhist monastic rules on the treatment of the sick and a comprehensive examination of Jain manuscripts in American museum collections. She also served as the editor of the Journal of Indian Philosophy.


Dr. P.S. Jaini

M.A. University of Bombay


Ph.D. School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Padmanabh Jaini is an India born scholar of Jainism and Buddhism. Since retiring in 1997, he serves as professor emeritus of Buddhist Studies at the University of California at Berkeley where he was also the co-founder of the Group in Buddhist Studies. Before joining UC Berkeley in 1972, he taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London and was a visiting professor of Buddhist Studies at Balliol College, Oxford University, UK. He is the author of numerous monographs and articles on both Buddhism and Jainism. His collected essays have appeared in two volumes, and, recently, he has been honored by a Festschrift (2003) with contributions on early Buddhism and Jainism. His best known work is The Jaina Path of Purification (1979).


Dr. Steven Lindquist

B.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison


M.A. University of Chicago

Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin

Steven Lindquist is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and the Director of Asian Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where he has been on staff since 2006. He has previously taught at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. A specialist in South Asian religious traditions with particular interests in Indian religious, literary, and material history, his writing focuses on Sanskrit religious literature. He has published articles on topics such as Indian numismatics and literary and religious aspects of the Upanishads. He is the editor of Religion and Identity in South Asia and Beyond: Essays in Honor of Patrick Olivelle (Anthem Press) and the author of the forthcoming Creating a Sage: The Literary Life of Yajnavalkya (State University of New York Press), which traces the “literary life” of the ancient Indian ritualist and sage, Yajnavalkya, through roughly one thousand years of literary history.


Dr. Lisa Owen

B.A. California State University Long Beach


M.A. The University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin

Lisa Owen is an Associate Professor of Art Education and Art History at the University of North Texas in Denton where she has taught since 2006. While her teaching areas include all aspects of Asian art, her research specialty is the art of ancient and medieval India. Her research centers on Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain rock-cut temples. Her interests also include the production of imagery in ancient India, patterns of patronage, and how visual forms express certain religious values and goals. Her current project examines Jain rock-cut monuments in Tamil Nadu and questions the saliency of employing traditional art historical categories such as "sculpture" and "architecture" to these sites that clearly function as both and more. Dr. Owen has published in the Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies and in the Jain journal Jinamanjari. She also recently published her first book, Carving Devotion in the Jain Caves at Ellora (Brill's Indological Library).