Professor Dr. Seyed Ehtesham Hasnain
PhD, DSc (h.c.), FNA, FTWAS, ML, FAAM, ML
Professor Seyed E. Hasnain (DoB: April 13, 1954), Ph.D., D.Sc. (h.c.), D.Med.Sc. (h.c.) is an Invited Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. A Distinguished Research Professor at the Institute of Life Sciences he was the Vice Chancellor of University of Hyderabad (UoH). He taught at Delhi University, worked at the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, and was the first Director of Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), Hyderabad.
Hasnain lab works on Infection biology, molecular pathogenesis of infectious organisms and designing novel intervention strategies with a current focus on Functional Molecular Infection Epidemiology of pathogenic bacterium. Studying the dissemination dynamics, using genetic typing of M.tb isolates from India, he showed the presence of ancestral isolates as the predominant form circulating in India which could explain the lack of concordance between bacterial load and disease burden in the Indian population. Functional characterization of M.tb hypothetical PE/PPE protein family revealed their importance as diagnostics, vaccine candidates and drug targets. He earlier contributed extensively to our understanding of the transcriptional regulation and high level expression of heterologous genes in the baculovirus insect cell system. His earlier collaborative work on HBV generated some novel findings with clinical applications. He has >240 publications in peer-reviewed journals of high impact, and >dozen patents. He has mentored >100 PhD, MD and Post-Doc students four of whom received the prestigious INSA Young Scientist Medal.
Hasnain was/is associated with several journals e.g. Emerging Infectious Diseases (International Society for Genomic and Evolutionary Microbiology, Italy). A Fellow of all major Science Academies of India (FNA, FASc, FNASc), he is also a Member of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina and is one of the youngest to be elected as Fellow of TWAS, Trieste, Italy. Internationally, Hasnain is a recipient of the prestigious Humboldt Research Prize, awarded by the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, Germany; as well as the very exclusive Robert Koch Fellowship, of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Berlin (an Award he shared with Professor Reinhard Kurth, Former Director, RKI and is the ONLY Indian so far to receive this Award), G.D. Birla Award, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, FICCI Award, J.C. Bose National Fellow Award, Ranbaxy Research Award, Goyal Award, Bhasin Award and several others. He also received the Padma Shri (Civilian Award) from His Excellency, the President of India.
Hasnain was a Member of Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (SAC-PM, 2004-2014) and a Former Member of Scientific Advisory Committee to Union Cabinet. Member of the University Grants Commission (UGC), he was the Chairman of Biotech Advisory Council, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh and a Member of Biotech Advisory Council of many other State Govts. Chairman of the Academic Committee, PGIMER, Chandigarh, Former Member of Governing Council of Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore,), etc, Hasnain has been/is Chairman/Member of Advisory/Governing Council of several institutions, policy-making bodies for S&T and Higher education. He serves on the Board of Directors of LVPrasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad; Indian Immunologicals Limited, Hyderabad; Suven Life Sciences; ICICI Knowledge Park; Dr Reddy's Institute of Life Sciences; and several other Trusts and Societies.
Professor Seyed E. Hasnain was recently elected as a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Microbiolgy, U. S. A.
The German Ambassador Steiner conferring upon Prof. Hasnain the Award of Federal Order of Merit (Das Verdienstkreuz, 1.Klasse) of the Federal Republic of Germany for outstanding achievements in the relationship between two countries.
Professor Hasnain continues to be a member of the Academic Executive Advisory Board of Elsevier. A body chaird by the Chairman of the elsevier and had distinguished academicians, presidents of the Universities from across the world as members, to advise the Elsevier on all academic matters.
Prof. Hasnain also served as a Member of J & K Biotech Advisory Committee, Member, Biotechnology Vision Group, Govt. of UP, Member, Academic Council, IGNOU and Member, Research Advisory Council, AIIMS.
NEW PHOTO ALBUM- SEYED E HASNAIN, HIS LIFE, HIS WORK, AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HYDERABAD (2005-2011)
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