Who is Virander Singh Chauhan?
Virander Singh Chauhan is an Indian scientist and a Rhodes Scholar working in the fields of genetic engineering and biotechnology and known for his contributions to the development of a recombinant vaccine for malaria. He was honored by the Government of India in 2012 with the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri.
Virander Singh Chauhan Biography, Wiki
Virander Singh Chauhan, born on 3 March 1950, graduated in Chemistry (BSc) from the University of Delhi in 1969 and secured his post graduation (MSc) from the same university in 1971.
His career started as the faculty member of Chemistry at the St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and continued his research at Delhi University. In 1974, he obtained a Ph.D., after which he moved to Oxford University, on temporary leave from the college, on a Rhodes Scholarship where he stayed till 1977.
On his return from the Oxford, he resumed his duties at St. Stephen’s College where he worked till 1979. In between, he had a brief stay of one year as a post doctoral fellow at the University of Georgia during 1977-78.
In 1979, Chauhan joined the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur as an Assistant Professor and returned to Delhi University in 1982 as the Reader of the Department of Chemistry. In 1986, he was promoted as the Professor and worked there till 1988.
Resigning from the university, Chauhan joined the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), a non profit research organization under the aegis of United Nations Industrial Development Organization as senior scientist and was entrusted the leadership of the workgroup involved in the research on Malaria. In 1998, he was appointed as the Director of the institute, a post he held till 2014.
|Real Name||Virander Singh Chauhan|
|Wife Name||Not Known|
|Height (Approx)||5 feet 10 inch|
|Weight (Approx)||75 kg|
|Date of Birth||3 March 1950|
|School Name||Private School|
|College Name||University of Delhi|
|Father Name||Not Known|
|Mother Name||Not Known|
|Source Of Income||Scientist|
|Net Worth||$1-5 million (Approx)|
Virander Singh Chauhan Education
Virander Singh Chauhan obtained his BSc, MSc and PhD (in Organic Chemistry) from Delhi University. He then went, as a Rhodes Scholar, to do his DPhil at Oxford University, UK (1974). After a post- doctoral stint at the University of Georgia, USA.
He returned to India and taught first at St Stephens College as Lecturer (1977) and then as an Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. He joined Delhi University as a Reader (1982) and rose to be a Professor in the Department of Chemistry (1988).
He then joined the newly created International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi; headed the Malaria and Structural Biology research group (1998) and became the Director of the Institute (1999), the position he continues to hold.
Virander Singh Chauhan Career
Virander Chauhan is the secretary of the Indian arm of Rhodes Scholarships UK and is a member of the selection committees of such as Inlaks, Felix and Dr. Manmohan Singh scholarships.
A former president of the Society of Biological Chemists during 2009-2011, Chauhan is an elected member (1992) of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), Guha Research Conference and The World Academy of Sciences TWAS.
He has served as the president of Indian Peptide Society and as a member of scientific institutions such as New York Academy of Sciences, American Society of Microbiology, Indian Biophysical Society and Indian Immunology Society.
He has been a member of the executive councils of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) for their Indo-US Vaccine Action Programme. He has also been a part of other initiatives by Department of Biotechnology, Rotaviral Diarrhoea Vaccine Product Development Project and Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry Programme and has served as the part-time chairman of Bharat Immunologicals and Biologicals Corporation Limited, a vaccine manufacturing company under DBT.
Chauhan has been associated with international bodies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) as the member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Vaccines and Biological Standards, International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) and Asia-Pacific International Molecular Biology Network (A-IMBN), South Korea, as a member of their Technical Research Groups.
He has also been a part of the editorial boards of several national and international journals like International Journal of Biomedical Science, Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, Journal of Peptide Science, Asian Biotechnology and Development Review, Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, Indian Journal for Biochemistry and Biophysics, Journal of Molecular Structure and The Open Vaccine Journal.
Virander Singh Chauhan FAQ’s
Q. What is Virander Chauhan’s Age?
Ans. He is 55 years old.
Q. Where is the Born of Virander Chauhan?
Ans. He was born in India.
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