Panel Talk

Rediscovering IISc for the 21st Century

Professor D. Balasubramanian

December 16, 2008, 11.30AM - 1PM

About the Speaker

Professor Dorairajan Balasubramanian

Current position: Director of Research, L. V. Prasad Eye Institute, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500 034, India (since June 1998). Phone: +91-40-2354 3652; Fax: 2354 8271; Email:,,

Also Visiting Professor, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia, and Adjunct Professor, BITS Pilani, India

Earlier positions: Director, Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad 500 007, India (until June 1998).

Professor and Dean, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500046 (1977-1982); Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur (1967-1977).

Academic training: M. Sc. Chemistry, Birla College, Pilani, India, 1959 Ph.D. Chemistry, Columbia University, New York, USA, 1965; Postdoctoral Fellow: Univ. Minnesota Medical School, 1965-66.

Research Interests: Molecular and Cellular Approaches to Understand and Treat Diseases of the Eye. Published 150 research papers and 2 books.

Other interests: Work in the area of Public Understanding of Science, through popular science newspaper columns, radio and TV programs. Published over 300 popular articles and 6 books. Working with governments and agencies on issues of science and technology; Chairman- Biotechnology Advisory Council, Govt. of A. P. (1999-2006);Member- Board: Inst. of Life Sci., Hyderabad; Member- Board of Directors: VIMTA labs, Hyderabad.

Honours & Awards: "Padma Shri": National honour by the President of India, 2002 "Chevalier de l'Ordre National de Merite": National honour by the President of France, 2002.

President, Indian Academy of Sciences, 2007-2009. Fellow & Secretary General: Third World Academy of Sciences Fellow- American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow: International Molecular Biology Network Fellow of all the Indian Science Academies Awarded the Bhatnagar Prize in Chemical Science, India 1981 Won the Ranbaxy, Goyal, Bhasin and FICCI Awards, India Awarded the Third World Academy of Science Award in Basic Medical Sciences, 1995 and the Khwarizmi Award of Iran in Basic Medical Sciences, 1996 Awarded the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science, 1997, Paris, France. Awarded both the Indian National Science Academy's Indira Gandhi Prize for Science Popularization, and the DST/NCSTC National Prize for Science Popularization 2002.

Personal details: Date of Birth: August 28, 1939; Citizen of India.

Married to Shakti (ETV producer), two daughters: Katyayani (research analyst) and Akhila (public health professional).