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Seyed E. Hasnain
Prestigious International Award to Professor Seyed E. Hasnain,Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad


Hyderabad,: The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany has selected Professor Seyed Ehtesham Hasnain, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad,for the highly prestigious Humboldt Research Award 2008. This Award is given to “eminent non-German researchers whose fundamental discoveries, insights or new theories have had a lasting impact on their field of specialization and who are expected to produce cutting edge results”. The Humboldt Research Prize honours the academic achievements to date of internationally recognized scientists and is valued at €60000 (about Rs.37 lakhs). “A not insignificant number of Award Winners has subsequently been granted a Nobel Prize” says the release from the Humboldt Foundation.

Professor Hasnain was the first Director of the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), Hyderabad and is presently the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad. He currently leads an active research group on the molecular epidemiology and functional biology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the pathogen that causes tuberculosis and has authored more than 180 research papers and about a dozen international patents.

A recipient of the Padma Shri from the President of India, Hasnain has received several prestigious Awards including the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, the Ranbaxy Research Award, J.C. Bose Fellowship and the more prestigious G.D. Birla Award which is given annually to a scientist who has excelled in all branches of sciences put together. Honoured with several other national and international professional recognitions, Professor Hasnain is a Fellow of several prestigious national and international science Academies including the German National Science Academy, Leopoldina; and was the youngest to be ever elected to the prestigious Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Trieste, Italy; Indian National Science Academy (INSA), India etc.

Editor-in-Chief of Gut Pathogens (Elsevier Publishers), he is associated with the editorial boards of many other scientific journals.Professor Hasnain is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India and is the Chairman of the Biotechnology Advisory Council to the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

August' 2008

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