Chandrima Shaha

Professor of Eminence
National Institute of Immunology


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Dr. Chandrima Shaha is currently Professor of Eminence at the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi where she served as Director. She is currently President-Elect of the Indian National Science Academy to take charge from January 2020.                                                            

Dr. Shaha was the Vice-President, International Affairs of the Indian National Science Academy, Delhi (2016-2018); Council Member, Indian National Science Academy, Delhi (2015-2018); Council Member, National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad (2015-2017); Council Member, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (2013-2015); Member, Panel on Women in Science, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (2011-2014).

Her primary interest in research focuses on death processes in rapidly proliferating cells where her laboratory attempts to understand how the cell death processes contribute to cell survival. In this context, cellular defense systems are another interest for investigations.

Dr. Shaha received the following awards: Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Medal of INSA (2019); D P Burma Memorial Award (2019); Sectional President, Biological Sciences (2017); Sunday Standard Devi Award (2015); Om Prakash Bhasin Award (2015); 14th Pushpa Sriramachari Foundation Day Oration Award  (2014); Prof. Archana Sharma Memorial Award (2013); Chandrakala Hora Memorial Medal (2013); Ranbaxy Science Foundation Award (2010); Darshan Ranganathan Memorial Award (2010); J.C. Bose National Fellowship (2009): Department of Biotechnology Special Award (2003); Shakuntala Amirchand Award (1992).

She was elected as a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS); Trieste. Italy (2014); West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology (2011); Indian National Science Academy, Delhi (2008); Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (2004); The National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, India (1999). She was also Member, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, Sectional Committee of Biochemistry-Biophysics (2011-2014); Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, Sectional Committee of General Biology (2010-2013); Indian Academy of Sciences, Science Education Panel (2010-2012); Indian Academy of Sciences, Summer fellow programme (2008-2010).

Her other professional appointments are, Member, Governing Council- ICMR (2018- present); Executive Council – University of Hyderabad (2019- present); Promotions and Assessment Committee, IISc, Bangalore (2018-2021) Governing Council, InStem, Bangalore (2012- present); Governing Council, IIT Gandhinagar (2017-present); Scientific Advisory Group - ICMR (2018-present); Scientific Advisory Committee, National Institute of Animal Biotechnology (2018-present); Scientific Advisory Committee, Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology, Trivandrum (2010- present); Research Advisory Committee of Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Sriram Institute (2014-2017); Scientific Advisory Committee, Life Science Research Board, Defence Research Development  Organization (2012-2016); Scientific Advisory Committee, CDRI, Lucknow (2013-2016); Scientific Advisory Committee, Institute of Pathology, ICMR (2002-2011); Task Force on Male Contraception of the ICMR, New Delhi, India (1993 – 1997); International Consortium on Male Contraception, New York, USA.(1993-1997); Steering Committee for the Task Force on Regulation of Male Fertility of the World Health Organization. Geneva, Switzerland (1990-1992); Visiting Scientist, Population Council, New York (1985).