Professor Alok Dhawan

Professor Alok Dhawan

Director, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research

Professor Alok Dhawan is currently Director, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research. He is an Outstanding Professor, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, New Delhi and Test Facility Management of the GLP-Toxicity Test Facility at CSIR-IITR. He also served as Director (Additional Charge) of CSIR-CDRI from December 2017-August 2018. He served as Founding Director, Institute of Life Sciences (2012-2015), and Dean, Planning and Development, Ahmedabad University, Gujarat. Before joining as Director, CSIR-IITR, he worked as Scientist C, Principal Scientist and Senior Principal Scientist at CSIR-IITR, Lucknow. He obtained his Ph.D. Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Lucknow, India in 1991 and was awarded D.Sc. Degree (h.c.) by the University of Bradford, U.K., 2017 in Life Sciences for his contributions in the area of nanomaterial and genetic toxicology. He has been a Visiting Scholar, Michigan State University, USA; BOYSCAST Fellow, University of Surrey, Wales & Bradford, UK. He has over 30 years of research experience in toxicology and has contributed significantly in the areas of in vitro-, genetic- and in silico- toxicology. Professor Dhawan initiated the area of nanomaterial toxicology in India and published a guidance document on the safe use of nanomaterials. He founded the Indian Nanoscience Society in 2007. In recognition of his work he has been elected Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK; Fellow, The National Academy of Sciences, India; Fellow, National Academy of Medical Sciences, India; Fellow, The Academy of Toxicological Sciences, USA; Fellow, The Academy of Environmental Biology; Fellow, Academy of Science for Animal Welfare; Fellow’s Society of Toxicology (India); Founder Fellow, Indian Nanoscience Society; Fellow, Gujarat Science Academy; President, Uttar Pradesh Academy of Sciences (2017-); Vice President’s Environmental Mutagen Society of India (2006-07); Member’s National Academy of Medical Sciences; Member, United Kingdom Environmental Mutagen Society, U.K.; Member, Asian Association of Environmental Mutagen Societies, Japan. He has to his credit over 140 publications in peer reviewed international journals, 18 reviews/book chapters, four patents, two copyrights and has edited six books. He serves on the Editorial Boards of several scientific journals of repute such as Mutagenesis, Nanotoxicology, Xenobiotica and Mutation Research.