• Brief Profile

    Professor Narinder K Mehra is the Head of the Department of Transplant Immunology & Immunogenetics at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. After finishing his graduation from Govt Medical College, Amritsar (1969), he completed masters in Anatomy (1971) and PhD (1975) from the AIIMS and has been on the AIIMS Faculty since 1979. He got passionately involved with the development of the speciality of Transplant Immunology and Clinical Immunogenetics in India starting from virtually nothing and culminating in establishing a world class facility in the leading Medical institution of the country. Being hailed as the ‘Father of HLA activities’ in India, he became Professor and Head of the newly created Department at AIIMS in 1993. His research is focused on defining biomarkers of susceptibility and role of host genetics in infectious and autoimmune diseases leading to better understanding of their immunopathogenesis. He has made significant contributions in defining immune mediators influencing graft success in organ and bone marrow transplantation, genome diversity of HLA at the population level, and towards developing MHC based vaccination approaches in tuberculosis and other infectious diseases including HIV. Professor Mehra is the 'Founder Secretary General' of the Federation of Immunological Societies of Asia-Oceania (FIMSA) and is Visiting Professor to several international universities . He is an elected 'Council Member' of the International union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) (Elected three times) and of the International Histocompatibility Advisory Council. He is a Past President of the Indian Immunology Society (IIS). Currently, he is President of the Asia Pacific Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Association (APHIA) and Secretary General of the Asia Pacific Federation of Inflammation and Regeneration (APFIR). He is chair and member of the Scientific Advisory committees of several institutions of ICMR, DBT and CSIR. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences (FNASc), Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (FNA) and Member Honoris Causa of the prestigious Hungarian Academy of Sciences (only one from India). Professor Mehra has several awards and honors to his credit. Some of the significant ones include S.S. Bhatnagar Award of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in 1992 (considered to be the highest award in India), Ranbaxy Science Foundation Award in 1996, O.P. Bhasin Science Foundation Award in 2000, Chief of the Army Staff Award, 2003, and several awards from the Indian Council of Medical Research and other science organizations and associations in India. In 2003, the French President, Mr. Jacques CHIRAC conferred on him the title of ‘Chevalier of the National Order of Merit’. The Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST) awarded him their KHWARIZMI International Award in 2004 which is considered to be the highest award for Science in Iran. In 2007, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) elected him for their Tata Innovation Fellowship award. Professor Mehra and his group have published more than 425 original research papers in leading international journals. He has trained 35 Ph.D. and more than 40 MD/MS postgraduate in the area of clinical Immunogenetics and Transplant Immunology, many of whom occupy positions of eminence in India and abroad.
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