Prof. Nirmal Ganguly is a Distinguished Biotechnology Research Professor, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India. He is President, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Pondicherry, as well as the Asian Institute of Public Health, Bhubaneswar. He is currently Chairman of Immunology Foundation. He is Vice-President, Governing Body of Central Council for Research in Ayurveda & Siddha, Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. He is Adviser to Department of Health & Research. He is former Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Prof. Ganguly has published 757 papers and supervised 130 PhD/MD theses as guide/co-guide. His major research areas have been Tropical, Cardiovascular and Diarrheal Diseases. His area of specialization is Infectious Diseases and interests encompass Immunology, Biotechnology and Public Health.
He has been Chair of WHO-SEARO Advisory Committee on Health Research for the last several years. He was Chairman, WHO Scientific Working Group on Criteria for Setting Health Research Priorities, WHO SEARO, New Delhi and Co-Chair, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). He was in the Scientific Advisory Group of Neglected Diseases, WHO. He was Member, Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) of TDR; Foundation Council, Global Forum for Health Research, Geneva; UNAIDS Vaccine Advisory Committee; Scientific Board Grand Challenges, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.He is Chairman, IND Committee of Drug Controller General of India. He is Co-Chair, Task Force of Biotech Regulatory Authority, DBT. He is Chairman, Ethics Committee, PGIMER, (Chandigarh) and AIIMS (New Delhi).
He currently is: Governing Body Member of 27 Indian institutes and Public Health Foundation of India; President, The Asian Conference on Diarrheal Diseases and Nutrition (ASCODD), Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Member, Advisory Group, Cholera Vaccine Investment Case Preparation, International Vaccine Institute, Seoul, South Korea; Member, Global Access Advisory Committee, University of Western Ontario, Canada; Member, Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN), Centre for Tropical Medicine, University of Oxford, UK; Member, Asian AIDS Vaccine Network Task Force, WHO, Geneva. Member of the Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership (GARP), USA; Member, Product Development Group, Measles Aerosol Vaccine Project, WHO, Geneva; Member, Meningitis Vaccine Project, WHO Geneva; Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Grand Challenges, Canada.
Prof. Ganguly is MBBS, MD, DSc (hc), and Fellow of all the Indian Science Academies. He is Fellow of the Imperial College Faculty of Medicine, London; Royal College of Pathologists, London; International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences, Canada; Third World Academy of Sciences, Italy; and International Medical Sciences Academy, New Delhi.
Dr. Ganguly is recipient of 5 International and 108 National awards. He has been honored with the prestigious Padma Bhushan award by Her Excellency the President of India on 26th January, 2008 in the field of “Medicine”.