Prof. Alok Bhattacharya
Alok Bhattacharya (born 1951) is an Indian parasitologist, academic and a professor of School of Life Sciences & Computation and Integrative Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is also a Professor of Life Sciences at Shiv Nadar University and a visiting faculty at Banaras Hindu University.
He has contributed in number of areas including biology of the parasite Entamoeba histolytica, computation genomics and microRNAs in cancer. Dr. Bhattacharya has published about 150 papers and some of them are in highly reputed Journals.
He chairs the Biotechnology Information System Network (BITSNET) as well as the Life Sciences Expert Committee of FIST program of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and chairs the Task force on Bioinformatics, Computation Biology and Systems Biology. He is a former vice president of the Indian National Science Academy (2011–13).
Bhattacharya, a Robert McNamara Fellow of the World Bank (1985–86), was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, one of the highest Indian science awards, by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research in 1994. He is a J.C. Bose National Fellow of the Department of Science and Technology, India and an elected fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, Guha. Research Conference and the Indian Academy of Sciences. He received the Aryabhatta Medal of the Indian National Science Academy in 2015.