Virander Singh Chauhan

The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, India

Virander Singh Chauhan obtained his Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees in chemistry from University of Delhi. He completed his Ph.D. degree in 1974 and won the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study for a Ph.D. at Oxford University, UK, in 1977. After a postdoctoral stint at University of Georgia, USA, Professor Chauhan returned to India and taught at St. Stephen’s College. In 1980, he joined Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, as an Assistant Professor, but returned to his Alma Mater at the Chemistry Department, University of Delhi. At University of Delhi, he established a leading research group in designing and synthesis of small peptides and studied their structure and was soon promoted to professorship. In 1988, he was chosen to head the Malaria and Structural Biology Research Group at the newly created International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) at New Delhi and became the Director of the centre in 1998. Professor Chauhan’s research interests are in malaria vaccine and the drug development research. His group has developed procedures to prepare recombinant vaccine target antigens and with industrial partner, vaccine formulation has been developed for clinical trial, in India. Professor Chauhan’s work on understanding the mechanism of actions of antimalarial drugs like chloroquine and artemisinin has led to the development of high throughput screens for malaria drug discovery. Another research interest of Professor Chauhan is in the area of design, synthesis, and utility of conformationally defined peptides. This work has proved useful in the design of antibiotic peptide, antiamyloid, and more recently in peptide-based self assembling systems. During his scientific career, he has guided about thirty Ph.D. students, and trained a large number of students in their research. Professor Chauhan has published more than 160 research papers in peer reviewed internationally reputed journals.

Biography Updated on 26 March 2007

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