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Brief introduction for invited talks

Prof. Pawan K. Dhar is currently Head, of the Synthetic Biology group at the School of Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He also has a concurrent appointment as a Professor at the Special Centre for Systems medicine and the School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies at JNU. Prof. Dhar received his Ph.D. degree in 1993 from BHU (Varanasi) in Human Genetics. One of his significant contributions has been to develop a novel drug discovery platform from DNA sequences from the dark matter of the genome. In the past, Prof. Dhar has established research groups in India, Singapore, and Japan and published in the area of human genetics, systems biology, and synthetic biology covering computational, experimental and policy areas.

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Some of the key administrative responsibilities that have come up in the last few years


Within JNU: Dean, School of Biotechnology; Member, Executive Council & Academic Council; President, Institutional Innovation Council;  Director, Internal Quality Assurance Cell; Chair, Institute of Eminence Committee;  and Intellectual Property Cell.

Outside JNU: Governing Council, NIFTEM Thanjavur and Presidency University, Kolkata; Advisory Committee, Hunt for Vaccine, Govt. of India & UK Govt., Member of JNU Academic Committees of  LBS NAA, Mussoorie; DIPAS (DRDO), New Delhi; Indian Naval Academy Kerala, Raman Research Institute, CDRI Lucknow; IMTECH Research Council, Chandigarh; THSTI, Faridabad, National Institute of Immunology, CEC, IUAC, New Delhi, NIPGR, DBT Task Force on Genome Engineering, DBT Human Resource Development Program, IBSC of Indian Oil Company, Faridabad, CCMB Hyderabad, MHRD, Selection Committee, Commonwealth Scholarship UK and Japan; New Delhi  Task Force, DBT Marine Biotechnology, New Delhi; Board of  Studies, Gujarat National Law University; Central University of Kashmir,  Oversight Committee, DBT Bioenergy Centres

Employment History

Dean, School of Biotechnology
School of Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 
New Delhi   [ May 2017  - May 2021 ]

Professor & Head 
Synthetic Biology group

School of Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 
New Delhi   [ Mar 2015 ...  ]

Department of Life Sciences 

School of Natural Sciences, Shiv Nadar University
Dadri, Greater Noida, U.P.

Professor and Head, Biotechnology 

Symbiosis School of Biomedical Sciences
Symbiosis International University, Lavale, Pune

Adjunct Professor
Centre for Energy Biosciences,

Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

Director, Centre for Systems and Synthetic Biology
University of Kerala, Trivandrum, Kerala


Senior Scientist & Head,  Synthetic Biology group, 

RIKEN Advanced Sciences Institute, Japan Adjunct Faculty,
Tokyo Medical and Dental University

Senior Scientist & Group Leader, Systems Biology, 

Bioinformatics Institute, Singapore

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, 

National University of Singapore.

Assistant Professor Institute of Advanced Biosciences, 

Keio University, Japan


Visiting Scientist, Dept. of Radiation Genetics,

Kyoto University, Japan

Associate Professor & Lab Head, Human Genetics Division,  

Dept. of Anatomy, Manipal University, Udupi, Karnataka

Visiting Scientist, Institute of Medical Radiation Genetics, 

University of Essen, Germany

Assistant Professor and Lab Head, Human Genetics Division, 

Dept. of Anatomy, Manipal University, Udupi, Karnataka

Academic History

Higher Diploma in Software Engineering (1998)

APTECH, Udupi, Karnataka

Ph.D. in Human Genetics (1992)

Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, U.P.

Masters in Zoology (1986)

Department of Biosciences, 

University of Jammu, Jammu J&K

Bachelors in Science (1984)

GGM Science College, Jammu, J&K

Matriculation (1980)

National High School, Srinagar, 

Kashmir,  J&K

Co Founder & Mentor
Foresight Biotech Pvt Ltd
Foresight Biotech Pvt Ltd is a drug discovery company currently incubated at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. weblink

Co Founder & Mentor
Clear Meat Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi
The mission of ClearMeat Pvt. Ltd. is to produce affordable, nutrition, slaughterfree and safe meat for human consumption weblink



Synthetic Biology lab, RIKEN Yokohama 

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Hitachi Research labs, Tokyo, 2007

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President, RIKEN (Prof. Ryoji Noyori) and Indian Ambassador to Japan (Mr. HK Singh) after signing
MoU in 2006


Seoul National University, Korea . Host Prof. Kwang Hyun Cho  

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