Dr Rajesh Arora is a Director – Life Sciences (Tech. & Admin.)and is currently holding the position of Director-Life Sciences (A&T) & Scientist ‘F’, and Chief Controller Research and Development (Life Sciences and International Cooperation), Defence Research and Development Organization, Government of India. His contributions in the area of novel drug design and development, particularly radiation countermeasure agents of natural (herbal as well as microbial) origin and augmentation of medicinally useful secondary metabolites using biotechnological interventions have received wide acclaim. Dr Arora’s name is included in the Who’s Who of the World, USA, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, USA and International Biography, UK. In addition, he has been awarded several prestigious fellowships and awards. Recently, he received the DRDO Laboratory Scientist of the Year Award (2010). Dr Arora has been a Visiting Scientist in the European Union during 2009–10. Dr Arora has published extensively in peer reviewed international journals and has 12 patents and 7 books to his credit, including three from Oxon, UK. He is a life member of several professional societies and is on the editorial board of numerous journals. Several of his students occupy responsible positions in the government/academia/industry. Dr Arora received his PhD in Biotechnology jointly from Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Lucknow, and University of Meerut. He also holds post-graduate diplomas in Human Resource Development and Marketing Management and an MBA degree in Human Resource Management. Dr Arora was professionally trained at the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, Sanjay Gandhi Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune, Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences, Delhi, and Institute of Technology Management, Mussoorie. Dr Arora has also been involved in Technical and Human Resource Development activities for leveraging human capital in cutting edge areas of Science and Technology.
Novel drug design and development, particularly radiation countermeasure agents of natural (herbal as well as microbial) origin and augmentation of medicinally useful secondary metabolites using biotechnological interventions,Biotechnology, Radiation Biology, CBRN Defence, Natural Resources.