New Delhi: Girish Sahni, a microbiologist and former director of CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology in Chandigarh, has been appointed as the new director general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
He will also act as the secretary of Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) under science and technology ministry.
He assumed charge of the CSIR and the DSIR on August 24.
Dr Sahni, who was born on March 2, 1956, has a PhD from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru and has specialisation in Protein Engineering, Molecular Biology, and Biotechnology.
He has contributed to the production technology for India’s first indigenous clot bluster drug, natural streptokinase and recombinant streptokinase.
In 1991, Dr Sahni joined CSIR-IMTECH and became its director in 2005.
He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, and the Association of Microbiologists of India.
(With Agency inputs)