Dr. Swaran Jeet Singh Flora
Scientist 'G', Associate Director & Head, Division of Regulatory Toxicology, Defence Research and Development Establishment,
Ministry of Defence, Govt of India
Dr. S.J.S. Flora, Scientist âGâ (Associate Director) is Head, Division of Regulatory Toxicology at Defense Research and Development Establishment, Gwalior. He got his Ph.D. in 1985 from Industrial Toxicology Research Center, Lucknow, India and was a post doctoral fellow at Utah State University, USA (1984-87).
Dr. S.J.S. Flora's most highlighted contribution has been the development of new molecule engineered for therapy of chronic arsenic and lead poisoning. Mono-isoamyl dimercaptosuccinic acid (MiADMSA) has been designed, synthesized and extensively studies by his group in not only conventional screening models but also in advanced human embryonic stem cells and derived embryoid body. The potential drug has reached the stage of âInvestigational New Drugâ and may soon be undergoing Phase-I clinical trial in collaboration with Cadila Pharma, Ahmedabad.
He has published over 250 research papers in highly rated peer reviewed journals, including more than 50 Review article/chapters in international books, which have been widely cited (> 5000 citation) in international literature. He is Associate Editor and member editorial board of more than 25 prestigious international journals like Food & Chemical Toxicology (Elsevier), Environmental Research (Elsevier), Journal of Trace Elements in Biology & Medicine (Elsevier), Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (Elsevier), Human & Experimental Toxicology, Oxidative Medicine & Cell Longevity, Journal of Toxicology and Health (Herbert Publication, U.K.), Journal of Occupational Health etc and Guest reviewer of more than 90 international journals. He has recently edited a book 'Handbook of Arsenic Toxicology' published by Elsevier/ Academic Press, New York, USA.
He is a Fellow of National Academy of Sciences (India) (FNASc), and was awarded prestigious Dr Kailash Nath Katju award of Madhya Pradesh Government in the year 2003 and Shakuntala Amir Chand award of Indian Council of Medical Research in 1995.
He has also been conferred with prestigious ORATIONS like Prof. Govinda Achari, Prof. S.B. Pandey of Indian Pharmacological Society, Prof. R. Nath Oration of PGIMER, Chandigarh and Prof. R.C. Dalela ORATIONS of Academy of Environmental Biology. Dr Flora was also awarded Distinguished Scientist Life Time Achievement Award of Society of Toxicology (SOT, India) and Association of Biotechnology and Pharmacy (ABAP), Archana Gold medal of Academy of Environmental Biology (AEB) for his contribution in the area of Toxicology. Dr. Flora was awarded âBest New Technology Awardâ of Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) for 2009 for developing a new and the first chelating drug in India which may also be the only therapy for chronic arsenic poisoning. Dr Flora is a Board Member of International Society of Dietary Supplement and Phytomedicine (ISDSP), Rome, Italy.
Dr Flora is also Fellow of Association of Biotechnologists and Pharmacy (FABP), Academy of Environment Biology (FAEB) and Society of Science and Environment (FSSE) and a has served as executive committee member of various national and international scientific societies. He has delivered more than 200 invited lectures in India and abroad and has chaired many scientific sessions. Lastly he has supervised 24 research students for the award of PhD degree.