Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Public Health,
Addis Ababa University,
Prof. Mahendra Pal an internationally renowned scientist and a well known distinguished academician, has 520 papers and authored 7 books. Prof. Pal guided over 67 students at DVM, MSc and Ph.D. level in India and Ethiopia. He is credited to develop Sunflower seed agar (Pal?s medium) medium, APRM medium, PHOL stain and Narayan stain for the study of fungi. Prof. Pal elucidated for the first time the role of Cryptococcus neoformans in the mastitis of goat and buffalo, Fusarium solani in corneal ulcer of buffalo, Aspergillus fumigatus in rhinitis of camel and mule, Trichophyton verrucosum in dermatitis of deer, Candida tropicalis in human lung empyema, and Nocardia asteroides in keratitis of cattle. He has established for the first time the prevalence of Cryptococcus neoformans in the environment of New Zealand, Nepal, and Djibouti. He has reported the first isolation of Candida albicans from mastitic milk , and Trichophyton verrucosum in dermatitis of camel in Ethiopia. Prof. Pal?s biography is published in World?s Who and Who. Prof. Pal is the recipient of ?Distinguished Teacher Award? ?Jawaharlal Nehru Award? and ? Life Time Achievement Award. Prof. Pal is the First Indian Veterinarian who worked as ?JSPS Visiting Scientist? at University of Tokyo, Japan. Considering his immense contribution Prof. Pal is known as ?Father of Veterinary Mycology? in India.
Zoonoses, Food Microbiology, Medical and Veterinary Mycology and Environmental Hygiene