Session 5 Chair: Alok Dhawan

Professor Alok Dhawan 

Session 5 Chair: Alok Dhawan, OpenTox Asia 2017

Alok Dhawan 


Indian Institute of Toxicology Research



The need to develop efficient, safe and more sustainable systems are driving innovation across various environmental issues and healthcare industries. The “Current Trends in Predictive Toxicity” theme focuses on identification, priori prediction, and manipulation of toxicants at different level in a robust manner on intimidating problems and commercially relevant application, in industries such as pharma, biotech, agriculture, food and household. This session is a unique opportunity for scientists and engineers from Academics and Industries around the world to assemble and to share ideas regarding “Innovation in Predictive Toxicity”. This session aims to create a forum for the instigation and development of translational research goals, to boost the information flow between academics and industries and to provide a podium to reinforce creativity and nurture innovation in health care, pharmaceuticals and life science industries.

Topics will include methods and applications in Predictive toxicology, In silico system engineering, Pharmacophore design, Current trends in Industrial drug design and cosmetics formulation, Developing models for industrial regulatory risk assessment, Computational advances in toxicity prediction, and more

Professor Alok Dhawan is currently Director, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow.

He also served as Founding Director, Institute of Life Sciences, and Dean, Planning and Development, Ahmedabad University, Gujarat. He obtained his Ph.D. Degree in Biochemistry from University of Lucknow, India in 1991. He was a Visiting Scholar, Michigan State University, USA; BOYSCAST Fellow, University of Surrey, Wales & Bradford, UK and Visiting Scientist, BIBRA Toxicology International, Surrey, UK. Professor Dhawan started the area of nanomaterial toxicology in India and published a guidance document on the safe use of nanomaterials. His group elucidated the mechanism of toxicity of metal oxide nanoparticles in human and bacterial cells. His work has been widely cited. He set up a state-of-the-art nanomaterial toxicology facility at CSIR-IITR as well as at the Institute of Life Sciences. His work in the area of nanomaterial toxicology has won him international accolades as well and he was awarded two Indo-UK projects under the prestigious UK-IERI programme. He was also awarded two European Union Projects under the FP7 and New INDIGO programmes.

He founded the Indian Nanoscience Society in 2007. In recognition of his work he has been elected Fellow, The National Academy of Sciences, India; Fellow, The Academy of Toxicological Sciences, USA; Fellow, The Academy of Environmental Biology; Fellow, Academy of Science for Animal Welfare; Fellow—Society of Toxicology (India), Founder Fellow, Indian Nanoscience Society; Fellow, Gujarat Science Academy; Vice President—Environmental Mutagen Society of India (2006–07); Member—National Academy of Medical Sciences; Member, United Kingdom Environmental Mutagen Society, U.K.; Member, Asian Assocation of Environmental Mutagen Societies, Japan.Professor Dhawan has won several honours and awards including the INSA Young Scientist Medal in 1994, CSIR Young Scientist Award in 1999, the Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize of ICMR in 2002 and the Vigyan Ratna by the Council of Science and Technology, UP in 2011.

He has to his credit over 115 publications in peer reviewed international journals, 18 reviews/book chapters, four patents, two copyrights and has edited two books. He is the Editor-In-Chief, Journal Translational Toxicology published by American Scientific Publishers, USA and serves as the Member, Editorial Board of Mutagenesis, Nanotoxicology, Mutation Research Reviews, and other journals of repute.