Dr Niyaz Ahmed, Head of the Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) has been admitted as the Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), United Kingdom. The RSC is a 170 year old professional body that works for academic and research excellence in chemical sciences and their applications. The election as fellow of the RSC, considered as a distinct academic honor, follows a rigorous peer recommendation process and is based on several criteria emphasizing that the nominee occupied a position of authority in his/her area of research with a high level of autonomy in work and communication and that he/she directed and supervised the research of professional scientists.

Dr Ahmed has been the recipient of the National Bioscience Award of the Government of India and he directs a team of PhD scholars and post doctoral fellows at the University. His work remains highly acknowledged and known in the area of infectious disease epidemiology and pathogen biology including studies on multiple drug resistance in pathogenic bacteria such as those causing TB and diarrheal diseases. Dr Ahmed has also contributed extensively to the area of identification and biochemical characterization of novel proteins from different bacteria while establishing their roles in disease mechanisms. His recent work on ‘geographical genomics’ of the human gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori has been published in Nucleic Acids Research journal in January 2015 in collaboration with Australian Nobel Laureate, Barry J. Marshall.

UoH Herald congratulates Dr. Niyaz Ahmed on this achievement.