Ever seen energy, knowledge, and empathy go in tandem?
Sounds queer and philosophical in todays incessant world but someone rightly put it “never deprive them of hope, for it would be the only thing they may have”. And here, God send him at this perfect time. Yes, Dr. Sarman Singh born in a poor family on November 9, 1956 as fourth of the five siblings proved himself quintessential for this needy world. Grounded to the core, his deep human values had been inculcated by his father (late) Shri. N. R. Singh and an enduring mother (late) Smt. Sumitra Devi. Both were illiterate. He walked to the school on his own and got admitted directly in standard 3 by the head master Shri. Phool Singh.
His real journey began with the secondary education from Aligarh, U.P. And Graduation in Biological Science from Agra University with the real stepping stone being, Degree in Medicine from elite “King George’s Medical College (KGMC), Lucknow” and from here, there was no looking back. By 1985, he had obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital Administration and later pursued his “Doctorate in Medicine” with specialization in Clinical Microbiology from Post Graduate Institute of Medical and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh in 1987
Dr. Singh has been trained at one of the best Schools of Epidemiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA in 1990, where he pursued a short term training on epidemiology of infectious diseases. In the year 2002, he obtained training in Ethical issues in International Health Research from Harvard Medical School (USA) and University of Natal, South Africa, and has also been trained on Intellectual Property Rights at the National Law School, Bangalore, India.
His major turning point was moving to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi as senior resident in 1988 and rising to the present position of Professor & Head of “Division of Clinical Microbiology & Molecular Medicine, Department of Laboratory Medicine”. At that time, the Division had no Research and Developmental work and had a limited academic role in action. However, through Dr. Singh’s sheer hard work and commitment this Division has developed into a full-fledged Molecular Biology Laboratory well-equipped with few of the best modern Diagnostic and Research tools in the world. His laboratory is catering routine molecular diagnostic services not only to the Institutes’ patients, but also to the patients in and outside Delhi. He is leading a team of nine Ph.D. students, and sixteen technical personnel. He has directed more than 35 national and international research projects.
For his research work on leishmaniasis, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India awarded him long term fellowship for the year 1994-95, which provided him an opportunity to work with World renowned Prof. K.P. Chang, at Chicago Medical School, Chicago, USA. He has earned accolades for his indigenous work on three intracellular pathogens: Toxoplasma, Leishmania and Mycobacterium( both in HIV positive and HIV negative patients). Amongst the prestigious and highly acclaimed awards, Dr. Singh has been awarded with Biotech Product and Process Development and Commercial Award by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, New Delhi (2006); prestigious Dr. B.C. Roy Award (Hari Om Ashram Alembic Research Award (2006); Dr. B.P. Pandey Oration Award of Indian Society of Parasitology as best teach teacher in Parasitology (2006); Vigyan Ratna Samman from the Government of Uttar Pradesh (2007); Dr. B.K.Aikat Award of Indian Council of Medical Research (2008), MedAchiever Award of Indian Medical Association (2014), Chikitsna Ratna Award of Delhi Medical Association (2014) and most prestigious BMJ Excellence Award for Innovation in Health Technology (2014) amongst others. He also has two International Awards to his credit-The Young Scientist Award (1996) of the International Immunocompromised Host Society (USA) and Merit Award (1998) of the International Immunocompromised Host Society (USA) again. Several of his students have also received several awards for their outstanding research work.
He has 6 books, 48 book chapters and more than 301 research publications mostly in international journals, including Lancet, Cell, PNAS, BMJ, PNTD, to name a few. He is Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) UK; Royal society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (FRSTMH), UK; National Academy of Medical Sciences, India (FAMS); International Medical Sciences Academy (FIMSA);Indian Academy of Parasitology (FIATP); and Society of Immunology and Immunopathology (FSIIP). He has been examiner for several universities and subject expert , Task force member and project reviewer for almost all Indian funding agencies and also for Turkey, South Africa and Israel Governments. He has delivered hundreds of guest lectures, keynote speeches and special addresses.
He has 8 patents and innovations. Two of these inventions have been commercialized.One invention (rapid KE16 test for kala-azar diagnosis) has been taken up by the Government of India in its national kala-azar elimination programme.
Afore mentioned are just a handful of the umpteen arenas, where he has exhibited his research prowess.
-Arshi Munawwar & Smriti Singh
Professor & Head
Division of Clinical Microbiology & Molecular Medicine,
Department of Laboratory Medicine,
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
New Delhi-110029, India
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