The Pro-Vice Chancellor
Dr. Ahmed Kamal
Ph.D, FNASc, FAPSc, FRSC
Dr. Ahmed Kamal, joined Jamia Hamdard as the first Pro-Vice Chancellor in October 2017. Dr. Kamal was born in Hyderabad, Telangana. He graduated from Osmania University, Hyderabad (India) and obtained his Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry. He subsequently completed his Ph.D. in the area of Medicinal Chemistry from the Aligarh Muslim University. On completion of his doctoral degree he joined as a Scientist at the CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad. He carried out his post-doctoral research work at the University of Portsmouth, England and was a Visiting Scientist at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. For the last 30 years, he has pursued his research career at CSIR-IICT, Hyderabad and later worked in the capacity of Outstanding Scientist, he served as the Incharge Director of CSIR-IICT during 2012-13 and 2015. He also held the additional charge as the Project Director of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Hyderabad during 2009-16.
His research interests mainly focus on the design and synthesis of gene-targeting compounds as new anti-cancer agents and their targeted delivery. He has designed and developed a large number of target based new molecules as potential cytotoxic agents for the treatment of various cancers mostly inspired from natural products. New chemical entities for anti-tubercular and anti-microbial activities are also his research avenues. He is also proficient in the development of new efficient synthetic methodologies including solid phase, resin bound reagents and chemo-enzymatic strategies that are useful in both basic and applied pharmaceutical chemistry. He has won several honours and awards for his research like CSIR Young Scientist Award in Chemical Sciences (1991), Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India (1999), Medal from the Chemical Research Society of India (2005), Ranbaxy Research Award in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences (2005), OPPI Scientist Award from the Organization of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (2009), Fellow of the A. P. Academy of Sciences (2010), Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (2011) and Most Outstanding Researcher in the field of Chemistry by Careers 360 (2018).
He has over 540 publications, more than 10000 citations, 30 review papers and 10 book chapters in the areas of medicinal chemistry and biocatalysis. He has filed over 430 patents and five of his US patents have been licensed to a pharmaceutical company for their clinical development and some compounds from these patents are undergoing pre-clinical studies. Over One Hundred (100) students have completed their Ph.D. programme under his guidance. He is an editorial advisory board member for several prestigious peer-reviewed international journals.
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“Most Outstanding Researcher” Award
Prof. Ahmed Kamal, Pro-Vice Chancellor has been awarded as the “Most Outstanding Researcher” in the field of Chemistry by Hon’ble Union Minister of HRD, Shri. Prakash Javadekar on the 20th March, 2018 at New Delhi.
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