Ashoka University appoints Dr. Anurag Agrawal, Former Director CSIR IGIB, as Dean of Biosciences and Health Research


New Delhi : Ashoka University today announced the appointment of Dr. Anurag Agrawal, former Director, CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi, as the Dean of Biosciences and Health Research, Ashoka University. Dr. Agrawal is a leading Indian scientist and a member of the pandemic preparedness subgroup of the Global Partnership for Artificial Intelligence. His appointment at Ashoka will further give a fillip to the University’s efforts at strengthening the Sciences and coming up with path-breaking researches, specifically in the Biosciences.

On his appointment, Dr. Anurag Agrawal, Dean, Biosciences and Health Research, Ashoka University, said “The future of Bioscience in India is very bright. Indian scientists and researchers are seeking to conduct world-class research which creates a significant impact on India and the world. The government, too, recognizes this and is supportive of scientific research and development. I am excited to join Ashoka at a time when the University is making significant strides into various areas of cutting-edge research, which aims to solve important scientific problems.”

Dr. Agrawal has been active in molecular and digital tracking of the COVID-19 pandemic and is also the co-chair of the Lancet and Financial Times Global Commission, Governing health futures 2030: growing up in a digital world, with a mandate to explore the convergence of digital health, AI and other frontier technologies towards universal health coverage. Through research and other events, he will engage with the Ashoka students and faculty in the emerging area of Bioscience. He will assume the position from 1st April 2022.

According to Prof. Malabika Sarkar, Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University, “It is an honour for the University to have Dr. Anurag Agrawal join us as the Dean of Biosciences and Health Research. He brings a wealth of experience, international recognition and deep understanding of the field to this role. We believe that under his guidance, research at Ashoka will grow exponentially and the university will contribute immensely to the future of Bioscience and health research in India.”

Ashoka is on a journey towards creating a leading multidisciplinary research university with a strong focus on teaching and learning. The diversity of experience and research in Ashoka’s faculty reflects the University’s foundational goals. Ashoka actively strives to build inclusive communities and empower students to see the world differently – through work, in and outside the classroom, in peer interactions, and towards communities.


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