Maharaj Kishan Bhan, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.Sc., currently is National Science Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Government of India; president of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry; an advisor to the World Health Organization; and president of National Capital Region Biotech Cluster, Faridabad. He is a former secretary to the Government of India, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology; and founder chairman of Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), Ministry of Science and Technology (India).
Bhan is a fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, fellow of the Academy of Sciences, fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and fellow of the Third World Academy of Science.
Bhan has authored about 200 research publications, which have appeared in international, peer-reviewed journals. His research focuses on enteric infections, nutrition-infection crosstalk, and affordable technologies for prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal and nutritional problems in children. Bhan research contributions include development of a rotavirus vaccine now in use in India, development of low osmolality oral rehydration salts, and made advancements in the treatment of persistent childhood diarrhea, such as the administration of zinc, and integrated management of neonatal and childhood illness.
As Secretary of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, for about a decade, Bhan established many new institutes, collaborations and innovation support agencies in order to transform the biotechnology sector in the country. In recognition of his services to India, he was conferred the Padma Bhushan Award by the Indian government in 2013.