Meet the Director



Prof. Arunabha Ray


Prof. Arunabha Ray, MD, Ph.D., FAMS is Director, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, University of Delhi. He is also Director-Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology at Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute. In addition, Prof. Ray is Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi. He is also member of Executive Council and Academic Council – two of the highest bodies of the University of Delhi. Prof. Ray is a medical graduate (MBBS) from the Calcutta University, with MD and PhD degrees in Pharmacology from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Delhi, with valuable postdoctoral training/experience in the Canada and USA. He has more than 38 years of teaching and research experience in basic and clinical pharmacology at undergraduate (MBBS) and postgraduate levels, and is actively involved in the teaching and supervising biomedical research activities of postgraduate (MD) as well as doctoral (PhD) students in pharmacology and toxicology of the University of Delhi. He continues to be a prolific researcher in the areas of preclinical and clinical pharmacology and toxicology with a novel translational approach. He is actively pursuing extramurally funded projects in his areas of research interest and is expert member of several technical/scientific advisory committees/boards in India and abroad. In view of his expertise in his area of research, he has been globally recognized and invited to several national/international conferences to speak and/or chair sessions and universities/organizations as visiting scientist/guest speaker. Most notably, he has been invited as speaker and chairperson at World Congress of Pharmacology (IUPHAR) meetings of 2006 (in China), 2008 (in Canada), 2010 (in Denmark), 2012 (in Spain) and 2014 (in South Africa), and 2016 and 2017 (in Croatia). He has also travelled extensively to different countries and universities/institutions to deliver guest lectures and as visiting scientist. He is expert member/chairperson at several academic/research committees at organizations like ICMR, DST, DBT, AYUSH, DRDO, CDSCO etc. as well as reputed medical institutions/universities in the country and abroad. As recognition for his contributions in the area of medical education and biomedical research, he has been the recipient of several awards and honors from apex scientific and professional bodies, viz. Achari Prize, Uvnas Prize, Young Asian Pharmacologist Prize, Prof. BN Ghosh Oration Award, Prof. SB Pandey Oration Award, and Prof. NS Dhalla Oration Award. He has contributed actively to several professional organizations/societies eg. IUPHAR, International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (IACS), Indian Pharmacological Society, Society of Pharmacovigilance (India), Indian Immunological Society, Society of Toxicology (India),  He is Founder-President of Delhi Pharmacological Society and Founder-Secretary of Society for Nitric Oxide and Allied Radicals (SNOAR). In view of his contributions in the field of medical/biomedical teaching and research, Prof. Ray was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (FAMS, 2005), Fellow of the Indian Pharmacological Society (FIPS, 2007) and Fellow of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (IACS, Canada, 2016). He has more than 200 publications, is author of several text and reference book chapters, is editor of 04 books in his areas of expertise, and author of a Textbook in Pharmacology.