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Dr. Bhanu Iyengar

Pigment Cell Center
Iyengar Farm, Brijwasan Road, PO Kapashera,

Brief Biography:

Name                            :           Dr. Bhanu Iyengar

            Nationality                     :           Indian

Permanent Address       :           Iyengar Farm, Brijwasan Road, Kapashera PO, New       

                                                Delhi  110 037. INDIA.

            Telephone Number         :           91-11-25063433

            Academic  Qualifications:           M.B.B.S., M.D. (Path), Ph. D. (Path), FAMS

            Fields of Specialization   :        Diagnostic and Research Pathology, Routine and Special,

                                                            Pathology:Autopsy and Museum.


1.                   Elected Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences (India) : 1994

            2.         University of Delhi : Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. Path.) : 1984.

                        Subject : Pathology.

            3.         University of Delhi : Doctor of Medicine (MD. Path) 1967.

                        Subject : Pathology.

4.         University of Delhi : Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) : 1961.

Subject : Medical Sciences.  Stood 1st in the University.  Distinction in Preventive and Social Medicine. Gold Medal in Surgery.

            5.         University of Delhi : Intermediate (Science) Premedical Group : 1956.

                        Subject : Physics, Chemistry, Biology.  Passed in 1st Division.

            6.         University of Cambridge : Overseas Senior School certificate : 1954.

Subject : Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics with Additional Maths, English and Hindi.  Passed in 1st Division, Distinction in Chemistry.



Academic positions:


1.                   Director, Pigment Cell Centre, Delhi.

2.                   Chair Sciences: World Assembly: Tobacco Counters Health  [WATCH] [2004 – 2007]

3.                   WHO: Principle Investigator, Project: “Cancer Control with Community Participation”, at Vishnu   Namn Bhrigu Medical Trust, Uttarkashi, Uttaranchal. [2003 – 2005].

4.                   Professor and Head of Department, Pathology, Dr.RPG Medical College,Kangra at Tanda, Himachal Pradesh.[1.1.1999 – 31.3.2002].

5.                   Director, Institute of Pathology(ICMR), New Delhi.[1.1.1992-31.5.1998].

6.                   Deputy Director, Institute of Pathology(ICMR),New Delhi. [9.2.1983-31.12.1992].

7.                   Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi.[1.1.1983-8.2.1985].

8.                   Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. [27.2.1980-31.12.1983].

9.                   Lecturer, Department Of Pathology, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. 9.6.1969-26.2.1980].

10.               Demonstrator, Department of Pathology, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. [1.1.1963-8.6.1969].

11.               Resident in Surgery, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital, New Delhi. [Jan-June 1962]

12.               Resident in Medicine, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital, New Delhi. [June-Dec 1962]



At Maulana Azad Madical College, New Delhi:

1.       Undergraduate teaching:

2.       Post-Graduate teaching :

  • Post-Graduate Lectures/ seminars
  • Supervision and co-supervision of :  MD, MS, Ph.D. theses.

3.        Examinership:       

  • Undergraduate & Postgraduate examiner, Delhi University.
  • Examiner for M.Sc. and Ph.D., University of Bombay
  • Examiner for Ph.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.


At Institute of Pathology [ICMR]:

1.                   Postgraduate Teaching:

The following Teaching Programmes were established by me at the Institute of Pathology.

  • DNB (Pathology), Institute of Pathology was accorded recognition by the National Board of Examinations for  D.N.B.(Path) teaching programme since 1992.
  • MS-PhD (BMS), Recognised by Birla Institute of Technology & Science for M.S./Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences programme since 1993.

At Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Kangra at Tanda, Hiimachal Pradesh:

As Founder Professor and Head of Department:

1.       Set up the Diagnostic Histopathology Department, to serve as an infrastructure for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research.

2.       Set up the Museum, Teaching slide set and a collection of wet specimen.

3.       Designed the interiors of the various laboratories for the College as well as for the Hospital complex.


Total Teaching Experience

Undergraduate: 1963 to 1983 and 1999 to 2002 : 23y 3m

Postgraduate   : 1967 till date                      : 41y

Theses Supervised: 39 [15 related to Pigment Cell Biology]  :





Research interests:


At Maulana Azad Madical College, New Delhi:

  • M.D. Thesis : Liver changes in Acute Hemolysis – An Experimental study.
  • Ph. D. Thesis : Neuroectoderm – Primitive Streak interactions with reference to copper catalysis.
  • ICMR Project : Reconstruction of common bile duct with the seromuscular layer of a loop of intact bowel- an experimental study. (In collaboration with Department of Surgery, M.A. Med College, New Delhi).
  • Induced skin Adnexal tumors (In collaboration with Ultrastructure Division of Cancer Research Institute, Bombay).


At Institute of Pathology [ICMR]:

  • Multicentric Collaborative study of Indian Childhood Cirrhosis (ICMR).
  • Clinico-pathological study of pigmentary disorders (In collaboration with Department of Dermatology S.J. Hospital, New Delhi )
  • Collaborative study of HT 18, a human amelanotic melanoma cell line (In collaboration with the 1st Institute of Pathology and Experimental Cancer Research, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary).
  • Clinicopathological study of melanomas (In collaboration with the Cancer Surgery Department of Safdarjung Hospital).
  • Pigment cell research in collaboration with the Dermatology Department.
  • Tumor biology in collaboration with Cancer Surgery Department.
  • Neural Tumors in collaboration with Neurosurgery.
  • Techniques developed: i. In ovo blastoderm cultures. ii. Whole skin organ cultures for therapeutic assessment in vitiligo.
  • Temporary Advisor to the WHO for a Multicountry study on Carcinoma Prostate.
  • Project Review Committee Member  for Cancer Research.
  • Steering Committee Member of the National Cancer Registry Programme.


As Director, Pigment Cell Centre:

  • WHO: Priniciple Investigator: Project entitled, “Cancer Control with Community Participation” at Vishnu   Namn Bhrigu Medical Trust, Uttarkashi, Uttaranchal.
  • Pigment Cell Research.

Any other information:


  • International Workshop on "Growth Disorders of the Pigment Cell" was held under the aegis of the Geneva based International Union Against Cancer (UICC) at the Institute from October 28-29th, 1994.
  • Workshop on Vascular Tumors
  • Recent Advances in Immunohistochemistry
  • Pathology of AIDS  and diagnosis of opportunistic infections
  • An Overview of Tumor Biology
  • Pathobiology of Neuronal Systems
  • Laboratory Techniques - Hands on training to students from Univ.of Delhi
  • Modern trends in Immunohistochemistry


As Director, Pigment Cell Centre:

1. Consultant and Research on Pigment Cells

1. UICC-TPCC: Telepathology Services: Expert for Neuropathology and Dermatopathology

2. Chair Sciences for the World Assembly for Tobacco Counters Health: WATCH 2004, 2005 & 2007.

3. Consultant for Neuropathology to National Brain Research Centre [NBRC]



            Total No. of Publications/abstracts/presentations :340+ (National and International)

            Published one book; 2 Chapters.

            Published one Atlas for undergraduates with a slide set.

            Prepared 6 undergraduate Pathology Teaching sets.




1.         Member New York Academy of Sciences.

2.         Member AAAS

2.         Member Pan American Society for Pigment Cell Research.(PASPCR)

3.         Member, International Academy of Pathology(Indian Division)

4.         Member of International society for Environmental Toxicology and Cancer  (MISETC).

5.          Life Member Association of International Union Against Cancer [UICC] Fellows.

6.         Cleared part I of the Membership of Royal College of Pathologists (MRC Path).



1.         Elected Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences

2.         Life Member of the Indian Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists (IAPM).

3.         Life Member, Indian Association of Cancer Research

4.         Life Member, Indian Science Congress Association

5.         Life Member  of Academy of Biomedical Scientists.



1.                   ICRETT Fellowship [UICC] to set up the whole skin organ culture at the Experimental Dermatology Division of Neuroscience Department of Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. 2002.

2.                   Dr. TB Patel Oration Award:  In the field of Neurobiology and Pigment Cell Biology, awarded by the Gujarat Cancer Society, Ahmedabad.

3.                   Orissa Chapter Dr Bhagabati Acharya Oration Award Delivered Oration “Embryomas” at the Indian Association of Pathologists & Microbiologists (Orissa Chapter) held at Berhampur. 1995

4.                   Deputation under the INSA-HAS, Exchange of Scientists Programme to the 1st Institute of Pathology and Experimental Cancer Research, Semmelweis  University, Hungary 1985.

5.                   A short term Visiting Fellowship to the Cell Biology Division, Cancer Research Institute, Bombay (ICMR) 1977.

6.                   Yoshida-Yamagiva cancer Fellowship [UICC] awarded for one year to work under Prof Yoshida [Nobel Laureate] on erythroporomas at Tokyo, Japan, 1973. [Could not avail the Fellowship due to unavoidable circumstances]

7.                   President’s Silver Medal for standing first in Delhi University in Final MBBS: 1961

8.                   Grace Lukose Gold Medal for Surgery: Final MBBS 1961.

9.                   Lady Wellington Medal for Distinction in Preventive and Social Medicine: Final MBBS 1961.

10.               Kamla Ghosh Prize for Best student in Final MBBS: 1960-1961.

11.               Haksar Prize for being most sympathetic to patients: Final MBBS 1961.

12.               First Prize in Clinical Surgery: Final MBBS 1961.

13.               Preventive and Social Medicine: Final MBBS 1961.

14.               Merit in Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Clinical Medical Medicine.



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