Mumbai: Dr. Saran Narang, globally recognised as among the foremost molecular biologists, has been appointed to the Nicholas Piramal Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Narang, has been the principal research officer, genetic research programme at the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada since 1981. At Nicholas Piramal, Dr. Narang will work on the current cancer research programme.
Dr. Narang's pioneering work in the area of diabetes to develop a total synthesis of human pro-insulin gene, earned him the distinction of being awarded the Officer of the Order of Canada in 1985. His works in the area of synthetic DNA has inspired several Nobel Prize winning researchers in DNA sequencing.
Born in 1930 at Agra, India, Dr Narang is a graduate of Punjab University, earned his PhD. from Calcutta University in 1961 and completed his post-doctoral work from the Johns Hopkins University in 1962.
Dr. Narang has spent his professional career at the NRC where, since 1981, he has been the Principal Research Officer, Institute for Biological Sciences. He has published over 200 papers and patents and edited two monographs; 'DNA and RNA synthesis and its application', and 'b protein engineering: approaches from classical to genetics'.