Suman Sahai

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Suman Sahai
Nationality Indian
Citizenship India
Education Ph.D., 1975
Alma mater Indian Agricultural Research Institute
Occupation Founding director
Organization Gene Campaign
Awards Order of the Golden Ark, Borlaug Award, Padma Shri

Suman Sahai is an Indian activist and the founder of Gene Campaign.

Career[change | change source]

Sahai got a Ph.D. from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute[1] in 1975. She then worked at the University of Alberta, University of Chicago, and the University of Heidelberg, where she did her habilitation in human genetics.[2] The Web of Science shows that Sahai has published over 40 articles. They are mostly on policy issues dealing with genetically-modified organisms. Her articles have been cited over 150 times and she has an h-index of 7.[3] She is director of the non-governmental organization, Gene Campaign.[4][5][6]

Awards[change | change source]

Scandal[change | change source]

In April 2013 it was shown that Sahai committed plagiarism in her habilitation thesis.[9] She had submitted this thesis to the University of Heidelberg in 1986.[10] She was also accused of presenting herself as being or having been a professor at that University. She never actually had such a position.[9] The University of Heidelberg confirmed on 14 April, 2013, that plagiarism had taken place. The university also said that Sahai has no right to call herself a professor of the University of Heidelberg. Her habilitation has been revoked.[9][11]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "How I made it: Suman Sahai : Aspire". India Today. 2010-04-29. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  2. "Dr Suman Sahai: Curriculum vitae". World Academy of Art and Science. Archived from the original on 2013-04-12. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  3. Web of Science, accessed 2013-03-29.
  4. Basu, Paroma; Qiu, Jane; Powell, Kendall (2008). "Making a difference". Nature 455 (7215): 1002–3. doi:10.1038/nj7215-1002a. PMID 18938259. 
  5. Jayaraman, K.S. (2002). "Poor crop management plagues Bt cotton experiment in India". Nature Biotechnology 20 (11): 1069. doi:10.1038/nbt1102-1069. PMID 12410241. 
  6. Dickson, D (1993). "Indians protest against US-led gene bank". Nature 361 (6410): 291. doi:10.1038/361291a0. PMID 8426645. 
  7. "Subba Rao, Suman Sahai get Borlaug award". The Hindu. 2004-01-31. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  8. "Press Information Bureau English Releases: Padma Awards Announced". Government of India. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Köppelle, Winfried (2013-04-09). "Heidelberger Habilitations-Humbug" (in German). Laborjournal (4): 14–17. ISSN 1612-8354. OCLC 85726582. Archived from the original on 2013-04-18.  English translation
  10. "Sahai, Suman: Elucidation of the role of neurotransmitter glutamate in normal and abnormal mental function". HEIDI. University Library Heidelberg. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  11. "Stellungnahme der Medizinischen Fakultät der Universität Heidelberg". UniversitätsKlinikum Heidelberg. Archived from the original on 2013-04-29. Retrieved 2013-04-29.