2016 Padma Shri Awardee, Prof. Veena Tandon
Prof. Veena Tandon is the ex-professor of Zoology, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong. She now works as a Senior Scientist under the National Academy of Sciences India (NASI) Platinum Jubilee Scheme at Biotech Park, Lucknow.
Her research on worm infections has led to the better understanding of various kinds of parasitic infection in animals, particularly animals of food value, that can be transmitted to humans and helped doctors in better and efficient identification and treatment of worm infections.
Prof. Tandon did her PhD in Zoology (Parasitology) from Panjab University, followed by Post-doc at Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, University of California, Irvine, USA.
After a brief stint at the Himachal University as Assistant Professor, Dr Tandon joined Department of Zoology, North-Eastern Hill University Shillong, as Assistant Professor, where she retired as Professor, recently, but continues to guide student as associated guide.
In her illustrious career, Dr Tandon held many prominent positions including member of Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet, Govt. of India, headed by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Task Force of Department of Biotechnology, DST etc. among others.
First of all, Many Congratulations on winning the prestigious Padma Shri Award. Please tell us about your research work. What do you want to achieve with your research?
Prof. Tandon: During my long ( < 40 years) science and research career, I worked in the field of Parasitology, especially linked to the area of health and hygiene implicating worm infections that are part of everyday life. In Northeast India, in particular, these infections, especially of the liver, lung and intestine, are a potential threat to human health and affect a major section of the population via animal to human transfer as they are linked to socio-economic and socio-cultural factors- mainly hygiene and sanitation, traditional food practices and culinary habits of many native societies - in endemic areas.