Soumya Swaminathan to take charge of Indian Council of Medical Research

Swaminathan, a scientist renowned for her work in tuberculosis research, will head a network of 32 research centres under ICMR

New Delhi: Soumya Swaminathan will be the next director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and secretary, department of health research.

Swaminathan, a scientist renowned for her work in tuberculosis research, will head a network of 32 research centres under ICMR, the apex body for coordination and promotion of biomedical research in India. She was assigned the job by the appointments committee of the cabinet on Friday.

Swaminathan will succeed V.M. Katoch, who had held the position since 2008 and retired in March.

Swaminathan is now director of the Chennai-based National Institute of Research in Tuberculosis where she worked as a research scientist since 1992. The scientist, who has specialized in pediatric pulmonology, completed her undergraduate medical education at the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, and an MD in pediatrics at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

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