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The ocular biochemist Dorairajan Balasubramanian has been elected Vice President of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy. At the TWAS 28th General Meeting in November 2018 Balasubramanian was nominated as Vice-President for Central and South Asia. He took office in January 2019 and will serve until the end of 2022.
Dorairajan Balasubramanian is an Indian biophysical chemist and ocular biochemist. He is distinguished for his important contributions to the understanding of the basic biological processes involved in some eye diseases, notably cataract and glaucoma. Since 1998 the scientist is Director of Research at the L. V. Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India. From 2007 to 2010, he was President of the Indian Academy of Sciences. Since 2009 Dorairajan Balasubramanian is member of the Leopoldina in the section Ophthalmology, Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Stomatology.
The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) is dedicated to the advancement of science in developing countries. Founded in 1983, it supports sustainable prosperity through research, education, policy and diplomacy. The TWAS is based in Trieste, Italy.