Dr. Samir K. Brahmachari Ph.D., is a former Professor of the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. He is recognized internationally for his contribution in proposing and elucidating the functional and structural significance of repetitive sequences in genomes and its significance in neuro-psychiatric disorders. He pioneered the functional genomics initiative in India and also led the Indian Genome Variation Consortium project as the Founder-Director of the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which created a new national resource: the genetic profile of the people of India. He is a mentor of the Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD) project for infectious diseases, a CSIR-led team-India consortium with global partnership. He is also a member of the expert group on Human Rights and Biotechnology Commission of the United Nations.
He conceptualized “Genomed” as the first-of-its-kind knowledge alliance in India between a government institute and a private pharmaceutical company. He has also been instrumental in establishing The Centre for Genomic Application (TCGA). He initiated the creation of the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) by leveraging the infrastructure and scientific strength of CSIR. He is a member of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO) Council and the Advisory Board of the X Prize in Genomics. He is a Fellow of the national Academies of Science, Technology and Engineering in India. He has received several awards and honours, including the CSIR Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Biological Sciences in 1990.