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Our Founder- Dr. Bal Ram Singh

    Dr. Bal Ram Singh as a Professor of Biophysical Chemistry and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and the Director of Botulism Research Center, has been conducting research for 16 years at UMass Dartmouth on the molecular mode of action of botulism and tetanus neurotoxins, and lately also on yoga, mind, and consciousness.His research on biodefense and biotechnology is internationally recognized, and he has served on many national and international scientific panels.

    Dr. Singh has published about 150 research articles, has edited two books, and currently writes an opinion column for India New England News, a regional newspaper for Indian Americans.He has published over three dozen scholarly articles on issues related to Indian tradition, culture, and philosophy. He is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management.

    Dr. Singh received his B.Sc. from Avadh University in India in 1977 in Biology and Chemistry. He received his M.Sc. and M. Phil. Degrees from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India in Life Sciences during 1979-1982, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Texas Tech University in 1987. He completed in post-doctoral training in University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1990.

    Dr. Singh joined the faculty at UMass Dartmouth in 1990. He is recipient of the First Scholar of the Year Award at UMass Dartmouth, and has been active in many campus governance bodies, including Faculty Senate. He has been faculty representative to UMass Board of Trustees, and has received recognitions from UMass Presidents Bulger and Wilson over the years.

    Over the years, Dr. Singh has served on expert panels of National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security. He has also served/is serving on the Board of Directors of World Association of Vedic Studies (WAVES), Educators Society for the Heritage of India (ESHI), Hindi Association of Rhode Island (HARI).

    Dr. Singh is the recipient of 2004 University Service Award given by the UMass Dartmouth Alumni Association. He is a 2005 Honoree of India Association of Rhode Island for his service to the Indian community in the United States. Dr. Singh was recognized with Ved Vidya Rakshak award from World Association of Vedic Studies (WAVES) in 2006

    Mailing Address:

    Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry/Center for Indic Studies
    University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth
    North Dartmouth, MA 02747
    (508) 999-8588
    (508) 999-8451


    Ph. D. (Chemistry, Major-Biophysical Chemistry), 1987, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, U.S.A.
    M. Phil (Life Sciences, Major-Biophysical chemistry), 1982, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
    M. Sc. (Life Sciences, Major-Biochemistry), 1979, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
    B. Sc. (Chemistry, Biology), 1977, Kamla Nehru Institute of Science and Technology, Avadh University, Faizabad, India.

    Position Held:

    DIRECTOR, Botulinum Research Center, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (2003-present).

    DIRECTOR, Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (2000-present).

    PROFESSOR, Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Biology, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (1999-present).

    CONSULTING EDITOR, Akhand Bharat Sandesh (monthly newspaper) (2001-2004).
    BUREAU CHIEF, United States, Between the Media (a monthly news magazine) (2000-2004).

    SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW, School of Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (1997-present).

    VISITING ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School (1996-1997).

    ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (1997-1999).

    ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, Department of Chemistry,  University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (1995-1999).

    ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Department of Chemistry,  University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (1990-1995).

    PROFESSOR, GRADUATE FACULTY, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (February 1992-present)

    VISITING PROFESSOR, Department of Biochemistry, Georgetown University/Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C. (June, 1991-August, 1991)

    ASSISTANT SCIENTIST, Environmental Toxicology Center/Department of Food Microbiology and Toxicology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (November 1989-1990).

    ASSOCIATE RESEARCHER,  Department of Food Microbiology  and Toxicology, UW-Madison (December 1988-October 1989).

    ASSISTANT RESEARCHER, Department of Food Microbiology and Toxicology, UW-Madison (September 1988-November 1988).

    RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, Department of Microbiology and Toxicology, UW-Madison (March 1987-August 1988).

    TEACHING AND RESEARCH ASSISTANT, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX (1983-1986).