Dr. Ranjana Aggarwal has joined as Director, CSIR- National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies (CSIR-NISTADS) on June 24, 2019.
Previously, Dr. Ranjana Aggarwal has served as Professor of Chemistry and Director, Women’s Studies Research Centre at Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. She obtained her BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from Kurukshetra University and then after carrying out two years postdoctoral research on erythromycin biosynthesis at Cambridge University, UK she joined her Alma mater in 1995 as lecturer. Subsequently she worked in many well known European Labs such as again at Cambridge University as Commonwealth fellow, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and University of Trieste, Italy. She is actively collaborating with scientists of USA, Spain and Ireland.
Her research interests consists of design and synthesis of azaheterocycles, involving green reagents, of therapeutic interest as anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and photodynamic agents, computational studies and 2D NMR spectroscopy. Recently she has been granted a research grant by Haryana State Council for Science and Technology to develop new leads to treat cancer by targeting DNA. Her research contributions have been acknowledged in the form of awards notably Dr. Basudev Banerji Memorial Award (2014) by Indian Chemical Society and Prof. S. S. Katiyar Endowment Award (2015) by Indian Science Congress. As an accomplished academician she has been nominated as Member of National Monitoring Committee for Minorities Education by MHRD, New Delhi. She is visitor’s Nominee for Delhi University and Central University Assam, Silchar and Chancellor’s Nominee for many Haryana State Universities.
As Director Women’s Studies Research Centre she has been actively engaged in capacity building programs, promotion of Gender sensitization and skill development particularly among rural women.