Council of Scientific Advisers

The Council of Scientific Advisers (CSA) is composed of fifteen eminent scientists active in the international arena in the Life Sciences. The members of the Council are elected by the Board of Governors, with the Director-General of ICGEB serving as the Secretary. The members of the CSA hold office for a period of three years and are eligible for reappointment for two further periods of three years.

The main functions of the CSA include:

  • reviewing the scientific research activity of each ICGEB Component and reporting back to the Board of Governors;
  • examining the work programme and the budget of the Centre and making recommendations to the Board;
  • assisting the Director General on all substantive, scientific and technical matters concerning the activities of the Centre,

The CSA holds a regular session once a year, generally alternating the meetings between the three Component laboratories in Trieste, New Delhi and Cape Town.

The twenty-fifth session of the CSA was in Trieste, Italy from 19-21 March 2019.

Current CSA Members

Roger N. Beachy
Department of Biology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA

Zodwa Dlamini
Mangosuthu University of Technology, Sandton, Gauteng, SOUTH AFRICA

Zhen-Chuan Fan
Tianjin University of Science & Technology, P.R. CHINA

Marco Foiani
IFOM (FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology), Milan, ITALY

Mariano Garcia-Blanco
University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston TX USA
Duke-NUS Medical School, SINGAPORE

Alexis M. Kalergis
Millennium Institute for Immunology and Immunotherapy, Santiago, CHILE

Jorge Kalil
Laboratory of Immunology, Heart Institute, School of Medicine, University of São Paulo, BRAZIL

Gagandeep Kang
Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory, Christian Medical College, Vellore, INDIA

Alexander A. Makarov
Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, RUSSIA

Rafael Radi
Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of the Republic, Montevideo, URUGUAY

Rafael Rivera Bustamante
CINVESTAV, IPN-Unidad Irapuato, Genetic Engineering Department, Irapuato, MEXICO

*Richard J. Roberts
New England Biolabs, Ipswich MA, USA

Carmen Socaciu
University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA

Inder Verma
San Diego, CA, USA

Khatijah Yusoff
Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, MALAYSIA

Former CSA Members

Sonia Abdelhak, TUNISIA (2009-2015)

Khosrow Adeli (2009-2018)

Ahmed Azad, BANGLADESH (1999 – 2007)

Padmanabhan Balaram, INDIA (2006 – 2008)

Francesco Blasi, ITALY (2006-2015)

L. Luca Cavalli Sforza, ITALY (1995 – 2005)

Ananda Chakrabarty, USA (2007 – 2016)

Pierre Chambon, FRANCE (1998 – 2006)

Zhangliang Chen, CHINA (2005 – 2010)

Georgi Georgiev, RUSSIA (1995 – 2003)

Vladimir Glisin, SERBIA (2000 – 2008)

Xiaocheng Gu, CHINA (1995 – 2004)

Robert Haselkorn, USA (1998 – 2006)

Luis Herrera Estrella, MEXICO (2000 – 2008)

Luis Herrera Martinez, CUBA (2001 – 2009)

*Timothy Hunt, UK (2005 – 2010)

Muntaser El Tayeb Ibrahim, SUDAN (2004-2013)

Radovan Komel, SLOVENIA (2004-2013)

*Arthur Kornberg, USA (1995 – 2005)

Alberto Kornblihtt, ARGENTINA (2005-2014)

*Joshua Lederberg, USA (1995 – 2004)

Miguel A. Gomez Lim, MEXICO (2014-2016)

Valerie Mizrahi, SOUTH AFRICA (2008-2014)

Hassan Mshinda, U.R. TANZANIA (2014-2016)

Vasey Nyamu Mwaja, KENYA (2016-2018)

Nduka Okafor, NIGERIA (1995 – 2003)

Govindarajan Padmanaban, INDIA (1995 – 2005)

Nicholas Proudfoot, UK (2006-2015)

Dinakar M. Salunke, INDIA (2012-2015)

Héctor Norberto Torres, ARGENTINA (1995 – 2004)

Pablo Valenzuela, CHILE (1995 – 2000)

Marc Van Montagu, BELGIUM (2007-2013)

Mamannamana Vijayan, INDIA (2009-2011)

Brenda Wingfield, SOUTH AFRICA (2015-2017)

Ray Wu, USA (1995 – 1997)

Wei-hua Wu, CHINA (2011-2014)

*Harald zur Hausen, GERMANY (2015-2017)

*Nobel Laureates

For further information

Secretary of the ICGEB Council of Scientific Advisers
Prof. Mauro Giacca, ICGEB Director-General

Secretariat of the CSA