Faculty Spotlight

Virinder Parmar, Ph.D. – Adjunct Professor

Virinder Parmar, Ph.D.

Professor Virinder Parmar did B.Sci Honors, M.Sc. and Ph.D work at the University of Delhi and has worked for nearly 10 years as a Postdoctoral/Visiting Scientist at Cornell University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Massachusetts Lowell, NYU-Poly, University of Basel and Imperial College London. He is currently on the faculty of the Nanoscience Program of the CUNY Graduate Center and in Chemistry at Medgar Evers College and City College. Earlier, he had served as a professor head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Delhi for 44 years. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Research Studies and provost of Gwyer Hall. In recognition of his excellent service of 44 year in teaching and research, the University of Delhi conferred him with the “Distinguished Service Award for Retired Teachers” during its Centenary Celebrations in March 2023.

He was appointed the Full Tenured Professor of Chemistry and first head of the Department of Nanoscience at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG, USA). He has been an awardee of Medals for Excellence in Research from the Chemical Research Society of India and of the Indian Society of Chemists and Biologists and is a recipient of the Academic Staff Award from the Experts II Consortium of the European Union (EU). He was awarded the Dean’s Research Excellence Award of the School of Science, Health and Technology, MEC-CUNY for the years 2019 and 2020.

Professor Parmar’s research interests include Biotechnology, Green/Sustainable Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Organic Synthesis, Medicinal Chemistry and the Chemistry of Natural Products. He has mentored 85 Ph. D. & Postdoctoral Scientists and has published 516 research papers and obtained 11 Patents; Google Scholar ratings: h-index: 54; i10-index: 300; RI Score: 4805; Citations: 14003. He has handled 32 research projects involving grants of nearly US Dollars 11.60 million in international collaboration with 26 research groups in 15 Countries. He has organized 26 conferences and has delivered upwards of 600 Invited/Plenary Lectures in more than 400 Institutions in 32 Countries. He is the executive editor of the Journal ‘Biocatalysis and Biotransformation‘, and has been on the editorial boards of the Journals: ChemSusChem, Mendeleev Communications, Indian Journal of Chemistry, Natural Product Communications, etc. He has been a member of the IUPAC’s Subcommittee on Biomolecular Chemistry and the Interdivisional Committee on Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development (ICGCSD).