It will be presented to him bySpeaker tomorrow

Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Vice-Chancellor and former Director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) Lalji Singh will be delivering the Dr. Nayudamma Memorial Lecture on ‘DNA fingerprinting — the witness within’, after receiving the prestigious Dr. Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award for 2012 at a function to be organised at NRK Kalyana Kala Sadan on the Bose Road here on Saturday.

He was chosen for the award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to life sciences, particularly in establishing DNA fingerprinting as a tool for both fundamental research and crime detection.

The award would be presented by Speaker Nadendla Manohar. Dr. Lalji Singh, who hails from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, had done pioneering research in forensic science and genetic disorders and had established the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics in Hyderabad.

He had obtained M.Sc and Ph.D degrees from BHU and was associated with the Institute of Animal Genetics at University of Edinburgh before joining the CCMB as its Director in July 1998.

He played an instrumental role in developing an indigenous probe for DNA fingerprinting.

It is this tool that is being used extensively in forensic investigations such as paternity determination.

Based on his studies, the Union government had established a Laboratory for Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES) in Hyderabad.

For regenerative medicine, Dr. Lalji Singh had set up a Clinical Research Facility in collaboration with NIMS at the CCMB and also founded Genome Foundation, a non-profit organisation, in Hyderabad.

As Vice-Chancellor of BHU, Dr. Lalji Singh is now focussing on creating facilities for translational research, biological containment of infectious diseases, stem cell research and transplant, and drug development based on traditional knowledge systems.

He was chosen for the award for his pioneering contribution to life sciences