Organizing Secretary, ACBICON 2017
& Vice-President, Association of Clinical Biochemists of India
President, Indian Society for Lead Awareness & Research (InSLAR)
Secretary General, Indian Academy of Biomedical Sciences (IABS)
President, Indian Academy of Biomedical Sciences (IABS) (2013-2014)
Vice-President, Society for Free Radical Research - India (SFRR-India)
Prof. Abbas Ali Mahdi joined as Vice Chancellor of Era University, Lucknow on 16th September 2017. Before joining as Vice Chancellor he was working as Professor & Head, Department of Biochemistry, King George's Medical University, Lucknow.
Prof. Mahdi has more than three decades of research and teaching experience with 320 research publications (having over 5000 citations), including 25 book chapters. He has written four books and has been Editor/Member Editorial Board of International and National Journals and reviewer of many national and international journals of repute.
He has guided twenty two PhD, four M.Phil. and over two hundred MD/MS/DM/MCh/MDS/MSc students and has supervised over fifty research projects from DST, DBT, CSIR, UGC, ICMR, UPCST, including the prestigious DST – FIST (Government of India) and The World Academy of Science project (Trieste, Italy).
Prof. Mahdi has received several awards for his outstanding academic and research contributions. He has made pioneering contributions in the area of natural products, metal toxicity and Free Radical Biology. His seminal work on protection from free radical mediated cellular injury by herbals in diabetic rats is well recognized.
His in-depth studies related to perturbation of antioxidant levels consequent to oxidative stress in seminal plasma of infertile men showed remarkable amelioration by some herbal preparations. His studies demonstrated significant improvement in sperm count and motility following inhibition of lipid peroxidation in seminal plasma by Mucuna pruriens in male sterility. The studies further showed that treatment with M. pruriens and Withania sominifera significantly ameliorated psychological stress, regulated steroidogenesis and improved semen quality in infertile men.
Also, his extensive studies on possible association of aluminum with Alzheimer’s disease have demonstrated that Al may be linked with neuro-lipofuscinogenesis, mitochondrial and endoplasmic reticulum stress and these changes may be responsible for the development of age related disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Prof. Mahdi has organized over a dozen national and international conferences and delivered innumerable public lectures in different parts of the country to create awareness about the adverse effects of lead poisoning. Currently he is working in the area of lead and fluoride toxicity.
Prof. Mahdi is presently President of Indian Society for Lead Awareness & Research (InSLAR) and Vice - President of Society of Free Radical Research (SFRR), India, and former President, Indian Academy of Biomedical Sciences (IABS). He is also the President – Elect of Association of Clinical Biochemists – India and Organizing Secretary 44th Annual ACBICON, which he will organize in December 2017.
Many Foreign Students have also worked under his guidance. Recently, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Trieste, Italy, awarded Fellowship for Research and Advanced Training to Dr. Ezejiofor N. Anthonet, Ph.D., Department of Experimental Pharmacology & Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, to work with him.
Prof. Mahdi has been a Visiting Professor of Biochemistry, Medical University, Nanchang, China, (2005), Chief Proctor, KGMU, Lucknow (2009-14), Faculty – Incharge, Trauma Centre, KGMU, Lucknow (2003-08), Faculty – Incharge, Shatabdi Hospital, KGMU, Lucknow (2010-14), Faculty – Incharge, Centre for Advance Research, KGMU, Lucknow, Additional Controller of Examinations, KGMU, Lucknow (2002-14), Director, National Referral Centre for Lead Projects – India, (2008-), Member of Governing Body/Executive Committee/Academic Council/Faculty Board/Board of Studies/Research & Development Council and Ethics Committee of many Universities/Academic Institutions.
He has also been associated with organization of over a dozen prestigious national and state level competitive examinations including the prestigious CPMT, UPPGMEE etc., as Coordinator and Co-Coordinator.
He has been an examiner/expert at both, national level as well as international level, for over 50 Universities/Institutions at China, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Malaysia. Prof. Mahdi has been an International Expert for Global Burden of Disease (GBD), WHO, Geneva (2013), Expert to review research projects of Israel Science Foundation, The Israel Academy of Sciences & Humanities, Jerusalem (2014), Member Expert Committee, Royan International Award, Islamic Republic of Iran (2012-15), Appointed expert by the Academic Council of King Saud University, Saudi Arabia to assess the academic & research work of Faculty for Departmental Promotions (2009)