Rakesh C Ramola

Rakesh C Ramola

Toxicology

H.N.B. Garhwal University, India

Rakesh Chand Ramola earned his PhD in physics from Guru Nanak Dev University, India in 1989. He is now working as Professor in physics and Campus Director at H.N.B. Garhwal University, India. He teaches nuclear physics and electronics to postgraduate students. Previous to his present appointment, he was at the University of Salzburg, Austria as a postdoctoral fellow during 1991 and 1992, joining H.N.B. Garhwal University as a faculty member in October 1992. He was also selected as an Associate of International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy for a period of four years (1990-1994), and has worked at the National Institute for Radiological Sciences, Japan, as an invitational fellow curtesy of the Japan Society for Promotion of Science in 1999 and 2000. Rakesh is recipient of the prestigious ‘Dr. A.K. Ganguly Felicitation Award’ and ‘Pride of India’ awards for original outstanding scientific work in the field of radiation protection/radiation in environment and academic excellence in higher education. Rakesh was initially trained as a radiation physicist with a special emphasis on environmental radiation protection. Under the radiation protection programme, he has carried out extensive surveys of indoor and outdoor environments in order to find out the effects of radiation on the general public. He has developed a number of national and international collaborations in this area and has also carried out extensive studies in high background radiation areas of India with a mission to contribute missing Asian data to the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR). His ultimate aim in this project is to develop new guidelines on radiation effects for the public. He has also received training in various leading research laboratories in Japan and Europe. The findings of his work have been published in reputed scientific journals and have also been presented in many international forums. He presently has 180 peer reviewed research publications in international journals and has also five edited books published with various international publishers. Rakesh has completed more than a dozen major research projects from various funding agencies. Seventeen research students have completed their PhD degree under his supervision. He organized a number of symposia in the field of environmental radiation and earth sciences, and is reviewer for various international scientific journals and a member of the editorial board for two journals. He is the member of numerous scientific societies. His research interests include natural radioactivity, environmental radon and thoron, solid state nuclear track detectors, gross alpha counters, scintillation detectors, semiconductor detectors, gamma ray spectrometry, radionuclides analysis, radiation dosimetry, radiation hazards, earthquake forecasting, accelerators and ion beam interaction with matters.