Prof. A.K Mukhopadhyay
Prof. &Head(MBBS., MD., MNAMS.)
Dr. A. K. Mukhopadhyay is Professor of Laboratory Medicine since 01.07.2002, took over as the Head of the Department since 01.04.2006.
Medical graduate (MBBS) from University of Calcutta (1977), post graduate (MD) in pathology from AIIMS (1981), a Member of National Academy of Medical Sciences, India (1988).
Following Appointment as Lecturer in Pathology for Clinical Pathology for the Central Laboratory of AIIMS in 1985, he became an integral part of the movement that transformed this central laboratory service area into a full-fledged Academic Department in 1988. He was officiating Head of the department from 01.06.94 to 26.03.96. He was also instrumental in establishing a 3-year residency program leading to MD degree in Laboratory Medicine. MD course started in the Dept. since July 1997 and so also the PhD Program in Laboratory Medicine. The dept. at present performs nearly eleven million investigations per year.
Prof. Mukhopadhyay has been working with apparently two visions; one on the ground, and another on Ideas, which he envisages would combine in near future, in this twenty first century.
Vision on the Ground:
Academic Reform and organizational Reform of the medical laboratory disciplines in a teaching institution with hospitals are in his focus. As in the discipline of Medicine, three year residency leading to MD degree in general Medicine has become a basic postgraduate degree followed by super specialty three year residency leading to DM degree in Cardiology, Neurology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Geriatric, Pulmonary Medicine etc., as in the discipline of Surgery, three yr. residency leading to a basic postgraduate degree MS, followed by super specialty three year residency leading to M.Ch. Degree in Pediatric Surgery, Neurosurgery, Cardiac surgery, Uro surgery, GI Surgery etc., so also in laboratory Medicine three year residency leading to MD degree is envisaged to be the basic postgraduate degree in Laboratory discipline followed by three year residency leading to DM degree in Hematology, Transfusion Medicine, Virology, Histopathology etc.
Vision on ‘Big Ideas’:
There are defined non-observable operators, which influence biological behavior at the observable level. Theses operators are Information, Mind, Life, Self and Consciousness. They have their individual operational mechanics and interconnected mechanics. Together they constitute a hierarchically nested multi-layered decision-making labyrinth of Systems Psyche, which have molecular links with signal network at the level of the brain as well as at the level of the individual cell. Biologically Inspired Systems Science, Information Geometry, Ladder of Cognition, the interface of Psychology and Robotics are in his focus.
Membership of Professional Bodies:
Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Science invited Prof. Mukhopadhyay as an observer from India in their Meeting on Science for Man and Man for Science in 1999.
Life Member, Indian Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists, Life Member, Association of Clinical Biochemists of India, Life Member, Indian Science Congress Association, Life Member, Indian Medical Association, Life Member, International Academy of Pathology, Member, New York Academy of Sciences, USA, Fellow, International Society for Philosophical Enquiry, USA, Member, Society for Scientific Exploration, USA, Member, Scientific and Medical Network, U.K.
In the panel of Expert:
On the Advisory Board
Commission for Extended Science (It is a global body for extension of Science)
Institute of Global Harmony
Academic Committee Member
Dayalbag Educational Institute, Agra
ShriLalBahadurShastri, Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, New Delhi
Ministry of Health, Govt. of India
Chair, Subcommittee of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine for development of Minimum Standard.
Member of the Standing Committee on CDEC, DGHS, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt.of India.
Chairperson of the Course Curriculum Committee (Part of National Task Force under Addl. Director General) of the Medical Laboratory Technology courses awarding degrees like M.Sc. (MLT), B.Sc. (MLT), Diploma (MLT) and PG Diploma (MLT) in Histotechnology, Cytotechnology and Hematotechnologyin the National Institute of Paramedical Sciences (NIPS) and Regional Institute of Paramedical Sciences (RIPS) (renamed as NIAHS).
Specification Committee member of six AIIMS-like Institutes, Ministry of Health, Govt. of India.
Member of a Committee (set up by Govt. of India, Ministry of Health) to identify
the training need, for nonmedical personnel.
Expert Committee member in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, Expert / Consultant in JDW National Reference Hospital, Thimpu, Bhutan,
Expert in Medical Council of India for Laboratory Medicine
Expert in UPSC (Union Public Service Commission), Govt.of India,
Selection Committee member of Indira Gandhi National Open University
Expert for Delhi Cancer Institute Faculty selection
Expert for Evaluation of Projects submitted to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT).
Reviewer of several National and International Journals
Examiners for several Universities in India
He is Chief supervisor and co-supervisor of several of several Ph.D. and MD students within AIIMS.
Within Paradigm Research
1. Neurodegenerative disorder: Alzheimer's disease and Vascular dementia;
Genetic polymorphism and Epistasis, ROS and Mitochondria.
2. Neurodegenerative disorder: Parkinson's disease; Mitochondrial DNA and
3. Molecular Psychiatry: Depression; genetic polymorphism and Epistasis
4. Psycho-neuro-immunology: Depression; Immune function and Apoptosis
5. Coagulation abnormalities in Traumatic Brain Injury, Acute liver failure and
Acute pancreatic failure
6. Antioxidant properties of the plant Ocimum sanctum (Tulsi)
Research Interest in emerging New Paradigm
Dr. A. K. Mukhopadhyay is a theoretical scientist and works with Ideas. His Research interest is in finding out the link between 'local' science and 'non local' science. The fields of interest are as follows:
1. ‘Life’: Its origin and operation. How ‘God Particle’ is related to Consciousness?
2. Ladder of Cognition: Abstract Operations, Systems Science and its link with molecular biology.
3.Interrelationship between Brain and consciousness, Gene and Information, Information and Consciousness, memes and information, self and information.
4. Systems Psyche: Its structure, Operation and possible Molecular links
5. Transition of Homo sapiens to Homo spiritualis: Its scientific basis
6. Integral approach in Developing a Systems Science for Consciousness (browse through website on consciousness:http://www.akmukhopadhyayconsciousness.com
7.Supracortical Consciousness; The evolutionary first step taken by brain-bound consciousness to make sense of brain-independent consciousness. He has postulated several mechanism of Supracortico-cortical and Cortico-supracortical communication.
8.How the operational mechanics of Consciousness could be connected with the mechanics of matter and energy (quantum and classical mechanics) at the space time signal level? Nested hierarchy in organization of Nature: The hierarchy of uncertainty. Pentaune Model of Nature-Consciousness.
9.The phase transition through `Death'; Near-death experience, Transcendental death experience, Transformational death experience and the Experience of getting re-born in the same body. Correlation of “experiential” with neuro-phenomenology, and their biochemical and molecular counterparts.
10.The Science of Information. This is the Agenda for Twenty first Century’s science.
Dr. Mukhopadhyay holds a radical view on information which he considers as an ‘entity’ in phase beyond the Planck's scale of nature. Areas of special interest are:
i. Relation of Information with space, time and energy. The role of mind or mind-like structure and process in nature in the information-split phenomenon.
ii. Information Mechanics
iii. Information Geometry
iv. Ontological category of Information
v. Information Holograph
Information-split as a process is involved in creation of space time in one hand, and opens up hitherto unexplored resource of information-based energy on the other hand. He proposes that information-based energy is pollution-free, inexpensive and inexhaustible. It leads us to the dawn of a new energy revolution. Information-split process also explains the psycho-somatic connection.
On these ideas, he has authored four Books (Link) that have been reviewed extensively in India and abroad (akmukhopadhyayconsciousness.com).