Suman Sahai
EducationPh.D., 1975
Alma materIndian Agricultural Research Institute
OccupationFounding director
OrganizationGene Campaign
AwardsOrder of the Golden Ark, Borlaug Award, Padma Shri

Suman Sahai is an Indian activist and the founder of Gene Campaign.


Sahai obtained a Ph.D. from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute[1] in 1975. She then successively worked at the University of Alberta, University of Chicago, and the University of Heidelberg, where she obtained her habilitation in human genetics.[2] According to the Web of Science, Sahai has published over 40 articles, mostly on policy issues relating to genetically modified organisms, which have been cited about 200 times, giving her an h-index of 9.[3] She is director of the NGO, Gene Campaign.[4][5][6]



In April 2013, Sahai was shown to have committed plagiarism in her habilitation thesis,[9] which had been submitted to the University of Heidelberg in 1986.[10] In addition, she was accused of presenting herself as being or having been a professor at that University, without ever actually having occupied such a position.[9] On 14 April 2013, the University of Heidelberg confirmed that plagiarism had taken place, that Sahai has no right to call herself a professor of the University of Heidelberg, and that in consequence Sahai had agreed to renounce her venia legendi.[9][11] As of 2023, Sahai's short bio at the World Academy of Art and Science still lists her as "Professor of Genetics, University of Heidelberg".[12]

See also


  1. ^ a b "How I made it: Suman Sahai : Aspire". India Today. 29 April 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Dr Suman Sahai: Curriculum vitae". World Academy of Art and Science. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  3. ^ Web of Science, accessed 2021-04-16.
  4. ^ Basu, Paroma; Qiu, Jane; Powell, Kendall (2008). "Making a difference". Nature. 455 (7215): 1002–3. doi:10.1038/nj7215-1002a. PMID 18938259.
  5. ^ Jayaraman, K.S. (2002). "Poor crop management plagues Bt cotton experiment in India". Nature Biotechnology. 20 (11): 1069. doi:10.1038/nbt1102-1069. PMID 12410241.
  6. ^ Jayaraman, K.S. (1993). "Indians protest against US-led gene bank". Nature. 361 (6410): 291. Bibcode:1993Natur.361..291J. doi:10.1038/361291a0.
  7. ^ "Subba Rao, Suman Sahai get Borlaug award". The Hindu. 31 January 2004. Archived from the original on 7 May 2004. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Press Information Bureau English Releases: Padma Awards Announced". Government of India. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  9. ^ a b c Köppelle, Winfried (9 April 2013). "Heidelberger Habilitations-Humbug". Laborjournal (in German) (4): 14–17. ISSN 1612-8354. OCLC 85726582. Archived from the original on 10 May 2013. English translation
  10. ^ Sahai, Suman: Elucidation of the role of neurotransmitter glutamate in normal and abnormal mental function. University Library Heidelberg. 1986. Retrieved 12 April 2013. ((cite book)): |work= ignored (help)
  11. ^ "Stellungnahme der Medizinischen Fakultät der Universität Heidelberg". UniversitätsKlinikum Heidelberg. Archived from the original on 24 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  12. ^ "Suman Sahai". Members. World Academy of Art and Science. Retrieved 8 March 2023.