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A scientist with 30 years of experience at the National Chemical Laboratory, NCL and is currently working as a Professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, IISER Pune, Dr. Arvind Natu achieved his doctoral degree from the University of Pune in the year 1976.

During his post - doctoral study at the Institute of Organic Chemistry Technical University, Berlin (1976 – 78) he made significant contributions to synthetic organic chemistry and natural product chemistry. His international research experience includes his working at the Institute of Organic Chemistry Bielefeld W. Germany (1987), the Institute of Biomedical Science/ Pharmacia, Upsala, Sweden (1990), the Shemyakin Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Moscow (1993), and the Institute of Molecular Biology, Poland (1997).

Organic Chemistry, Bio Organic Chemistry, and Combinatorial Chemistry and Biology in drug discovery are the areas of research interest of Dr. Natu. He has established State-of-the-art combinatorial chemistry unit , natural product processing research unit and modern analytical facility. His entire teaching experience of more than 20 years has been at the post graduate level and he has been a visiting Scientist at many global universities and delivering lectures in the areas of his interest.

Dr. Natu is driven by the mission of ‘imbibing scientific attitude’ within the society as a whole. He takes special efforts and keen interest in attracting students towards study of pure Sciences, providing student centric education with interdisciplinary teaching and research and updating the teachers about the recent advances in the field of Science. Towards the achievement of the same mission, Dr. Natu has mentored Indian Chemistry teams at International Olympiad in Budapest (2008) and Cambridge (2009).

Dr. Natu has to his credit many National as well as International accolades and achievements in terms of Labdhi RDE Lifetime Award, Research Ambassador German Academic Exchange Service, Consultant to many Indian & International Pharmaceutical /Research companies, Fellow of the Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, and Member of several Committees (Scientific Advisory Committee of ICMR Herbal Medicine Institute), Senates (Senate Member Surat University), and other academic organizations (Member of academic council of D. Y. Patil University Pune).