Rup Lal is a Professor of Molecular Biology at the Department of Zoology, University of Delhi. He has over 35 years of teaching, administrative and research experience. He has taught UG and PG students and supervised nearly 60 Ph.D thesis and mentored more than 120 M.Sc/M.Tech and under-graduate students. During his involvement in teaching and research, Prof. Rup Lal was Chairman of Board of Research Studies (2008-2010), Head, Department of Zoology (2007-2010), Dean, Faculty of Science (2007-2010), Dean, Examination (2012-2016), Member of Executive Council and Academic Council and member of several national and international bodies. He has longstanding experience in research in the various disciplines highlighting molecular and genetic aspects of hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) degradation, exploring microbial diversity, genetic manipulation of rifamycin producing actinobacterium, microbial genome sequencing and metagenome analysis. He has two US patents to his credit. He has over 200 publications in peer reviewed journals with 5009 ISI citations & h-index 35.
He has delivered more than 300 lectures in the area of Biotechnology, Microbiology, Genomics and Metagenomics at various national and international platforms. He is the recipient of several prestigious fellowships including the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (Germany), DBT Overseas Fellowship and Indo-US-ASM Professorship in Microbiology. He was a visiting scientist at the University of Cambridge, University of Kaiserslautern (Germany), Oregon State University (USA), EPFL (Switzerland), University of Lausanne (Switzerland), EAWAG, Zurich (Switzerland), CSIRO, Canberra (Australia) and Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig (Germany). He is the recipient of Endeavour executive fellowship (2017-2018), Moselio Schaechter Distinguished Service Award from American Society for Microbiology, Prof. S.R. Vyas Memorial Award and Prof. B.N. Johri Award on Microbial diversity by the Association of Microbiologists of India.
Prof. Lal was Editor-in-Chief of Indian Journal of Microbiology (2006-2013) and also serving as a member of editorial board in various leading scientific journals like mSystems, Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Microbiology Reports, BMC Biotechnology, BMC Biochemistry, Microbial Biotechnology and many more.
He was the Ambassador, American Society for Microbiology for the Indian Ocean Region (2012-2015) and the President of Association of Microbiologists of India ( 2013). Presently, he is the Ambassador of ISME (International Society for Microbial Ecology), The Netherland. He was also a member of several national and international committees: a member of the review committee for the ASM-IUSSTF Indo-US Professorship in Microbiology. He is General Secretary of Indian Network for Soil Contamination Research. He is the Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, New Delhi (FNA), Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, India (FNASc), Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (FNAAS) and the Fellow of Association of Microbiologists of India (FAMI).