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Bharat Aggarwal

Aggarwal, Bharat
Bharat Aggarwal
Professor, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Undergraduate Education
BS Biochemistry - University of Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduate Education
MS Biochemistry - Banares Hindu University, Varanasi, India
PhD Biochemistry - University of California, Berkeley, CA
Honored as Most Highly Cited Researcher by the ISI, Institute for Scientific Information, 2000
Team Anderson Award, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 2003
Ranbaxy Award for Outstanding Scientist of the Year, Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, India, 2004
Outstanding Scientist Award, American Association of Indian Scientists in Cancer Research, 2

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Professor, The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, TX

Professor, Albert B. Alkek Institute of Bioscienes and Technology (IBT), Texas A&M University, Houston, TX

Dr. Aggarwal started his career with a start-up company, Genentech, where he worked for almost ten years and his work lead to the discovery of TNF- a and TNF-b; and identification of their receptors. In 1989, when Dr. Aggarwal joined M. D. Anderson, his group focused on the “Role of Inflammatory Pathways Mediated through TNFs, RANK, TRAIL, CXCR4, NF-kappaB, and STAT3, for the Prevention and Therapy of Cancer and other Chronic Diseases”. Since then, his group has identified more than 50 novel compounds from “Mother Nature” that interrupt these cell-signaling pathways, shown to be effective in various animal models and some are now in Clinical Trials. He has published more than 600 papers in peer-reviewed journals (including Science, Nature, Cancer Cell, PNAS, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Blood, JBC, CR), invited reviews and book chapters, and is inventor/co-inventor on over 33 patents. His papers exhibit high-citations (some exceed 1000) with overall citation now at 75,900 and with an H-index of 112.

Dr. Aggarwal has edited over 12 books and served as Guest editor for special issues from Biotherapy, Cancer Letters and Current Opinion in Pharmacology. His recent book “Healing Spices” released in January 2011 by Sterling; is already a best-seller. He has trained over 80 Post-doctoral Fellows and Visiting Professors from around the world. Dr. Aggarwal has received numerous awards including 2012 L’Associazione per la ricerca di terapie oncologiche integrate Award, Rome, Italy; 2011 James A. Duke Award Excellence in Botanical Literature Award, California; 2010 World Congress Science Prize from OCC; 2008 Excellence in Research Award of McCormick Research Institute from the American Association of Nutrition; 2008 UC Davis Kosuna Distinguished Lecturer Award; 2006 Outstanding Scientist Award from the AAICR; and 2004 Ranbaxy Award for Outstanding Scientist of the year.


1977 University of California, Berkeley, CA, PHD, Biochemistry
1972 Banares Hindu University, Varanasi, India, MS, Biochemistry
1970 University of Delhi, Delhi, India, BS, Biochemistry


7/1977-7/1980 Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco, CA, Professor Harold Papkoff