Mahendra Pal

Mahendra Pal

Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Public Health
Addis Ababa University


Dr.Mahendra Pal worked as Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Public Health at College of Veterinary Medicine in Addis Ababa University. He has launched Narayan Consultancy in India. He is an internationally renowned scientist and a well-known distinguished academician, has 540 papers and authored 8 books to his credit. He worked in Veterinary and Medical Colleges in India and abroad. He guided over 67 students at DVM, MSc, MVSc and Ph.D. level in India and Ethiopia. He is credited to develop Sunflower seed agar (Pal’s medium) medium, APRM medium, PHOL stain and Narayan stain for the study of fungi. He is elucidated for the first time the role of Cryptococcus neoformans in the mastitis of goat and buffalo, Fusarium solani in corneal ulcer of buffalo, Aspergillus fumigatus in rhinitis of camel and mule, Trichophyton verrucosum in dermatitis of deer, Candida tropicalis in human lung empyema, Nocardia asteroides in keratitis of cattle. He has established for the first time the prevalence of Cryptococcus neoformans in the environment of New Zealand, Nepal, and Djibouti. He has reported the first isolation of Candida albicans from mastitic milk, and Trichophyton verrucosum in dermatitis of the camel in Ethiopia.

Prof. Pal’s biography is published in World’s Who and Who. Prof. Pal is the recipient of “Distinguished Teacher Award”, “Jawaharlal Nehru Award” and “Lifetime Achievement Award”. He is associated with Editorial Board of many scientific journals. He is the First Indian Veterinarian who worked as “JSPS Visiting Scientist” at University of Tokyo, Japan. He was instrumental in starting Ph.D. program in Veterinary Public Health at Anand Agricultural University, India and also at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Very recently, Indian Association of Veterinary Public Health Specialists has instituted “Prof.Mahendra Pal Zoonoses Award” in order to remember his outstanding, immense, commendable and significant contributions in science. Considering the last 46 years significant, commendable and pioneer contribution, Prof. Pal is known as “Father of Veterinary Mycology” in India.

Research interest:

Dr. Mahendra Pal is interested in the fields of Microbiology, Veterinary public health, Zoonotic diseases, Veterinary and medical mycology, Food microbiology, Ecology of mycotic pathogens.