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142. Prof. Wasim Ahmad

First Indian Nemotologist.

Prof. Wasim Ahmad, Department of Zoology, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)

Born in Chapra, India on 10 April 1957. Educated at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, 1971-81; Ph.D. 1981; D.Sc. 1993. Advance studies in Nematology at Reading University, UK, 1995; Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee, 1995; Natural History Museum, London, 1995; Institute of Hydrobiology, CAS, China, 1999; Institut f_r Nematology, Munster, Germany, 1999-2000; Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, Costa Rica, 2001; Universidad de Jaen, Spain, 2001; National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, Tsukuba, Japan, 2002-2003; National University of Singapore, 2003; Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 2006; National Institute of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Suwon, Korea, 2007.
Nematology is the scientific discipline concerned with the study of nematodes, or roundworms. Although nematological investigation dates back to the days of Aristotle or even earlier, nematology as an independent discipline has its recognizable beginnings in the mid to late 19th century.

A European Union funded prestigious programme “European Master of Science in Nematology” is granted to Prof. Wasim Ahmad, Department of Zoology, Aligarh Muslim University.

Prof. Wasim Ahmad has become first Indian or rather a first Asian after getting selected as ERASMUS MUNDUS SHOLAR for 2009-2011 programme.

This prestigious programme is jointly organized by University of Gent, Belgium; Universitat Bielefeld, Germany; Universidad de Jaen, Spain and Universidade de Evora, Portugal.

For “European Master of Science in Nematology” programme, one scholar is invited from outside Europe for a three months period to give lectures and supervise the dissertation work of the students. This time, it goes to Prof. Ahmad.

Professor, Nematology Section, Department of Zoology, Aligharh Muslim University, Aligarh, 2005 to date.

Pool Scientist, Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa, 1983-84; Lecturer, 1988-92; Senior Lecturer, 1992-97 and Reader, 1997-2005, Nematology Section, Department of Zoology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.

Research Areas: Nematology: biodiversity, nematode taxonomy, ultrastructure, molecular taxonomy, ecology, phylogenomics.

Prof. Wasim Ahmad, Department of Zoology, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has been selected for the prestigious ‘Prof. E.K. Janaki Ammal National Award’ on Animal Taxonomy - 2009 for his distinguished and outstanding contribution to the field of taxonomy and biodiversity of soil inhabiting nematodes.


  1. What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee,
    The image can be seen at who can supply you with a canvas print of it.

  2. Prof. Ahmad was awarded prestigious E.K. Janaki Ammal National Award on Animal taxonomy by the ministry of Environment, Govt. on India for the year 2009. He received Vigyan Ratan from Uttar Pradesh Government ministry of Science & Technology in 2011 and the Recognition Award of the National Academy of Agriculture Sciences in 2012