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Suman Sahai
Nationality Indian
Citizenship India
Education Ph.D., 1975
Alma mater Indian Agricultural Research Institute
Occupation Founding director
Organization Gene Campaign
Awards Order of the Golden Ark, Borlaug Award, Padma Shri

Suman Sahai is an Indian activist and the founder of Gene Campaign.


Sahai got a Ph.D. from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in 1975. She then worked at the University of Alberta, University of Chicago, and the University of Heidelberg, where she did her habilitation in human genetics. The Web of Science shows that Sahai has published over 40 articles. They are mostly on policy issues dealing with genetically-modified organisms. Her articles have been cited over 150 times and she has an h-index of 7. She is director of the Non-governmental organization, Gene Campaign.


  • Order of the Golden Ark, 2001
  • Borlaug Award, 2004
  • Padma Shri, 2011


In April 2013 it was shown that Sahai committed plagiarism in her habilitation thesis. She had submitted this thesis to the University of Heidelberg in 1986. She was also accused of presenting herself as being or having been a professor at that University. She never actually had such a position. The University of Heidelberg confirmed on 14 April, 2013, that plagiarism had taken place. The university also said that Sahai has no right to call herself a professor of the University of Heidelberg. Her habilitation has been revoked.

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