Dr.Rakesh Kumar Sharma, Scientist 'G', has assumed the charge of Director, Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Mysore with effect from 15 April 2016. Dr. Sharma did his M.Pharmacy in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Panjab University and acquired PhD from University of Delhi. He is an elected Fellow of Indian College of Nuclear Medicine, Society of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists and Institution of Chemists (India). He joined DRDO on 8 February 1983 at Defence Research and Development Establishment, Gwalior and subsequently served at Defence Research Laboratory, Tezpur and Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences, Delhi.
Dr. Sharma filed 13 patents and has 268 publications to his credit besides contributing 49 chapters in books. He has guided nine scholars for Ph.D. As Member, Scientific Body of Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission & Chairman, expert group on Radiopharmaceuticals he contributed a General Chapter on Radiopharmaceutical and 32 radiopharmaceutical monographs in Indian Pharmacopoeia 2014. Seven technologies developed by him have been successfully transferred to Industry and are at the production or final stages of trials.
Dr Sharma has been Coordinator/Member of 5 National Core Group / Steering Committee of National Disaster Management Authority, New Delhi. Member of 4 National Committees of Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, 2 National Expert Groups of Indian Council of Medical Research & Drug Controller General of India on Biomedical Devices and Member, Working Group on R&D in Medical Electronics and Health Informatics of Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.
He has acclaimed various honours/awards including Young Scientist Award (1993), Laboratory Scientist of the Year Award (2001), INMAS Technology Group Awards for the years 2003, 2004, 2011 & 2015, Chandra Kanta Dandiya Prize in Pharmacology (2004), Dr NN Dutta/Jaipur Prize (2005) of the Indian Pharmacological Society, ICMR International Fellowship award for Senior Biomedical Scientist (2008) tenured at Swedish Rescue Services Agency, Sweden on 'Civil Protection for CBRN Accidents and Events' during 28th November 2008 to 12th December 2008, AAPS PharmSciTech Outstanding Manuscript Award (2008) and Acharya PC Ray Memorial Gold Medal Award (2013).