the book

Decoding the Pandemic

By Seyed Ehtesham Hasnain & ARUN TIWARI

the story

It is with a feeling of great satisfaction that I present my new book, “Decoding the Pandemic,” written with Seyed Ehtesham Hasnain, Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. COVID-19 has been a watershed event and has changed the world in ways that will manifest in due course of time. I found it indeed imperative that this phenomenon is understood in the company of a biologist and thus came up with this book.

When I met him in 2005, Prof. Hasnain was well-known as the first director of Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) and had recently taken over as the Vice Chancellor of University of Hyderabad. I assisted him in starting an MBA program in Healthcare and Hospital Management in the School of Management Studies. 

Born in Gaya, Patna in 1954, Prof. Hasnain is a microbiologist whose main research interest lies in the field of molecular infection biology. He did his Ph.D. at JNU (1980) and was awarded the Padma Shri in 2006 and Honorary Doctorate by Queen’s University, UK, in 2011. Prof. Hasnain is a Robert Koch fellow and won the Grand Cross 1st class, the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2014.

In some 250-odd pages, staying above the trivia and conspiracy theories, the book takes a long view at COVID-19. A must-read for anyone who believes in the benevolence of nature and the power of science to protect humanity from any long-term harm, this book delivers a message of hope and confidence. It also celebrates the scientists and introduces them to the readers as warriors of life! 

I am indeed satisfied to see India’s eminent and globally acclaimed Infectious Disease Biologist, Seyed Hasnain, and an equally accomplished technologist turned writer, Arun Tiwari, taking a wholesome view of this phenomenon that had affected multitudes and I congratulate them for this masterpiece work.

– Arif Mohammad Khan, LL.B.

Hon’ble Governor of Kerala

This timely volume extended my knowledge not only of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of viral infection, but also of the social and geographical aspects of COVID-19.

Sir Tom Blundell, PhD, FRS

University of Cambridge, UK

This excellent exposition must be read by scientists, economists, sociologists and all those responsible for formulating national policies in countries all over the world

Narinder Nath Vohra, IAS

Former Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Eminent Public Administrator,

This thought-provoking book is a must-read for anyone interested in knowing the history of the events last year… and where the COVID-19 pandemic is headed.

Deodutta Roy, Ph.D

Florida International University

Modern biology has been the main weapon to fight against the pandemic. This quite timely and complete book is a major contribution to our knowledge on the nasty fellow called SARS-CoV-2.

Michel Tibayrenc, MD, PhD

Editor-in-Chief, Infection, Genetics and Evolution (Elsevier)


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