Samir Kumar Saha (born 26 December 1955) is a Bangladeshi microbiologist and public health expert. who is the professor of the children of Dhaka Shishu Hospital Microbiology Department of Diagnostic , senior consultants and the Bangladesh Institute of Child Health. He is the executive director of Child Health Research Foundation.
December 28, 1955
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Samir Kumar Saha was born in December 28, 1955 in Bangladesh.
Samir Kumar Saha obtained his BSc and MSc degrees from Dhaka University in Bangladesh in 1983 . He also obtained his PhD in 1969 from the Institute of Medical Sciences, Varanasi Hindu University , India .
Samir Kumar Saha is known for his research on pediatric infectious diseases specializing in pneumonia, meningitis and enteric fever. He is focused on finding the true burden of these diseases, their causative organisms, drug resistance patterns and serotype distributions.
In 2017, Saha was the first scientist from a developing country to receive the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) award for his outstanding research in Clinical Microbiology. Following which he has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.The same year Saha received the UNESCO Carlos J. Finlay Prize in Microbiology, along with Shahida Hasnain, also a renowned Pakistani microbiologist for research and work in the field of microbiology. The November 2017 edition of National Geographic Magazine published “Here’s Why Vaccines Are So Crucial”, an article revolving around the need and impact of vaccines in society and vividly highlighted the lifelong dedication of Saha’s fight to beating pneumonia and other pneumococcal infections in Bangladesh. After the publication of the article Saha was invited to attend a panel discussion on the various aspects of pneumococcal vaccines and vaccines in general, hosted and broadcast by National Geographic, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at the International Vaccine Access Center, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA