Virendra B. Mahesh

Virendra B. Mahesh, Ph.D., D.Phil.

Virendra B. Mahesh is Regents Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Department of Physiology and Endocrinology at the Medical College of Georgia (now Georgia Regents University). He received his Ph.D. degree in 1955 from Delhi University, India in Organic Chemistry and D.Phil. from Oxford University, U.K. in Biological Sciences in 1958. After a year’s postdoctoral fellowship as James Hudson Brown Memorial Fellow at Yale University School of Medicine, he joined the Medical College of Georgia as Assistant Research Professor of Endocrinology in 1959. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1963 and Professor in 1966. He was appointed Regents Professor 1970-1999, Chairman of the Department of Endocrinology 1972-1986 and Chairman of the Department of Physiology and Endocrinology 1986-1999.

Dr. Mahesh has served on the Editorial Boards of Steroids, J. of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism; Endocrinology, and J. of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Biology of Reproduction from1999-2004.

Dr. Mahesh served on the Reproductive Biology Study Section of NIH 1977-1981 and Human Embryology and Development Study Section 1982-1986; 1990-1993; Chairman 1991-1993. He also served on numerous ad hoc NIH Study Sections.

Dr. Mahesh received the Rubin Award of the American Fertility Society in 1963, was co-winner of the Billings Silver Medal of the American Medical Association in 1965, Albert Einstein International Academy Bronze Medal in 1986, Distinguished Scientist Award- Association of Scientists of Indian Origin in America in 1989, the Carl G. Hartman Award in 1966 and the Distinguished Service Award of the Society for the Study of Reproduction in 2004 The Society for the Study of Reproduction also established a Virendra Mahesh Neuroendocrinology Minisymposium as a part of their annual scientific program and a New Investigator Award supported by the Virendra B. Mahesh Endowment Fund.

At the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Mahesh received the Best Teacher Award in 1972, Outstanding Faculty Award, School of Graduate Studies, 1981, 1994, Distinguished Teaching Award, School of Graduate Studies 1988, Outstanding Faculty Award, School of Medicine 1992, Lifetime Achievement Award, School of Medicine in 1997 and The Medical College of Georgia Research Institute’s Lifetime Achievement in Research Award in 2006.

Dr. Mahesh was a member of the Joint Program Committee from 2001-2004, and Chair of the Section of Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2004-2006 of the American Physiological Society.The American Physiological Society established the Virendra B. Mahesh Distinguished Research Award in Endocrinology to be given to the best paper presented in the subject by a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow at the annual Experimental Biology Meetings. Dr. Mahesh also served as a member of the Board of Directors of FASEB, 2004-2007 and 2008-2012.

Dr Mahesh’s research has been in the area of hirsutism, virilism and polycystic ovary syndrome which included its pathogenesis and discovery of clomiphene as a novel ovulation inducing agent; steroid gonadotropin feedback and the role and mechanism of action of progesterone in inducing the gonadotropin surge; role of excitatory amino acids in gonadotropin secretion and neuroprotective effects of estrogens. He was funded by NIH as principal investigator from 1960 -1999 and has published 471 articles and book chapters. He also served as a mentor for 25 Ph.D. students and 59 post-doctoral fellows.