Dr Sayan Basu is the Prof. D Balasubramanian Chair of Eye Research, the Director of Prof. Brien Holden Eye Research Centre (BHERC), and Director of Centre for Ocular Regeneration (CORE). He is a clinician-scientist and a key opinion leader in the field of Cornea and Ocular Surface, and is internationally recognized for his innovative breakthroughs in corneal stem cell therapy. In the clinic, his expertise is in managing complex and high-risk cases, particularly those with previously failed or complicated corneal or ocular surface surgeries. His specific research interests include dry eye disease, scarless corneal wound healing and stem cell therapy, in collaboration with renowned national and international scientists.
After completing his medical education from R G Kar Medical College and residency training at the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Kolkata, Dr Basu did his long-term cornea and anterior segment fellowship at LVPEI, Hyderabad, and subsequently joined the institute in 2010. He received his research training in stem cell biology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA, USA, in 2012-13. Dr Basu has been honoured with the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and serves on the editorial board of several prestigious scientific journals such as The Ocular Surface, the British Journal of Ophthalmology, Current Eye Research, Seminars in Ophthalmology, and the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology. He has published more than 140 scientific papers, and his work is highly cited by researchers in the ophthalmology and visual sciences community.
In his free time, Dr Basu likes to be with his family and read books and online pieces. His favourite authors are Ramachandra Guha, Yuval Noah Harari, and Siddhartha Mukherjee. He is also interested in contemporary political history including the final years of the Indian freedom movement, the holocaust, the partition, the cold war, and the emergency.