Dr. W. Selvamurthy is presently working with Amity University as President, Amity Science, Technology and Innovation Foundation, Director General for Amity Directorate of Science and Innovation and Chancellor, Amity University, Chhattisgarh.
Dr. Selvamurthy did his Masters (M.Sc.) in Human Physiology from Christian Medical College, Vellore (1972) and Doctorate (Ph.D) (Faculty of Medical Science) from Delhi University (1982) and Doctorate of Science (D.Sc.) from Bangalore (2006). He was also awarded D.Sc. (h.c) from five universities in recognition of his outstanding research and development contributions in Life Sciences.
Dr. Selvamurthy has served Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Government of India for 40 years in which, all the health related and life science related technologies were developed and inducted in the Armed Forces for keeping the health and efficiency of soldiers even in extreme operational environments. This biomedical research immensely benefited the Armed Forces personnel and gave a lot of spin off benefits to the society at large. His R&D contributions include development of life support technologies for soldiers, NBC Defence Technology, Nano Technology Application for Defence, Application of yoga for the Armed Forces, Military psychology and others. He was the leader of the first Indo-Soviet scientific expedition to the Arctic Circle for polar physiology research. He superannuated from DRDO on 28 February, 2013 as Distinguished Scientist and Chief Controller, Research & Development (Life Sciences & International Cooperation) and joined Amity University.
He is presently member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to Cabinet (SAC-C), particularly in the field of Life Science, including health research. He is a member of the High Powered Committee appointed by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to review its 12th plan proposal and Chairman of Technology Commercialization Committee of ICMR. He has published more than 250 research papers in journals of repute including 18 books. He has been a member of the Indian delegation to World Health Assembly under the Chairmanship of Health Minister to speak about the complimentary systems of medicine including Yoga. He has represented our country at the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at the conference of Sate Parties, Executive Council, Working Group and Confidentiality Commission. TIFAC has entrusted the responsibility of Technology Vision (Health) – 2035 to Dr. Selvamurthy as Chairman to formulate Vision for the Nation for Health & Medical Sciences till the year 2035.
In recognition of his significant contribution to Biomedical Research and Development, he has been awarded a number of prestigious research awards, including CSIR “National Award for S&T Innovations” presented by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India (2012), Academician Mirsaid Mirrakhimov award for “Contribution to High Altitude Medicine” from Kyrgyz Republic (2012), “Technology Leadership Award” by DRDO (2010) presented by Defence Minister, Lifetime Achievement Award from Hon’ble President of India in the field of Clinical and Preventive Cardiology (2006), ICMR Shakuntala Amir Chand Award (1986) and more.