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Girish Narmadashankar Vyas

Immunohematologist , virologist

Girish Narmadashankar Vyas, Indian virologist, immunohematologist. Recipient Julliard prize International Society Blood Transfusion, 1969; named Outstanding Immigrant in Bay Area Communities by Mayor of Oakland, California, 1969; Fulbright scholar France, 1980.


Vyas, Girish Narmadashankar was born on June 11, 1933 in Aglod, India. Arrived in the United States, 1965, naturalized, 1973. Son of Narmadashankar P. and Rukshmani A. (Joshi) Vyas.


Bachelor of Science, University Bombay, 1954. Master of Science, University Bombay, 1956. Doctor of Philosophy, University Bombay, 1964.


Postdoctoral fellow Western Reserve University, 1965-1966. Member faculty University California, San Francisco, since 1967, chief blood bank, 1969-1988, professor laboratory medicine, since 1977. Director transfusion research program, since 1985.

Member committee immunoglobulin allotypes World Health Organization, 1974—1976, consultant Southeast Asia, 1980, member experts committee on biological standardization, since 2006. Member science program committee American Association Blood Banks, 1971—1976. Member task force blood processing National Heart and Lung Institute, 1972—1973.

Member committee viral hepatitis National Research Council, 1974—1976. Member United States delegate immunologists to Romania and Hungary, 1980. Consultant on medical research VA, 1985, United Nations Development Program, India, 1986, others.

Member committee on blood and blood products Food and Drug Administration, 1987—1992. Chairman Transmed Biotech Inc., South San Francisco, 1989—1994, chairman IABS Blood Committee, 2003—2006. Consultant in field.


  • Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease

    (Book by Vyas, Girish, Dienstag, Jules L.)

  • Use and Standardization of Chemically Defined Antigens (Developments in Biologicals)
  • Author: Hepatitis and Blood Transfusion, 1972, Laboratory Diagnosis of Immunological Disorders, 1975, Membrane Structure and Function of Human Blood Cells, 1976, Viral Hepatitis, 1978, Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease, 1984, Use and Standardization of Chemically Defined Antigens, 1986, Transfusion-associated Infections and Immune Response, 1988, Molecular Approaches to Laboratory Diagnosis, 1996, Advances in Transfusion Safety, 2000. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society Hematology (chairman committee on transfusion medicine 1989-1990), American Association Immunologists, International Association Biologics (board directors since 2006, editor-in-chief Biologicals since 2006).


Married Devi Ratilal Trivedi, April 3, 1962. Children: Jay, Shrikrishna.

Narmadashankar P. Vyas

Rukshmani A. (Joshi) Vyas

Devi Ratilal Trivedi

Jay Vyas

Shrikrishna Vyas