A website dedicated to the life of

Satyanarayan (Satu) M. Somani, Ph.D.

March 14, 1937 - October 29, 2002
Dr. Satu M. Somani was a Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine, Springfield, IL. His work included four edited books, more than 100 scientific papers and a philanthropic trust called the Tulsabai Somani Educational Trust in Hingoli, India (state of Maharashtra).


Research Interests

Biochemical Pharmacology, Toxicology, Antibiotics, and Anti-cancer agents

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Teaching material at SIU

Antibiotics, Pharmacokinetics of Antibiotics, Antifungal, Anti-malarial, Antiviral, Antibacterial, Anti-parasitic Agents, Cancer Chemotherapeutic Agents, Toxicology, Drug-Drug Interactions, Adverse Drug Reactions, Anti-coagulants, Anti-anemics, Radioisotopes as Drugs and Diagnostic Aids, and other biochemical pharmacology related topics


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This book on toxic chemicals that puts a special focus on chemical weapons and bioterrorism, was published in 2004 and dedicated to Dr. Somani.


"Somani's friend of 26 years, [Dr.] Narinder Khanna, spoke of how he had never met or worked with anyone so diligent and driven. Sometimes, he suggested that Somani slow down, to no avail."
India Abroad, November 22, 2002
"Somani was a 'well-respected colleague, academician, and researcher' whose study of antioxidant therapies for chemical burns 'influenced U.S. Army medical research approaches.'"
Col James Romano, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense,
India Abroad, November 22, 2002

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TSET - Tulsabai Somani Educational Trust

Checks should be mailed to:
c/o Shipra Somani
1705 Providence Lane
Springfield, IL 62711

In 1978 Tulsabai Somani Educational Trust was established by Dr.Satu M.Somani in memory of his late mother. It was originally maintained to help four needy local high school students to pursue their higher education. Over the years it incorporated many educational activities to motivate the young minds of the region near Hingoli, Maharashtra. The Trust awards a national young scientist in Neurology, Computer Science and in Medicine. It also awards the winner of a local essay competition. The Trust is financially possible through donations, which also support activities of local organizations such as Mahila Samaj (Women’s group), Kabir Balak Mandir (Children School), a school for the blind, and a Local Library. It also provides a civic award. Recently a school for children has also been established in Hingoli.

Dr. Somani's Family establishes a memorial endowment in Pharmacology

Checks should be made to the:
SIU Foundation
PO Box 19666
Springfield, IL 62794-9666
memo line: Somani Fund.

To memorialize Dr. Satu Somani, his family created an endowment to honor his dedication to teaching and pharmacology. Dr. Somani died on October 29, 2002 in Springfield, Ill. He had been a faculty member in Pharmacology at the Southern Illinois University, Medical School, since 1974. The endowment will fund a yearly award to the second year medical student who scores highest on the pharmacology component of “Step 1” of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam.

Alumni and Friends of Dr. Somani who would like to be a part of (or help grow) the Satu Somani Pharmacology Award memorial endowment can make a donation through the SIU Foundation.


Ayurveda: The mind body connection
Ayurvedic Medicine
Gulf War Syndrome
Chemical Warfare Expert
SIU Students Visit India
Father's Day Remembrance

Surviving Family Members

Wife Shipra Somani, Springfield, IL
Daughters Indira S. Somani, Ph.D., Los Angeles
Sheila Somani, Denver, CO
Son-in-law David Hutz, Denver, CO
Grandchildren Lily, Siddhartha, and Kiran
Sisters Mrs. Asha Toshniwal, Nanded, India (deceased)
Mrs. Narmada Zanzwar (deceased)
Brother Mr. Bansilal Somani, Nanded, India (deceased)
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