Surinder K. Aggarwal received his Ph.D. in 1964 from Panjab University in India. After spending three years as a post-doctoral fellow at Northwestern University, he arrived at Michigan State University in 1967 as an Assistant Professor in Zoology. He rose to the rank of Professor in 1977.
Professor Aggarwal is a cell biologist with an interest in cancer research. In his studies, he has employed electron microscopy and histochemistry to study the action of heavy metal compounds that are used in cancer chemotherapy. He has published more than 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals, as well as a book on oogenesis in insects. He has supervised more than 20 graduate students and 8 post-doctoral associates during his career at MSU.
In 1977-78, Professor Aggarwal was a Visiting Professor at the Australian National University in Canberra. In 1986-87, he held a Fulbright Research and Lecturing Scholarship. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
In retirement, he will divide his time between homes in Michigan and Nevada.