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Published: December 16, 2004

Om P. Bahl, professor of biological sciences

Om P. Bahl, a UB faculty member whose research in the 1970s led to the development of the home pregnancy test, died Friday in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a brief illness. He was 77.

A UB faculty member since 1966, Bahl served as chair of the Department of Biological Sciences from 1976 to 1983.

His recent research explored the possible link between the hormone the pregnancy test detects and some cancers.

He was awarded the Schoellkopf Award from the American Chemical Society in 1978 and also received the Medical and Life Science Award of the National Council of Asian Indian Organizations in North America, and the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award, the highest civilian award given by the Indian government.

He earned a doctoral degree in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota and did postdoctoral work at UCLA and the University of Southern California.

A memorial service will be held at UB at a later date.