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INSA Medal for Young Scientist 2017 winners announced

May 2, 2017 17:18 IST

NSA Medal for Young ScientistThe Indian National Science Academy (INSA) in the last week of April 2017 announced the names of the recipient of the INSA Medal for Young Scientist 2017.

A total of 30 scientists have been chosen for the prestigious award. The award, consisting of a bronze medal and cash award of 25000 will be given to the recipients during INSA’s anniversary meeting scheduled in December 2017.

The INSA Young Scientists Award is considered to be the highest recognition of promise, creativity and excellence in a young scientist. The award was instituted in 1974 by the Indian National Science Academy.

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List of recipients

Recipient

Honoured for

Swati Agarwal, PhD, Solomon Snyder Department of Neuroscience, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

Elucidating the effect of Bisphenol A on neuronal progenitor and neuronal cells and the mechanism by which it affects autophagy and mitochondrial dynamics

Md Mahiuddin Baidya, PhD, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai

His contributions towards development of news protocols and for the synthesis of biologically important molecules

Priyoneel Basu, PhD, Department of Zoology, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

Pioneering studies on the role of 5-HTP (a precursor of the neurotransmitter serotonin) in resetting the phase of the circadian activity-rest rhythm in mice

Sanchari Bhattacharyya, PhD, Department of Chemistry &

Chemical Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

Designing minimal protein immunogens based on glycoprotein gp120 of HIV-1 as a potential future vaccine against HIV with reduced aggregation properties and higher stability

Vashist Bist, PhD, Texas Instruments India Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru

His outstanding contribution in the area of DC motor drives for low power applications

Anup Biswas, PhD, Department of Mathematics, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research,  Pune

His study of the Dirichlet problem for stable-like operators and related probabilistic representations of solutions of stochastic differential equations with jumps

Kunal Chakraborty, PhD, ESSO- Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad

His outstanding contributions on modelling of marine ecosystem variability in the Indian Ocean

Swetaprovo Chaudhuri, PhD, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

Outstanding contributions in turbulent combustion laser diagnostics and high performance CFD computation

Debraj Choudhury, PhD, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur

His insights into the physics of multi-ferroics and oxide systems, and the discovery of exceptional dielectric properties in a series of compounds

Srishti Dar, PhD, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

Developing an elegant assay system of arrayed supported membrane tubes whose dimensions can be controlled to mimic the topology of tubular intermediates generated during membrane fission and for demonstrating the role of GTP hydrolysis and PH domain in membrane constriction and faster kinetics of dynamin catalyzed fission

Riddhi Datta, PhD, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Government College, Kolkata

Elucidating the molecular mechanisms of glutathione- salicylic acid- and ethylene interactions in plant defense signaling network

Yogeshwaran Dhandapani, PhD, Statistics and Mathematics Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Bengaluru

His significant work on asymptotic behavior of random complexes, topology of dynamic Erdös-Renyi clique complexes and asymptotics for geometric functionals of general point processes

Dipak Gayen, PhD, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi

Cloning the rice r9- LOX1 gene and showing increased viability and storage stability of nutritional components of golden rice seeds by its down regulation through RNAi and for studying regulation of iron transport in roots by miRNA

Sahana Holla, PhD, Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, USA

Providing novel insights into immune evasion and survival strategies of mycobacteria

Dinesh Jagadeesan, PhD, Physical and Materials Chemistry Division, CSIR- National Chemical Laboratory, Pune

His approaches towards development of new catalysts and activation of CO2

Smita Kumar, PhD, Centre of Biomedical Research, SGPGI Campus, Lucknow

Significant contributions in understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in detoxification of heavy metals like As and S in plants

Bodhisatta Nandy, PhD, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Behrampur

Comprehensive experimental evidence, using the Drosophila model system, for the major tenets of the theory of sexual selection and inter-sexual conflict

Joe Philip Ninan, PhD, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

His studies of outburst phenomena in young stellar objects, and development of necessary instruments

Ashutosh Pandey, PhD, Faculty of Biology, Chair of Genome Research & CeBiTec, University of Bielefeld, Germany

Metabolic engineering of flavonoid and carotenoid biosynthesis in higher plants

Rucha Kiran Patil, PhD, Genetic Research Center, National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, Mumbai

Identifying novel roles of cell derived micro particles in important clinical conditions like recurrent pregnancy loss and dengue fever complications

Kartik Prasad, PhD, Mechanical Behavior Group, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad

His outstanding contributions in the development of indigenous instrumentation for thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF) crack growth experiments, its utilization for studying TMF in aerospace grade Ti and Ni alloys, and subsequently for using such knowledge in enhancing the remaining life of aeroengines

Sanjay Pratihar, PhD, Department of Chemical Sciences, Tezpur University, Tezpur

 

His outstanding contributions to multi-metal complexes, theoretical understanding, selective sensing of Hg2+ ions and important applications in agriculture

Uday Kumar B Reddy, PhD, Department of Computer Science and Automation, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

His stellar work in automatic parallelization in high performance computing

Aravind Kumar Rengan, PhD, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Hyderabad

Devising a novel way of nano delivery using liposomes and gold nanoparticles, which is useful for both imaging and therapeutics

Arnab Sen, PhD, Department of Theoretical Physics, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata

His outstanding contributions towards developing quantum Monte Carlo methods to probe quantum critical points

Sunil Shetty, PhD, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland

Providing novel insights about roles of the 3GC pairs in initiator tRNA in translation

Vikas Kumar Singh, PhD, Center of Excellence in Genomics, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Hyderabad

Developing large scale genetic and genomic resources, including sequencing–based mapping, for fusarium wilt resistance and sterility mosaic disease resistance in pigeonpea and for contribution to development of molecular breeding lines in rice

Devanjan Sinha, PhD, Department of Zoology, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

Delineating the complexity and substrate specificity of mitochondrial transport machines and for establishing their role in maintenance of mitochondrial function in diverse physiological states

Jitendra Thakur, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, Washington, USA

Elucidating mechanisms of centromere and kinetochore formation in Candida species

Vikram Vishal, PhD, Department of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai

His outstanding contributions on hydro-dynamics of fluid flow in unconventional reservoirs

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