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Sanjeev Galande selected for G D Birla Award for Scientific Research for 2014

Jul 2, 2015 12:16 IST

Sanjeev Galande was on 1 July 2015 selected for G D Birla Award for Scientific Research for 2014. The name was announced by the K K Birla Foundation and he is the 24th recipient of the award.

Prof. Galande is a professor of Biology and Team Leader at the Centre of Excellence in Epigenetics, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune.

He joined IISER in 2010 and his focus area is epigenetics and studies regulation of gene expression, and nuclear organization and function. Epigenetics is an area of study about changes that influence gene function.

As a post doctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (1996-2001) he studied the role of MAR-binding proteins in tumour genesis.

He was born on 20 September 1967 and is a Ph.D in Biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in 1996.

Earlier in 2010, he also received the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize.

In 2014, the award was given to noted physicists and string theorist Rajesh Gopakumar for the year 2013. Other noted former recipients include Prof. Goverdhan Mehta, Prof. R A Mashelkar, Prof P Balaram and Prof Ashoke Sen among others.

About the Award

The G D Birla Award for Scientific Research was instituted in 1991 by the K K Birla Foundation with the objective of according recognition to high caliber scientific research undertaken by Indian Scientists, below the age of 50 living and working in India. It carries a cash prize of 1.5 lakh rupees and a citation.

Like all other awards instituted by the Foundation the G D Birla Award is also given every year and is available in any branch of science including medical science, basic as well as applied. The emphasis is particularly on the work done by the scientist during the last five years.

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