INSA Medal for Young Scientist 2017 winners announced

The 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 INSA award was instituted in 1974 by the Indian National Science Academy.

List of  INSA award recipients


Honoured for

Swati Agarwal, PhD, Solomon Snyder Department of Neuroscience, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USAElucidating 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, ChennaiHis 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, VaranasiPioneering 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., BengaluruHis 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,  PuneHis 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), HyderabadHis outstanding contributions on modelling of marine ecosystem variability in the Indian Ocean
Swetaprovo Chaudhuri, PhD, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, BengaluruOutstanding contributions in turbulent combustion laser diagnostics and high performance CFD computation
Debraj Choudhury, PhD, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, KharagpurHis 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, MumbaiDeveloping 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, KolkataElucidating 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, BengaluruHis 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 DelhiCloning 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, USAProviding novel insights into immune evasion and survival strategies of mycobacteria
Dinesh Jagadeesan, PhD, Physical and Materials Chemistry Division, CSIR- National Chemical Laboratory, PuneHis approaches towards development of new catalysts and activation of CO2
Smita Kumar, PhD, Centre of Biomedical Research, SGPGI Campus, LucknowSignificant 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, BehrampurComprehensive 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, USAHis 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, GermanyMetabolic engineering of flavonoid and carotenoid biosynthesis in higher plants
Rucha Kiran Patil, PhD, Genetic Research Center, National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, MumbaiIdentifying 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, HyderabadHis 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, BengaluruHis stellar work in automatic parallelization in high performance computing
Aravind Kumar Rengan, PhD, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, HyderabadDevising 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, KolkataHis outstanding contributions towards developing quantum Monte Carlo methods to probe quantum critical points
Sunil Shetty, PhD, Biozentrum, University of Basel, SwitzerlandProviding 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, HyderabadDeveloping 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, VaranasiDelineating 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, USAElucidating mechanisms of centromere and kinetochore formation in Candida species
Vikram Vishal, PhD, Department of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, MumbaiHis outstanding contributions on hydro-dynamics of fluid flow in unconventional reservoirs

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