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(Effective from January 1, 2016)


Anuranjan Anand (b 05.04.1965), PhD, Professor and Chair, Molecular Biology and Genetics Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru.

For his discovery of genetic loci behind epilepsy and hearing loss specific genes like EIG8 and HWE3 and has shown the involvement of mutations in non-channel genes in epilepsy .

Aziz, Tariq (b 02.04.1953), PhD, Senior Professor (I), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.

For his contributions to b-tagging at LEP and established neural networks for particle physics analyses .

Vikraman Balaji (b 15.09.1962), PhD, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Kelambakkam.

For his major contributions to the theory of moduli of vector bundles over curves and algebraic varieties and for extending to higher dimensions the celebrated work of MS Narasimhan and CS Seshadri about the unitary representations of the fundamental groups of algebraic curves and vector bundles over them.

Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay (b 17.04.1968), PhD, Director, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.

For her contributions to genetic algorithm based clustering with applications to image processing and computational biology.

BV Rajarama Bhat (b 16.01.1966), ), PhD, Professor & Head, Stat-Math Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Bengaluru.

For his work relating to the theory of E-0-semigroup to Hilbert C*-modules and for his subsequent work on sum systems that led to significant extensions of Tsirelsen’s probabilistic constructions of such semigroups of type 2 and 3.

Renee Maria Borges (b 25.02.1959), PhD, Professorand Chairperson, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru .

For her novel findings in sensory ecology of nocturnal bees and has significantly contributed to the chemical ecology of figs and fig wasps.

Vani Brahmachari (b 06.06.1955),PhD, Professor, Epigenetics and Developmental Biology Group, Dr BR Ambedkar Center for Biomedical Research, University of Delhi, Delhi

For her understanding of epigenetic mechanisms of genomic imprinting and for discovering a novel chromatin remodeling gene, INO 80.

Asit Kumar Chakraborti (b 15.08.1954), PhD, Professor & Head of Department, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Punjab.

For his notable contribution in unraveling the function of ionic liquids in catalysis and green synthetic methodologies.

Niranjan Chakraborty (b 24.02.1958),PhD, Staff Scientist-VII, National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR), New Delhi .

For his workusing proteomics approach, on molecular mechanisms underlying plant responses to adverse environmental conditions which led to the identification of differentially regulated organelle-specific proteins for modulating responses of crops for better adaptation to stress.

Charusita Chakravarty (b 05.05.1964),PhD, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi .

For her significant contributions in the area of order-disorder phase transitions and use of energy landscape analysis in phase transition in bulk liquids and finite clusters as well as implementation of quantum effects in path-integral Monte Carlo calculation.

Gautam Kumar Dey (b 08.06.1957),PhD, Professor & Dean-Academic (Engg. Sciences), Homi Bhabha National Institute, BARC, Mumbai.

For his monumental work on zirconium based amorphous alloys and engineering materials such as zirconium and nickel based alloys and for employing a variety of novel TEM techniques to unfold complex microstructures.

Suman Kumar Dhar (b06.03.1968),PhD, Professor, Special Centre for Molecular Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

For his fundamental contributions to DNA replication in two human pathogens, Plasmodium falciparum and Helicobacter pylori leading to identification of unique replicating helicase of H. pylori as a potential drug target and for identifying key molecules in replication of P. falciparum and drugs that have shown promise in both in vitro and animal models.

Kanak Lata Dikshit (b 01.07.1951), PhD, former Chief Scientist, CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh .

For her life time contributions in the area of microbial hemoglobin through characterization of HbO in Mycobacterium tuberculosis and her applied work on thrombolytic proteins led to the development of a process which has been licensed to industry.

Gopal Balasubramanian (b 31.08.1970),PhD, Professor, Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

For his contributions to understanding of structure-function mechanisms controlling transcription in prokaryotes, using extra-cytoplasmic function sigma factors of Mycobacterium tuberculosis as model.

Gagandeep Kang (b 03.11.1962),PhD, Professor and Head, The Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory, Division of Gastrointestinal Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore.

For her outstanding investigation in community trial of the Rota virus vaccine and being the key person to generate data, relevant for policy makers, on disease burden, vaccine efficacy and safety.

Pulugurtha Bharadwaja Kirti (b 15.09.1953), PhD, Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad.

For his work on somatic hybridization involving Indian mustard and its wild relatives that resulted in useful male sterile lines, two of which have been utilized for developing commercial mustard hybrids and for his contribution to characterisation of defence related gene in wild species of Arachis, which provided novel insights in defence response and has practical relevance.

Kalobaran Maiti (b 21.10.1967), PhD, Professor H, Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai .

For his outstanding contributions in materials research using state-of-the-art electron spectroscopic instrument and for discovering new routes to study correlated electron systems which has unraveled many long-standing issues in materials science.

Sangita Mukhopadhyay (b01.01.1966),PhD, Staff ScientistVI, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad.

For her pioneering contributions to mechanistic understanding of hijacking of host signaling pathways by M. tuberculosis proteins for its own benefit.

Amlan Jyoti Pal (b 26.05.1960), ),PhD, Senior Professor, Department of Solid State Physics, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata .

For his research on low dimensional structures-both ‘soft’ organic materials, as well as inorganic structures that has shown how these molecules can be organized by supramolecular engineering and how these molecular arrangements may be exploited for applications ranging from solar photovoltaics to organic transistors and memory devices.

Amit Kumar Patra (b 20.04.1966), PhD, Scientist-SG, National Atmospheric Research Laboratory, Tirupati. .

For his outstanding contributions towards the influence of the coupled processes between the E and F regions on the development of plasma irregularities in the low latitude ionospheric E region and for observing new class of 150-km echoes due to small scale structures in the low latitude ionosphere and for proposing an interchange instability process involving a descending metallic ion layer as a generation mechanism.

Thalappil Pradeep (b 08.07.1963),PhD, Institute Professor, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai .

For his significant contributions in the area of material chemistry, specially in the area of metal nanoparticles and the novel applications of these for catalysis, water purification and other areas.

Trivandrum Ramakrishnan Ramadas (b 30.03.1955),PhD, Distinguished Professor, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Kelambakkam.

For his path-breaking contributions to mathematical physics, algebraic geometry and their varied intersections and for some of his influential works in the areas of Chern-Simons gauge theory, Jones polynomials, moduli of vector bundles and Frobenius splitting.

Vivek Vinayak Ranade (b 15.10.1963), PhD, Deputy Director and Chair, Chemical Engineering & Process Development Division, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune.

For his contribution to studies of multiphase flows in a variety of reactors.

Chebrolu Pulla Rao (b 13.05.1954), ),PhD, Institute Chair Professor, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai .

For his significant contribution in bio-inorganic mimetics using carbohydrate and calixarene based ligands.

Khareedu Venkateswara Rao (b 10.02.1958),PhD, Professor, Centre for Plant Molecular Biology, Osmania University, Hyderabad.

For his outstanding research on the development of transgenic crops resistant to pests and pathogens and for isolating stress-inducible genes from pigeon pea which would be useful for protecting crop plants against abiotic stress.

Rajendra Prasad Roy (b 26.01.1962), PhD, Staff Scientist VII, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi.

For his innovative contributions in the area of chemical biology & biochemistry to develop novel chemo-enzymatic strategies for applications in protein engineering, elucidating the mechanistic details of sortase-catalyzed reactions and for revealing that macromolecular crowding can act as a driving force for reverse proteolysis.

Arvind Kesarilalji Sahu (b 19.06.1963),PhD, Scientist G, National Centre for Cell Science, Pune.

For his seminal contributions to the understanding of how virally encoded complement regulator-like proteins protect viruses against the host’s complement attackand for mapping the functional determinants and species specificity in viral complement regulators.

Chitra Sarkar (b 11.09.1955), ),MBBS, MD, FRC (Path), Professor, Department of Pathology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

For her outstanding work on the pathobiology of brain tumors, particularly gliomas and has identified unique molecular alterations in pediatric glioma and oligodendroglioma.

Srikanth Sastry (b 01.05.1964), PhD, Professor, Theoretical Sciences Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru. .

For his seminal contributions to the study of glass-forming liquids, glasses, and other structurally arrested states and to the phase behavior of liquid water and silicon.

Surinder Mohan Sharma (b 15.04.1952),PhD, DAE Distinguished Scientist & Director, Physics Group & Head, High Pressure & Synchrotron Radiation Physics Division, Purnima Laboratories, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai.

For his sustained work on studying materials under extreme environments that has established some unique phase transitions, particularly high pressure amorphization and for developing three synchrotron beam lines, namely X-ray diffraction under extreme conditions, protein crystallography and IR absorption.

Dinesh Kumar Srivastava (b 20.06.1952),), PhD, Distinguished Scientist & Director, Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata.

For his pioneering work on the electromagnetic signatures of the formation of quark-gluon plasma in relativistic collisions of nuclei and for the formation of quark-gluon plasma, evaluation of its temperature and the understanding of its spectra.

Kumarasamy Thangaraj (b 02.06.1963), PhD, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad.

For his major contributions to origin of Indian populations that can be classified into two divergent groups and for discovering association of MyBp3 mutation to cardiac myopathy and the association of RAF1 mutation with childhood cardiomyopathy among South Asians.

Gaddemane Dyavappa Veerappa Gowda (b 20.07.1955), PhD, Professor, TIFR-Centre for Applicable Mathematics, Bengaluru.

For his fundamental work in the areas of hyperbolic conservation laws, control theory and numerical approximation of conservation laws and for obtaining an explicit formula for the entropy weak solution of convex conservation laws with boundary conditions, extending the earlier work of Hopf and Lax for the initial value problem.

Sandeep Verma (b 24.06.1966),PhD, Head, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur.

For his significant contributions in conceptualizing new approaches to bio-mimetic soft materials and synthetic models of protein aggregation .


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