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Balaji, K Narayanaswamy (b 1966), PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

KN Balaji has made outstanding contributions towards elucidating immune evasion strategies employed by pathogenic mycobacteria. He has identified novel roles for host signaling pathways, microRNAs and epigenetic modifiers.

Balaram, Hemalatha (b 1956), PhD, Professor, Molecular Biology and Genetics Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bengaluru.

Dr Hemalatha Balaram's work has revealed a fascinating crosstalk between purine metabolism and Kreb’s cycle operative in the intra-erythrocyte stages of parasite that recycles fumarate to aspartic acid. These contributions reveal mechanisms of complex multi-substrate enzyme catalyzed reactions.

Bera, Jitendra Kumar (b 1968), PhD, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur.

For developing organometallic catalysts for the utilization of molecules to valuable chemicals exploiting bifunctional activation strategy.

Bhatnagar, Shalabh (b 1968), PhD, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Automation, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

Reinforcement learning and simulation based optimization.

Bhatnagar, Shinjini (b 1960), MBBS, DNB (Paed), PhD, Dean Clinical Research / Scientist H+, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Faridabad.

Dr Shinjini Bhatnagar is an outstanding physician scientist who has influenced clinical practice by her research. She has led an independent group that has established the role of Zinc as an adjunct treatment in serious bacterial infections and in severe pneumonia in children. This, along with her work in persistent diarrhea establishes her as a leading physician scientist in the area of pediatrics and public health. She has now emerged as an institutional builder and is conducting successful clinical research towards the understanding of preterm birth.

Chattopadhyay, Debasis (b 1967), PhD, Scientist VI, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi.

Dr Debasis Clhattopadhyay of NIPGR has important contributions in the field of plant genomics of tomato and chickpea. He has brought to light the role of auxin transport and signaling in root growth and drought tolerance. He has also worked extensively on plant virus interactions.

Damle, Kedar (b 1970), PhD, Professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.

Kedar Damle, whose insightful and original approach to condensed matter physics has led him to propose and provided evidence for interesting phases and phenomena, and suggest experimental systems where they may be seen, establishing him internationally as one of the most prominent India-based condensed matter physicists of his generation.

Dey, Subhasish (b 1958), ), PhD, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Fluvial hydrodynamics and environmental fluid mechanics.

Goswami, Srubabati (b 1966), PhD, Professor, Theoretical Physics Division, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad.

Srubabati Goswami, who has made outstanding contributions in analyzing and interpreting the results of neutrino oscillation experiments and determination of the neutrino masses and mixing angles. She has proposed several key ideas to address the current unresolved problems in neutrino oscillation physics and has also contributed in consolidating the physics potentials of the India-based Neutrino Observatory.

Inamdar, Maneesha Shreedhar (b 1967), PhD, Professor, Molecular Biology and Genetics Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru.

Establishment of human embryonic stem cells for the first time in India. Discovery of novel genes involved in hematopoiesis.

Khanna, Navin (b 1956), PhD, Senior Scientist and Group Leader, Recombinant Gene Products Laboratory, International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology, New Delhi.

Navin Khanna has made significant contributions in translational science and technology. His work encompasses designing and developing novel recombinant protein diagnostic reagents for Dengue, HIV, HCV and HBV, and their successful commercialization in several countries.

Lele, Ashish Kishore (b 1967), PhD, Chair, Polymer Science and Engineering Division, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune.

Polymer science & Engineering with many first conceptual breakthroughs.

Mahan, MJ (b 1968), PhD (1997), Full Professor (H), School of Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.

Mahan MJ’s outstanding achievement is the resolution of a long-standing conjecture of Thurston that the limit set of a Kleinian group is locally connected. He also has significant work on the discreteness of commensurators of Kleinian groups, related hyperbolic groups and the fundamental groups of compact Kahler manifolds.

Mandal, Gautam (b 1962), PhD, Senior Professor, Deaprtment of Theoretical Physics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.

Gautam Mandal, who has made pioneering contributions to black hole physics, including discovery of the two-dimensional black hole in string theory, and derivation of Hawking radiation in a class of near-extremal black holes. The latter work showed, for the first time, that there was no conflict beween Hawking radiation and unitarity.

Moorthy, Jarugu Narasimha (b 1964), PhD, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur.

For his contributions towards designing molecules by manipulating steric and electronic factors for desired thermal and photochemical reactivity.

Mujumdar, Pradeep P (b 1958),PhD, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

Outstanding work in field of Hydrology and Water Resources Research.

Panda, Dulal (b 1964),PhD, Professor, Department of Biosciences & Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Mumbai.

Dr Panda has contributed towards understanding the linkage between microtubule dynamics and cell cycle progression and elucidated the mechanism of action of several microtubule-targeted anticancer drugs. He has contributed immensely in understanding the assembly dynamics of FtsZ and bacterial cytokinesis.

Parameswaran, Aryampilly Jayanthan (b 1962),PhD (1991), Professor (I), School of Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.

Parameswaran is a brilliant mathematician who has made significant contributions in a wide variety of topics, including singularity theory, fibre bundles, Schubert varieties and representation theory. Particularly important are works on low height representations, and on monodromy group schemes, in positive characteristics, and works on singularity theory.

Paul, Vinod Kumar (b 1955),MBBS, MD, PhD, Professor and Head, Department of Pediatrics, WHO Collaborating Centre for Training and Research in Newborn Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

Dr Vinod K Paul has extensively contributed to research in new born and child health, established the Indian neonatal-perinatal data base, developed a low cost indigenous lung surfactant for premature new borns, formulated and promoted low birth weight feeding strategies for global recommendation and alerted the world to anti microbial resistance to Acinetobacter sp. and Klebsiella strains as a cause of neonatal sepsis. His scientific contributions have improved neonatal healthcare by influencing public health policies globally.

Pillai, Madhavan Radhakrishna (b 1960),PhD, Director & Professor, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram.

Dr M Radhakrishna Pillai is an outstanding cancer biologist who contributed extensively to the basic understanding of epithelial tumor progression and the role of human papilloma virus. His contributions on cellular manifestations of HPV infection resulting in the inactivation p53 and angiogenesis are noteworthy. Most importantly, he coordinated the HPV vaccine trail for children, demonstrating the efficacy of different doses. As a result 2 dose vaccination has been recommended for practice in many countries. This contribution has enormous impact on public health not only for India but many other countries.

Pillai, Vijayamohanan Kunjukrishna (b 1960),PhD, Director, CSIR-Central Electochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi.

For his important contributions to materials, electrochemistry and their applications in molecular electronics and energy storage.

Podile, Appa Rao (b 1960),PhD, Vice Chancellor, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad.

Professor Appa Rao Podile has made important contributions in the field of plant-microbe interactions. His work on chitinases has enabled the development of alternatives to toxic antifungal compounds for plant protection.

Raina, Dhruv (b 1958), PhD, Professor, Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

For his contributions to our understanding of the cultural assimilation of modern science since the 18th century, and the creation of a new scientific and technological research ecosystem in India; and, with the history of mathematics as a test case, his development of the politics of knowledge as a concept, and its use in understanding the social history of knowledge development in South Asia.

Sangwan, Rajender Singh (b 1958), PhD, Director, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), Ghaziabad.

Dr Rajender Singh Sangwan has made outstanding contributions to the subject of bioprocesses and bioproducts related to secondary metabolites/nutraceuticals and metabolism in commercially cultivated medicinal plants, particularly Ashwagandha, and other bioresources.

Sanyal, Kaustuv (b 1969),PhD, Associate Professor, Molecular Mycology Laboratory, Molecular Biology & Genetics Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru.

Using the human pathogenic fungi Candida and Cryptococcus as model systems, Kaustuv Sanyal has made seminal contributions in centromere evolution and chromatin biology.

Sen, Ranjan (b 1967), PhD, Staff Scientist VI and In-Charge Director, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad.

Dr Ranjan Sen studies transcription termination and antitermination which are fundamental processes of gene regulation. His work has defined the interaction of antiterminator protein N and NusA with RNA polymerase and has also revealed the mechanism of action of termination factor Rho.

Singh, Kulinder Pal (b 1952),PhD, Senior Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.

KP Singh, who has successfully designed, developed and deployed one of the most sophisticated soft X-ray imaging telescopes on India’s first space observatory, AstroSat. This telescope will chart new pathways in soft X-ray astronomy while discovering new objects and phenomenon, and interesting characteristics of cosmic sources.

Suresh, Byrana Nagappa (b 1943), PhD, Honorary Distinguished Professor, Department of Space, ISRO, Bengaluru.

For his significant contributions to the development of critical aerospace systems, which have resulted in a series of highly reliable launch vehicles for a variety of space craft, and his leadership in futuristic projects such as the recently successfully flown reusable launch vehicle technology demonstrator, all of which have impacted national development.

Tahseen, Qudsia (b 1964), PhD, Professor, Department of Zoology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.

Fundamental contributions to the taxonomy and systematics of free-living soil nematodes. Novel ecological approaches to nematode bio-systematics.

Tole, Shubha (b 1967), PhD, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.

Fundamental contributions to the genetic mechanisms that regulate the development of mammalian brain.

Upreti, Dalip Kumar (b 1958), PhD, Director (Acting), CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow.

Professor DK Upreti is an Internationally recognized lichenologist. He has discovered over 100 species new to science and over 200 new records for India and has facilitated capacity building on lichens in several institutions in India. He has advanced application of Lichenometric studies in pollution monitoring and bioprospection.

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