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INSA MEDAL FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS- 2008
1.
Dr Khawaja Ashfaque Ahmed (b.02.01.1973), PhD, Assistant Professor-cum-Jr-
Scientist, Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Bihar Veterinary College, Patna.
Dr.Ahmed is a very highly motivated scientist who has worked on innate immunity loci in
poultry. The work is highly relevant and such work needs to be encouraged in India. He has
published all the work in peer reviewed journals of reasonably good standing. For his
consistent and important work he is strongly recommended.
2.
Dr Udaya K Anandavardhanan (b.25.05.1976), PhD, Assistant Professor,
Department of Mathematics, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.
Solved many interesting cases of conjectures of Jacquet, Flicker and Rallis . His results are
at the cutting edge of current research in number theory.
3.
Dr Sangita Bose (b.21.01.1977), PhD, Guest Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Solid
State Research, Nanoscale Science Department, Germany.
For her studies of the size dependence of superconducting properties of nanostructured thin
films, providing new insights on the competing influences of surface and quantum size
effects.
4.
Dr Saibal Chatterjee (b.29.04.1977), PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of
Epigenetics, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Maulbeerstrasse,
Switzerland.
Dr.Saibal Chatterjee has made very good contributions in the area of tRNA import in
Kinetoplast/ mitochondria of the protozoan parasite Leishmania. Leishmania mitochondrial
RNA import complex has been characterized by him and he has demonstrated the role of the
multi-subunit RNA Import Complex (RIC) in the import system.
5.
Dr Sagnik Dey (b.09.10.1976), PhD, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department
of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA.
Dr.Dey’s research is focused on determination of radiative forcing caused by aerosols.
6.
Dr Siddhartha Gadgil (b.11.07.1974), PhD, Associate Professor, Department of
Mathematics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Highly significant contributions in the active area of “Low dimensional topology” solving
difficult problems. In his latest work, he has introduced a new invariant which has many
applications in mathematical biology.
7.
Sh Agneyo Ganguly (b.01.11.1978), MTech, Senior Research Fellow, Molecular
Parasitology Laboratory, Indian Instt of Chemical Biology, Kolkata.
For delineating the structure and function of Leishmania donovani topoisomerase I .
8.
Dr Ashish Garg (b.13.09.1973), PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Materials
and Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

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For developing fundamental understanding of ferroic by careful experiments and analysis.
9.
Dr Santosh Janardan Gharpure (b.21.01.1974), PhD, Assistant Professor,
Department of Chemistry,Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai.
He has developed new methods for the synthesis of biologically important cyclic ether
derivatives.
10. Dr Parag Ratnakar Gogate (b.30.06.1975), PhD, Lecturer, Chemical Engineering
Department, Institute of Chemical Technology, University of Mumbai, Mumbai.
Dr.Gogate has done fundamental work on the cavitational dynamics and its applications in
intensification of chemical and physical processing which have already found applications in
industry.
11. Dr Parameswar Krishnan Iyer (b.27.04.1973), PhD, Assistant Professor, Department
of Chemistry,Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati.
He has originally contributed in the area of polymer based light emitting materials which are
useful for diode based device applications.
12. Dr Telikepalli Kavitha (b.08.05.1974), PhD, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
and Automation Department, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Outstanding contributions in designing data structures for a spectrum of graph themmatic
problems and arriving at complexity analysis requiring new methodologies and mathematical
techniques.
13. Dr Perumal Senthil Kumar (b.18.06.1973), PhD, Scientist B, National Geophysical
Research Institute, Hyderabad.
For his outstanding contribution on determination of thermal structure below Archaean and
proterozoic terranes in India and on fracture propagation around meteorite craton.
14. Dr Partha Sarathi Mukherjee (b.11.02.1973), PhD, Assistant Professor, Inorganic
and Physical Chemistry Department, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
He has made significant advances in the design of molecular magnets and in the generation
of nanoscopic assemblies of defined shape.
15. Dr R Nagarajan (b.13.07.1975), PhD, Reader, School of Chemistry, University of
Hyderabad, Hyderabad.
He has developed innovative procedures for the synthesis of biologically important carbazole
derivatives.
16. Dr Bipul Pal (b.12.10.1974), PhD, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science
Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata.

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For his investigations of the dynamics of excitons in GaAs quantum wells using spectrally
resolved pump-probe differential reflectivity measurements.
17. Dr Dinesh Pal (b.20.03.1977), PhD, Research Fellow,
Department of
Anesthesiology, West Medical Centre Drive, The University of Michigan, USA.
Dr.Dinesh Pal has worked to understand the basic neural mechanism for the regulation of
rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. In particular, his work has unrevealed the interactions
between GABA and noradrenaline in pedunculo-pontine tegmentum area for such
regulation.
18. Dr Vaibhav Shridhar Prabhudesai (b.08.10.1977), PhD, Post Doctoral Fellow,
Department of Physics of Complex Systems, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.
For developing a novel “velocity slice imaging” technique to study the dynamics of
dissociative electron attachment.
19. Dr Rohini Qamra (b.20.02.1976), PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of
Molecular and Cell Biology, Proteos, Singapore.
Dr.Qamra has extensively characterized Cpn60s gene-protein encoded by Mycobacterium
tuberculosis and her structural data revealed as to why the gene-product is in dimeric form
and also loses its ATPase activity. Her work may in future be of crucial importance for drug
design against M.Tuberculosis.
20. Dr Ram Rup Sarkar (b.26.09.1974), PhD, Scientist C, Centre for Cellular and
Molecular Biology , Hyderabad.
Dr. Ram Rup Sarkar has imaginatively used his mathematical modelling skills towards
understanding the interaction between T- cells and tumour cells. His work based on
preliminary findings makes some new predictions that would have implications in tumour
therapy.
21. Dr Deepak Sharma (b.27.05.1977), PhD, DBT-Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute
of Immunology, New Delhi.
He has demonstrated that a partially complemented mutant of the DevR gene of
Mycobacterium tuberculosis had markedly reduced virulence and could be developed as a
vaccine candidate. He has also developed several web based search platforms for the in
silico analysis of regulatory networks which have a general applicability and have been put in
the public domain.
22. Dr N Byrareddy Siddappa (b.15.07.1975), PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow,
Department of Cancer Immunology and AIDS, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard
Medical School, Boston, USA.
Dr.N.B.Siddappa has carried out excellent work during his Ph.D at JNCASR, Bangalore. His
work showed for the first time that the Tat protein of HIV-I subtype C is a defective
chemokine, thus providing a pathogenesis model to explain low levels of dementia in Indians
infected with HIV. Dr.Siddappa has also carried out pioneering studies on method of
development for HIV genotyping, enabling analysis of large number of Indian cases.

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23. Dr Dhirendra Kumar Simanshu (b.13.12.1976), PhD, Research Fellow, Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Rockefeller Research Laboratory, New York, USA.
For his contribution to the understanding of structures of important enzymes of Salmonella
typhimurium.
24. Dr Sharmistha Sinha (b.10.08.1979), PhD, Research Associate, Molecular
Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
For her contributions to the biology of protein misfolding that result in the formation of
insoluble fibrils found in certain human dementias.
25. Dr Durai Sundar (b.10.10.1973), PhD, Lecturer, Centre for Bioinformatics, School of
Life Sciences, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry.
For his significant contribution to our knowledge on rubber biosynthesis and its regulation in
guayule (Parthenium argentatum), particularly in relationship with photosynthesis. He has
also studied interaction of zinc finger proteins and developed tools to custom – design zinc
finger proteins for exploitation in genetic manipulation.
26.
Dr.J.K.Thakur (b.30.04.1974), Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Cell
Biology, Harvard Medical School, MGH Cancer Centre, USA
For his outstanding contribution in discovery and characterization of auxin-induced genes in
rice and demonstrating their feed-back regulation by auxins. Dr.Thakur has also
demonstrated the nuclear localization of OsiEZ1 and its importance in growth and
development of rice seedlings.
27. Dr Rajeev Kumar Varshney (b.13.07.1973), PhD, Senior Scientist, MS Swaminathan
Applied Genomics Laboratory, Global Theme – Biotechnology, ICRISAT, Andhra Pradesh.
He has done outstanding work in developing markers and marker assisted breeding. He has
been very productive in terms of publication and his work is extremely well cited. He has
proved himself, as a Ph.D student, as a post - doc and now as an independent scientist at
ICRISAT working on crops which are of great importance to India.
28. Dr Sudesh Kumar Yadav (b.02.01.1976), PhD, Scientist Gr IV (2), Biotechnology
Division, Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur.
Dr.S.K.Yadav has for the first time measured methylglyoxal (MG) in plants and demonstrated
the importance of MG detoxification by glyoxalase pathway in conferring stress tolerance in
plants.