Around 12 scientist’s names were announced who received the country’s highest science award “Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for 2020 during the foundation day of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
The scientists who were awarded were below the age of 45 and were given for the outstanding research in seven fields – Biology, Chemistry, Environment Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine and Physics. Among all the scientist from all over the states, Professor Jyotirmayee Dash of Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata has also been conferred this award for her excellent contribution in the field of science. She is the first Odia women to be granted the award give to scientist below the age of 45.
Jyotirmayee is from Jagatsinghpur and joined IISER, Kolkata as an Assitant Professor before moving to IACS. She applies principles of chemical biology to modulate the structure and function of nucleic acid targets leading to the development of new therapeutic tools for anticancer research. She informed us that they use interdisciplinary research at the interface of Chemistry and Biology. Even earlier she also won the Alexander Von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship at FU Berlin, Germany and Marie Curie fellowship at University of Cambridge, UK.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Governor Ganeshi Lal and CM Naveen Patnaik congratulated Jyotirmayee for getting this prestigious award and her immense contribution in the field of science.
During this event, a short film on the contribution of CSIR laboratories and institutes was released. This film shows how India is fighting against the world’s deadliest virus- COVID-19.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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