New Delhi: The Ministry of Science & technology has announced that Dr Niti Kumar, Senior Scientist from Division of Molecular Parasitology and Immunology, Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow, under the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), has received the ‘SERB Women Excellence Award 2020’. The Award will be conferred by the President of India during the National Science Day celebrations on 28 February, in Vigyan Bhawan.
This award is given to women scientists below 40 years of age who have received recognition from national academies. The women researchers will be supported by research grant of Rs 5 lakh per annum for 3 years by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India.
Dr Kumar’s research group is trying to understand the protein quality control machinery in human malaria parasite for exploration of alternative drug targets for malaria intervention.
Dr. Niti Kumar has many awards and recognitions to her credit, including the Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (DBT-IYBA, 2015), INSA Medal for Young Scientist (2010) by the Indian National Science Academy, Ramalingaswami Fellowship (2013-2018), EMBO Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2010-2012), Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2010), Max Planck Post-doctoral fellowship at Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (2009), and the Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellowship by European Union under 6th Framework Programme (2005-2006).
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