K Thangaraj, chief scientist at the CSIR (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research) – Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, Telangana, bagged this year’s J C Bose Fellowship for his outstanding contribution in the field of population and medical genomics.
- His research work includes the genetic basis of male infertility, cardiovascular disease, sex determination, mitochondrial disorders, ayur genomics, and forensic genetics.
- He and his fellow researchers established the association of mitochondrial DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) variations with several disorders which is the first in India.
- JC Bose fellowship is awarded to active scientists and engineers in recognition of their outstanding performance and contributions by the Science and Engineering Research Board, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.
- The award is named after Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose who was the inventor of crescograph (a device used to measure the growth of plants) and also known as the father of Bengali science fiction.
- The duration of the fellowship is 5 years. Each fellow will receive a contingency of Rs 10 Lakh per annum for conferences and other expenses.