An Indian Institute of Technology – Hyderabad Professor has been awarded the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA) medal in the Young Scientist category for 2017.Prof. Aravind Kumar Rengan, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering at IIT Hyderabad is being recognized for having devised a novel way of nano delivery using liposomes and gold nanoparticles. This is useful for both imaging and therapeutics.
This research, through which he was able to engineer a biodegradable nano-system for photothermal therapy of cancer and proved its in-vivo biodegradability, has got immense translational potential and can be used to treat cancer in an affordable way with minimal side effects.His research work was published in the journal of NANOSCALE (Impact factor 7.76) and ACS NANO LETTERS (Impact Factor: 13.78) both being prestigious journals in nanotechnology. Dr. Aravind’s entire bio-engineering research work was carried out in India, bringing credits to our country in the International arena.The award will be presented to Professor Aravind by the INSA President during the Anniversary General Meeting in December 2017. Courtesy with this award, Prof. Aravind Kumar Rengan will be eligible for being considered for a visit abroad with full support, for presenting research work at conferences, and/or participating in collaborative / training research projects, start-up research support, wherever possible.This Award is an encouragement for the good scientific work that we do in India, which is comparable to international standards. I would be very happy if many more young medicos take up research as their mainstream career, which will benefit our country