Who Is The Youngest Scientist In India?


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There are many young scientists in India. Science however, youngest scientist to receive the prestigious Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award in Medical Sciences is Dr Chinmoy Shankar Dey, Professor, Department of Biotechnology, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER). He is one of the youngest scientists who got this highest scientific recognition at the age of 41.

Dr. Dey had completed his Ph.D from Kolkata, done his post-doctoral research in the USA. At first he was at the California Institute of Technology and later at the Baylor College of Medicine, in Texas. However later he decided to move to India and he joined at the National Institute of Immunology.

Dr. Dey was one of the first scientists to join NIPER when it was just starting up. He joined the Department of Biotechnology in September, 1994. After five years of work with Diabetes, he developed simulated model of insulin-resistant cells. These cells could be used to test anti-diabetic formulations. Using his model Dr Dey later identified a possible new drug target which was basically a protein. His research findings have accelerated the development of anti-diabetic drugs around the world.

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