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NNWN/13/02/2021

Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has announced Women Excellence Awards 2021. Four scientists, fellows of National Science Academies, have been awarded for excelling in science and engineering on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2021.

SERB Women Excellence Award provides a grant of Rs. 15 lakhs for a period of three years to the awardees to pursue their research ideas. Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a Statutory body of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has been supporting basic research in the frontier areas of science and engineering for the last eight years.

Launched in 2013, the award is a one-time award given to women scientists below 40 years of age who have received recognition from any one or more of the National Academies such as Young Scientist Medal, Young Associateship, etc.The call for award is made open every year through www.serbonline.in.

Awardees are:

Four women scientists selected for the awards include Dr. Shobhna Kapoor, Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, working in the area of Chemical Biology with expertise in ‘Host-Pathogen Interactions and Membrane Biology, Chemical Biology and Biophysics’, Dr. Antara Banerjee, Scientist B National Institute For Research In Reproductive Health, Mumbai, Maharashtra from the Health Sciences area with expertise in Signal Transduction, Biology of Reproduction and Endocrinology, Dr. Sonu Gandhi Scientist D from National Institute Of Animal Biotechnology, Hyderabad from Bionanotechnology area focusing on Nanosensors, Design and Fabrication of Label-free Biosensors and Dr. Ritu Gupta, Assistant Professor at Indian Institute Of Technology Jodhpur, Rajasthan working on Nanotechnology with expertise in Materials Science, Nanodevices and Sensors, Health & Energy.