The Inspiring Science Award for the best published scientific paper in the Life Sciences from India.

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This page celebrates the participants, finalists and the winner of the Inspiring Science Award, 2018. We received 150 entries. An eminent jury picked 6 finalists, and eventually, the winner. The finalists were announced at the Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lectureship Series, in January 2018. The winner, Nishan Shettigar from InStem, was announced by Dr. Emilie Marcus, CEO, Cell Press and Editor-in-Chief, Cell, at the Bengaluru lecture on January 27, 2018.

Winner

Nishan Shettigar,

InStem, NCBS Bengaluru

Submitted Entry: Hierarchies in light sensing and dynamic interactions between ocular and extraocular sensory networks in a flatworm

Finalists

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Tapas Mukherjee

National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi

Submitted Entry: A TNF-p100 pathway subverts noncanonical NF-jB signaling in inflamed secondary lymphoid organs

“I feel extremely grateful and overwhelmed upon qualifying as a finalist for the 2018 Inspiring Science Award. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Cell Press-TNQ India Team and the jury members for recognizing our research. Our work reveals a novel inflammatory mechanism that regulates trafficking of immune cells into lymph nodes that have implications in autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. Recognition of this work gives me a sense of accomplishment and motivation to carry on the good science in the future. I would also like to share a part of the credit with my mentor Dr. Soumen Basak for his support and guidance. In addition, the outreach of Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lectureship Series has been excellent since its start, which has created awareness and a platform for the upliftment of the scientific potential in India. A BIG THANK YOU to the Cell Press-TNQ India Team!"

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Praveen Joseph Susaimanickam, Ph.D. student

LV Prasad Eye Institute (University of Hyderabad)

Submitted Entry: Generating minicorneal organoids from human induced pluripotent stem cells.

“I am excited and honored to have been selected as one of the finalists for ‘Inspiring Science Award 2018'. I thank the jury and Cell Press-TNQ for recognizing our work on ‘Generating minicorneal organoids from human induced pluripotent stem cells' published in Development-2017. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my Ph.D. supervisor Dr. Indumathi Mariappan who has been a constant support in my academic endeavor. I am also greatly thankful to my co-first author Ms. Savitri Maddileti, co-authors Mr. Vinay K Pulimamidi, Mr. Sridhar R Boyinpally and other co-authors for their valuable contributions to this work. The Inspiring Science Award motivates young Indian minds to contribute more to the scientific community. And I am truly inspired by the recognition of our work by Cell Press-TNQ."

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Puneet Singh

IISC

Submitted Entry: Exploration of joint redundancy but not task space variability facilitates supervised motor learning.

“I am pleased and humbled to be a finalist for the Inspiring Science Award 2018. I am very thankful to Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lectureship Series and judges to support my nomination. I am profoundly grateful to my mentors Prof. Aditya Murthy and Prof. Ashitava Ghosal and fantastic group members of Visuomotor lab and Robotics Lab at IISc. Bangalore."

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Rashmi Ray

ILS, Bhubaneswar

Submitted Entry: Lysophosphatidic acid converts monocytes into macrophages in both mice and humans.

“I am extremely delighted and humbled to have been selected as one of the finalists of 2018 Inspiring Science Award. The annual Cell Press TNQ Lectureship Series with distinguished speakers is an exceptional and outstanding event for bridging the gap between international and indian scientific community and inspiring young Indian researchers. The Inspiring Science Award is a great initiative to recognise work of young Indian researchers in Life Sciences."
“This recognition gives me immense pleasure for our discovery that shows Lysophosphatidic Acid converts monocytes into macrophages in both mice and humans and gives a paradigm shift in the role tumor associated macrophages (TAMs) in tumor microenvironment. I express my gratitute to my mentor, Dr. Vivek Rai for his scientific temperament and his persistent inspiration to work for scientific development. I thank Cell Press-TNQ for recognising my work and hope this initiative continues to inspire and motivate young Indian researchers to contribute to overall development and growth in the field of biology and medicine."

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Sudhir Kumar

National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi

Submitted Entry: PfCDPK1 mediated signaling in erythrocytic stages of Plasmodium falciparum

“I feel humbled and encouraged to be judged as a finalist for the Inspiring Science Award 2018. I am grateful to Cell press-TNQ India distinguished lectureship series and judges to support my nomination. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my supervisor Dr. Pushkar Sharma who guided and supported me during my PhD at National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi."

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Manish Kumar

Institute of Bioinformatics, Bangalore​

Submitted Entry: PfCDPK1 mediated signaling in erythrocytic stages of Plasmodium falciparum

“To be considered among the six finalists for Cell Press-TNQ Inspiring Science Award, 2018 is a great honor and privilege. I would like to thank the jury and Cell Press-TNQ team for selecting our study on ‘PfCDPK1 mediated signaling in erythrocytic stages of Plasmodium falciparum’ among the six best research studies from India in the year 2017. This prestigious award has been inspiring and motivating young research students since it started. I also thank Dr. David J. Anderson for his enlightening lecture. During this visit, he inspired hundreds of young research students through his cutting-edge research and we were fortunate to have him among us."
“I would like to thank Dr. Pushkar Sharma (National Institute of Immunology, Delhi) and Dr. Keshava Prasad (Institute of Bioinformatics, Bangalore) to drive the study and give me the chance to be a part of it. I am also thankful to Sudhir Kumar for his immense contribution towards the successful completion of the work. I hope that ISA initiative keeps motivating and inspiring young research students in India and bring the flavour of global research to our door steps every year. I would like to congratulate Cell Press-TNQ team for this successful initiative."