TNN | Posted September 18, 2023 02:29 PM
For their contributions to research, Prof Bushra Ateeq and Prof Nitin Saxena from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK), and Prof Qudsia Tahseen, Department of Zoology, Aligarh Muslim University, have been elected for the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Fellowship 2023-24.
Prof Bushra Ateeq is a professor and Joy-Gill Chair Senior Fellow at the Department of Biological Sciences & Bioengineering, IIT Kanpur. She is revered for her extensive work on cancer research. Prof Nitin Saxena is from the Computer Science & Engineering Department and is also the founding Coordinator of the Center for Developing Intelligent Systems (CDIS) at IIT Kanpur.
Prof Ateeq's research group is predominantly interested in delving into the genetic and epigenetic modifications that trigger the onset and progression of cancer. With innovative strategies and approaches in their quest, the group is working to uncover the molecular processes driving cancer development and resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs.
In their announcement, INSA has acknowledged her contributions to cancer research including her research on the role of a peptidase inhibitor, SPINK1 in the progression and drug resistance of Cancer. Dr Ateeq is the recipient of several accolades, including the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Medical Sciences (2020), the highest Indian science award conferred by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India; Sun Pharma Science Foundation Research Award (2021) in the Medical Sciences - Basic Research category; Elected Fellow (2021) of the Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc), Bangalore; Elected Fellow (2021) of the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), to name a few.
Prof Saxena is also an alumnus of IIT Kanpur. In 2002, he along with his batch mate Neeraj Kayal and mentor Prof Manindra Agrawal, successfully developed a deterministic polynomial-time algorithm. The trio were awarded the prestigious Gödel Prize for outstanding papers in the area of theoretical computer science, and the Fulkerson Prize, in 2006, for this breakthrough. A current faculty at the institute, Prof Saxena has done extensive work on developing novel techniques for understanding algebraic independence over fields of small characteristics. INSA, while announcing the Fellows, has also acknowledged his consistent work on bringing in “techniques from several areas to attack the most important problems in algebraic complexity.”
Prof Qudsia Tahseen teaches Animal Ecology and Nematology to the master’s programme students at the Aligarh Muslim University. She has described and revised a good number of nematode taxa and has addressed the taxonomic identification from different perspectives to adopt a holistic approach combining morphological, developmental and ecological characteristics for better scientific value.
Established in the year 1935, INSA works for the promotion of science and scientific research in India for the betterment of all. The Fellowship recognises the research of scientists from diverse fields and supports them to further their research with necessary assistance.