Dr Amit Sharma, Head, Structural and Computational Biology Group, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) & Infosys Prize winner 2015 (Life Sciences)
He was awarded the prestigious Infosys Prize 2015 in Life Sciences for his outstanding contributions in deciphering the molecular structure, at the atomic level, of key proteins involved in the biology of pathogenesis of malarial parasite. His work on the deadly malarial parasite has the potential value for vaccine design, and development of therapeutics for malaria.
Dr Sharma holds a PhD from Northwestern University, USA, in Protein Crystallography, and a post-doctoral from Oxford University, UK, in Structural Biology.
In his exclusive interview with BioSpectrum's Raj Gunashekar, he touches upon his award-winning research work, his passion for photography and ornithology, tackling R&D challenges, funding opportunities, and India's optimistically changing research landscape. Excerpts:
Q: Firstly, a big congratulations Dr Sharma. What were your initial thoughts when you first heard that you were a winner of the coveted Infosys Prize?
A: Thank you. I was very surprised to hear about the award via a phone call from Infosys Science Foundation. I shared it with my mother and rest of the family who were all elated. I feel deeply honored by this prize, and with gratitude thank all who have supported me over the past 15 years in India.