In its 7th year now, the coveted prize this year in Life Sciences was awarded to Dr Amit Sharma (47), group leader, structural and computational biology group, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi, 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.
Dr Sharma has a PhD from Northwestern University, USA, in Protein Crystallography (1995). He then pursued his post-doctoral work at the Oxford University, UK, between 1996-2000, in the area of structural biology.
His work on the deadly malarial parasite has the potential value for vaccine design, and development of therapeutics for malaria.
The prize consists of cash worth Rs 65 lakh, a 22 karat gold medallion, and a citation certificate.
Previously, winners were given a cash prize of Rs 55 lakh.