ICGEB New Delhi Scientists Elected to the Indian National Science Academy

Pawan Malhotra, Malaria Biology Group Leader and Sneh Lata Singla Pareek, Plant Stress Biology Group Leader have been elected Fellows of INSA, established in 1935 to promote science in India and harness scientific knowledge for the cause of humanity and national welfare.

Congratulations to Pawan Malhotra and Sneh Lata Singla-Pareek, recently elected Fellows of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA).

Pawan Malhotra has been acknowledged for his outstanding contribution in dissecting the key components of the malarial parasite and the development of therapeutic strategies. At ICGEB his scientific activity looks at Plasmodium falciparum – a widespread protozoan parasite that causes malaria and is responsible for over a million deaths annually. His Group’s primary focus has been to understand the process of hemoglobin trafficking and its degradation in the parasite food vacuole and currently works on leads for new drug development against drug-resistant strains of P. falciparum.

He is also a member of the DBT Task Force, RNAi, the National Academy of Sciences in Allahabad, and of the Academic Planning Board of Chaudhary Bansi Lal University, Bhiwani, Haryana, India.

Singla-Pareek has been recognised for her pioneering contributions on the role of the glyoxalase pathway in stress tolerance in plants. She has unveiled the cross-talk between different stress responses for plant adaptation and has developed marker-free transgenic rice for multiple abiotic stress tolerance.

Involved in teaching and research at ICGEB for almost two decades, her Group focuses on understanding the basic responses of plants towards abiotic stresses such as salinity, drought, and high temperature, developing various novel strategies to combat these, and generating products with improved tolerance, in addition to improved nutrition and high yield. She has developed a state-of-the-art greenhouse and screen house facility at ICGEB.

Her lab has established international collaboration for research with various universities, such as UC Davis and Washington University, USA, University of Melbourne, Australia, University of Helsinki, Finland, Utrecht University, Netherlands, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and Bangladesh Rice Research Institute.

She is also an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad and an active member of the Indian Society of Plant Physiology.

Lawrence Banks, ICGEB Director-General was recently in Delhi to celebrate this honor with the ICGEB PIs.

L-R: Lawrence Banks, ICGEB Director-General with Sneh Lata Singla Pareek, Dinakar Salunke, Director, ICGEB New Delhi and Pawan Malhotra