Pushing the envelope further for all Indian women in science, Professor Gagandeep Kang, a biologist teaching at Vellore Christian Medical College, was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, Britain's oldest scientific academy for world's most eminent scientists on Wednesday. She is the first Indian woman to be elected into the elite society.
Kang is currently the executive director of Translational Health Science and Technology Institute in Faridabad and is known for her inter-disciplinary research “studying the transmission, development, and prevention of enteric infections [related to the intestines]” in children in India, as per reports by The Royal Society.
Nobel laureate in Chemistry and President of The Royal Society Venki Ramakrishnan, had announced their new batch of Fellows in a tweet saying that the Fellowship has remained constant in its purpose to use science for the benefit of humanity.
Talking about Kang's research which has helped to develop a practical approach to public health, the Royal Society has said:
"She has built national rotavirus and typhoid surveillance networks, established laboratories to support vaccine trials and conducted phase 1-3 clinical trials of vaccines, a comprehensive approach that has supported two WHO pre-qualified vaccines, made by two Indian companies.
Detailing her current focus of research in the same field of enteric infections, the Society added:
“She is investigating the complex relationships between infection, gut function and physical and cognitive development, and seeking to build a stronger human immunology research in India."
Apart from Kang, Manjul Bhargava, a member of the Prime Minister's Science Technology and Innovation Council (PM - STIAC) was also inducted into the Society's fellowship. The office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India wished both the eminent Indian Scientists tweeting:
Apart from Bhargava and Kang, 49 other people were elected Fellows of The Royal Society, ten people as Foreign Members and one Honorary Fellow for their exceptional contributions to science.