IIT Ropar Prof awarded by the prestigious DBT Ramalingaswami Fellowship
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Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Assistant Professor, Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Ropar (IIT Ropar) has been awarded the Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology for a period of 5 years. This is one of the most prestigious fellowship awarded by DBT at Scientist-D/Assistant Professor level position.
The fellowship aims to attract highly skilled Indian researchers working overseas in various cutting edge disciplines of biotechnology and other related areas, by providing them an attractive avenue to pursue their R&D interests in Indian institutions.
Dr. Kumar’s research in biomedical photonics is one of the frontier areas of science and technology as light is rapidly becoming an important diagnostic tool and a powerful weapon for modern physician. This is also marked by the exponential growth of photonic-based technologies in the last decade applied to biology and medicine.
“BioMedical Photonics Lab” at IIT Ropar deals the highly interdisciplinary research work in collaboration with clinical professionals (e.g., surgeon, pathologist) that combines the expertise of physics, clinical science and engineering to address the challenges of biology and medicine. The goal of Dr. Kumar’s research is to develop novel photonics-based techniques and methods and, use them to understand the cause of disease as well as facilitate the early diagnosis, which can lead to an effective treatment of the disease.
Divulging more, Dr. Kumar added, “We currently focused on advanced microscopy imaging and spectroscopy techniques, which include lasers, optics, and fiber-optics based approaches to analyze tissues and cells for biomedical and analytical diagnostics applications.”