BHU professor honoured for research work

Published on Nov 23, 2022 11:57 PM IST

He has been conferred the award in recognition of his research paper titled “Freeze-Thaw-Induced Physically Cross-linked Superabsorbent Polyvinyl Alcohol/Soy Protein Isolate Hydrogels for Skin Wound Dressing: In Vitro and In Vivo Characterization”.

BHU campus. (File photo)
BHU campus. (File photo)
By, Varanasi

Dr Sanjeev Kumar Mahto, associate professor and coordinator, School of Biomedical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi has been honoured with ‘Dr Arthur Saravanmuthu Thambiah Award’ by The National Academy of Medical Sciences (India) (NAMS) for the year 2022.

He has been conferred the award in recognition of his research paper titled “Freeze-Thaw-Induced Physically Cross-linked Superabsorbent Polyvinyl Alcohol/Soy Protein Isolate Hydrogels for Skin Wound Dressing: In Vitro and In Vivo Characterization”. Dr Arthur Saravanmuthu Thambiah Award carries a scroll, a commemorative medal and a cash incentive.

The award was conferred by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla who was present as the chief guest, and president of NAMS Padma Bhushan Prof Shiv Kumar Sarin at the convocation ceremony held on November 12 during the 62nd annual conference of NAMS at Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Medical College, Jaipur.

Eminent personalities like Prof Ajay Kumar Sood, principal scientific advisor to Prime Minister, Dr Atul Goel, director general of health services (DGHS), Dr VK Saraswat, member of Niti Aayog and Dr Sudhir Bhandari, vice chancellor of RUHS joined the ceremony function as guests of honour.

This prestigious NAMS award is a result of hard work of the research scholars (led by Neelima Varsheny) working in the Tissue Engineering and Biomicrofluidics Laboratory of the School of Biomedical Engineering, IIT (BHU), Varanasi.

In this work, Dr Sanjeev K. Mahto and his team have prepared polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and soy protein isolate (SPI)-based scaffolds by physical cross-linking using the freeze-thaw method.

The outcomes reveal that PVA/SPI hydrogels can be an ideal candidate for skin tissue engineering, especially for the skin wound dressing material.

The in vivo full thickness wound healing assay in rat models supported the potency of PVA/SPI hydrogels as a wound dressing material.

Dr Sanjeev K Mahto was also awarded with Membership of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (India). It is an honour bestowed upon him as an acknowledgement of his academic excellence and professional achievements. The director of the Institute, Prof Pramod Kumar Jain, congratulated him for the achievement.

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