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Pune-based scientists receives Sun Pharma Research Award

Working on total synthesis of biologically active natural products

pune Updated: Feb 14, 2018 17:03 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune-based scientists,Sun Pharma Research Award,Council of Scientific and Industrial Research - National Chemical Laboratory
Dr Reddy (second from left) receives the award from Dilip Shanghvi and Prof Vishwajit Nimgaonkar.(HT PHOTO)

Srinivasa Reddy, a Pune-based scientist from the organic Chemistry division of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research - National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR - NCL), Pune, has received the prestigious Sun Pharma research award in the field of pharmaceutical cciences on February 12.

Dilip Shanghvi, managing director, Sun Pharmaceutical and Prof Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, university of Pittsburgh, USA, presented the award to Reddy, at a function held at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

Reddy has been working in the area oftotal synthesis of biologically active natural products and medicinal chemistry using the “silicon incorporation approach”.

The research interests of his group lie in issues related toapplication of oriented organic synthesis, in particular total synthesis of biologically active natural products, medicinal chemistry and crop protection. This team has been credited with havingaccomplished total synthesis of more than 25 natural products with impressive biological activities. “Some of our recent achievements include identification of potential leads, like antibiotic compound based on hunanamycin natural product for treating food infections, anti-diabetic molecule in collaboration with an industry partner and anti-TB compound using a strategy called ‘re-purposing of a drug scaffold’,” said Reddy.

A total of two awardees out of four were from CSIR institutes. In addition to Reddy, Rajan Shankarnarayanan, CSIR - CCMB, Hyderabad (basic sciences), also was conferred with the award. Vikram Mathews, CMC, Vellore (medical research) and Prof Ashish Suri, AIIMS, New Delhi (clinical research), were the others to receive the awards.

With more than 80scientific publications and 35 patents, Reddy is one of the most prominent scientists in the city and has already been honoured with theShanti Swarup Bhatnagar prize in chemical sciences. Reddy is also a nominated member of the scientific body of Indian Pharmacopoeia, government of India and was elected as a fellow of the Telangana and Maharashtra Academies of Sciences in addition to the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI).

First Published: Feb 14, 2018 15:23 IST