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IIT Kanpur Professor Wins Sun Pharma Science Foundation Research Award

IIT Kanpur Professor Wins Sun Pharma Science Foundation Research Award

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Dr. Bushra Ateeq, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering (BSBE), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur has been shortlisted for the Sun Pharma Science Foundation-2021 Research Award in the category of Medical Sciences – Research fundamental.

Dr. Ateeq is a recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Medical Sciences (2020). She is also an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences of India (NASI) and the Indian Academy of Sciences Bangalore (IASc).

Congratulating her, Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director of IIT Kanpur, said, “Dr. Bushra Ateeq has been at the forefront of cancer research and has made significant contributions in this field. IIT Kanpur is proud of the work she is doing and on behalf of the institute, I congratulate her on this achievement. This is another step towards keeping the flame of research and development alive at IIT Kanpur.

The aim of the Sun Pharma Science Foundation is “to promote scientific endeavors in the country by encouraging and rewarding excellence in medical and pharmaceutical sciences, and to give impetus to research activities in India”.
The award carries a trophy, citation and prize money.

“I am grateful to the Sun Pharma Science Foundation for this recognition. This is encouraging for the journey to come in the pursuit of my research. I am also grateful to the IIT Kanpur fraternity for providing such a vibrant environment to conduct research and forge collaborations without any hindrance or interference, and with complete freedom,” Dr. Ateeq said.

Dr. Bushra Ateeq joined the BSBE department in February 2013. She completed postdoctoral training in the group of Dr. Arul Chinnaiyan at the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology at the University of Michigan. She also served there as a Research Scholar (Junior Faculty) before joining IIT Kanpur.

She was also a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Dr. Shafaat Rabbani at McGill University, Montreal. She had a brief stint as a research associate at the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi.

Dr. Ateeq obtained his Ph.D. from Aligarh Muslim University.

Dr. Ateeq’s research interests focus on exploring the genetic and epigenetic changes that trigger cancer and its progression. She also focuses on understanding the molecular events that drive cancer metastasis and resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs.

Dr Ateeq and his team also have the distinction of undertaking a first-of-its-kind attempt in India to test nearly 121 prostate cancer tissue samples and identify several significant genetic alterations, IIT Kanpur said.