Aravind Kumar Rengan

A professor from Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, has been awarded the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) medal in the Young Scientist category for 2017. Dr Aravind Kumar Rengan, assistant professor in the department of biomedical engineering at IIT Hyderabad, is being recognised for having devised a novel way of nano delivery using liposomes and gold nano particles, which is useful for both imaging and therapeutics.Since 1974, INSA annually presents the Young Scientist Award to distinguish young scientists who have made notable research contributions in science and technology.

The INSA Young Scientists Award is considered to be the highest recognition of promise, creativity and excellence in a young scientist. Through this research, Dr Aravind was able to engineer a biodegradable nano-system for photothermal therapy of cancer and proved its in-vivo biodegradability has shown it has got immense translational potential and can be used to treat cancer in an affordable way with minimal side effects.

His research work was published in the journal of Nanoscale and Nano Letters, both being prestigious journals in nanotechnology. Dr Aravind’s entire bio-engineering research work was carried out in India, bringing credit to India in the International arena.