Prof. Balasubramanian Senthilkumaran, Senior Professor in the Department of Animal Biology, School of Life Sciences has been awarded the prestigious J.C. Bose Fellowship of Science and Engineering Research Board (2023), Government of India.
The fellowship is given in the recognition of the outstanding performance of Senthilkumaran in the research area of Fish Molecular Endocrinology and Reproductive Biology. Prof. Senthilkumaran had made significant and innovative contributions in understanding the sex differentiation as well as gonadal development at various stages of life cycle of bony fishes. He is pioneer in developing novel transient gene silencing in fish to understand gene function. He is the one who developed the concept of “brain sex differentiation” in fishes. He also contributed immensely in the research areas of endocrine disruption and nanotoxicology. He has published more than 115 research papers. He has guided 12 Ph.D. students and presently guiding 6 Ph.D. students. His students received several awards from the Government of Japan and Malaysia as well as EU. He also trained several post-doctoral research fellows. He received number of fellowships from Japan and Canada in recognition of his work in fish biology.
Prof. B. Senthilkumaran received DBT-TATA Innovation Fellowship (2014-19) from the Government of India earlier for his excellent research contributions in aquaculture and biotechnology. His work was recognized and honored by four major science academies like the Indian National Science Academy, the Indian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. He also received Global Ambassador Fellowship from University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada in 2021.
The J.C. Bose Fellow will receive a fellowship amount of Rs. 25,000/- pm and a research grant of Rs. 15 lakh per annum and is provided for a period of 5 years.