Mr. Durga Prasad Muvva, working as a Project Associate (Technical) in the UGC Networking Resource Centre, School of Chemistry at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) has been selected for an award for his image ofMosquito skin surface in FEI (Field Electron and Ion) image contest 2015 under the TEM imaging category. As part of the award given every month by FEI, Durga Prasad has received $400 cash prize in this contest for the month of November 2015. Microscope technicians across the globe took part in this contest and about 23 photos were submitted for final choice. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/fei_company/sets/72157660691676362/)
His responsibilities at UoH include management of microscope facility in the School of Chemistry and helping research scholars in imaging varieties of samples on Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FE-SEM), Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) and Confocal Raman Microscopy. He is also helping in operation and maintenance of Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) located in the Centre for Nanotechnology. He has done M.Sc, (Biochemistry) and has more than 7 years of experience in imaging, handling, maintenance and troubleshooting of Electron Microscope like FE-SEM and TEM.
Every year, FEI instrument owners are invited to submit their best images for a chance to showcase their skill, research and creativity. Image from the contest have been featured on numerous news outlets including NBC News, Huffington Post and many more.