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New Delhi : To recognise the significant contributions towards defining the survival tactics of Leishmania donovani, Society of Biological Chemists (India) has chosen Dr Susanta Kar, Senior Scientist, Molecular Parasitology and Immunology, CSIR-CDRI, Lucknow, for this year’s Prof.A N Bhaduri Memorial Lecture Award.

Leishmania Donovani is a protozoan parasite that infects macrophages and is a causative agent of visceral leishmaniasis (Kala Azar), a lethal infectious disease affecting millions worldwide. Dr Susanta Kar’s  research group studied the interaction of Leishmania with immune cells like macrophages, dendritic cells and T cells and the fate of these interactions on modulation of various intracellular signaling cascades that ultimately affect immune response/infection progression, according to a PIB release.

Society of Biological Chemists (India) has instituted many awards to recognise the meritorious and significant contributions made by the researchers/scientists on the development of biological sciences in the country, The Society of Biological Chemists (India) or SBC(I) was founded in 1930, with its Headquarters at Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. This prestigious society was registered under the Societies Act in the then Princely State of Mysore.

The award is conferred every two years. Recipient of the award should be below 50 years of age. The Award is given for Biological Chemistry and Allied sciences preferably related to parasitic infections.