GUWAHATI: Biman B. Mandal, a professor at the Institute of Technology-Guwahati (IIT-G) and a DST Swarna Jayanti Fellow, has been recognised by Vigyan Prasar as one among “75 scientists shaping Today’s India.”

Union minister Jitendra Singh has released the coffee-table book published by Vigyan Prasar titled “75 under 50: Scientists Shaping Today’s India” on National Science Day recently.

This book explores the personal lives and professional accomplishments of 75 scientists, providing an in-depth look at the diversity surrounding them, such as their differing backgrounds, reasons for becoming scientists, obstacles they faced, and their work in different disciplines.

Vigyan Prasar (VP) is an autonomous organisation under the department of science and technology (DST), Government of India. The principal objective of VP is to serve India’s science popularisation agenda, which serves as a robust knowledge-led tool to fulfill public policy objectives.

“Prof Mandal has been working in the domain of ‘regenerative medicine and tissue engineering’, which is a highly interdisciplinary translational research domain that deals with the body’s ability to repair, heal and regenerate,” an official statement issued here on Friday said.

This field has tremendous applicability being directly associated with human health, welfare and has the potential to contribute towards addressing an unmet world problem related to ‘organ shortages’.

“His team has so far published 160 highly cited high-impact research articles in prestigious journals, filed 23 patents, and licensed three technologies with one product in the market,” the statement said. 

The book has featured some of the research works of Prof. Mandal including non-mulberry silk-based ink for fabricating mechanically robust cardiac patches and endothelialized myocardium-on-a-chip application’. Advanced Functional Materials (2020).

Other research works published include 3-D printed silk-based biomimetic tri-layered meniscus for potential patient-specific implantation’. Biofabrication (2020); silk-based multilayered angle-ply annulus fibrosus construct to recapitulate form and function of the intervertebral disc PNAS (2018) and immunomodulatory injectable silk hydrogels maintaining functional islets and promoting anti-inflammatory M2 macrophage polarisation’. Biomaterials (2018).

Born in Purulia district of West Bengal, Prof. Mandal graduated from Presidency College, Kolkata and completed his master’s from the department of biotechnology, HP University, Shimla.

He obtained his Ph.D. from IIT Kharagpur and post-doctorate from the department of biomedical engineering, Tufts University, Boston, USA.

Currently, Prof. Mandal is a professor at the department of biosciences and bioengineering, School of Health Sciences and Technology and Centre for Nanotechnology, IIT Guwahati and he also holds the Associate Dean, Academics (Undergraduate) position.

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