Congratulations to Prof. Durba Pal of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar, on winning the Wellcome Trust India Alliance Fellowship Award in December 2023! Formerly, a postdoc trained with Prof. Chandan K Sen, Prof. Pal is a Biomedical Engineering Faculty member at IIT Ropar, won the intermediate fellowship award for $450,000 for a 5-year period. Pitt McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine is her external sponsor. Prof. Pal will spend parts of 3 years (of those 5 years from 2025-2027) working in Pitt McGowan laboratories on her collaborative research in “Adipose Derived Myeloid Lineage in the Pathophysiology of Type 2 DM.”

Quote from Dr. Chandan K. Sen, Director, Pitt McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

I congratulate Durba and her team for being awarded the Wellcome Trust India Alliance Award. We look forward to high quality collaborative research and excellent scientific productivity. PittMcGowan welcomes Prof. Pal and her team.

Quote from Prof. Durba Pal on identifying Dr. Chandan K. Sen as a mentor for this award. 

I have identified Prof. Chandan K Sen as my mentor for the application because he is a renowned scientist in the field of regenerative medicine and has an extensive record of training postdoc fellows, including me. He has been working in adaptive tissue reprogramming for many years. He has published articles in international peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Protocol, Nature Communication, Molecular Therapy, and J of Clinical Investigation. He has a highly equipped laboratory with a transgenic mice facility and an omic study facility, which will help carry out some of the work related to the proposed research study. Therefore, I expect to get his guidance throughout the fellowship program, which will be helpful to sustain and build a strong collaboration even after the fellowship is completed and help me reach my scientific goals as an independent research investigator shortly. 

Check out the announcement on the Indian Alliance website for more information.

Learn more about Prof. Pal on the IIT Ropar’s Biomedical Engineering website.

More about Prof. Durba Pal

Dr. Durba Pal is working as faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at IIT Ropar. She received her undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Calcutta and her Ph.D., in Molecular Biology, from IICB Kolkata & Visva-Bharati University, India. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center, USA. She has published 28 research articles in international peer reviewed journals and  7 book chapters. She had 2 US patents and one India patent.  She has published her PhD and post-doctoral work in top journals including Nature Medicine 2012, Nature Nanotechnology 2017, Nature Communication 2023. She is recipient of NASI-Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Award 2017, SERB Women Excellence Award 2018 and DBT Wellcome Trust India Alliance Intermediate award 2023.