Arnab De , who has also developed peptide-based prodrugs as therapeutics for diabetes, was nominated by New York's Columbia University for his PhD thesis which he dedicated to legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and
his alma mater Kolkata's Presidency University .
"Two things that have influenced me the most is sports and education. This thesis is dedicated to Sachin Tendulkar not only for the cricketing joy he provided me, but also for being a constant source of inspiration to all Indian youth," De said.
De, who has also received the 'Young Investigator Award' at the American Peptide Symposium , was awarded for developing transgenic mice to study a critical tumor-suppressor A20.
The Springer Theses Award is awarded by Springer, a leading global publisher of renowned scientific journals and books, to recognise outstanding PhD research.
Internationally top-ranked research institutes select their best thesis annually for publication in the book series: "Springer Theses: Recognising Outstanding PhD research".
The winners also get a cash prize of 500 euros (USD 555). The research work was highlighted by the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Reports.
Only research considered to be of 'fundamental relevance to a general readership' is chosen to be highlighted by EMBO.
Ole John Nielsen (University of Copenhagen), who shared the 2007 Nobel peace Prize as a member of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change along with US vice president Al Gore, had in 2012 described the Springer award as an "insanely great honour".