Six Indian Americans Receive NIH Director’s 2015 New Innovator Awards


NEW YORK (TIP): The National Institutes of Health recently announced the recipients of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Awards. Six Indian American researchers are amongst the recipients of the Award for 2015. The six Indian Americans include: Sanjay Basu of Stanford University, Karunesh Gangly of University of California at San Francisco, Kamil Godula of University of California at San Diego, Deepika Mohan of University of Pittsburgh, Manu Prakash of Stanford University, and Abhishek Prasad of University of Miami.

Basu is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University. He received his B.S. from MIT, M.Sc. from Oxford, and M.D./Ph.D. from Yale before completing internal medicine residency at UCSF.

Ganguly is an assistant professor at UCSF and a staff physician in the Neurology and Rehabilitation Service at SFVAMC. He graduated from Stanford University and then received a Ph.D. in neuroscience and a M.D. degree from the University of California, San Diego.

Godula is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC San Diego. He earned his M.Sc. in organic chemistry at Marquette University and his Ph.D. at Columbia University, working in the area of C-H bond activation.

Mohan is an assistant professor of critical care medicine and surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He received a B.A. in religion and political theory from Princeton University in 1997, an M.D. from Emory University in 2001, and an M.P.H. from Columbia University in 2003.

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Prakash is an alum of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He has a Ph.D. in the area of Applied Physics lab from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Prasad, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami, received his M.S. in biomedical engineering from Louisiana Tech University. He has a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey.