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Dr. Ashis Kumar Sen conferred Swarnajayanti Fellowship for his work on cancer and dengue detection

An Indian Institute of Technology Madras Professor has been chosen for the prestigious ‘Swarnajayanti Fellowship’ given by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to young scientists with track record of excellence. They are provided special assistance and support to enable them to pursue research in frontier areas of science and technology.

Dr. Ashis Kumar Sen, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras, is one among the three faculties to receive this fellowship award in Engineering Sciences discipline from the entire country for 2017-18. He is working on understanding novel interfacial phenomena at the microscale and utilizing the same to develop healthcare technology for early prediction of sepsis and improved prognosis/therapy for cancer. His team is also developing a ‘lab-on-chip’ device for early and rapid diagnosis of dengue antigen in blood. His main research interests are in the areas of microfluidics based interfacial phenomena and healthcare diagnostics.

Speaking about how this award will help him further his Research, Dr. Ashis Kumar Sen said, “I am happy to receive the Swarnajayanti Fellowship 2017-18, which is possibly a reflection of the work we do as a research group with good amount of support from our institute and government. The funding would enable us in procuring a few research tools that we do not have access to at the moment to delve into tougher research problems and leveraging the same to further improve the quality of work we do.”

Further, Dr. Ashis Kumar Sen added, “I am also hopeful that the recognition would further motivate us in taking up more challenging problems in the area of interfacial phenomena and utilizing the solutions to develop healthcare technology that may benefit the society.”

After joining IIT Madras, where he has been a faculty member since 2010, he has secured more than USD 1 Million of research funding from various agencies to establish a Microfluidics Research Facility to carry out cutting-edge research. He has published nearly 70 research papers in prestigious international journals and filed 7 patents. He has guided eight Ph.D./M.S. scholars so far and is currently guiding 12 PhD/MS scholars.

In collaboration with Dr. Thangaraj Paul Ramesh, Senior Consultant Cardiothoracic and Transplant Surgeon, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, Dr. Ashis Kumar Sen and his team are developing a microfluidic platform for detection of gasotransmitters as biomarkers for early prediction of sepsis. The proposed platform, if successful, will be a major breakthrough in the field of healthcare technology that would have huge economic and social implications.

His team has also developed a microfluidic device for identification and isolation of target cells which can be potentially used for developing platforms for isolation and genomic analysis of rare cells (such as cancer cells) that could open up avenues for understanding metastasis and developing improved prognosis/therapy.

Their research is primarily focused on the investigation of novel phenomena involving manipulation of fluid interfaces and particles in microfluidics.. One of the unique feature of the research is that Dr. Ashis Kumar Sens’ team has successfully employed fundamental understanding in the above areas in developing microfluidics based healthcare technology for various applications.

Dr. Ashis Kumar Sen is one among the three Professors to receive this Fellowship in Engineering Sciences discipline from the entire country. His main research interests are in the areas of microfluidics based interfacial phenomena and healthcare diagnostics.

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