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Awards and Achievements

Achievements

      Awards
     
  1. Life time achievement in Biochemistry by Viva International Women award 2018 for contribution to science and field of biochemistry.
  2. Prof. Indira Parikh 50 Women in Education Leaders”, 2018 
  3. GOI, DBT nominee at SLUSH 2016, held at Helsinki, Finland  
  4. Among the six teams selected for Entrepreneurs meet organized by Anita Borg Institute, Pal Alro CA, DST and IUSSTF and TiE Global at Santa Clala, CA, USA
  5. Faculty advisor for the winning team (rank 20 out of 642) at the Rice Business Plan Competition held at Rice University Houston, USA, Dr Suman Kapur
  6. Innovation for India Awards 2016 bestowed by Marico Innovation Foundation: Dr. Suman Kapur
  7. Innovation Ninja award bestowed by Ricoh Education Excellence award 2016: Dr. Suman Kapur
  8. 3rd batch “In residence scholars program” at Rashtrapati Bhawan, 2016: RightBiotic team led by Dr. Suman Kapur
  9. TiE Asia Regional 2016 International Start-up Competition, held on 5th February 2016: RightBiotic team led by Dr. Suman Kapur
  10. One among 100 Women Achievers in the category of 'Science, Innovation and Technology', Ministry of Women and Child Development, GOI 2015: Dr. Suman Kapur
  11. Women Entrepreneur Quest (WEQ) 2015: Dr. Suman Kapur
  12. India Innovation Initiative, I3 jointly bestowed by CII and DST, GOI, 2015: RightBiotic team led by Dr. Suman Kapur
  13. TiE Hyderabad International Start-up Competition, held on 15th December 2015
  14. Gandhian Young Technology of India bestowed by National Innovation Foundation, 2015: RightBiotic team led by Dr. Suman Kapur
  15. Photon Research Award, 2015, Dr. Suman Kapur
  16. BEST India First Prize bestowed by ABLE-DBT, 2014: RightBiotic team led by Dr. Suman Kapur
  17. SRisHTI award, First Prize winner at  BITS Pilani Hyderabad at ATMOS, 2014: RightGlucose team led by Dr Suman Kapur
  18. Honored as an "Achiever" in the field of Education by the Institute of Charted Accountants of India, 2014, Dr. Suman Kapur
  19. BITSAA Inspiring Faculty Honors, 2014: Dr. Suman Kapur
  20. Adjunct Professor at Malkolak Knowledge Centre,   2013 onwards Dr. Suman Kapur
  21. Adjunct Professor at George Washington University, 2013 onwards Dr. Suman Kapur
  22. Shri B. K. Birla and Shrimati Sarla Birla Chair Professor (2011-2016) Dr. Suman Kapur
  23. Adjunct Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2009 onwards) Dr. Suman Kapur
  24. Lalor Foundation Fellow, USA (1990-1992) Dr. Suman Kapur
  25. ICAR, Junior Research Fellow (1977-1980) Suman Kapur
  26. NCERT (NSTS) Fellow (1974-1983) Suman Kapur         
 Technologies Developed
    1. A point-of-care device for testing antibiotic sensitivity of pathogens found in human urinary tract: The developed device offers a) Ease of operation and analysis of results, b) rapid results at the bedside or in doctors chambers/lab in less than two hours, c) reliability comparable to conventional disc assay for antibiotic sensitivity of pathogens, and d) Affordable low cost per test.  UTI alone leads to more than 8 million office visits and over a million hospitalizations each year in USA alone.  The device provides for growth of pathogens in a specially designed medium ensuring rapid growth with release of a product linearly related to the number of bacteria present.  In the instance of the bacteria being sensitive to any given antibiotic the chromogen is not released.  The released chromogen is read out using a specially fabricated readout-machine, based on a color to frequency conversion, giving both an alphanumeric display on a screen and a print out for permanent record of the report.  The preloaded antibiotic panel comes in two sets and allows for screening fourteen antibiotics with provision for seven more.
     
    2. A point-of-care device for measuring blood glucose sensing: The device is based on a finger prick with a micro-needle, after which red blood cells from the blood are trapped in a specially designed plug and the plasma is allowed to pass through. The end product is development of a color corresponding to plasma glucose levels. The major advancement is on ease of use without any loss in sensitivity. Additional advancement is that smaller drop volumes enables "alternate site testing" — pricking the forearms or other less sensitive areas instead of the fingertips in case of diabetic people who need to monitor plasma glucose every time before taking insulin shots --at least two or more times a day!

    3. A point-of-care device for measuring blood (plasma) cholesterol levels: The device is based on a finger prick with a micro-needle, after which red blood cells from the blood are trapped in a specially designed plug and the plasma is allowed to pass through. The end product is development of a color corresponding to plasma cholesterol levels. The major advancement is on ease of use without any loss in sensitivity. Additional advancement is that smaller drop volumes enables "alternate site testing" — pricking the forearms or other less sensitive areas instead of the fingertips in case of diabetics and CVD patients who need to monitor plasma cholesterol regularly.

    4. A point-of-care device for measuring blood (plasma) triglyceride levels: The device is based on a finger prick with a micro-needle, after which red blood cells from the blood are trapped in a specially designed plug and the plasma is allowed to pass through. The end product is development of a color corresponding to plasma triglyceride levels. The major advancement is on ease of use without any loss in sensitivity. Additional advancement is that smaller drop volumes enables "alternate site testing" — pricking the forearms or other less sensitive areas instead of the fingertips in case of diabetics and CVD patients who need to monitor plasma triglyceride regularly.

    5. A point-of-care device for measuring blood (plasma) HDLc levels: The device is based on a finger prick with a micro-needle, after which red blood cells from the blood are trapped in a specially designed plug and the plasma is allowed to pass through. The end product is development of a color corresponding to plasma triglyceride levels. The major advancement is on ease of use without any loss in sensitivity. Additional advancement is that smaller drop volumes enables "alternate site testing" — pricking the forearms or other less sensitive areas instead of the fingertips in case of diabetics and CVD patients who need to monitor plasma HDLc regularly.

    Entrepreneurial activity 
     
    Promoted a company named Xcellence in Biological Innovations and Technologies and the company has a start-up grant of Rs 50 lakhs from DBT under their SPARSH scheme.
     

    Other Institutional Projects

     

    DST – FIST:  Biological Sciences Department, BITS, Pilani - Hyderabad Campus - coordinated, submitted and defended the project in the capacity of Head, Biological Sciences Department and acquired sanction for 100 lakhs. (2012)

     

    DST-TBI:      Hyderabad Campus (Thrust Areas: Biotech/Pharma, ICT and MEMS) – initiated and assisted in submission of the grant for the Biotech/Pharma thrust area along with other participating team members. 5.00 Crores, 2012 - 2017.

     UGC:         Public Health Degree Program under UGC Innovative Programme, Rs 31.0 lacs 2007 to 2010.            

    Membership of several professional bodies
  •     Member Institutional Ethics Committee, Lonza India
  •      Member Jury, B.M Birla B M Birla Science Prize-2015, Hyderabad, India
  •     Chairperson for the Institutional Committee for Ethics for Stem Cell Therapy and Research at the Global Medical Education and Research, Global Hospital, Hyderabad
  •      Member Secretary for the Institutional Human Ethics Committee at BITS, Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
  •    Member of “Scientific Panel for functional foods, nutraceuticals, dietetic products & other similar products” providing scientific opinions to the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), FDA Bhawan, Kotla Road, New Delhi, India
  •    Member of Working Group II for functional foods, nutraceuticals, dietetic products & other similar products” providing scientific opinions to the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India.
  •     Member, Steering Committee for National Guidelines on, Minimum Standards of Sanitation for Disaster Relief and National Guidelines on Minimum Standards of Water for Disaster Relief, under the aegis of National Disaster Management Authority, Delhi, India
  •     Member Selection Committee for King Faisal International prize for Science, King Faisal Foundation, Saudi Arabia
  •    Member Selection Committee for King Abdullah Discovery Scholarships (KAUST), King Abdullah University, S. Arabia
  •    Member Jury, Young Scientist Ranbaxy Science Scholars-2008 Ranbaxy Science Foundation, New Delhi, India
  •     Member Selection Committee, Commonwealth Scholarships, MHRD, GOI, New Delhi.
  •     Reviewer for projects submitted for funding to ICMR, DBT and DST, GOI, New Delhi.

  Life Member of several professional bodies

National

Association of Clinical Biochemists of India (ACBI)

Indian Immunology Society (IIS)

Indian Academy of Neuro Sciences (IANS)

Society of Biological Chemists (SBC)

Indian Psychiatry Society (IPS)

Research Society for Studies in Diabetes in India (RSSDI)

Society for DNA fingerprinting

 

International

Research Society for Alcoholism (RSA)

International Society for Biomedical Research in Alcoholism (ISBRA)

European Society for Biomedical Research in Alcoholism (ESBRA)

Society for Neuroscience (SFN)  

  Asian Society for Biomedical Research in Alcoholism (ASBRA)
 

Editor and reviewer for peer-reviewed international & National Journals

  • Editorial board member for  Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science (JTAS)
  • Member Board of Editors, Internet Journal of forensic Medicine and Toxicology
  • Reviewer for International journals such as Eye (Nature Publications), BiOMARKERS (Taylor & Francis), USA and National journals such as IJBB, IJCB, Cell and Tissue Research, etc 

 
 
 

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