KU Scientist Dr. Altaf Bhat Elected Fellow of National Academy of Sciences
posted on May 09, 2022 | Author RK News
Srinagar, May 08: The scientist and coordinator of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Innovations (CIRI) at Kashmir University, Dr. Altaf Bhat, has been elected a fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, the oldest academy of sciences in the country.
Congratulating Dr. Altaf Bhat for the achievement, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Talat Ahmad said he was happy to see young scientists from the University of Kashmir making their mark nationally and internationally.
“It is a great achievement to be recognized by the prestigious National Academy of Sciences,” he said.
According to a statement, Dr. Bhat has made significant contributions to the understanding of how genes regulate cell physiology and how genome stability is maintained in cells.
Currently, his research focus is on understanding how epigenetic disruptions contribute to cancer, diabetes, neurodegenerative disorders, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in order to develop better diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.
“Dr. Bhat played a pivotal role as a coordinator in the establishment of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Innovations. The Center was established to provide a rich research platform for scientists of Indian origin abroad who wish to return to the country,” the statement said. “Dr. Bhat was also instrumental in securing the prestigious mega-grants to the University such as DBT-BUILDER, DST-PURSE.”
Under these mega-grants, an advanced instrumentation facility is being created to stimulate interdisciplinary research at the University.
Dr. Bhat obtained his PhD from Laval Cancer Research Center, Canada and his postdoctoral research from Harvard University, Boston, USA. He is a recipient of the prestigious Ramanujan Fellowship from the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and Indian Council of Medical Research for Young Biomedical Scientists and several other awards.