President Obama to present national medal of science to Indian-American Dr. Rakesh K. Jain
16 scientists, engineer and innovators along with an Indian origin researcher will receive prestigious science award from the US President Barack Obama, next Friday, Jan 22. Indian-origin Dr. Rakesh K. Jain will get the honour for his contribution in field of science.
This is a great news and honour for the whole Indian science fraternity. President of United States of America is going to award Indian-American Professor Dr. Rakesh K. Jain for his contribution to advancement of science and technology.
Professor Dr.Rakesh K. Jain is among 16 scientists, innovators and achievers in other domains like engineering and mathematics who will be awarded by the National Medals of Science and Technology and Innovation. The awards will be presented to these achievers on January 22 by President Obama.
Rakesh K. Jain who is Andrew Werk Cook Professor of Tumor Biology (Radiation Oncology) and Director, Edwin L. Steele Laboratory for Tumor Biology, MGH at Harvard is among the pioneers in his field.
His page while describing his work says, “The overall goal of our research is to understand the role of the tumor microenvironment, including the tumor vasculature and matrix, in tumor growth and response to therapy, to develop novel strategies to manipulate the tumor microenvironment, and to translate these strategies into improved cancer detection, prevention and treatment in humans…To unravel the complex biology of tumors, we have developed an array of imaging technologies, mathematical models, and animal preparations. These include multiphoton microscopy and genetically engineered mice with surgically implanted transparent windows, which permit in vivo visualization of gene expression and function in tumors and their surrounding host stroma. This undertaking has provided powerful molecular, cellular, anatomical, and functional insights into the barriers to cancer treatment.
Dr Jain is an alumnus of IIT-Kanpur. Awarded annually the Medal of Science appreciates the work of the individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science, engineering and mathematics. The National Medal of Science was formed by statute in 1959 and is administrated for the White House by the National Science Foundation. The selected 17 candidates have made long-lasting contributions to Americaâ€™s effectiveness and quality of life aiding in strengthening the technological workforce of the country.