Dr Saman Habib, Chief Scientist and Professor (AcSIR) in Molecular Biology Division, CSIR-CDRI, Lucknow was elected as a fellow of Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi. Dr Habib was honoured with the distinguished fellowship for understanding the malaria parasite.
According to a release published by the PIB, her research group’s interest in the malaria parasite is driven by “the desire to understand (a) the molecular workings and functions of the relict plastid (apicoplast) of Plasmodium, (b) mechanisms of protein translation employed by Plasmodium organelles and (c) human genetic factors and susceptibility to severe P. falciparum malaria in endemic and non-endemic regions of India”.
Dr Saman Habib, daughter of renowned historian Professor Irfan Habib, is also Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore and the National Academy of Sciences India, Allahabad. Among other honours she won the National Women Bio-scientist Award, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India (2012); Prof. BK Bachhawat Memorial Lecture Award, National Academy of Sciences, India (2008) and the CSIR Young Scientist Award, CSIR (2001).
The Indian National Science Academy was established in January 1935 with the object of promoting science in India and harnessing scientific knowledge for the cause of humanity and national welfare.