Winner of
The Inspiring Science Award 2023

The Inspiring Science Award for the best published scientific paper in the Life Sciences from India.

This page celebrates the finalists and the winner of the Inspiring Science Award – 2023. 401 entries were received. An eminent jury picked 8 finalists, and eventually, the winner. The winner, Bhavesh Khatri, was announced during the TNQ Distinguished Lecture in Bengaluru on 13th January 2023.



Bhavesh Khatri

Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

Submitted Entry: ​
A dimeric proteomimetic prevents SARS-CoV-2 infection by dimerizing the spike protein

“It is an immense honour to receive the prestigious Inspiring Science Award 2023. I
am grateful to the jury members and the organisers at TNQ Technologies for recognizing my
research work on a dimeric proteomimetic design to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection. I want
to extend my gratitude to my mentor Professor Jayanta Chatterjee, and all my collaborators
and co-authors for their support on this project. I would also like to thank the Indian Institute
of Science for its infrastructure and SERB, the Ministry of Human Resources Development,
for financial support. This recognition has further stimulated my enthusiasm for the exciting


Parijat Bandyopadhyay

Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

“I am elated to be chosen as a finalist for the Inspiring Science Award. I am deeply indebted to my mentor Prof. Amit Singh whose support and guidance has been instrumental in my scientific journey. This work has greatly benefited from excellent collaborations and I extend my gratitude to all my colleagues for their valuable contributions.”


Submitted Entry:
S-Adenosylmethionine–responsive cystathionine β-synthase modulates sulfur metabolism and redox balance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Akshay Bhatnagar

CSIR – Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad

“Thank you, jury members and the Inspiring Science Award team. I am grateful to my postdoc mentor Dr Rajan Sankaranarayanan at CSIR-CCMB, for his support and guidance. Additionally, I would like to thank my co-authors, the whole lab, and my PhD supervisor, Dr Debashree Bandyopadhyay, at BITS-Pilani Hyderabad. I owe this to the constant appreciation, support and belief of my parents and brother, who took over all my responsibilities.”


Submitted Entry:
Switching a conflicted bacterial DTD-tRNA code is essential for the emergence of mitochondria

Sourav Ghosh

Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar

“Being chosen as one of the finalists for the Inspiring Science Award 2023 is a great honour and privilege. I express my sincere gratitude to the ISA team and TNQ Technologies for appreciating our research. This accomplishment wouldn’t have been possible without the relentless efforts of my colleagues. A very special thanks to our supervisor, Dr Arun Nagaraj, for his constant support and efforts to make this happen. Finally, I acknowledge the Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar and DBT for the infrastructure and funding.”


Submitted Entry:
Malaria parasite heme biosynthesis promotes and griseofulvin protects against cerebral malaria in mice

Kritee Mehdiratta

National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi

“I am deeply honoured to be selected as one of the 8 finalists for the prestigious Inspiring Science Award 2023. I am truly indebted to my PhD supervisor Dr Rajesh S Gokhale, for providing constant motivation and guidance. I am also thankful to Dr Siddhesh S Kamat and Dr Vivek T Natarajan for their indispensable input and encouragement. Thanks to all the past and present members of the Systems Biology Group, CSIR-IGIB and Immuno-metabolism Lab, NII, for their support.”


Submitted Entry:
Kupyaphores are zinc homeostatic metallophores required for colonization of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Saurabh Jagdish Pradhan

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune

“I am truly excited to be shortlisted as one of the finalists for the 2023 Inspiring Science award. It is great recognition of our work. Shaping our research in its current form would not have been possible without the support of everyone involved in this study. Thank you, everyone! This is a great opportunity provided by TNQ to encourage and showcase research carried out in India.”


Submitted Entry:
Satb2 acts as a gatekeeper for major developmental transitions during early vertebrate embryogenesis

Smrithi Krishnan R

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram

“I am incredibly privileged that my work is one of the top contenders for the prestigious Inspiring Science Award 2023. I thank my mentor, Dr Mahendran K R, for being an excellent supervisor and a source of constant motivation. I am immensely thankful to my colleagues and collaborators for their valuable contributions to this work. I acknowledge the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram, for the infrastructure, the Department of Biotechnology, and the Indian Council of Medical Research for supporting this work.”


Submitted Entry:
Assembly of transmembrane pores from mirror-image peptides

Balakumar Srinivasan

National Brain Research Centre, Manesar

“I am honoured to be one of the finalists for the Inspiring Science Award, 2023. I want to thank Dr Sourav Banerjee, my mentor, for providing me with a wonderful platform and opportunity to discuss advanced scientific research. I would also like to thank Sarbani, my co-author and colleague, who has contributed immensely to the multitudes of research we’ve done in the lab. I thank NBRC for the necessary resources required to complete this study.”


Submitted Entry:
Homeostatic scaling is driven by a translation-dependent degradation axis that recruits miRISC remodeling

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