National Bioscience Award for Md. Ashraf
Prof. Mohammad Zahid Ashraf of the Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, has been honoured with National Bio-science Award 2018, as recognition of his research excellence. This award instituted by the Dept. of Biotechnology of the Government of India recognizes research and development work carried out in India during the last five years of the career. The award is given to an Indian bio-scientist of less than 45 years of age, who has made unique contributions towards the development of state of the art in basic and applied areas of biological sciences. The award carries a citation, a plaque, a cash prize of Rs. three lakh and a research support grant of Rs. 15 lakh for three years. It is considered as one of the highest Indian science awards and as equivalent to the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize given by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of India.
Dr. Ashraf is currently a Professor in the Department of Biotechnology at Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Jamia. Prior to this, he was Head of the Genomics Division at Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Delhi.
Dr. Ashraf is pioneer in the field of high altitude thrombosis and has done novel work in resolving the mystery of blood clotting on exposure to hypoxia at high altitudes in Soldiers posted at extreme altitudes including Siachen Glacier. Dr. Ashraf has been elected as Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.