27May2018

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British-Indian TB expert bags prestigious fellowships

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LONDON: Lalita Ramakrishnan's research focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which Mycobacterium causes tuberculosis (TB), and why different people have vastly different susceptibilities to the disease.

Lalita Ramakrishnan, A Baroda-born microbiologist, is one of the 48 experts, who have received fellowships of the Academy of Medical Sciences and of The Royal Society.

The Academy of Medical Sciences represents a diverse spectrum of medical science – from basic research through clinical application to healthcare delivery.

Academy Fellows are elected based on excellence in medical research, their contribution to medicine and society and are drawn from a range of professions.

Ramakrishnan’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which Mycobacterium causes tuberculosis (TB), and why different people have vastly different susceptibilities to the disease.

Her Ramakrishan group has developed the zebrafish as a model to study immunity to tuberculosis – zebrafish are transparent -- meaning that the infection process in them can be monitored in real time.

Ramakrishnan’s research is shedding light on how TB causes disease as well as fundamental mechanisms of immune cell chemotaxis, adhesion, aggregation and immune regulation. The research findings made in the zebrafish have been borne out in human populations and are informing new strategies for intervention.

Lalita, 59, is the younger sister of Venkatraman Ramakrishan, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry. Lalita heads the Ramakrishnan group in the department of medicine at Cambridge.

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