SERB Women Excellence Award announced

The Samikhsya Bureau

NEW DELHI: Dr. Antara Banerjee, a scientist in Structural Biology Division of National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, Indian Council of Medical Research, Mumbai, who has contributed towards understanding the endocrinology in female reproduction that could be useful for assisted reproductive technologies, has received the SERB Women Excellence Award for 2021.

The award instituted by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science and Technology (DST), recognises and rewards outstanding research achievements of young women scientists in frontier areas of Science and Engineering.

In her doctoral thesis, she probed this hormone receptor that played a crucial role in mammalian reproduction.

“I identified residues in the extracellular loops of FSHR crucial for the hormone-receptor interaction by generating and characterising mutants with respect to the Wild-type counterpart by a method called the site-directed mutagenesis approach,” Dr. Banerjee explained.

Her work has led to characterization of some naturally occurring mutations in FSHR that were responsible for affecting its function, thus resulting in reproductive pathologies.

Dr. Banerjee, along with her group, has initiated studies on understanding the biological milestone known as puberty–the process by which a child’s body matures into that of an  adult capable of sexual reproduction.