Academic named ‘Jewel of India’ in recognition of international impact

Dr Tina Joshi, a Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Plymouth, has received an award from the Indian Government in recognition of her international impact in her field. 

Dr Joshi specialises in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – with her research focusing on designing rapid, point of care tests for detection of AMR genes.

Known as Hind Rattan, the ‘Jewel of India’, the award is given to non-resident Indians (NRI) who have made a significant contribution to their country of birth and simultaneously ‘held the Flag of India high.’

Her research utilises microwave engineering, in collaboration with Cardiff University, and could eventually help doctors diagnose whether or not a patient needs antibiotics, on the spot. 

She recently appeared at New Scientist Live with the Royal Society of Biology, discussing the question ‘Could microwaves save my life?’ and explaining how samples can be tested using her device. 

The prize is awarded by the NRI Welfare Society of India.

Dr Joshi, part of the University of Plymouth’s School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences, said:

"I’m incredibly proud to have received the honour and hope that by ‘flying the flag’ in the UK and India, I can help to develop research collaborations between the countries. Antimicrobial resistance is a worldwide problem – by 2050, it’s predicted that 10 million people will die from it, so the more we can do to raise awareness and find ways of combatting the problem, the more we’ll be helping people around the globe."

View Dr Joshi's discussion 'Could microwaves save my life?' at New Scientist Live with Royal Society of Biology

Dr Craig Donaldson, Head of the School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences at the University of Plymouth, said:

“We’re immensely proud of Tina for being recognised through this award. Her innovative research and enthusiasm for molecular microbiology have been apparent since she joined us last year, and we’re looking forward to seeing the impact of her work in the near and long-term future.”

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