21 October 2003

University of Queensland neuroscientist Dr Dhanisha Jhaveri has been awarded one of India’s top awards for young scientists.

A postdoctoral fellow with UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute (QBI), Ms Jhaveri was presented with the Indian National Science Academy’s Medal for Young Scientists in Delhi recently.

This prestigious award is presented to only 15 of the country’s best and brightest young scientists in the area of science and technology each year.

Ms Jhaveri, 29, said the award was quite an honour for her to receive.

“It means a lot to me and my family in terms of the work that I have put in and to know what the results are,” she said.

Ms Jhaveri completed her PhD at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai and came to UQ two months ago on a Human Frontiers Fellowship.

At the QBI she will be looking into how stem cells in the brain are regulated with a view to producing new neurons.

Professor Perry Bartlett, director of the QBI, said he was proud to have someone of Ms Jhaveri’s talent here at UQ.

“This is an incredibly prestigious award and it shows we are attracting the best people from around the world to UQ,” Professor Bartlett said.

Media: For more information contact Dr Dhanisha Jhaveri (telephone 07 3346 8825) or Andrew Dunne at UQ Communications (telephone 07 3365 2802).