An Indian-American scientist has received the prestigious ‘Springer Theses Award’ in recognition for his outstanding research in which he developed transgenic mice to study a critical tumor-suppressor called A20. Arnab De's thesis was nominated by New York's Columbia University. The research work was highlighted by the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Reports. He also won a cash prize of 500 euros.
De, who also developed peptide based pro-drugs as therapeutics for diabetes was nominated by Columbia University New York for his PhD thesis that he dedicated to the cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar for being a constant inspiration to all youth, and to his alma mater Kolkata’s Presidency University. Dedicating his thesis award De said, "Two things that have influenced me the most is sports and education. This thesis is dedicated to Sachin Tendulkar not only for the cricketing joy he provided me, but also for being a constant source of inspiration to all Indian youth".
The Springer Theses Award is awarded by Springer, a leading global publisher of renowned scientific journals and books, to recognize outstanding PhD research. International top research institutes select their best thesis annually for publication in the book series “Springer Theses: Recognising Outstanding PhD research”. Only research considered to be of ‘fundamental relevance to a general readership’ is chosen to be highlighted by EMBO. The Springer award has also been described as an "insanely great honor”, by a Nobel laureate.