KL Deemed to be University Ph.D. Scholar Receives New Investigator Travel Award for 2023


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July 2023: KL Deemed to be University is delighted to announce that Lakshmi Sowmya
Emani, a Ph.D. scholar in the Department of Biotechnology, has been selected to receive the
prestigious New Investigator Travel Award for 2023. This remarkable achievement is a
testament to her exceptional research under the guidance of Dr. Jagannatha Rao, Pro
Chancellor of KL Deemed to be University. The esteemed Awards & Honors Committee of
the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (EMGS), based in the USA, has
bestowed this honor upon her. Lakshmi will have the opportunity to present her
groundbreaking research work at the award ceremony, which is scheduled to take place in
September 2023 in Chicago.
Lakshmi specializes in Neuroscience, and her presentation will focus on her pioneering study
on the change in DNA structure from B-Z form in the neurodegenerative brain. Her research
proposes the potential impact of this structural change in causing cell death in the brain,
ultimately leading to debilitating conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. As
brain disorders continue to be a significant global challenge, with an estimated 155 million
cases projected by the year 2050, understanding the mechanisms behind brain cell death
becomes imperative. It is noteworthy that only 5-8% of these diseases are genetically
determined, while anyone can be susceptible to developing these brain disorders.
She has collaborated with prestigious institutions like OIST in Japan and has been awarded
the ISN travel award to visit the United States. Additionally, Lakshmi has plans to collaborate
with the Paris Brain Institute and other renowned institutions to delve deeper into the
mysteries of the brain and gain a better understanding of brain disorders. Her motivation to
explore these challenging disorders stems from her experiences visiting hospitals and
witnessing the impact on brain-affected patients.
Dr. G. Pardha Saradhi Varma, the Vice Chancellor of KL Deemed to be University, expressed
his admiration for Lakshmi's intellectual prowess and broad-minded approach in unraveling
the complexities of the brain. He further revealed that the university is planning to establish
a multidisciplinary Brain Centre, where groundbreaking discoveries can be brought to the
Lakshmi's recognition with the New Investigator Travel Award for 2023 highlights her
significant contributions to the field of neuroscience and her dedication to understanding
brain disorders. KL Deemed to be University congratulates her on this remarkable
achievement and looks forward to her continued endeavors in advancing our knowledge of
the human brain.

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