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.