Santosh Paidi named 2018 recipient of SLAS Graduate Education Fellowship Grant

April 11, 2018

The SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening) has selected Santosh Paidi, a graduate research assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, as the recipient of the 2018 SLAS Graduate Education Fellowship Grant.

According to a press release from SLAS, “The $100,000 fellowship grant, awarded over two years, will allow Paidi to continue his work in the lab of Professor Ishan Barman, which employs vibrational spectroscopy and recent improvements in areas such as optics, nanotechnology and computing, to develop improved diagnostic tools that can provide rapid, robust, quantitative and molecular-specific readouts from biological specimen.”

Santosh Paidi

“I am interested in working at the intersection of engineering and medicine to address major health care challenges such as cancer diagnosis and therapeutics. My current training in the multidisciplinary Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins University is equipping me with the knowledge of several evolving fields,” Paidi told SLAS. “This award, and continued association with SLAS community, will significantly help advance my career and allow me to contribute to the stellar legacy of SLAS.”

“Santosh is a creative, energetic, young scientist who skillfully blends several cutting-edge optical approaches to investigate complex problems in oncology. The SLAS award is not only a major recognition of his accomplishments but will also propel his work into developing new tools that can address significant unmet needs in diagnosis, prognosis, therapeutic response or resistance monitoring of breast cancer,” said Professor Barman.

Prior to Johns Hopkins, Paidi graduated from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay in 2014 with a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Aerospace Engineering. As an undergraduate, his research was directed towards understanding the effects of inert gas dilution on the characteristics of hydrogen combustion. Overall, his research efforts have resulted in 9 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Cancer Research, Analytical Chemistry, and Scientific Reports. He has been awarded the Whiting School Doctoral Fellowship and Mechanical Engineering Departmental Fellowship by Johns Hopkins University, Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference Student Fellowship and Undergraduate Research Award by IIT Bombay in recognition of his work. Most recently, Paidi won the Tomas A. Hirschfeld Award from the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS).

The SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening) is an international community of nearly 20,000 professionals and students dedicated to life sciences discovery and technology.

You can read the full press release here.

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