Indian American Poornima Padmanabhan receives NSF CAREER Award

"We can think about how proteins fold, how life originated, we can think about how biology forms chiral structures and the reason the work is very exciting is we don't know how these phenomena happen," said Padmanabhan

Indian American Poornima Padmanabhan receives NSF CAREER Award
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Poornima Padmanabhan, an Indian American professor of chemical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award.

The 5-year grant of US$478,476 will be used to learn how chiral structures — or mirror-image, entangled molecules — work, which is crucial to understanding how different cell types are formed in biological development. The ideas could help researchers figure out how to improve synthetic materials for use in the pharmaceutical business, agriculture, or food analysis and develop new materials to improve sensing and imaging applications.