UL Researcher wins Young Scientists Fellowship Award from Nobel Laureate Foundation

Dr Nanasaheb Thorat UL and Prof Dan Shechtman 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awardee

Nanasaheb Thorat, a postdoctoral researcher at the Bernal Institute, University of Limerick, has been awarded a Young Scientist fellowship from the Nobel Laureate Foundation.  Dr Thorat, whose area of expertise is in the area of biomedical materials, was selected, together with two other Irish postgraduate students, by the Nobel Laureate Foundation to participate in the Foundation’s fellowship scheme for 2017.  Dr Thorat was also awarded Fellowship of the Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung Foundation, sponsors of the Laureate Fellowship, which recognises and supports excellence in science. Dr Thorat is a Government of Ireland IRC research postdoctoral fellow. 

As part of this award, Dr Thorat travelled to Germany to participate in the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in late June (2017).  This annual event sees around 30 Nobel Laureates convene at Lindau to meet the next generation of leading scientists. 

“It's the most fantastic scientific event I have ever seen and the best week of my scientific journey! From science to humanity, global warming to Brexit, grill and chill to cruise trip, formal and informal discussions with Nobel Laureates, everything under one umbrella,” comments Nanasaheb excitedly.  Enlightened by new insights, Dr Thorat will continue his multidisciplinary research with Professor Tofail Syed on biomedical nanotechnology for the development of anticancer drug delivery systems at the Bernal Institute.

Congratulating Dr Thorat on this award, Prof. Luuk van der Wielen, Director of the Bernal Institute noted, “Ambitious career development of early career scientists such as Nana is a key objective of the Bernal Institute. In the Institute, we couple fundamental research to applications that deliver real impact with and for society such as in the anticancer systems that Dr Thorat explores in a multidisciplinary approach. I am delighted to see that this is also recognised by the Nobel Laureates Foundation.”

The Bernal Institute of the University of Limerick was established in November 2016, by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, to promote scientific excellence, and stimulate Irish and global community in the key domain of materials.  Its activities target fundamental, as well as application-orientated research in functional and advanced materials science and technology.  This includes the synthesis and manufacturing (processing) of those materials and their building blocks, the controlled production of their quality, composition, structure, as well as monitoring of how they function in and can be manufactured to functional devices, such as for health, transport and energy applications.  

The 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to chemistry, ended 30 June 2017.  28 Nobel Laureates in total met 420 international young scientists.  The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting series host annual events, to foster the exchange between scientists of different generations, cultures and disciplines.