Although Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay describes herself as “not too ambitious,” she has advanced evolutionary algorithms with applications in image analysis, bioinformatic analysis, and gene regulatory networks. Her work also enables the detection of water contamination and assists biomedical researchers to make medical predictions about tissues they analyze.
The Infosys Prize 2017 in Engineering and Computer Science was awarded to Bandyopadhyay for “her scholarly record in algorithmic optimization and for its significant impact on biological data analysis. Her discoveries include a genetic marker for breast cancer, determination of co-occurrence of HIV and cancers and the role of white matter in Alzheimer’s disease.”
Other awards include the Swarnajayanti Fellowship from the Department of Science and Technology in 2006, the Young Scientist Award from the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) in 2000, the Young Engineer Award from Indian National Academy of Engineers (INAE) in 2002, and an award from the Department of Biotechnology (DBT).
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