Shantikumar V. Nair
Director of Research & Director of Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine at the progressive Amrita University in India
Dean of Research, Amrita University
Director, Amrita Centre for Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine
Dr Nair has been the Dean of Research, Amrita University and Director of the Amrita Centre for Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine since 2006.
Dr Nair has been awarded major grants to research topics such as Nanotechnology-based Tissue Engineering and Stem Cells; Nano-processing semi-conductor structures; and the development of nano-medicinal translations against cancer. He has published approximately 400 journal publications and has eight books to his credit.
In 1986 Dr Nair received the prestigious Presidential Young Investigator Award from President Ronald Reagan for research in composite materials. In 2009 in India he received the MRSI Medal for outstanding contributions in material science. In 2011he received the National Research Award from the Government of India for his research on Nanosciences. In 2014 he received one of the highest awards in Nanosciences in India, the Professor CNR Rao India Nanoscience Award, for his outstanding contributions to the field.
He received his B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai in 1976, his Master of Science in 1978 and Doctor of Engineering Science from Columbia University in 1983. He was a tenured faculty for 20 years at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he led a team on advanced materials, including nano-scale materials.