Dr. Ram H. Datar Receives Prestigious Jewel of India Award

Ram H. Datar, M.Phil., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology and biochemistry and molecular biology, has received the 2012 Hind Rattan Award, also known as the Jewel of India award, in recognition of outstanding service, achievements and contributions that bring honor to his native India.

The prestigious award is given annually to 30 members of the worldwide Indian Diaspora (including both non-resident Indians, or NRIs, and persons of Indian origin) by the NRI Welfare Society of India, a global non-profit organization. Awardees are honored every year on the eve of Indian Republic day, January 26, at a ceremony in New Delhi.

Datar, co-director of the Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute at the University of Miami (BioNIUM), is a distinguished cancer molecular biologist. Before joining the University of Miami in 2009, he was on the faculty at the University of Southern California for more than ten years and a senior scientist in the Nanoscale Sciences and Devices Group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory at the U.S. Department of Energy for two years. While at USC, he coordinated the USC Biomedical Nanoscience Initiative, which has established long-term collaborative projects with institutions across the country and received significant extramural research funding.

In addition to his major research accomplishments in the area of molecular prognostic marker analysis and expression profiling in cancers, he and his collaborators have developed novel technologies, including microfilters for circulating tumor cell capture and characterization and nanosensors for serum markers. He serves as a member of several NIH Study Sections and editorial boards and as a reviewer for a number of international biomedical journals.

“Dr. Datar is an extraordinary colleague and dear friend,” said Richard J. Cote, M.D., professor and chair of pathology and director of BioNIUM. “I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with him as we aim to bridge the gap between clinical research and patient care. The Department of Pathology is extremely fortunate to have such a renowned scientist on its faculty. Dr. Datar has made a tremendous impact on the field of clinical translational research, and I cannot think of a more deserving individual for this award. I am extremely proud of him.”

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