Jawaharlal Nehru University faculty member and recipient of prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award Professor Deepak Gaur died of COVID-19 in Delhi on Thursday. He was 48. Prof. Gaur was a faculty member of the School of Biotechnology (SBT) and was currently on deputation to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) to work on developing prophylactic vaccines. He was serving as the Deputy Country Director there since mid-November last year.
Prof. Gaur’s work on Plasmodium falciparum, the malaria causing parasite included his discovery of a multiprotein adhesion complex on the parasite which in turn had implications in the development of an effective malaria vaccine.
He was the recipient of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (Medical Sciences) 2017 and a first batch Ramalingaswami Fellow.
“Another big loss. Very sad. A passionate and focused scientist. Deepest condolences to family and colleagues,” tweeted the Principal Scientific Adviser earlier today.
Gaur is survived by his parents, his wife Ritu Gaur and two sons. His wife is a faculty member at the South Asian University.