Krishnaraj Rajalingam, a scientist from Mayiladuthurai in Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu, has won a prestigious award from the German Research Foundation (GRF) for his contributions in the field of molecular biology research in Germany.
Krishnaraj, 30, works at the University of Wuerzburg in Germany in the capacity of Molecular Biologist. He was recently declared as the winner of the 1.3-million Euro award from the German Research Foundation.
After wining this prestigious award, Krishnaraj could establish a complete independent research team for the next five years at any place in Germany. The new project of the research would be focused to understand programmed cell death that could lead to a various diseases such as cancer and neural disorders.
Krishnaraj Rajalingam’s father Krishnaraj works as a veterinary surgeon in Coimbatore. His grandfather Malayaperumal was also a famous physician of Mayiladuthurai. The 30-year old molecular biologist’s uncle Kalaivanan told media persons that Krishnaraj did his schooling at Mayiladuthurai and graduation and post-graduation in Life Sciences from Bharathidasan University in Tiruchirappalli.
After completing his masters, Krishnaraj went to the Max Planck Institute for Infections Biology in Berlin to complete his Doctorate of Philosophy in Molecular Biology. He has been working as a junior group leader of his team at the University of Wuerzburg Since 2006.