Gagandeep Kang Becomes the First Indian Woman Scientist to Enter as a ‘Fellow of Royal Society of London’

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Published by Neetu Panwar on 19 Apr 2019

The popular Virologist Doctor Gagandeep Kang recently entered as a fellow of Royal Society of UK. She is the first woman from India to become a Royal Society Fellow in London. She is actually an Executive Director of Translational Health Science and Technology Institute [THSTI]. As of now, she is the current Chairperson of the Immunisation Technical Advisory Group from WHO Southeast-Asia region.

The Royal Society is one of the oldest scientific academies across the globe. This society was originally established almost 360 years back. It is a sovereign scientific academy of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth committed to encouraging the superior quality in the field of Science. The outstanding work of Kang favored numerous systematic methods in her 25 years of experience in the research field.

Dr. Kang carried out research in transmissions, development and stopping the evolution of some stomach or intestinal infections among the children. She played a vital role in bringing a major amount of progress in a couple of indigenous vaccines in order to get rid of rotavirus and Typhoid. Besides this, she helped several ways in developing the vaccine to Rotavirus aiming in the prevention of Diarrhoeal deaths, especially among the kids.

As of now, the entire team of Kang is working on inventing a new vaccine to the disease. The official Twitter page of The Royal Society posted a picture on the micro-blogging website and wrote ‘it is our Fellowship that has remained a constant thread and the substance from which our purpose has been realized: to use science for the benefit of humanity.’

The achievement of Kang in the field of STEM sciences is truly remarkable and immeasurable. She represents millions of women from India by entering as a fellow of The Royal Society of London. After getting such a great honor, Dr. Kang said, ‘we don’t see many women scientists around and very few in the leadership role. It’s not because women are less capable but because the system (science establishment) doesn’t provide the necessary support in terms of flexible working hours or shifting of jobs…We can’t wait for black swans to become the norm.’ We hope more such women take part in making such inventions in the imminent future.

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