Mohan Honored with Prestigious
Rajiv Mohan, PhD, the Ruth M. Kraeuchi Endowed Professor in Veterinary Ophthalmology at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, has been awarded the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman 2014 award by the Non-Resident Indians (NRI) Welfare Society of India. Mohan has a joint appointment at the School of Medicine’s Mason Eye Institute.
The award honors outstanding service and accomplishments by Indians in the international arena. Recognized by the Indian government and based in New Delhi, the NRI Welfare Society was formed to strengthen ties between non-resident Indians and India. It aims to acknowledge the “work, contributions and achievements of … those who left the country empty-handed and made a respected place for themselves outside the country,” according to its website.
Mohan came to the United States 20 years ago.
“This was always my dream when I was growing up to get such a prestigious award from India,” he said.
Mohan’s ophthalmology research has spanned more than 20 years. His research interests include corneal gene therapy, corneal nanomedicine, corneal wound healing, corneal scarring and angiogenesis, and refractive laser surgery. His work includes more than 100 articles in scientific journals, seven book chapters and more than 200 scientific presentations. Mohan’s research program is funded through grants from the National Eye Institute and U.S. Department of Veterans Health. His research has received more than 35 national and international awards.
Mohan said he feels humbled by the recognition.
“This award is the testimony to our research accomplishments and their broader global application in restoring vision among millions of people,” he said. “I expect to establish many more new joint research collaborations of mutual interests, exchange of scientific knowledge, discovery of newer therapies for blindness and larger economic partnership between the two countries.”
Mohan said he would love to travel to New Delhi in May for the award ceremony, but the date conflicts with the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, where he will be receiving another honor, the Silver Fellow award. It recognizes ARVO members for their individual accomplishments, leadership and contributions to the association. ARVO is the largest eye and vision research organization in the world.
Mohan is also organizing and chairing a cross-sectional interdisciplinary session on nanotechnology and regenerative medicine at the conference.
Mohan earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry, zoology and botany, a master’s degree in organic chemistry, and a doctoral degree in synthetic medicinal chemistry at Lucknow University in India. He completed cell and molecular biology training at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and vision research and gene therapy postdoctoral training at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute and University of Washington in Seattle.
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