Polly Roy awarded gold medal for science

Leading virologist Polly Roy has been presented with one of India's most prestigious academic awards.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh awarded the General President's Gold Medal to Professor Roy in recognition of her excellence in research and contributions to the field of science.

Her work in the Department of Pathogen Molecular Biology at the LSHTM led to the complete understanding of a distinct group of viruses, orbiviruses, of serious health and economic impact.

Among her accomplishments is also the full characterisation of the Bluetongue virus, thanks to Roy’s work, now one of the most well understood viruses. 

Recently she accomplished the first synthesis of the infectious Bluetongue virus solely from synthetic genes in cells as well as in a cell-free system, a major achievement in the field of virology.

Professor Roy received the medal at the 99thIndian Science Congress held at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT University) in Bhubaneswar, India, earlier this month. Professor Roy also chaired and presented her research at the first Women’s Science Congress, a section of the general congress activities.