Presently my postdoctoral project is a comparison of two India-Pakistan borders - the conflict prone and de facto Line of Control that divides Indian and Pakistan administered Kashmir; and the stable and permanent Rajasthan-Sindh border.
My doctoral research was aimed at going beyond the standard political dimensions of the Kashmir conflict and bringing into the fold the sociological and human aspects. I looked at the socio-political dynamics among Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir and their relation to the dominant Jammu politics.
I graduated with distinction in Chemistry from Delhi University and did my Post graduation in Environmental Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University. At Cambridge, I aim to study whether environmental change was indeed the reason for the collapse of Harappan Civilization by reconstructing the paleoclimatic history of the region. My research at Cambridge should shed light on the nature of the patterns interrelating climate and civilizational activities.
Growing up in a developing country, I was deeply impressed by how science and technology have improved the quality of people’s life. On the other hand, as I was volunteering in science education in remote villages, I also realized education and medical care are distributed unequally in some undeveloped regions. With my ultimate goal of making everyone around the world have equal right to basic medical care, I was determined to become a medical scientist and to develop useful and affordable therapies to improve people’s lives. I am excited and honoured to be joining the Gates Cambridge community for my PhD after my undergraduate study in Xiamen University, China. During my PhD in Professor Lalita Ramakrishnan’s lab, I will work on improving and possibly discovering new therapies for tuberculosis infection. As one of the oldest known human infectious diseases, tuberculosis continues being a leading cause of death from infectious diseases. It caused about 1.3 million deaths and 10.4 million infection cases in 2016 (WHO 2017). Nowadays, the rapid increase of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis strains is the main challenge in the battle against this disease. I will mainly focus on host innate immune reactions against bacterial infection. By targeting on the key molecules and pathways in host immune system, I hope to provide new ideas in the treatment of tuberculosis, including multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
I commenced a PhD in Physics at the Nanophotonics Centre at Cambridge with Professor Jeremy Baumberg in January 2009, and I'm loving it. My topic is "Nanovoid Plasmon-Enhanced Photovoltaics" - using some new physics to make solar cells more efficient. I think one of the biggest challenges of our generation is to understand our planet's resources and develop ways to live with them sustainably. I'm enjoying researching a means of electricity generation that can be safe, clean and decentralised.
Princeton University MPA Public Policy/International Development 2004
Chulalongkorn University BA International Relations 2001
I am extremely thankful to the Gates Cambridge Trust for awarding the scholarship to me, acknowledging my scientific and social work that I have done in the past. This scholarship has led me not only to a degree from a world class university such as Cambridge and MIT, but also has exposed me to a diverse academic and social culture of the highest order from all over the world. I take this scholarship as a responsibility to contribute to my best abilities to the development of the world.
Sutayut Osornprasop (Ph.D.) is Human Development Specialist in the Health, Nutrition, Population Global Practice of the World Bank. Based in Bangkok, Sutayut is the Health Cluster Leader for Thailand and a Co-Task Team Leader of the Lao PDR Health Governance and Nutrition Development Project. A social scientist by training, Sutayut is the champion of multi-sectoral and social determinants of health. He is widely known for his leadership in promoting HIV prevention and harm reduction among key affected populations, through projects and analytical work in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Sutayut also leads the Bank’s support to the Lao PDR Government to address nutrition challenges multi-sectorally. His leadership and contribution to the post-disaster damage and losses assessment of the health sector following Thailand’s devastating floods in 2011 is well-recognized. He also contributed to the damage and losses assessment of the health sector following Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008. He has worked on health financing and co-authored public expenditure reviews of the health sector in Thailand and Myanmar. He has also contributed to the efforts to support Palestine on the Universal Health Coverage agenda.
My research interest lies in trying to appreciate the various articulations of popular religion and religious music in Bengal. On completing my studies in the University of Cambridge, I would ideally like to engage in an active research and teaching career.
I'm definitely sure that our friendship will last even we will be in different part of the world!