Krupa Haranahalli ’16, a postdoctoral researcher from Stony Brook University’s Department of Chemistry and Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery, received the 2020 Scarborough Postdoctoral Award by the Medicinal Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society.
Haranahalli received her PhD in Chemistry from Stony Brook and is now a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery and Department of Chemistry, working with Distinguished Professor Iwao Ojima and Professor Maurizio Del Poeta. She recently won the 2019 Young Academic Inventor’s Award from the National Academy of Inventor’s SBU Chapter. Haranahalli is also an excellent science communicator and won the award for best talk at the SBU Postdoc Spotlight in 2017 (see video below).
“This award reflects Krupa’s excellence as a junior scientist,” said Dr. Kathleen Flint Ehm, Assistant Dean in the Graduate School and Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. “Not only is her work innovative and cutting edge, but she excels in her ability to share the impact of that work with the world. She is poised to be a leader in her field.”
In addition to receiving $3,500 as part of the award, Dr. Haranahalli was asked to present her research in person at the Fall 2020 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, but the meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19. Instead, her talk will be part of the virtual meeting.
The Scarborough Postdoctoral Award is named in memory of Robert M. Scarborough, an accomplished medicinal chemist and inventor of drugs such as Natrecor® and Integrilin®, and is sponsored by Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a cardiovascular company founded by Dr. Scarborough.