Pharmaceutical sciences student awarded prestigious J.N. Tata Scholarship

By Kara Sweet

Published March 9, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Pharmaceutical sciences master’s student Mokshada Kumar has been awarded the prestigious J.N. Tata Scholarship for her outstanding academic and research performance.

“[Mokshada] is an exemplary student and a hardworking researcher.”
Dhaval Shah, PhD, Associate Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Mokshada Kumar.

The J.N. Tata Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship awarded to select graduate students who perform exceptionally well during their overseas studies. The scholarship is highly competitive and considered one of the most prestigious scholarships in India.

Kumar was born in Mumbai, India, and received her undergraduate degree from Mumbai University. She joined the University at Buffalo pharmaceutical sciences master's program in January 2019 under the mentorship of Associate Professor Dhaval Shah (PhD ’10). Her research focus is on yeast surface display projects for antibody engineering.

“She is an exemplary student and a hardworking researcher,” Shah says.

Kumar will continue in Shah’s lab as a PhD student in Fall 2020, and hopes to one day enter the field of oncology research.

For over 130 years, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has continually been a leader in the education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, renowned for innovation in clinical practice and research. The school is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) and is the #1 ranked school of pharmacy in New York State #22 in the United States by US News & World Report.