Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Postdoctoral Researcher, Bhavin Shastri named a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow

August 21, 2014

Postdoctoral Researcher Dr. Bhavin Shastri in Prof. Paul Prucnal's lab has been awarded Canada's most prestigious postdoctoral award, the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. Named after Sir Frederick Banting (Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of insulin), this fellowship is valued at $70,000 per year over two years. Dr. Shastri is among a select group of 23 accomplished researchers in the Natural Sciences and Engineering to receive the honor this year. 
Dr. Shastri is working with graduate students Alexander Tait and Mitchell Nahmias on developing a photonic cortical processor using graphene and silicon nanophotonics for neuromorphic information processing. This area of exploration pioneered by Prof. Prucnal five years ago, has become a mainstream field with a steadily growing international research community.
About the award: The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program emphasizes the synergy between an applicant's individual merit and potential to launch a successful research-intensive career, and demonstrated commitment/endorsement from their chosen institution and synergy between the institution's strategic priorities and their own research goals. These fellowships were unveiled by Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper in July 2010.