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Deptford’s Dr. Bela Peethambaran Receives USciences’ 2015 Lindback Foundation Award


The honor was presented at the University’s 194th Commencement Ceremony on May 20, 2015

Philadelphia, Pa. (May 28, 2015)—University of the Sciences presented the 2015 Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching to Bela Peethambaran, PhD, assistant professor of biology. The Deptford Township, NJ, resident received the honor on May 20, 2015, at the University’s 194th commencement ceremony.

 The Lindback Award, which is funded through a gift from the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, is given annually to a faculty member recognized by the students as the most outstanding instructor at the University. Nomination for this award by students is a tribute to the professionalism, knowledge, enthusiasm and teaching skills of the faculty nominees as well as to the mutual respect that exists between the students and the faculty.



“From the letters that students wrote to nominate her for this award, it is evident that she has encouraged, empowered and inspired many students to be the best that they can be,” said USciences Provost Dr. Heidi Anderson. “She is extremely engaging in her classes because she genuinely cares about her students, their learning, and their research.”


Research conducted in Dr. Peethambaran’s lab integrates several disciplines such as molecular biology, cell biology, biotechnology and pharmacognosy to investigate the different genes that regulate biosynthesis of natural products in plants. Her lab is isolating and identifying novel natural products and investigating its application as anti-microbial. Several compounds isolated from novel herbs are also being studied for its potential use as alternative/complementary medicine in cancer prophylaxis.


Dr. Peethambaran, who received her PhD from Mississippi State University and went on to a postdoctoral teaching fellow position at Villanova University followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship at University of Minnesota, has been with the University since 2010. She is native of Ahmedabad City located in India’s Gujarat State.


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