Indian American Bhagelu Achyut was named among Georgia Trend's “40 Under 40” list honorees.
The list, in its 21st year, honored the state’s best and brightest under the age of 40. The individuals represent business, government, politics, nonprofits, science, healthcare and education and were chosen from nominations made by readers throughout the state with final selections made by the Georgia Trend editorial staff, the publication said.
Achyut, 34, is an assistant professor at Augusta University's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
A native of India, Achyut came to the U.S. in 2009 for post-doctorate work and now conducts cancer research at Augusta University, the publication noted in his bio.
He is currently seeking funding for a research lab focused on preclinical modeling of malignant brain and breast cancers, it said.
“One of the main reasons I continue in cancer research is that so far we have not found the best treatment for cancer. But that just makes it more challenging,” he said in the report. “For the future, I am focusing more on pre-clinical cancer modeling using patient-derived genetic materials and collaborative efforts that could serve as a business model for a lab at Augusta University.”
Additionally, Achyut is involved in volunteer teaching at Augusta University and manages to find time to participate with Augusta’s Arts in the Heart Festival and The Color Run 5k, and he established the Augusta Cricket League, the report noted.
Achyut earned a bachelor's degree in zoology, botany and chemistry at the University of Lucknow and a master's in biotechnology at the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee.