CCMB congratulated Dr Thangaraj on Twitter upon receiving the fellowship. “Many congratulations to Thangaraj for his JC Bose Fellowship. This is a recognition to active scientists for their outstanding achievements,” it tweeted.
Dr Thangaraj is a population geneticist. Some of the major works, that he is well known for, includes finding out the origin of Indian population– how humans migrated from Africa during different episodes and populated different parts of India.
These studies led to further work on understanding how these populations interbred. He also showed how in the last 2000 years Indians started practising endogamy resulting in many population specific genetic disorders.