Bioanalysis Zone announces winner of Rising Star Award 2020

15 October 2020

Bioanalysis Zone, the knowledge hub for the bioanalytical industry, has named Sooraj Baijnath (Uppsala University, Sweden) the 2020 winner of the Bioanalysis Rising Star Award (BRSA; formerly the New Investigator Award).

The BRSA is an annual award that recognizes and promotes the work of talented early-career scientists, offering researchers a springboard to help establish themselves in the exciting world of bioanalysis.

This year’s winner, Sooraj Baijnath, Researcher in the Medical Mass Spectrometry Department at Uppsala University, was nominated by Sanil Singh (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa), who commented: “Sooraj’s skills have been recognized nationally and internationally by being part of the DIPLOMICS South Africa Mass Spectrometry Society and being a successful co-applicant on a seeding labs equipment grant and a STINT Swedish collaborative grant. His skills are of the highest standard having received training at the Bruker Headquarters in Germany and at Uppsala University in Sweden.”

On receiving the award, Sooraj commented: “It has been overwhelming to see the amount of support I have received globally. I would like to thank the award sponsors, Waters Corporation, and Bioanalysis Zone for this opportunity.”

As the winner of the BRSA, Sooraj will present his work at the 13th European Bioanalysis Forum (EBF) Open Symposium, held virtually from 17–20 November 2020. He also receives a 1-year subscription to Bioanalysis and US $1000, courtesy of award sponsors Waters Corporation (MA, USA), a leading provider of laboratory solutions and software in separations science, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis.

Naamah Maundrell, Editor-in-Chief, Bioanalysis Zone, added: “It has been an extraordinary year for the bioanalytical community with the COVID-19 pandemic being at the forefront of research. During the ongoing COVID-19⁠–related disruptions, it has been a privilege to share good news and showcase amazing research efforts. I would like to congratulate Sooraj and all of this year’s nominees on their inspiring work.”

Sooraj won the public vote after six finalists were shortlisted by the judges. The other finalists were Ashley Ross (University of Cincinnati, OH, USA), Chris Williams (QPS, Groningen, The Netherlands), Danielle Moncrieffe (King’s College London, UK), Omar Barnaby (Amgen, CA, USA) and Sumit Kar (Celerion, NE, USA).

Videos introducing the research of each finalist are available to view at

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Bioanalysis Rising Star Award – contact Naamah Maundrell directly ([email protected]) to submit a nomination.

Further details on the 13th EBF Open Symposium can be found here.

About Bioanalysis Zone

Since launching in 2011, Bioanalysis Zone has attracted over 11,000 active members from the global bioanalytical community, representing the pharmaceutical, biotech and CRO industries, along with academia and healthcare. Each month, thousands of members visit the site to read industry news, original research, exclusive interviews, webinars and commentaries. Join the Bioanalysis Zone Twitter and LinkedIn group for updates.

About Waters Corporation

Waters Corporation develops and manufactures advanced analytical and material science technologies for laboratory-dependent organizations. For more than 50 years, the company has pioneered a connected portfolio of separations science, laboratory information management, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis systems.

About Future Science Group

Founded in 2001, Future Science Group (FSG) is a progressive publisher focused on breakthrough medical, biotechnological and scientific research. FSG’s portfolio consists of three publishing imprints, Future Science, Future Medicine and Newlands Press, as well as a content development imprint, PharmaPlatforms. In addition to a core business of subscription and open access journal publishing, FSG develops specialist knowledge networks and content hubs, such as Bioanalysis Zone, enabling professionals to easily connect and collaborate with their peers in niche scientific fields.

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