Dr. Pushpa Khanna
Birth: December 03 , 1928
Achievements: Dr Khanna developed an anti-diabetic drug, which, when administered to patients suffering from diabetes, showed blood sugar lowering effect. The drug is being exported to Malaysia and Japan. The product is being sold on the Internet as a health product. The drug has been patented through PCT in China, Malaysia, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Canada, the USA, South Africa and India. In addition, Dr Khanna has extracted oil from the seeds, which is anti-inflammatory, anti-wound, anti-gangrene and a vasculodilator. This has been patented in the USA, China, Korea, India and South Africa.
She has specialized in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. Has obtained a patent on extraction of a Polypeptide-p from a plant source. Has obtained patent on extraction of anti fertility drug from a plant source. Has extracted pyrethrins from Tagetes erecta so far reported only from Chrysanthemum cinerarifolium & C. coccineum, T. erecta is a common plant of Northern and Central India and can be exploited industrially without much expense. Has isolated rotenoids and insecticides from Peplionatae. So far isolation from plants was not more than four and it is for the first time, that six rotenoids were reported from a single plant species. Diosgenin contents have considerably been increased by feeding the suspension cultures of Trigonella foenum-graecum with various concentrations of cholesterol . Dr. Khanna holds various patents for her excellent research work including (i) Extraction of a Hypoglycaemic Polypeptide from vegetable source -Indian Patent No. 136565 and (ii) Antifertility drug for male from plant source - Indian patent.
Did M.Sc., Ph.D. (Oregon, USA), 1961, FBS, F.N.A.Sc. She completed her post doctoral fellowship at USNIH, School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacognosy, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA. Post-graduation from Jaswant College, Jodhpur in 1953.Prof Khanna retired from the University of Rajasthan .More than twenty scholars who were awarded Ph.D degree under her supervision and more than 115 research papers.
Dr Khanna, who has developed an effective treatment for diabetes, has been selected a VIP Member by The Sovereign Order of the Knight of Justice at the city of London, Great Britain, and recognised as Lady Pushpa, DOJ (Dame of Justice), for her services towards humanity. She is one of the 1,000 members of the Knight and Dame of Justice and first ever Indian woman scientist, who has been knighted for her great service to peace and the human cause.
She has also been honoured by the American Biographical Institute, USA, and International Biographical Centre at Cambridge, England. Has been described as ?The Genius Elite? for remarkable achievements in the field of plant physiology and biochemistry and ?Leading Intellectual of the World? for the year 2004. Also been awarded United Culture Convention Award 2001. Dr Khanna is the recipient of many awards and honours for her scientific work. She was elected International Woman of the Year 1997-98 in recognition of her services to suffering humanity. She was also appointed Director-General for Asia by the International Biographical Centre and Member of the Research Council as well as recognised as one of the top 100 scientists by the centre.