Seminars and Talks
  1. June 05, 2021 (Proteus – Faculty Talk Series)
    • Elimination of single-use plastic and efficient ways of managing wastes
    • Amita Deshpande, reChakra EcoSocial
  2. April 09, 2021
    • Gene-dietinteractions in longevity assurance
    • Dr. Arnab Mukopadhyay, National Institute of Immunology.
  3. March 17, 2021 (Proteus – Faculty Talk Series)
    • Genomics for All
    • Dr Gautam Das, miBiome Therapeutics LLP, Mumbai
  4. January 23, 2021 (Proteus – Faculty Talk Series)
    • The Circuits of Sensation: How We Perceive the World
    • Prof Shubha Tole, TIFR, Mumbai
  5. December 04, 2020 (Proteus – Faculty Talk Series)
    • Whole-body metabolic modelling: scope for personalised medicine
    • Dr. Swagatika Sahoo, IIT Madras
  6. November 28, 2020 (Proteus – Faculty Talk Series)
    • On model organism: Arabidopsis Thaliana
    • Dr. Ravi Maruthachalam, IISER TVM
  7. November 27, 2020
    • Tigers on islands
    • Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan, National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS)
  8. October 30, 2020
    • Blood cell development: Lessons learned from Drosophila
    • Dr. Lolitika Mandal, IISER Mohali
  9. October 20, 2020 (Proteus – Faculty Talk Series)
    • Nobel Prize Talk
    • Dr. V Stalin Raj, IISER TVM
  10. October 16, 2020
    • New answers to old Questions regarding DNA Synthesis by DNA Polymerases
    • Prof. Deepak Nair, Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad
  11. October 08, 2020 (Proteus – Faculty Talk Series)
    • Tweaking Longevity Pathways in Stem Cells
    • Prof. Maneesha S. Inamdar, JNCASR, Bengaluru
  12. September 18, 2020 (Proteus – Faculty Talk Series)
    • Research Experiences
    • Prof. S Murty Srinivasula, IISER TVM
  13. February 05, 2020
    • Integrating mathematical models with experiments to elucidate the mechanisms of cellular plasticity during cancer metastasis
    • Dr. Mohit Kumar Jolly, Assistant Professor, Centre for BioSystems Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
  14. January 17, 2020
    • Computational Gastronomy: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Data-driven Food Innovations
    • Dr. Ganesh Bagler, Associate Professor, IIIT- Delhi
  15. December 09, 2019
    • The hsromega lncRNAs in Drosophila coordinate multiple regulatory pathways
    • Prof. S.C Lakhotia, Banaras Hindu University
  16. October 17, 2019
    • Why Science? Why Biology?
    • Prof. B.J. Rao, School of Biology, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Tirupati
  17. August 14, 2019
    • Data analysis of Omics datasets
    • Dr. Deepalakshmi Putchen, Founder Director, MaSHT Consulting Services, HE 373, Indian Institute of Science on Omics-data analysis and hands-on training on mass spec data analysis
  18. June 14, 2019
    • Emerging roles of Long Non-coding RNAs in Cellular Differentiation and Cancer
    • Padma Shri Prof. M.R.S. Rao, Honorary Professor, SERB-YOS Chair Professor, JNCASR, Bangalore
  19. May 17, 2019
    • Whether cells die or stay protected is dictated by the cellular protein-switches: A mechanistic perspective
    • Prof. B. J Rao, IISER Tirupati
  20. May 15, 2019
    • Plants Have Many Strategies to Deal with an Increasingly Saline World
    • Prof. M.K. Mathew, NCBS, Bengaluru
  21. May 14, 2019
    • From Holes in the Head to a Sense of Where You Are
    • Prof. M.K. Mathew, NCBS, Bengaluru
  22. May 06, 2019
    • Gut reactions and gut instincts: receptor guanylyl cyclases and cGMP
    • Prof. Sandhya S. Visweswariah PhD, Chair, Department of Molecular Reproduction, Development and Genetics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  23. May 06, 2019
    • Revitalizing food science requires interdisciplinary approaches: The design of novel peptides for food preservation.
    • Prof. Balaji Prakash, CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore.
  24. April 24, 2019
    • Overview of Neurophysiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder using Snygap Heterozygous Mutation as a Model
    • Dr. James Premdoss Clement Chelliah, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India
  25. April 16, 2019
    • Antibody specificity & promiscuity
    • Dr. Dinakar M. Salunke, Director, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi
  26. March 01, 2019
    • The evolution of multicellularity
    • Prof. Vidyanand Nanjundaiah, Centre for Human Genetics, Bangalore. (Former Professor, MRDG, IISc)
  27. December 18, 2018
    • Repurposing Cell Adhesion Receptors for Actomyosin Cortex Regulation – The curious case of non-junctional E-cadherin
    • Anup Padmanabhan Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance IF, Department of Biological Sciences, Ashoka University
  1. February 19, 2021 (Proteus – Faculty Talk Series)
    • Evolution of centromeres: Conserved function, yet diverse architectures
    • Dr Innes Anna Drinnenberg, Institute Curie, Paris, France
  2. February 11, 2021(Proteus – Faculty Talk Series)
    • Human Performance Education and Sports Science
    • Dr Andy Galpin, California State University, Fullerton
  3. January 15, 2021(Proteus – Faculty Talk Series)
    • Heterogeneity of astrocytes in glycogen content and GPCR-driven dynamics
    • Prof Hajime Hirase, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  4. January 08, 2021 (Proteus – Faculty Talk Series)
    • Exploiting divergent biology of two fission yeasts to understand membrane function
    • Prof Snehzana Oliferenko, Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
  5. November 14, 2020 (Proteus – Faculty Talk Series)
    • The Smooth-Coated Otter: Ecology, Behaviours and Field Methods
    • Dr. Katrina Fernandez, Director, Wild Otters Research
  6. November 13, 2020
    • Functional neuroimaging in small animals with high-field fMRI
    • Dr. Basavaraju G. Sanganahalli, Yale University
  7. October 24, 2020(Proteus – Faculty Talk Series)
    • Modelling triplet repeat expansions using genome engineering and pluripotent stem cells
    • Dr. Poulodi, National University of Singapore
  8. September to November 2020
    • Indian pollinator initiative: webinar series
    • The Indian Pollinator Initiative presented the first of a series of online seminars every Friday evening between September and November 2020. The webinar series included an exciting line up of talks on basic and applied pollination biology, from across the world.
  9. February 25, 2020
    • Evolution of the eye
    • Prof. Dan Eric Nilsson, Lund University
    Departmental Activities
  10. February 25, 2020
    • Physiology of butterfly color vision
    • Prof. Kentaro Arikawa, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Sokendai, Japan
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  11. February 24, 2020
    • Thermal Plasticity enhances gametic form and function in a model insect
    • Dr. Ramakrishnan Vasudeva, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
  12. February 24, 2020
    • Engineering new assays to reveal the biological design of chromosome segregation machinery
    • Dr. Ajit Joglekar, University of Michigan
  13. February 21, 2020
    • Innate color preference of Papilio butterfly - Interaction between vision and olfaction
    • Prof. Michiyo Kinoshita, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Sokendai, Japan
    Departmental Activities
  14. February 12, 2020
    • Protein-based BioNanoMaterials for Sustainable Development
    • Prof. Vijaya K Challa, Professor & Fullbright-Nehru Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut
  15. January 27, 2020
    • The many facets of cytokinin action in Arabidopsis and crop plants
    • Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmülling, Institute of Biology, Applied Genetics/Molecular Developmental of Plants, Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  16. January 08, 2020
    • Structural and functional studies of host-pathogen interactions
    • Dr. Sissy Kalayil, EMBL Grenoble
  17. December 12, 2019
    • AP-DV patterning synergy in cell shape change and tissue morphogenesis
    • Dr. Matteo Rauzi, Group Leader, Morphogenesis and Mechanics of Epithelial Tissues, IBV - Institute of Biology Valrose
  18. September 09, 2019
    • Waging chemical warfare on microorganisms: Drugs and drug-resistance
    • Prof. Kiaran Kirk, Australian National University
  19. April 12, 2019
    • Human RAD51 paralog, SWSAP1, promotes RAD51 assembly by regulating the anti-recombinase, FIGNL1 AAA+ ATPase in recombination
    • Prof. Akira Shinohara, Osaka University, Japan
  20. January 14-15, 2019
    • 1)Molecular mechanisms of microtubule formation
      2)The timing of mitotic spindle formation - regulation by NEK2 kinase and a minus end directed motor protein
    • Dr. rer. Nat. Elmar Schiebel, Group Leader, DKFZ-ZMBH Alliance, Professor of Molecular Biology at the ZMBH, University of Heidelberg
  21. December 18, 2018
    • Understanding the rejection / repair decision during homologous recombination
    • Eric Alani Ph.D., Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
  22. December 18, 2018
    • Msh2-Msh3: a tipping point between genome stability and instability
    • Jennifer A. Surtees Ph.D., Co-director, UB's Genome, Environment and Microbiome (GEM), Department of Biochemistry, University of Buffalo, New York, USA
  23. November 22, 2018
    • Unexpected basophil activation by immuno suppressor cells
    • Dr. Jagadeesh Bayry, Director of Research, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, Sorbonne Université, Centre De Recherche des Cordeliers, Paris, France
Colloquium and Symposia
  1. August 20, 2021
    • Biology across kingdoms - How dispersal evolves and why we should care
    • Human activity has destroyed ecosystems and brought about large scale environmental changes. Organisms have adapted to these changes using various strategies, dispersal being a key strategy. Prof. Sutirth explained how survival of many species could become dependent on their ability to evolve better dispersal strategies. The talk mainly focused on investigating the effects of dispersal evolution on natural populations using populations of Drosophila melanogaster as a model.
    Speaker - Prof. Sutirth Dey, IISER Pune
  2. August 06, 2021
    • Biology across kingdoms - Structure function and modulation of G Protein-coupled receptors
    • G Protein coupled receptors (CPCRs) are the largest class of cell surface proteins in our body. Dr. Arun Shukla explained how knowledge of the structure, function and regulation of this class of proteins can be exploited to design and discover novel therapeutics with minimal side-effects
    Speaker - Dr. Arun Shukla, Associate Professor, IIT Kanpur
  3. February 15, 2020
    • Biology across kingdoms
    • ‘Biology across kingdoms’ this 3rd Chapter of the symposium series was part of IISER TVMs celebration of the International Day for Women and Girls in Science. The symposia covered topics in areas of immune responses, cancer and stem cell research, interactions in natural microcosms, cholesterol level disorders and emerging viral pathogens. There were interesting talks by women scientists from IISER Pune and IISc Bangalore, as well as students and faculty of IISER TVM. The symposium concluded with a panel discussion on “Women and Girls in Science”.
    1. Dr. Vineeta Bal (IISER Pune),
    2. Dr. Kavitha Babu (IISc Bengaluru),
    3. Dr. Annapoorni Rangarajan (IISc Bengaluru
    4. Dr. Rennes Borges (IISc Bengaluru).
    5. Dr. V Stalin Raj (IISER TVM)
    6. Dr. Sadananda Singh (IISER TVM)
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    • November 09, 2019
      • Biology Across Kingdoms
      • This half day symposium included 2 sessions comprising of talks on metabolic enzymes in tumorigenesis, cell biology, drug discovery and cardiac gene regulation.
      1. Dr. Sanjeev Das (NII, New Delhi),
      2. Dr. Deepa Subramanyam (NCCS, Pune),
      3. Dr. Upendra Nongthomba (IISc, Bengaluru)
      4. Dr. Rakesh Laishram (RGCB, Thiruvananthapuram)
    • September 23, 2019
      • School of Biology Symposium and Department Day
      • ‘Biology across kingdoms’ the 2nd Chapter of the symposium series consisted of inspiring talks by scientists from IISc Bangalore, NII New Delhi, IISER Pune, IIT Kanpur and IISER TVM. The symposium included talks covering different aspects of Cell biology, Developmental Biology, Circadian rhythms, Evolution in bees and adeno associated viruses. The event included a poster session and concluded with a dinner, hosted by the department, for all the participants.
      1. Dr. Sathees Raghavan (IISc, Bengaluru)
      2. Dr. Sagar Sengupta (NII, New Delhi),
      3. Dr. Sanjeev Galande (IISER Pune)
      4. Dr. Jayandharan Rao (IIT Kanpur)
      5. Dr. Hema Somanathan (IISER TVM)
      6. Dr. Nisha N Kannan (IISER TVM)
      7. Dr. Ravi Maruthachalam (IISER TVM)
      8. Dr. Satish Khurana from (IISER TVM)
    • January 11, 2019
      • Worm wars: control or eliminate?
      • Prof. Gagandeep Kang, Executive Director, Translational Health Science Technology Institute, (THSTI), Faridabad, Haryana, India.
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      1. August 10 – 18, 2021
        • Synbio Conclave
        • The Synbio Conclave, an initiative by iGEM IISER TVM, was a threefold effort at bringing together expert exposition on current trends, techniques, and applications in the field of Synthetic Biology, to boost fresh curiosity and initiate helpful interaction. Prof. J. N. Moorthy, Director, and Professor of Organic Photochemistry at IISER TVM delivered the opening remarks on August 10, 2021 and laid open the event. The event consisted of a series of five talks in Synthetic Biology by academicians from Harvard, MIT, Stanford and University of South California.
        1. Dr. Drew Endy, Associate Professor, Bioengineering faculty at Stanford University, President of the BioBricks Foundation and the Co-founder of the iGEM Competition; Topic: Synthetic biology in the context of biodiversity conservation
        2. Dr. Ming-ruwu, Assistant Professor, DFCI, Harvard Cancer Center, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School; Topic: Synthetic gene circuits for cancer immunotherapy: turning cancer cells against themselves.
        3. Dr. Edward Boyden, Professor of Neurotechnology, MIT, Leader, Synthetic Neurobiology Group, MIT; Topic: Tools for analysing and controlling complex biological systems
        4. Dr. Leonardo Morsut, Asst. Professor, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California; Topic: Learning to program tissue development w/artificial gene circuits
        5. Dr. Pamela A. Silver, Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School, Founding Core Faculty, Wyss Institute at Harvard University, Co-founder of the iGEM Competiton; Topic: Designing biology for detection and control
      2. July 19 – 23, 2021 (Proteus)
        • Rhetor 2.0 The Symposium, interdisciplinary Biology
        • The Biology Club of IISER TVM, Proteus, organized this interdisciplinary symposium, Rhetor 2.0. It included a series of ten talks covering a range of topics from quantum effects, therapeutic benefits of dance, wiggle and shape-shift in proteins, use of nano fertilizers for revolutionizing agriculture, animals in crime detection, ethical issues of biomedical research and NMR. Subject matter specialists, provided an insight into the world of interdisciplinary sciences.
        1. Prof. Anil Shaji, IISER TVM, Topic: Are quantum effects relevant in Biology?
        2. Dr. C.N. Ramchand, Saskin Lifesciences, Topic: Drug discovery and Synthetic Biology, Development of Anti-VEGF antibodies Fab against eye diseases like Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Diabetic Retinopathy (DR)
        3. Dr. M K Mathew, NCBS, Bengaluru; Topic: Electrical signals in the nervous system: The nuts and bolts of the machinery
        4. Dr. Vina Vaswani, Center of Ethics, Yenepoya University; Topic: Ethical issues of biomedical research involving human participants
        5. Dr. Vinesh Vijayan, IISER TVM; Topic: Disorder to order, an NMR perspective
        6. Dr. Gregory Youdan, Columbia University; Topic: Dance for health: therapeutic benefits of dance
        7. Dr. Manu Johns Chowallur, Govt. Medical College, Thrissur; Topic: Detective beasts: Animals in crime detection
        8. Ms. Mala Thapa, Jadavpur University; Topic: Role of zinc sulphide nanoparticle as a nano-fertilizer for revolutionizing agriculture
        9. Ms. Chinmaya Ghanekar, Wildlife Institute of India; Topic: Learning on the go
        10. Mr. Anand Ojha, University of California, San Diego; Topic: Proteins do wiggle and shape-shift : How we know they did it correctly?
      3. January 31 - February 01, 2020
        • The 1st Frontier Symposium in Biology (FS-BIO 2020)
        • The symposia included series of exciting talks by eminent scientists from all over the world, especially in the area of molecular biology, electron microscopy and cell signalling. A Poster Session was also organized at the end of the lecture series.
        International Speakers
        1. Prof. Michael X. Zhu (University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston, USA)
        2. Dr. Aldebaran M. Hofer (Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA)
        3. Prof. Donald Gill (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
        4. Prof. Natalia Prevarskaya (University of Lille, France)
        5. Prof. Khaled Machacha (Weill Cornell Medicine, Qatar)
        6. Prof. Colin W Taylor (University of Cambridge, UK)
        7. Prof. Grant J Jensen (HHMI, CalTech, USA)
        8. Dr. Brent L Nannenga (Arizona State University, USA)
        9. Prof. Elizabeth R Wright (University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA)
        National Speakers
        1. Dr. Roop Mallik (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai)
        2. Prof. Kumaravel Somasundaram (IISc Bengaluru)
        3. Dr. Ranjan Sen (CDFD Hyderabad)
        4. Dr. Ullas Kolthur Seetharam (TIFR, Mumbai)
        5. Dr. Rakesh Kumar Mishra (CCMB, Hyderabad)
        6. Prof. Tapas K Manna, (IISER TVM)
        7. Dr. Ullasa Kodandaramaiah, (IISER TVM)
        8. Dr. Ramanathan Natesh (IISER TVM)
        9. Dr. Ravi Maruthachalam (IISER TVM)
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        • March 15, 2019
          • From chemical screening to global biotech: how can we understand the changing patterns and putative crisis of drug innovation
          • Prof. Jean-Paul Gaudillière, Senior researcher at Inserm, (National Institute for Medical Research — France); Professor at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris)
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          • February 08, 2019
            • Quantitative insights into cells at work
            • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Knop, Professor, Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie der Universität Heidelberg (ZMBH, Bridging affiliation with the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg
              In this presentation Dr. Knop discussed different microscopic methods that have been developed in his lab in recent years, such as specialized light sheet microscopes and techniques for ultrafast imaging of fluorescence, which can be used to image the diffusion and interactions of molecules in vivo.
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            1. January 25-26, 2019
              • Workshop on Proteomics and Data Analysis
              • The workshop included lectures on proteomics by experts in the field, and practical sessions on sample preparation and LC MS data analysis.
              1. Prof. K. Dharmalingam & Dr. Jeya Maheswari, Aravind Medical Research Foundation, Madurai
              2. Dr. Mahesh Kulkarni, NCL Pune
              3. Dr. Chitra Tangavel, Ganga Research Centre, Coimbatore
              4. Dr. Suman Thakur, CCMB, Hyderabad
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              Collaborative Meetings
                International Collaboration
              1. October 17-18, 2019
                • Tropical Pollination Biology Meeting
                • This meeting at the School of Biology was supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and was jointly organized by Prof. Hema Somanathan (IISER TVM) and Prof. Almut Kelber (Lund University, Sweden). The meeting brought together scientists, organizations, and pollination biologists from India and Sweden, and served as a platform for exchange of ideas, renewing research collaborations and forging fresh partnerships in pollination ecology, behavioural ecology of pollinator species in the tropics, and conservation of pollinators and their habitats.
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                Training Programs
                  Collaborative Training Programs
                1. January 10-17, 2020
                  • Genome Biology - 2020
                  • The first 2 days of this 7-day event featured talks by eminent scientists in the field of genome engineering and dynamics, systems biology and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). The course included a one-week experimental and computer lab module, where participants learnt how to perform full genome assembly and analyse genome variation from NGS data. The workshop was co-organized by Dr. Nishant KT (IISER TVM), Prof. Srinivasa Murty Srinivasula (IISER TVM), Prof. Lars Steinmetz (EMBL/Stanford), Prof. Michael Knop (University of Heidelberg), with support from SPARC, MHRD.
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                    National/State level Training Programs
                  1. December 6-8, 2019
                    • Higher Secondary Level Teachers’ Training Program at IISER TVM
                    • This 3-day Teachers’ Training program was conducted jointly with the Samagra Shiksha Kerala (SSK) for about 224 teachers from across the state. Lectures by subject matter specialists were attended by teachers of respective subjects, while the general lectures were attended by all the teachers. The training program helped raise awareness among school teachers about new resources, tools and methods of teaching. They also became conscious of the need to make teaching and learning a more interactive, engaging and enjoyable experience.
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                    Proteus Talks
                      Student Talks
                    1. 09/03/2021
                      • Journey from IISER to Scientific Illustration
                      • Rafeeque Mavoor, Science Media Center, IISER Pune
                    2. 30/09/2020
                      • Research and Internship Experiences
                      • Siddhartha, PhD Graduate, Indiana University Bloomington
                    3. 05/11/2020
                      • Lab experiences in India and Universität Kassel, Germany
                      • Nadi Dixit, PhD Graduate, Universitat Kassel, Germany