The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) selected NCBS Senior Professor Jayant Udgaonkar to be a Fellow of the prestigious academy on October 2nd, 2013. Membership to the Academy is based on scientific merit, and Udgaonkar is one of the 52 members to be appointed this year. "It's always nice to get recognition of this sort," says Udgaonkar. "It is motivating for both myself and my students." Udgaonkar will be inducted into the Academy at its 25th General Meeting in 2014.
Dhiraj Bhatia, doctoral student of NCBS Assistant Professor Yamuna Krishnan from 2007 to 2013, has won the First Prize in the Eli Lilly and Company Asia Outstanding Thesis Award for this year. His thesis titled Icosahedral DNA nanocapsules for targeted functional bioimaging in cellulis and in vivo explores structural DNA nanotechnology, a field of nano-research which utilizes the basic principles of DNA structure to create complex systems and devices that have extensive scientific and technological applications.
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has named NCBS Assistant Professor Yamuna Krishnan the recipient of the 2013 Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award for Chemical Sciences. This recognition is based on Krishnan's efforts to study the structure and dynamics of nucleic acids and exploit this understanding to make nanosensors that provide insights into the cell's chemical milieu. The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize is an annual award conferred by the CSIR in India. It was instituted in 1957 in honour of the late Dr. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, founder Director and principal architect of CSIR. Over 450 scientists and technologists from various disciplines of science have been awarded this prize for their outstanding contributions to research and development.Each award carries a citation, cash prize of INR 5,00,00, a plaque and an honorarium till retirement.
Obaid Siddiqi 1932- 2013 Catalyst of a Culture of Creativity
Obaid Siddiqi, once a young star of molecular biology and later a pioneer in neurogenetics was an extraordinary intellectual and scientist. In building the Molecular Biology Unit (now the Department of Biological Sciences) and then the National Centre for Biological Sciences of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, he showed how catalyzing a culture of creativity is vital to long-term institutional success. With his death following a road accident the world of science has lost one of its most thoughtful and questioning leaders. However, his science and the schools he as built will stay and through their quality demonstrate the stay of his deep influence.
Obaid's college days were at the Aligarh Muslim University in a period when India had just become independent and people all over the world were agitating for a just and inclusive society and for change, in much the same manner that we see today.
Three Grade 12 students from the Central School for Tibetans at Mundgod in Karnataka are currently interning at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS). Following an agreement with their school and the NCBS, Tenzin Tsetan, Tenzin Phentok and Tenzin Zomkey began their internship on 6th May with Professors Uma Ramakrishnan, Vatsala Thirumalai and Axel Brockmann.
On Sunday, Jan 20 I joined a couple of friends from inStem and NCBS to play as Team NCBS in the football tournament of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce at the SPT sports academy. Mr. Loeffler from the German Consulate had told me about the tournament. NCBS supplied the vehicle to get there.
The picturesque pond at NCBS was originally a low lying area close to the students' hostel Parijatha. It formed the south western part of the space allotted to NCBS by GKVK. NCBS moved to its present campus from the premises of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in 1998-99. By then, the Academic Research building (now named the Eastern Laboratories), the Housing and Hostel buildings, the Sub-Station and Chiller plant as well as the Stores building (which was the first building to be constructed at NCBS and used as its site office) were constructed. Subsequently, the stores moved to its present location in the year 2002-03, making way for housing the computational services.
The phrase "intellectual property" is often used in the Indian media as synonymous with "patents". In fact, patents are only one form of intellectual property. Other forms of intellectual property include trademarks, copyright, design rights, plant variety protection, etc. Of these, trademarks are used in business for the purpose of distinguishing the goods or services of one person from those of others.