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  • Strengthening Collaborations

    Strengthening Collaborations

       2018 seems to be a great year for the Simons Centre at NCBS in terms of collaborative science! With our faculty having embarked on various collaborative visits across our partner institutions, as well as having hosted numerous collaborators at NCBS, Bangalore this year (Prof. Stephan Herminghaus, MPI-DS, Gottingen; Prof. Frank Jülicher, MPI-PKS, Dresden; and Dr. Timothy Saunders, MBI, Singapore to name just a few), we are always looking to push the boundaries of collaborative science.


  • Following the sound trail: pulling India’s cicadas out of oblivion

    Following the sound trail: pulling India’s cicadas out of oblivion

    Kiran Marathe, a young 20-something researcher from the National Centre of Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, works on one of India’s most under-studied species of insects — the cicadas. Two new species of cicadas have been discovered in the Western Ghats, one in Goa and the other in the Kodagu district of Karnataka.

  • To divide or not to divide? That is the question.

    To divide or not to divide? That is the question.

    Scientists have long wondered and studied how and when the cell multiplies itself, and how cells change over time. In this context, understanding how and when cells multiply is very important.


    All living cells undergo the same cell division cycle - irrespective of whether they are fly cells or mouse cells. To be effective building blocks, cells must make critical decisions to divide or not. At the level of an organism, these decisions are at the population level, and specific tasks to individuals – like a division of labour, occur in order for the system to function well.