doublesex is one multitasker. The gene that controls gender and sexual differences in insects is also a mimicry supergene that determines wing pattern variations in a mimetic butterfly, according to a study led by scientists from the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and the University of Chicago.
Eminent neuroscientist Huda Zoghbi visited the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) today. On campus, she interacted with students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty of the NCBS and InStem. Zoghbi is in town to deliver a talk at the Indian Institute of Science, organized as part of the Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lectureship Series 2014. Her lecture A Journey from the Clinic to the Laboratory to Understand Brain Disorders, which will be delivered in the cities of Chennai and New Delhi as well is dedicated to NCBS founder and renowned scientist late Obaid Siddiqi.
Harold Varmus, Nobel Laureate and Director of the US National Cancer Institute (NCI), visited the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) on 21st January 2014. Varmus interacted with scientists working at NCBS and other Indian institutes to assess the status of cancer research in the country and draw out priorities in research. Based on these interactions, Varmus hopes to determine ways in which India and the United States can work towards boosting cancer research.
"The meeting with Varmus was to mainly give him a perspective of what is going on: in cancer research as well as others that can connect to cancer research in some way," says Satyajit Mayor, Director of NCBS and InStem. "Varmus was chiefly interested in exploring how to link up cancer research in India with research going on outside the country."
NCBS Senior research scholar Sunaina Surana won the Malhotra Weikfield Foundation NanoScience Fellowship Award for the year 2013 in the 6th Bangalore INDIA NANO Awards held on 5th and 6th December 2013. She received the award from Bharat Ratna Dr. C. N. R. Rao. Surana won the Fellowship for her doctoral work which she summarized in her poster A DNA Nanomachine Maps Spatiotemporal pH Changes in a Multicellular Living Organism at the event.
NCBS research scholar Bipan Kumar Deb's talk won the Dr. V.C. Shah Prize for the Best Platform Presentation in the recently concluded XXXVII All India Cell Biology Conference (AICBC). Deb talked about his work on store-operated calcium entry (SOCE), a mechanism by which nerve cells take up calcium from extracellular space. Mentored by NCBS Senior Professor Gaiti Hasan, Deb's work, initiated in collaboration with other researchers in the Hasan lab, shows that a group of proteins called septins (the 'Pnut' septin specifically), plays a hitherto-unknown role in regulating SOCE in neurons of the common fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. This in turn modulates flight behaviour in fruit flies.
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.
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