NCBS Research

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

The campus extends a warm welcome to Shashi Thutupalli, the newest faculty member joining NCBS. He will be affiliated with the Theory and Modelling group, and with the Simons Centre at NCBS. During his PhD, Shashi worked on studying pattern formation in Min proteins that influence division in bacteria.

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

This year, Dr. Satyajit Mayor's team from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, was selected by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) to star in a Celldance video that features their work on cell membrane organisation.

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

It's dinnertime, and the smell of delicious food makes your tummy rumble. However, it's dark because of a powercut and you can't see very clearly. What do you do? Raise your head, sniff, and follow the delectable smells to where the food is? Or should you just take a guess and peek into the kitchen, or the dining room or the veranda, which are the likeliest places for dinner to be served?

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

For an avid exerciser, a muscle pull or tear is a painful and fairly common occurrence. A sudden turn or an unusually vigorous bout of aerobics can leave one with a muscle tear that will effectively confine a person to bed for a few weeks.

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Mimicry: the art or practice of imitating something.

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Photo Credit : Amit Cherian

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015


Friday, September 11th, 2015

NCBS is pleased to welcome Hiyaa Ghosh as faculty.

Hiyaa received her doctoral degree from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, USA. She later joined Columbia University Medical Center, New York, USA, for her postdoctoral studies, where she focused on the transcriptional regulation of immune cell development.

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015


Knowledge of advantages of the natural world is steeped into the Indian subconscious. Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum), a ubiquitous herb is used for therapeutic purposes. It has been mentioned in ancient Indian scriptures and has found a wide usage in Ayurveda, the Indian traditional system of medicine. Known for producing many aromatic compounds, Tulsi is known as 'Queen of Herbs'.

Monday, August 3rd, 2015


When a female moth decides she is ready to mate, she sends out a leading signal - a chemical cocktail that makes male moths drop everything and fly toward her, sometimes from over a kilometre away.

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Across the world, mountains harbour high biodiversity. This is thought to be because of the array of habitats that exist along the mountain slope. But could the structure of mountain range, its ups and downs contribute to driving biodiversity? It was these questions that the group led by Uma Ramakrishnan set out to answer. Focussing on the Western Ghats, a global biodiversity hotspot and home to high elevation songbirds, a paper published today in the Proceedings of Royal Society B has found that birds living in high elevation peaks of the Western Ghats of southern India are affected by gaps in forest cover to different extents; deep valleys have greater impact than shallow ones along a mountain chain.
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
Issues relating to biodiversity conservation and the environment have the potential to affect all of us, from climate change to the decline of non-human species. Environment-related policy decisions in India tend to be in the hands of a few, however. A recent study published in the July 2015 issue of Biological Conservation sought to broaden the debate by soliciting and then analysing concerns related to Indian biodiversity management and conservation from a larger slice of the public. The study brought together a team of ecologists, conservationists and social scientists based out of India, the U.K., U.S and the Netherlands, who consolidated a pool of several thousand survey responses into 152 thematically-arranged questions, which could help guide future conservation research directions, policy and public outreach initiatives alike.
Monday, June 1st, 2015

Scientists at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) have gained new insights into the flying mechanisms of the fruit fly by studying the inner workings of this organism. Drosophila melanogaster, commonly known as the fruit fly, is a model organism in bioscience research because of its short life span and amenability to genetic manipulation.

Monday, May 25th, 2015
One of the most important processes required for the sustenance of cells is a function called endocytosis. Among other functions, endocytosis allows cells to engulf proteins and food or fluid matter from its surroundings. Endocytosis can occur through several pathways - the most well-characterized of these is mediated through a 'coat protein' (clathrin) and others, that do not require clathrin are collectively termed clathrin-independent processes. The clathrin-dependent endocytic pathway requires this 'coat protein' to induce the formation of 'buds' on the plasma membrane of cells which eventually 'pinch off' into vesicles. Clathrin-independent pathways, on the other hand, do not use clathrin in forming pits or buds prior to endocytosis and use other accessory proteins.

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