The Bigger Picture

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

The National Centre for Biological Sciences congratulates Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan on winning the Parker/Gentry award for 2016!

Monday, March 21st, 2016


Prof. Satyajit Mayor, Director, National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), is the latest recipient of the prestigious Margdarshi fellowship.

Monday, March 7th, 2016


A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been renewed between the institutes at the Bangalore Life Science Cluster and The University of Edinburgh on the 18th of February 2016, to reinforce ongoing collaborations and create a framework for developing new areas of mutual interest.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

The Bangalore Life Science Cluster campus hosted a unique event celebrating 30 years of the Department of Biotechnology and announcing the launch of a new EMBO-DBT partnership for funding Indian researchers.

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Raghu Padinjat is a Doctor-turned-Researcher and Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance Senior Research Fellow at NCBS, whose group studies information transfer mediated by lipid molecules.

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Highlights of 2015:
Links to these news events and stories are:
Top gear - the mechanics of insect flight
A laboratory without walls
Exploring the diversity of chemical signals in nature
Monday, November 30th, 2015


A science exhibition on the move? It's a fantastic idea that has been travelling on the Indian railway tracks for seven years. The Science Express is a unique moving science exhibition mounted on a 16-coach AC train that was first flagged off in 2007 by the then Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh and German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel.

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Research is a global activity not restricted by geographical boundaries and talented researchers with good ideas need research funding that helps their work transcend borders and further knowledge.

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Mr Narayana Murthy, Founder of Infosys, visited Bangalore Life Sciences Cluster campus on 25th August. He visited the laboratories and interacted with researchers at NCBS, inStem and CCAMP.




Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Prof. Satyajit Mayor, Director, National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), has been elected a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, visited the Bangalore Biocluster campus to interact with the researchers there and for discussions on the challenges facing modern biological research in the country. He was greeted by Biotechnology Secretary Prof K VijayRaghavan, Prof Satyajit Mayor, the Director of NCBS and inStem, Prof Upinder Bhalla, Dean, NCBS and Prof Apurva Sarin, Dean inStem from the BioCluster and taken to some of the laboratories to see cutting edge stem cell research. He then had a vibrant and truly interactive engagement with faculty, students and staff at the Biocluster, on subjects ranging from international collaborative research, the use of stem cell based therapies and scientific outreach.
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Researchers at NCBS have signed a new agreement with the Developmental biology Institute of Marseille (IBDM) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) to put in place a LIA or a “Laboratory without walls”.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Recently, NCBS hosted a talk by a researcher who is asking a very different set of questions about illness, health and their relationship to something that we might not immediately see - information and communication.  The public lecture, “Health and Communication Inequalities in the 21st Century: Observations from the Field” focused on how communication and access to information can play a critical role in promoting health and preventing disease.

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Can you describe some highlights from your current research for me?

We study the evolution of eukaryotic cells. There are two kinds of cells on the planet: prokaryotes, such as morphologically simple bacteria and archaea, and then the relatively more complex eukaryotes - for example plant and animal cells, amoeba, paramecium, and so on. Eukaryotes have enclosed nuclei and compartmentalized organelles, which prokaryotes lack.  Usually when you see such a big jump in complexity you expect to find intermediate forms, for example in the fossil record or in living organisms.  The mystery is that there are no intermediate eukaryotes.

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the institutes on our campus and The University of Dundee today to cement their active programme of scientific collaboration and, in particular, to launch their partnership to create a Drug Discovery Unit in Bangalore to tackle antimicrobial resistance.
Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

The campus recently hosted a talk with a difference by renowned virologist W. Ian Lipkin. In his Public Lecture titled "Bad Bugs on the Big Screen: Science fiction and fact in Hollywood ", and aided by a careful selection of movie vignettes, Lipkin discussed the evolution of cinema plots involving infectious diseases, in the broader context of how scientific content is treated in Hollywood movies.
Friday, June 6th, 2014

Professor K.S. Krishnan, friend and inspiration to generations of students and youthful scientists, passed away following a sudden heart attack on Saturday 24 May 2014 at his home in Bangalore. With his demise, we have lost one of our most inspirational biologists. Krishnan's fundamental impact was the ease with which he repeatedly linked his questions with the most innovative solutions.

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