The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) completes 25 years this October!
To commemorate the occasion, NCBS has created an institutional archive. The NCBS Archives will work closely with the TIFR Archives to become a vital resource centre for historical research on NCBS. The Archives also aims to serve as a hub for dialogue on the history of research in the biological sciences in India.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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”.
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.
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.