• Of Bugs and Beetles: 
Deadly bacteria select for immune memory in beetles

    We live in a world dominated by microbes, and most organisms have had to evolve strategies to deal with both, beneficial and pathogenic microbes. For humans as well as the animals we have domesticated, vaccination is by far the most popular and effective strategy against many pathogenic microbes. Vaccination relies on immune memory: on first exposure to a pathogen, our adaptive immune system generates specific antibodies, protecting against re-infection by the same pathogen.



    Dublin/Bengaluru, 27th November 2017— Science Gallery International (SGI) today announced the appointment of Dr Jahnavi Phalkey as the Founding Director of Science Gallery Bengaluru.

  • Laws of attraction: hoverfly pollinators use multiple cues to identify flowers across continents

    You and I live in a sensory world—sight, sound, touch and taste blend to give us a sense of our surroundings. However, imagine perceiving the world as a fly, with a brain the size of a pinhead. Yet many insects with miniscule brains manage to do exactly what we do—identify objects like a flower, or a plant.

  • Upinder Bhalla and Yamuna Krishnan awarded the 2017 Infosys Prize for life sciences and physical sciences

    The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) congratulates its current faculty member Upinder Bhalla, and former faculty member Yamuna Krishnan on winning the 2017 Infosys Prize in the life sciences and physical sciences categories!

    The Infosys Prize celebrates the awardees’ outstanding achievements and is intended to honor them for the excellence of their work in their respective fields.

  • Biodiversity exploration and discovery: two ant species new to science described from the Andaman Islands

    Ants are some of the smallest animals on earth but have a huge impact on the environment. Despite their important roles in the ecosystem, ant biodiversity in many tropical areas remains poorly documented and India is no exception.

  • To breed or not to breed? Migratory female butterflies face a monsoonal dilemma

    Female butterflies make smart investments, finds a new study.


    The Himalaya and north-eastern India are very important biodiversity hotspots in the world. They are also relatively less explored in recent times, although new research efforts are intensifying in documenting biodiversity in this region. These efforts are paying big dividends, with many species that are new to science being discovered in these remote parts. The latest discovery of two new dragonfly species, named Cephalaeschna acanthifrons and Planaeschna poumai, was announced today by Mr. G. N.

  • NCBS welcomes new faculty member: Vinothkumar Kutti Ragunath

    The National Centre for Biological Sciences is delighted to welcome Dr. Vinothkumar Kutti Ragunath who joins the Centre as its newest faculty member.

  • A novel regulator of membrane logistics

    A novel regulator for membrane traffic in cells has been discovered by a team of scientists from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (TIFR) and the Babraham Institute. The molecule, Phosphatidylinositol 5-phosphate 4-kinase or PIP4K is a molecular overseer of membrane dynamics that functions as a negative regulator of endocytosis.

  • Taming a molecular mustang

    Horse taming does not generally come to mind in connection with molecular biophysics, where one studyies the shape, structure and dynamics of proteins and DNA. However, scientists from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) in India and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), USA, have found two enzymes that interact with each other in a manner somewhat like a trainer taming a wild mustang.

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