Postdoctoral Symposium

10 October, 2015

The NCBS/InSTEM Postdoctoral Fellows’ Association announces the first Annual Postdoctoral Symposium. This event is an opportunity specifically for postdoctoral fellows, to present their work and interact with senior faculty members invited from research Institutions and universities across India. The symposium aims to showcase postdoctoral talent and enhance community networking. We hope it would also demonstrate the strength and quality of postdocs in the country. For the first meeting, registration is only open to postdocs from NCBS, InSTEM, IISc and JNCSAR.

Those seeking to advance in academic career tracks are strongly encouraged to apply. Registration for the event is free, but all registered participants are expected to submit an abstract, on the basis of which they will either have to give a talk or present a poster. This is to facilitate quality scientific reviews and discussions from the invited faculty. Registration closed for 2015 symposium.

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LIST OF MENTORS for the Postdoc Symposium

Akash Gulyani
Assistant Professor
Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, Bangalore

Arati Ramesh

National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore

Arjun Guha
Assistant Investigator
Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, Bangalore

Girish Ratnaparkhi
Associate Professor
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune

Jaysree Das Sarma
Associate Professor
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata

Lolitika Mandal
Assistant Professor
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali

Maneesha Inamdar
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore

MK Mathew
National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore

Paturu Kondaiah
Department of Molecular Reproduction, Development and Genetics, IISc, Bangalore

R. N. K. Bamezai
Professor of Genetics & Director (Coordinator) National Centre of Applied Human Genetics
School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Raghavan Varadarajan
Molecular Biophysics Unit, IISc, Bangalore

Rupinder Kaur
Group Leader
Center for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad

Sanjeev Jain
National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore

Shekhar Mande
National Centre for Cell Science, Pune

Sriram Ramaswamy
Centre Director
TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad

Suhel Quader
Nature Conservation Foundation, Bangalore

Sunil Laxman
Assistant Investigator
Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, Bangalore

Ullas Kolthur-Seetharam
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences, TIFR

Umesh Varshney
Dept. of Microbiology & Cell Biology

Schedule for the Postdoc Symposium of October 10, 2015

0900 – 0905

Shambhavi Naik

NCBS Campus Postdoctoral Fellows Association

Opening Remarks

0905 – 0920

V.V. Robin

Comparative phylogeography of the entire understorey bird community in a sky island reveals differential impacts of island structure on population structure

0920 – 0935

Jahnavi Joshi

Allopatry, reproductive isolation and systematics: defining speciation in the biogeographically complex indo-australian region

0935 – 0950

Kamalika Roy Choudhury

Actin interactome and its perturbation in Alzheimer’s disease mice model

0950 – 1005

Darius Koester

Actin and myosin drive membrane protein dynamics in an cell inspired in vitro active composite

1005 – 1020

Sarmistha Mahanty

Dissecting the molecular regulators required for lamellar body biogenesis and exocytosis

1020 – 1035

Srujan Kumar Marepally

Bio-inspired materials to deliver nucleic acids for treating chronic skin inflammations

1035 – 1100

Tea Break

1100 – 1115

Shambhavi Naik

Non-canonical notch4 signaling regulates anchorage-independence in breast cancer cells

1115 – 1130


Clinical metagenomics :  a route to pathogen discovery in acute encephalitis and acute fevers

1130 – 1145

Maria Bukelo

Correlating patterns of the genotypic variations in ret gene with the phenotype of Hirschsprung disease in the Indian cohort

1145 – 1200

Sabarinath P.S.

Role of novel core-fuc-(gal)n epitopes containing n-glycans in planarian eye development

1200 – 1215

Bhaktee Dongaonkar

Effects of depression on episodic memory updating

1215 – 1230

John Rowell

SelN; A molecular break for differentiation

1230 – 1330


1330 – 1530

Poster Session (Tea available from 1500)

1530 – 1545


Drosophila development under nutritional stress: A role for neuropeptides

1545 – 1600

Sanchari Banerjee

Structure of a heterogeneous, glycosylated, lipid-bound, in vivo grown protein crystal at atomic resolution

1600 – 1615

Sanjeev Kumar

Unexpected functional implication of a stable succinimide: a novel mechanism for structural stability in M. jannaschiigatase

1615 – 1630

Marcus Taylor

Stimulating T cell activation with DNA-based receptors and ligands

1630 – 1730

Discussion:Nurturing a future for postdocs in India?