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Impact welcomes 2020 and wishes all readers a great year ahead!!

As we step into 2020, we wish the scientific community in academia and industry, educators, administrators, and members of the public a better access to clear, authentic, and engaging research news.

Impact looks forward to presenting to you the many facets of the academic enterprise at IISER Pune and bringing to you snippets of the new and notable from the institute. 


Possible targets against the Nipah virus
In a PLOS Neglected and Tropical Diseases paper, Dr. M.S. Madhusudhan's group has described potential inhibitors against the proteins of the Nipah virus through a computational modeling approach. Read more in these news reports from Reuters and Research Matters.
SciTalk@SMC Series 
Here are recently released episodes from the SciTalk@SMC Series produced by the Science Media Centre, IISER Pune. Many interesting questions posed and answered on the life of a scientist, careers in science, mentoring, life beyond research, and more.
Prof. Jean Claude Zenklusen speaks on the cancer genome atlas program, his career, and the excitement and challenges of coordinating a large project such as the TCGA. View video

Dr. Saikrishnan Kayarat, recently conferred the prestigious Bhatnagar Prize, describes here his research on protein structure and function, questions addressed in his group, and their approach. View video

Cancer biologist Dr. Mayurika Lahiri shares with us about her work on understanding how cells turn cancerous and challenges in cancer biology unique to India. View video
A glimpse of the past, the present, and the future of string theory, through the eyes of Prof. Sunil Mukhi: Here Prof. Mukhi talks about about this area of theoretical physics and his interests outside of science. View video

As science meets art in the career of science illustrator Dr. Ipsa Jain and the brand @ipsawonders transports you to a beautiful and informative world of tissue and molecular biology. View video

Bringing a rich expertise of chemical engineering to address problems in biology is Dr. S.G. Srivatsan. Here he talks about his career, recent work from his group, the power of collaboration, and his passion for sport. View video


Prime Minister's visit
Dec 7, 2019
Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi visited IISER Pune and interacted with faculty members and students. He discussed about and gave inputs on some of the research areas being pursued at the institute. He visited the NMR facility and the newly set-up supercomputing facility PARAM Brahma. More


Praj and IISER Pune to scale up Mimamsa

Praj Industries and IISER Pune have signed a MoU with the objective to scale up Mimamsa, the annual nation-wide inter-college science quiz led by IISER Pune students. More

Agreement with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Visiting Students Research Program with KAUST, Saudi Arabia: Initiated with the aim of broadening the scope of the academic study of each institution, as part of this agreement, BS-MS students from IISER Pune will have research internship opportunities at KAUST.

Workshops on Molecular Biology for Beginners with Eppendorf and HiMedia
This series of workshops are 1-day long hands-on events which aim to introduce basic molecular biology practicals to school students (Class IX-XII) and people with no prior exposure to the subject. More


Sanction order for an Atal Incubation Centre at IISER Pune has now been received from the Atal Incubation Mission (AIM) team of the NITI Aayog. This will enable students, staff and faculty members of IISER Pune to develop their innovative ideas into start-up companies.
Several of our faculty members have been recognised for their research. Some of the accolades received during the last couple of months include  

Dr. Siddhesh Kamat named EMBO Young Investigator 
Dr. Siddhesh Kamat presented Merck Young Scientist Award
Dr. Saikrishnan Kayarat awarded DBT National Bioscience Award


Conference: Laboratory Animals in Biomedical Research
Nov 22-24, 2019
Jointly organised with NCCS Pune and LASA, India, this conference was attended by scientists, veterinarians, and scholars associated with laboratory animals from around the world. More
National Post-doc Symposium
Dec 10-13, 2019
Bringing together postdoctoral fellows from India in the field of life sciences, this event provides a platform for networking and for career development. The 3rd edition of this symposium was held at IISER Pune. More
Workshop: Challenges to TB
Dec 16-19, 2019
This 4-day workshop brought together experts from across the UK and India working on tuberculosis. The focus was on drug resistance in India and inter-disciplinary solutions. More
Winter School on Geometric Algorithms and their Applications
Dec 16-24, 2019
This school introduced participants to the essentials of computational geometry along with an in-depth study of the fundamental geometric structures and techniques used in this field. More
Chemistry Camp with Salters' Institute and RSC India
Dec 25-27, 2019
A 3-day residential Chemistry Camp for 9th standard students was conducted at IISER Pune in association with the Royal Society of Chemistry, India and Salters’ Institute, UK. More


A team of undergraduate students from IISER Pune have won a silver medal @iGEM synthetic biology contest. Read here about their project on a biosensor for lead. More
The Chemistry Department at IISER Pune hosted a mentoring program ‘Prodigious Women in Chemical Sciences’ to foster women's retention and progression in the sciences. More
The Science Media Centre at IISER Pune and Vigyan Prasar organised WoW Science '19, a 2-week workshop on writing science with resources and practice sessions on writing, researching, storytelling, and editing skills. More
Valediction Ceremony for Level-1 STEP for STEM teachers: 'STEP for STEM' is a joint initiative of IISER Pune and Tata Technologies Ltd to impart know-how on activity-based teaching-learning experience in STEM subjects to 200 teachers. More
A National Painting Competition was jointly organised by Khula Aasmaan and IISER Pune in observance of 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. More
The 8th edition of Inter-IISER Sports Meet was hosted by IISER Pune. Over 1500 participants from across all IISERs, IISc, CEBS, and NISER Bhubaneswar participated at this event. More
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune is an autonomous research and teaching organisation of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt of India. 

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