Research from Dr. Jagannath Mondal’s group has been highlighted in a press release by the American Institute of Physics (AIP)
A protein’s folding patterns help them perform their dedicated tasks. As the real “doers” of the cell, even a tiny alteration in a protein’s amino acid backbone can cause misfolding and hinder the protein’s functionality or cause disease. For instance, if tau, a protein that helps stabilize the structure of brain cells, is misfolded, it can form tau-tangles, which are commonly seen in Alzheimer’s patients.
Art and Science dialogue
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) at Gopanapally has become a meeting point for arts and science. Students from the department of fine arts of the University of Hyderabad (UoH) interacted with TIFR Hyderabad students who had signed up for the Art and Science Dialogue over the past week and created structures of what they saw when speaking to the students.
1st India-Japan NMR workshop
The first joint work shop between India and Japan will be organized 21th June 2018 at Yokohama RIKEN, Japan. The focus of the workshop is to facilitate and initiate the discussion and collaborations on magnetic resonance phenomena between two countries for concurrent and future researches. 14 hardcore researchers already agree to give fantastic talks.
Workshop on foldscope for bioscience teachers
TIFR Hyderabad conducted a workshop for biology teachers of some Telangana Social Welfare schools and one college. From assembling foldscopes to visualising samples, the workshop aimed at utilization of the foldscope as a brilliant teaching tool for biology.
Solids can also take shape of containers
While liquids are known to take the shape of the container, solids too can rearrange their atoms to conform to the shape, given enough time.
“More interestingly, the smaller the change in shape, the longer it takes for the solid to rearrange. This is the reason solids appear rigid. Our contribution is to show that this behaviour is a direct consequence of a hidden phase transition. Hidden because, in order to reveal it you need to subject the solid to specific arrangements of forces which cannot be normally produced in the lab”.
Sawaal-Jawaab : “The Smallest Machines”
Prof. Roop Mallik, a scientist with humorous and simple explanations to some of the most complex topics shed light on many scientific topics in a ‘Sawaal Jawaab’ session organised at Lamakaan on Saturday. The talk, based on molecular motors, aka, the tiny machines inside human biological cells, was a hit among the attentive audience who had gathered at the venue. Prof. Mallik has a PhD from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai and has been awarded Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar prize in 2014 for his work in the field. He used everyday situations to explain complex subjects and added humorous elements to the field of science. [ Article in Times of India ]
Emerging Trends in NMR One-Day Symposium
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance is rapidly becoming indispensable in a broad spectrum of research areas, ranging from medical imaging, material sciences, biophysics and basic physics. A number of new techniques have emerged in the past few years to tackle this wide range of problems. This meeting brings together NMR spectroscopists from different areas of research, ranging from hypepolarization techniques, material sciences, biophysics, NMR methods and hardware development. We hope to foster a discussion on the possible implications of work in these fields and their impact on the broader landscape of NMR spectroscopy itself. The cross-fertilization of
ideas from such a meeting will be beneficial for all participants and especially for TIFR, where a number of these research areas are under active development.
Fourth Annual TCIS Summer Research Symposium
The TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences invites all undergraduate students and teachers engaged in scientific research with research mentors under the auspices of the National Academies or similar summer research programmes, to present their work to their peers at a one-day symposium on 14 July 2017 (Friday) to be held at our campus.
Nonequilibrium Dynamics: Diffusion, Populations and Aging
A variety of phenomena in the physical and biological world involve the elements of environment and demography, search and competition, and relaxation and aging. Studies involving reaction-diffusion systems including predator-prey models, stochastic search and resetting and nonequilibrium relaxation have provided key insights into the behaviour of these systems. The aim of this two day workshop is to bring together scientists with interests in these diverse but connected fields.
Shubhadeep Pal, Research Scholar, TCIS Hyderabad
Shubhadeep Pal is the winner of the KV Rao Scientific Society Young Scientist Award – 2017 in Physics.
NMR Meets Materials
Materials are essential for the modern society as they can resolve some of the critical challenges, especially energy and environment. Design and development of novel materials with improved efficiency can help us tackle these challenges. Recent developments in NMR spectroscopy allow detailed structural and surface information of materials, which can subsequently be used for rational design of the novel materials, i.e. NMR assisted materials design. This discussion meeting aims to bring together material and NMR experts in India, for cross fertilization of ideas. Both the groups will able to appreciate the recent developments in these fields and inspire collaborations to address some of the critical challenges.
Prof. Kurt WÃ¼thrich (The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA and ETH ZÃ¼rich, Switzerland) visited TCIS
Prof. Kurt WÃ¼thrich (The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA and ETH ZÃ¼rich, Switzerland) visited TCIS on 9th Feb 2017 and delivered a talk “The Way to NMR Applications in Biology and Medicine”. He is a Nobel Chemistry laureate (2002) known for developing nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for determining the three-dimensional structure of biological macromolecules in solution.
TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad represents TIFR at the 104th Indian Science Congress 2017
Dr. Karthik V.Raman and Dr. Aprotim Mazumder from TCIS, Hyderabad represented TIFR at the 104th Indian Science Congress 2017, held at Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati.
Dr. Kanchan Garai of TCIS and collaborators have built a state-of-the-art spectrometer that can perform multichannel fluorescence correlation spectroscopy.
One way to understand how Alzheimerâ€™s disease progresses is to study the way certain protein factors affect the formation of amyloid plaques that are so central to the progression of the disease. While it is required to know how this happens in the human brain, scientists are TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad, are studying this in a lab.
Dr. Tamal Das wins the Max Planck Partner Group award given by the Max Planck Society, Germany
Dr. Tamal Das has won the Max Planck Partner Group award given by the Max Planck Society, Germany. This award comes with a research grant of 20,000 Euro/year for five years, which will enable him to establish and strengthen a collaboration with Prof. Joachim P. Spatz from the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research at Heidelberg, Germany (MPI-MR).
Dr. T.N. Narayanan’s work on Ultrathin, water-repellent surface chemistry got highlighted in the media.
Scientists at the TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad, and Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi, have developed a material which, when coated on other substrates, can render them both water repellent (hydrophobic) and oil repellent (oleophobic). This is extremely useful in improving the applicability of a range of products, from car wind-shields to medical aids such as surgical implants and other tools.
Dr. Jagannath Mondal’s atomistic molecular dynamics simulation studies to contribute to targeted kinase therapy
Dr. Jagannath Mondal’s atomistic molecular dynamics simulation studies to understand the binding mechanisms of mutant-resistant kinase inhibitors, which would greatly contribute to targeted kinase therapy for various diseases, has been highlighted in India Biosciences.
Prof. Sriram Ramaswamy selected for the HKF Vijnan Ratna Award 2016
Prof. Sriram Ramaswamy has been selected for the HKF Vijnan Ratna Award 2016 for Excellence in Science & Technology of the H K Firodia Memorial Foundation
Prof. Sriram Ramaswamy has been elected as Fellow of the Royal Society
Prof. Sriram Ramaswamy of the TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences in Hyderabad has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, the oldest scientific society of the world. Prof. Ramaswamy has now been inducted into a select group of intellectuals which included Sir Issac Newton, Bertrand Russell, S. Ramanujan, Sir J. C. Bose and others.
NMR Meets Biology Conference at Kerala
NMR Meets Biology January 14-19, 2016 TIFR, Mumbai, and TCIS, TIFR, Hyderabad TIFR, Mumbai, and TCIS, TIFR, Hyderabad, will be organising a conference/workshop in Alleppey, Kerala, during January 14-19,2 016. The meeting will have invited lectures and several tutorial sessions.
Dr. T.N. Narayanan’s work on doped graphene got highlighted in Media
A team of researchers from India and Japan have developed a low-cost way to produce â€˜doped graphene,â€™ a new hybrid material which can be used to make efficient electrodes for batteries and fuel cells.
The new material, called â€˜heteroatom,â€™ is made by doping graphene â€” an allotrope of carbon â€” with boron and its development is described in the 9 September issue of Advanced Energy Materials.
Prof. Venkata Ramana Kandala Chary of TIFR, Hyderabad an elected Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences
At the 25th General Meeting of TWAS held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, on 26 October 2014, the Members attending the meeting elected Prof. Venkata Ramana Kandala Chary of TIFR, Hyderabad as a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries.
His election is a clear recognition of his outstanding contribution to science and its promotion in the developing world.