Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year Release 2009 !!

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Designed and maintained by Dinesh D C, Project Assistant, N S group, MBU, IISc.

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New Year Celebrations @ NS Lab 2009 !!

NS lab members wish you all a happy and prosperous new year 2009..

Sunday, December 21, 2008

New Group Members !!

Sudha Govindharajan,
VIT, Vellore.
M.Sc., Project Student.

Margaret Sunitha,
Stella Mary's, Chennai
M.Sc., Project Student.

S. Anjana,
Government College of Technology, Coimbatore
B.Tech., Biotech

Ambily Abraham,
Int PhD student,
IISc, B'lore


Saturday, December 20, 2008

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Awards 2007- 2008

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) Prizes are awarded annually by the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) for notable and outstanding research, applied or fundamental, in Biological, Chemical, Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary, Engineering, Mathematical, Medical and Physical Sciences. The purpose of the prize is to recognize outstanding Indian work in science and technology. The award is named after the founder Director of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar and is known as the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology.

Any citizen of India engaged in research in any field of science and technology up to the age of 45 years is eligible for the Prize. The Prize is awarded on the basis of contributions made through work done primarily in India during the five years preceding the year of the Prize. The SSB Prize comprising a citation, a plaque and a cash award of Rupees five lakh (Rs. 500,000). In addition recipent also got Rs 15,000 per month up to age of 65 years.

Message by Prof. Srinivasan N
Press Release.pdf
Wikipedia Info

Monday, December 15, 2008

IISc Centenary Celebration Photos and Videos!!

Molecular Biophysics Unit Showcase


Conference Webcast

Conference: View Program brochure

Centenary Conference Special: Voices, the IISc Newsletter

Article published from N S group, by Dinesh D C and Yamunadevi S, Research Assistants.

Voices, the IISc Newsletter, is exclusively covering the Centenary events in daily bulletins from Dec 13-16, 2008. The bulletins would cover sessions happening, alumni stories, interviews, and interesting trivia.


Prof N.S Lab showcase @ J N Tata Auditorium, 13th-16th Dec

N. Srinivasan, Associate Professor

Room no. 103, MBU
Phone: 2293 2837

Research Interest: Protein structure, function, interactions and evolution
Length of service at MBU: 10 Years
PhDs Produced: 5
Hobbies: Music, Science fiction, Philosophy

Two stamps in honour of IISc 14th Dec, 2008!!

Vice-President Ansari releases them to mark institute’s centenary year

luminaries: Vice-President Hamid Ansari at a function to release IISc centenary commemorative stamps at J.N. Tata Auditorium in Bangalore on Sunday. Director of IISc P. Balaram (left) and scientist C.N.R. Rao are seen.

BANGALORE: That the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has left its stamp of excellence is science need not be emphasised. So it was appropriate that the Department of Posts marked the institute’s centenary year on Sunday by bringing out two commemorative postal stamps here on Sunday.

The stamps were released by Vice-President Mohammed Hamid Ansari, who also delivered the golden jubilee lecture.

While one stamp captured the frontage of the iconic IISc building, the other comprised a collage of various scientists and academics from the pages of its history.

From founder Jamsetji N. Tata to its former Director C.V. Raman, the stamp carries the visage of several IISc luminaries.

Mr. Ansari spoke about the importance of basic sciences and the various hurdles that the scientific community must overcome to strengthen the knowledge-based society.

“To attain this goal that we have set, we need an enhanced level of access to knowledge, and the IISc must remain a torchbearer in this regard,” he said.

Charting the scientific goals of the country since the first decade of Independence, Mr. Ansari said that though notable landmarks had been reached, several gaps remained. Calling for “inspiring teaching and better role models”, he said that the Knowledge Commission’s findings called for creation of a culture of experiment-based learning, which required re-training of teachers.

The University Grants Commission’s sample survey of 47 universities showed an overall vacancy level of 51 per cent, Mr. Ansari pointed out. “The situation is particularly depressing in State universities, where almost 90 per cent of students are enrolled. This adds to the problem of quality in higher education,” he said.

He also spoke about the Knowledge Commission’s reference to the disconnect between the educational institutions and centres of research and development. “The disconnect is at two levels, between undergraduates and senior faculty, and teachers and researchers. This results in the young student being deprived of that which may fire his/her imagination,” he said. Governor Rameshwar Thakur, scientist C.N.R. Rao, Director of National Institute of Advance Studies K. Kasturirangan, IISc Director P. Balaram, Home Minister V.S. Acharya and Chief Post Master General of Karnataka M.P. Rajan were present.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

IISc begins the 100th year of its existence

Saga of an institute of research...

Article: The Hindu

Birth of IISc.pdf, Current Science, Jan 2008, by Prof. Balaram.

The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, which is India's foremost research institution, enters its centenary year on 27th May 2008. In making the hundredth year of its existence, the Council of the Institute had recently decided to confer the Honorary Fellowship of the Institute on Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, Mr. Ratan N Tata, Chairman of Tata Sons, Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, the architect of the Green Revolution in the country and Prof. R Narasimha, noted aerospace scientist. The Honorary Fellowship of the Institute is confered on eminent scholars in recognition of their distinguished contributions to knowledge in the subjects in which the Institute is interested or on persons who have rendered eminent service to the Institute or on persons who have made a noteworthy and lasting contribution to the cause of science and industry in India.

In the 100 years of existence of the Institute, only 25 persons have been so honoured. Among those confered the Honorary Fellowship of IISc are Jawaharlal Nehru, M. Visvesvaraya, C.V. Raman, J.R.D. Tata, A.L. Mudaliar, Vikram Sarabhai, S. Dhawan, Indira Gandhi, G.N. Ramachandran, Raja Ramanna, M.G.K. Menon, A. Ramachandran and C.N.R. Rao.

CSIR: Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Awards 2007 to Prof. N. Srinivasan

The Bhatnagar Awards are given to scientists below 45 years of age, for their outstanding scientific contributions made primarily in India during the last 5 years preceding the year of the Prize. The Prize comprise a citation, a plaque and a cash award of Rs 5,00,000, which would be given away by the Prime Minister.

more info.pdf

Thursday, November 20, 2008

BINC 2008 Certification !


Details about BINC Examination:

BioInformatics National Certification (BINC) Examination will be conducted on 16-17 February 2008. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India has instituted this examination with an objective to certify Bioinformatics professionals and to facilitate industries and potential employers for recruitment. University of Pune has been identified as a nodal agency by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India to coordinate this examination along with five centres namely, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Anna University, Chennai; West Bengal University of Technology, Kolkata and Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology, Bangalore.

Last year number of candidates appeared were 475 and 8 candidates got certified. They also received cash award of Rs.10,000/-. DBT has also agreed to fund scholarship(JRF) to top 10 candidates if they join any Indian academia or research institute for Ph.D. in the field of Bioinformatics or computational biology.


Biomedexperts: Narayanaswamy Srinivasan

BiomedExperts - the first literature-based scientific social network. It brings the right researchers together and allows them to collaborate online. Collexis and Dell provide the BiomedExperts network of +1.5 Million pre-calculated profiles free of charge to researchers worldwide.

Many more Interesting details @ Biomedexperts!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Faculty of 1000 Biology:

Nearly 61 papers are listed in F1000 from our group.

Eg: Recommended Research paper from our group:

Survey for g-proteins in the prokaryotic genomes: prediction of functional roles based on classification.
Pandit SB, Srinivasan N
Proteins 2003 Sep 1 52(4):585-97


Saturday, October 18, 2008

The IISc Centenary Celebrations

IISc: One Hundred Years and Beyond
Centenary Conference 13-16th Dec 2008

The Indian Institute of Science came into existence in the year 1909, giving shape to the extraordinary vision of Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata. The initial endowment provided by Jamsetji Tata, the munificent grant of a vast stretch of land by the Maharajah of Mysore, and the unflinching support of the Government of India were instrumental in setting up the Institute. The establishment of the Institute was an important landmark in expanding traditions of scientific research in India in the twentieth century. The Institute has always been an enduring symbol of the very best in Indian scientific research and has assiduously maintained the highest standards of academic excellence, matching the best in the world.

The IISc Centenary Celebrations are being organized to mark one hundred illustrious years of leadership in science, technology, and innovation. The celebrations begin on May 27, 2008 and will conclude on May 27, 2009, commemorating the historic date of the vesting order that led to the establishment of the institute.

Centenary Conference Dec 2008

The piece de resistance of the year-long celebrations will be the Centenary Conference in December 2008. It will be marked by several important events focusing on the Institute's contributions to fundamental and applied scientific research, its role in creating and nurturing scientific institutions, its place as a rich source of talented scientific manpower, and its future role in the Indian society with major aspirations to take its rightful place in the global order. The event will also sparkle with the reunion of IISc's alumni from all over the globe.

The event would provide a splendid opportunity to be a part of the scientific and sylvan ambience at the Institute, to be inspired by brilliant researchers and captains of industry, and to interact with distinguished scientists and engineers across national boundaries and disciplinary barriers. The satellite events will include focused scientific symposia at the frontiers of science and technology; high impact panels on contemporary topics on research, technology, and education; IISc Showcase to highlight the contributions of IISc; public lectures; alumni events; and cultural programs befitting the centenary celebrations of the Institute.

It is the fond hope of IISc that the celebrations and the deliberations will help define the next century for IISc and arguably that of Indian science and technology in the twenty first century.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

NS @ Joint Indo-Russian Workshop

Joint Indo-Russian Workshop
"Systems Biology and Genome Informatics of M. tuberculosis and other infectious diseases"
October 12-14, 2008
Institute of Cytology and Genetics SB RAS,

Dr. N. Srinivasan, Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science,
" Bioinformatics approach to detect protein-protein interactions"

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Acronym MBU !!

MBU Macintosh Business Unit (Microsoft)
MBU Main Body Unit
MBU Main Business Unit
MBU Mask Breathing Unit (aviators oxygen mask)
MBU Ministria E Bujqëisë Dhe Ushqimit (Albanian: Ministry of Agriculture and Alimentation)
MBU Missouri Baptist University
MBU Modern Burner Unit
MBU Modular Base Unit
MBU Mother-Baby Unit (in hospitals)
MBU Multiple-Bit Upset
MBU Memory Back up
MBU Memory Buffer Unit

How IISc appeared on Blore map !!

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is all geared up for its centenary celebrations beginning May 27, the day on which it was established in 1909.

Bangalore would have lost the prestigious Indian Institute of Science to Roorkee if it it had not been for the timely initiative of Mysore Maharani Vani Vilas Sannidhana back in 1901.

On behalf of her young son Krishna Raja Wodeyar Bahadur IV, the queen assigned 371 acres of land free of cost at Bangalore and an annual grant of Rs 18,000 a year towards expenses of establishing a research institute. That clinched the deal for Bangalore.

The fact-finding committee comprising Masson and Clibborn of Roorkee College had reported prevalence of enteric fever and plague in Bangalore. The climate was enervating in November, they added, and the power from the nearby hydel project (Sivasamudram) was hypothecated to KGF. Roorkee, they said, was more favourable for Tata’s Institute.

This was in reply to Prof William Ramsay who at J N Tata’s behest had toured India and found Bangalore the best place as it ‘does not present the same distractions as Bombay, Calcutta or Madras, but it is seat of a Geological Survey, of an agricultural section and of a government college and these would furnish a certain nucleus of scientific society which could not fail to be congenial both to staff and students of the new Institute.’

Interestingly, Ramsay had cited the hydel project with its ‘enormous potential for industrial development in which the new institute could play a vital role.’

He had found the climate temperate for nearly all the year; ‘it is not too hot for Europe nor too cold for natives’.
Bangalore was also favoured for a qualification it no longer holds! Ramsay was of the opinion that the place chosen ‘should not be in a very large centre of population, else social and administrative occupation from which it is so difficult to escape in a large city, would necessarily absorb the attention of the staff from their more immediate duties.’

Eventually Viceroy Lord Minto approved the establishment of the Institute, named Indian Institute of Science by Masson and Clifford, on 27th May 1909.

It is time to remember the great minds that took part in the building of the institute. It all began with a dream for a centre of excellence seen by J N Tata. And relentlessly pursued by many scientists in the 100 years that followed. It is time to salute their efforts.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Present Lab Members

Head: Prof N. Srinivasan

PhD students:

Anamika Graduate student
Sandhya Graduate student, jointly with NCBS
O. Krishna Dev IntPhD student
Swapna L S Graduate student
Smita Mohanty Int. PhD student
Nidhi Tyagi Graduate student
Garima Agarwal Graduate student
Rupali Post Doc student
B R Moorthy Int. PhD student
Rakshambikai R Graduate student
Richa Graduate student, jointly with SERC

Research assistants:

Dinesh D C from Madurai Kamaraj University
Gaurav T from IBAB
Jyoti Sharma from National Institute of Immunology
Yamunadevi. S from Madurai Kamaraj University

Friday, August 29, 2008

Databases and servers from our lab...

Databases and Servers

The databases and servers developed in the lab are :
  • SUPFAM - A database of superfamily relationships between Pfam seqeunce families: Developed and maintained by O.Krishnadev.
  • KinG - A database of kinases and their architectures present in the completely sequenced genomes: Developed and maintained by Anamika.
  • PALI - A database of Phylogeny and Alignmnet of members of SCOP families: Developed and maintained by Sairam and Gowri.
  • PRODOC - A Protein Documentation resource giving the domain architecture of all proteins in genomes with intuitive searches: Developed and maintained by Swapna and Smita.
  • MulPSSM - A Multiple PSSMs database with search and browse functions: Developed and maintained by Krishnadev and Gowri.
  • CascadePSI-BLAST- A remote Homology search tool fro proteins : Developed and maintained by Rana Bhadra and Dinesh D. C.
  • P I C- Protein Interaction Calculator: Developed and maintained by Tina K. G., Rana Bhadra and Dinesh D. C.