Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year Party @ NS Lab 2010 !!

Let's all welcome 2010 !! :)

Yummy Yummy Special New Year Pizzas (Click it !!)


Wishes to all !!

Cheers ;)
NS Group

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Prof. Venki Ramakrishnan talk @ IISc !!

4:00pm, Tue, 5th Jan, 2010
Venue: JN Tata Auditorium !!

From Baroda to Cambridge
A Life in Science !!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Welcome back to India !! Garima !!

We are all happy to welcome you back to India !!

NS Group.


BANGALORE - 560012

Speaker : Mr. Ramachandra Moorthy Bhaskara

Title : "Stability of domain folds in Multi-domain proteins"

Date & time : Wednesday, 23rd December 2009,at 3.00 PM



Tea & Coffee @ 2:45 PM

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

NS @ 35th Mahabaleshwar Seminar !!

The Evolution of Molecular Function and Principles of Protein Design !!
Feb 21- 28th, 2010.

N. Srinivasan (IISc, Bangalore)
1. Protein sequences and evolutionary relationships
2. Protein structures and evolutionary relationships &
3. Practical demonstration on the statistical analysis of protein sequence alignments

Other Speakers:

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

NS @ National Conference BIOTECHNOLOGY: Fusion of Advanced Research and Teaching, Madurai !!

National Conference BIOTECHNOLOGY: Fusion of Advanced Research and Teaching 2-4 January 2010
School of Biotechnology
Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai

List of Speakers:

Prof N Srinivasan , MBU, IISc, Bangalore
| Dr. Akilesh Tyagi,NCPGR | Dr. Alok Battacharya, JNU, | Dr. Arockiasamy, ICGEB | Dr. Arun Sharma, University of Delhi | Dr. Ashutosh Mundkur, Bangalore | Dr. K.C. Bansal, IARI | Dr. V.K. Chaudary, Delhi University | Dr. B.Chattoo, MS University, Baroda | Dr.DileepDeobagkar,University of Goa | Dr. N. Gautham, Univeristy of Madras | Dr. P. Gautham, Anna Univeirsity | Dr. Jitendu Khurana, Delhi University | Dr. D.Karunagaran, IIT , Chennai | Dr.S.Karuthapandian,Alagappa University, Karaikudi | Dr. S.Kumaravel, IISc, Bangalore | Dr.K.Muniyappa , IISc, Bangalore | Dr.Mrinal Kumar Maiti , IIT, Kharagpur | Dr. V.Nagaraja, IISc, Bangalore | Dr.C.N. Paramasivam, WHO, Geneva | Dr.T.Rajapandi, ATCC, USA | Dr. Rakesh Tuli , NBRI, Lucknow | Dr. Rajam, Delhi University | Dr.Mugasimangalam C.Raja, Genotypic Technology | Dr. R.Ramalingam | Dr. S. Ramkumar, IISc, Bangalore | Dr. Vai.Ramanathan, Bangalore | Dr.VD.Ramananthan | Dr. Ram Rajasekar, CIMAP | Dr.K.Sekar, IISc, Bangalore | Dr.Seyed Hasnain, Central University of Hyderabad | Dr. R.P.Sharma, Central University Hyderabad | Dr.K.Thangaraj, CCMB, Hyderabad | Dr. Vijaya, IISc, Bangalore

KinG Database Updated !!

KinG: Kinases in Genomes version 2.0

New Features:
* KING Variant Splicing Database contains information about Human Kinases( The database can be queried using keyword, Kinase family name, Domain name, protein length or Ensemble ID and the results are provided as a table with domain composition details and an image represeting the mapping of the domain organisation along the protein.

* Updated genomes( Fugu rubripes, Drosophila melanogaster, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Caenorhabditis elegans, & several Mycobacterium sp.

* Website gets cool look !!

Statistics: The updated version of KinG holds information for 488 organisms. In KinG v2.0, kinome information is available for 49 archaea, 259 eubacteria, 126 viruses and 54 eukaryotes.

NS Lab Publication List updated Dec 2009!!


Publication List(.pdf)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

New short term visitor, Winter 2009 !!


Sriranjani B

B. Tech(Bioinformatics), SASTRA University, Thanjavur, Tamilnadu.
Contact: b.sriranjani(AT)

Duration: 3 months (Dec 2009 to Feb 2010).

MBU Literature Presentation: Rakshambikai R

Rakshambikai R(NS Group)
2nd Dec, 2009
Literature: Implications of motifs, domains and scaffolds on the wiring of new signalling pathways

Monday, November 16, 2009

SUPFAM(Inhouse Database) Upgraded & New Look !

SUPFAM Release 3.0 uses homologous families in Pfam (Version 23.0) and SCOP (Release 1.69) which are examples of sequence -alignment and structure classification databases respectively.

Check out here: SUPFAM

New Features of SUPFAM web-site

* New design!
* Use of ALignHUSH profile-profile alignment program to relate families.
* Graphical representation of superfamilies have been added.

by Krishnadev O

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

In Memoriam – Warren DeLano !!

On Tuesday, Nov 3, 2009 Warren DeLano passed away suddenly at his home. He was 37 years old.

Warren is the developer of PyMol, an Open Source molecular visualization system that has made enormous contributions to the community and can produce stunning visualizations of Proteins. His impact on the field of protein visualization has been recognized many times by the community and his tools are used in labs all over the world.

Warren DeLano was born in Philadelphia, raised in Palo Alto, and educated at Yale University. At Yale, he joined Axel Brunger's lab, where he made critical contributions to the computational tools and methods that made "CNS" a universal computational crystallography program.

After Yale, Warren received his doctorate at the University of California, San Francisco under the mentorship of Jim Wells, PhD. He then became a founding scientist at Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, creator of PYMOL, and founder of DeLano Scientific.

Throughout his life and career, Warren made fundamental and highly valued contributions to science. His Open Source PyMOL software is widely used throughout the world, and nearly all publications that display macromolecular structures use PyMOL. He was a strong advocate of freely available software and the Open Source movement. He also encouraged all who came into his lab or office. His sunny, optimistic outlook endeared him to all he knew; his brilliance awed and inspired many throughout the scientific and software worlds.

He is survived by his wife Beth Pehrson, mother Margaret DeLano, father James DeLano, Jr., step-mother Cathy Groves DeLano, step-father Tom Snouse, sister Jennifer DeLano and brother Brendan DeLano, as well as three aunts and eight cousins. A memorial will be held in several weeks – we will update this site as soon as information is available.

Monday, November 9, 2009

MSS literature presentation of Ms Richa Mudgal from NS Group on 11th Nov 2009 !!

BANGALORE - 560012

Speaker : Ms. Richa Mudgal

Title : "Classical to Modern Views on Constraints in Protein evolution"

Date & time : Wednesday,11th November 2009, at 3.00 PM



Coffee @ 2:45 PM

Dinesh D C and Yamunadevi S back to NS group after 3 months Internship @ Bonn, Germany.

Dinesh D C and Yamunadevi S @ Bonn, Germany.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Indian virtual conference on Bioinformatics (Inbix'10)

For more details, please visit
There are various speakers of repute in the area of Systems Biology and Bioinformatics.

Registration starts October 15, 2009. Stay tuned for more announcements.
If you are a group of 15 or more, you can form a virtual hub.
This is organized by and

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Top ranking for Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore !!

Webometrics Ranking July 2009

Since 2004, the Ranking Web is published twice a year (January and July), covering more than 17,000 Higher Education Institutions worldwide. Web presence measures the activity and visibility of the institutions and it is a good indicator of impact and prestige of universities. Rank summarizes the global performance of the University, provides information for candidate students and scholars, and reflects the commitment to the dissemination of scientific knowledge.

We intend to motivate both institutions and scholars to have a web presence that reflect accurately their activities. If the web performance of an institution is below the expected position according to their academic excellence, university authorities should reconsider their web policy, promoting substantial increases of the volume and quality of their electronic publications.


The Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore has been rated the best in South Asia in terms of visibility and scholarly papers on the net in the latest ranking of such institutions by Cybermetric Lab, the largest public research institution in Spain.

The Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, the National Informatics Centre in Bangalore, the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai make up the top five universities in the subcontinent.

In fact all the top 10 slots are for institutions in India, with two universities in Sri Lanka - University of Moratuwa and University of Colombo placed 10th and 11th on the list.

The highest ranked institution from Pakistan is the Lahore University of Management Sciences at the 17th position.

The other names in the top 10 are: The Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai, the International Institute of Information Technology in Hyderabad, the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, the University of Delhi and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

'Candidate students should use additional criteria if they are trying to choose university. Webometrics ranking correlates well with quality of education provided and academic prestige,' said a statement from Cybermetric Lab.

A total of 15,000 universities globally were analysed, of which about 5,000 were ranked in the list.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, US was the top-ranked university in the world with the rest 20 positions also held by American universities.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore Venkatraman Ramakrishnan wins Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2009 !!

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009
"for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome"

Venkatraman "Venki" Ramakrishnan (Tamil: வெங்கட்ராமன் ராமகிருஷ்ணன்; [Homepage] born 1952 in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India) is a structural biologist at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology of the Medical Research Council located in Cambridge, England. He is a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, along with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada Yonath.

WATCH VIDEO: Professor Umesh Varshney Interviewed !!

Professor Venkatraman Ramakrishnan's friends in IISc, Bengaluru. Professor Umesh Varshney from the Indian Institute of Science provides a fascinating glimpse into the scientist who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2009.

NDTV LINKS: Nobel winner likes masala dosas !!

Indian-American Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, 57, has won this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Nobel Foundation announced on Wednesday. He shares it with Thomas Steitz, an American, and Ada Yonath, an Israeli.

Well known as `Venky' in India's scientific circles, Ramakrishnan, has been a visiting lecturer at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, for many years. He was born and schooled at Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu and graduated from M.S. University in Vadodara, Gujarat, before moving to the United States for his Ph.D. from Ohio University.

He is the seventh person of Indian origin to win the Nobel.

"People here are very excited," said P. Balaram, director of IISc. "His is one of the most magnificent pieces of work in structural biology."

The three scientists won the prize for their research into ribosomes, which are proteinproducing structures found in all cells. Ramakrishnan used X-ray crystallography -- the same method used by the discoverers of the DNA -- to map the thousands of microscopic atoms that make up a ribosome.

The Nobel committee described ribosomal protein synthesis as "one of life's core processes." Antibiotics based on Ramakrishnan's model will save lives and decrease suffering, the Committee added.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

PUBMED redesigned 2009 !!!!!



Introducing RRN

Access the latest research from Rapid Research Notes (RRN), a new archive of the National Library of Medicine. RRN provides permanent access to research shared through online resources for rapid scientific communication.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

PyCon India 2009 @ IISc, Bangalore !!

PyCon India 2009
26th and 27th September 2009
Venue: IISC, Bengaluru


Pycon India 2009 is a community conference by the Python developer community. A purely volunteer effort, it is being hosted for the first time in India, and will attract some of the best Python developers in India and abroad.

Pycon India 2009 would be held in Bangalore, India, between Saturday, 26th September 2009 and Sunday, 27th September 2009. Pycon India is a volunteer run conference making Pycon India 2009 reliant on sponsorship to help turn it into a successful and memorable event.

The conference will consist of a number of full length presentations, a number of shorter lightning talks and open sprints and BoFs.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Talk by Dr. Aswin Sai Narain Seshasayee, EMBL @ NCBS, 24th Sep, 2009



Date : Thursday, September 24, 2009
Time : 11:30 a.m.

Speaker : Dr. Aswin Sai Narain Seshasayee,EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute, UK

Title : Bacterial regulomics: from networks to histones

Venue : Ground Floor Lecture Hall (LH1)

Bacteria are the most dominant form of free-living life on earth. Many bacterial live in multiple habitats each offering its own set of nutrients and adversaries. As part of adaptation to a given habitat bacteria make use of numerous signal-transduction mechanisms largely leading to a change in the transcriptional status of the cell. This is best exemplified by the metabolic system whose regulation can be conceptualised in the form of at least two genome-scale networks - one describing the metabolic system itself and the other icluding its regulators. Aiming to present an overview of our wholly computational work into signal-dependent regulation in bacteria, I will present a computational, functional genomic study of the architecture of genome-scale networks describing regulation of metabolism by small-molecules.

Bacterial gene regulation goes beyond specific, signal-dependent control, and includes large-scale, global regulation by histone-like / nucleoid-associated proteins. I will briefly present initial work, on three such proteins in E. coli, that make use of genome-scale experimental approaches. This will lead on to thoughts on future directions.

Co-ordinator: Dr. Mukund Thattai (



Monday, September 21, 2009

APBC2010: The Eighth Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Conference

The Eighth Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Conference
Bangalore, India,
18-21 January 2010

The Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Conference series is an annual forum for exploring research, development and novel applications of Bioinformatics. The Eighth Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Conference, APBC2010, will be held in Bangalore, India.


Affiliated with
International Society for Computational Biology

Supported by
National Center for Biological Sciences, Bangalore
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Saturday, September 19, 2009

JhankaaR 2009: Gymkana IISc

Raksha and Richa are participating in JhankaaR and will be performing for the same on 20th Sept 2009 at Satish Dhawan Auditorium :)
looking forward to see you all there !!!!!!!

richa & raksha

p.s. my group performance (classical) is 2nd in sequence so plz plz plz come
soon and get seated :)

Dear All,
The Dance Club of IISC, Gymkhana presents:

** JhankaaR **

After the overwhelming success of Thirkan, the previous showcase, we are back to thrill you with an electrifying evening of Dance.
Join us and groove to the beats of a variety of dances - including Regional, Ballroom, Latin, Classical, Bollywood and many more!

Date : 20th September 2009, Sunday
Time : 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Venue : Satish Dhawan Auditorium

* IMPORTANT: Please carry your ID cards. They will be checked at the entrance *

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

MBU DAY and NIGHT, Friday 28th August, 2009 !!

on this Friday 28th August, 2009

Friday, 28th August, 2009

Morning 8:00 a.m. - 12 : 00 noon Out-door games Gymkhana

Afternoon 12 : 00 - 1:30 p.m. Break for Lunch ----

Afternoon 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. In-door games Gymkhana

Evening 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Break ----

Evening 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Cultural programme MBU
Prize Distribution

Evening 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Dinner MBU

Night 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Treasure Hunt MBU

Night 11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. DJ Night MBU


Please be in time for the morning games.....
Kindly Wear proper foot-wear to avoid injury......
Have proper Breakfast and come.....
Evening snacks and dinner will be provided...

Looking forward to your active and enthusiastic participation !!!!!!!!!!

NuBS Team

Friday, August 14, 2009

IISc "FREEDOM RUN" 2009 !!!

On the eve of 62nd Independence Day of INDIA, Gymkhana is
organizing "FREEDOM RUN" 2009 tomorrow at 6.30 a.m.

starting point:- Near Physics Main Building
starting time:- 6.30 a.m (tentatively)
Route:-- will be instructed at the starting point
who can participate? - Students, Faculties, Staff and their childrens.

Prizes will be given to first few finishers in Student, Faculty/Staff and
children category for both Men and Women.

Come and join together as we are "ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL".




Thursday, August 13, 2009



H1 N1 influenza is a new viral disease other wise called swine flu first detected in April 2009 in USA. It is a global disease and already in INDIA. It affects primarily younger and older people.

Symptoms in children: 1) Fever throat pain , cold and cough.
2) Fast breathing or difficulty in breathing.
3) Dehydration.
4) Vomiting.
5) Body aches.

Symptoms in adults: 1) Difficulty in breathing.
2) Chest or Stomach pain.
3) Giddiness, confusion.
4) Vomiting.
5) Flu like symptoms and repeated feverish
condition and cough.

It spreads mainly by person to person through infected droplets expelled by coughing or sneezing of infected person. The treatment for this H1 N1 virus is available in INDIA. The drug is Oseltamivir (Tami flu) available only at recognized centers in Bangalore. It is used strictly under medical supervision.

The treatment at present is available at:

01. Rajiv Gandhi Chest Institute:Phone No. 2663 2634
02. Lake side Hospital:2536 6725
03. Victoria Hospital:2670 3294

The testing is also done in these centers including NIMHANS where throat swab is taken from strongly suspected person for finding Swine flu virus.

At present, new guidelines from the Central Government is clearly specify that only those on international travel history or contact with confirmed positive cases need to be quarantined and there throat swab is sent for testing, simple merely cough and cold, fever need not rush to hospital for checking for swine flu, only if persistent symptom and sore throat, high fever, myalgia and breathlessness need to be attended immediately. In these cases in doubt it is requested to meet Medical Officer at Health Centre. The experts say that swine flu is mild self resolving disease and in 98 % cases rest and general treatment is enough to recover. H1 N1 flu is not as dangerous as it thought to be it is like any other flu and not to be panicky. It is advisable to take following precautionary measures.

There is no vaccine available right now to protect against swine flu.
There are every day actions that can help to prevent the spread of virus that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Take these every day steps to protect your health:

• First and most important: wash your hands often with soap and
water, especially after you cough or sneeze;
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth;
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people;
• Reduce the time spent in crowded setting if possible;
• Improve airflow in your living space by opening windows;
• Practice good health habits including adequate sleep, eating
nutritious food, and keeping physically active;
• If you are having flu like symptoms do stay at home for the
minimum period of one week;
• Do use tissue paper while coughing or sneezing and throw it

(Dr. G.R. Nagabhushana)
Chief Medical Officer, IISc, Bangalore.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Eclipse @ NS group !!!


Eclipse is a multi-language software development environment comprising an IDE and a plug-in system to extend it. It is written primarily in Java and can be used to develop applications in Java and, by means of the various plug-ins, in other languages as well, including C, C++, COBOL, Python, Perl, PHP, and others.

More Info @


Tuesday, August 11, 2009



The National Flag will be unfurled by the Director at 8:30 AM on
Saturday, the 15th August 2009 in front of the Main Building of the

The Chairmen of the Departments / Sections / Laboratories / Units /
Centres, Staff and Students are requested to assemble in the quadrangle in
front of the Main Building at 8:25 AM.


6-30 AM : Freedom Run
8:30 AM : Flag Hoisting by the Director
National Anthem

English :Prof. P. Balaram, Director, IISc.,
Kannada :Dr. Navakanta Bhat, Associate Professor, ECE
Hindi :Dr. Anjula Gurtoo, Associate Professor, MG


The IISc Gymkhana Music Club, Rhythimca

A musical event celebrating the spirit of Independence

Date : 16th August, 2009

Time : 5:30 pm

Venue : Satish Dhawan Auditorium (CSIC), IISc

Advance wishes to you all..

Saturday, August 8, 2009

MBU Day!!! 28th of August, 2009 !! Friday !!


28th of August !! Friday, 2009.

Prof. G. N. Ramachandran's statue @ University of Madras !!

Center of Advanced Study in Crystallography and Biophysics
University of Madras
Guindy Campus
Chennai- 600 025

Cordially invites you to the Unveiling of the statue of

Prof. G. N. Ramachandran. F.R.S
at 4:00 pm on 12th August, 2009


Prof. S. Ramachandran. D.Sc.,
University of Madras

Prof. N. Yathindra, F.A.Sc
Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology

has kindly consented to preside over the function

Venue: GNR Hall
CAS in Crystallography & Biophysics

All are welcome
Program Schedule

(Wednesday 12-08-2009)

4:00 pm Unveiling the Statue of Prof. GNR

4:10 pm Introductory remarks
Prof. D. Velmurugan
Head of the Department
CAS in Crystallography & Biophysics

4:20 pm Special address
Prof. S. Ramachandran
Vice Chancellor

4:30 pm Presidential Address
Prof. N. Yathindra

Tributes to the Legend
(5:00 pm onwards)


Friday, August 7, 2009

Alumni news !!

Jothi Sharma

She has joined Institute of Bioinformatics(IOB), Bangalore !!!
Congrats and All the best !!

From all of us !!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

New Assistant Professor at Molecular Biophysics Unit, IISc !!

Dr. Rishikesh Narayanan has reported as Assistant Professor at Molecular Biophysics Unit, IISc, today (30.07.2009).


Room No. :206 (2nd Floor)
Contact Telephone No. at MBU:2293 3372
MBU E-mail ID

Dr. Rishikesh Narayanan
Introductory Talk: 02-09-2009