Thursday, February 12, 2009


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INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE CAMPUS and in National Centre for Biological Sciences (TIFR) Bangalore

February 17- 19th 2009: This symposium brings together researchers from diverse areas like chemists, spectroscopists and molecular biologists who address fundamental problems in biology using chemical techniques. The symposium will cover areas like Peptide Conformation and Design, Membrane Biology, Structural Bioinformatics, Protein Engineering, Protein Folding and Drug Discovery, Chemical Ecology amongst other topics.


17th February, 2009

Venue: Indian Institute of Science, Faculty Hall

Plenary session

Chair: D.N. Rao
9:55 – 10:00 am Opening Remarks by D.N. Rao

10:00 – 10.45 am Plenary Lecture by Victor Hruby
Developing New Paradigms for Drug Design for Disease

10:45 – 11:15 am Tea break

Chair: Siddartha Sarma

11:15 to 11:45 am Satyajit Mayor
A hierarchy of scales: The tale of the morphogen, Hedgehog

11:45 am – 12:15 pm S. Sikdar
How does epileptiform activity affect Ca dynamics in neurons?

12:15 – 12:45 pm M.K. Mathew
Potassium Channel Opening: A Subtle Two-Step

12:45 pm to 2:00 pm LUNCH

Chair: Manju Bansal

2:00– 2:30 pm K.S. Krishnan
Synaptic Vesicle Recycling

2:30 – 3:00 pm K.N. Ganesh
Discovering unknown HIV Tat - NFkB interactions: Novel Applications of SELEX

3:00 – 3:30 pm Anna Spudich
Early European Records of Medicinal Plants of India: a valuable resource for drug discovery

3:30 to 4 pm Tea Break

Chair: C. Ramakrishnan

4:00 to 4:30 pm: J. Ramirez
Peptidergic and Aminergic Modulation of Respiratory Network Activity

4:30 to 5:00 pm: Raghavan Varadarajan
Influenza immunogen design

5:00 to 5:30 pm: Ramasarma
Vanadium Redox in Biological Oxidations

18th February 2009

Venue: Indian Institute of Science, Faculty Hall

Chair: B. Gopal

9:30 to 10 am: Jim Spudich
Single molecule and computational analyses reveal how the mysterious myosin VI molecular motor works

10 to 10:30 am: M.R.N. Murthy
New Insights into the structure and function of serinehydroxymethyl transferase

10.30to 11 am: Tea break

Chair: R. Sowdhamini

11 to 11:30 am : N. Shamala
Crystallographic Studies of Designed Peptides

11:30 am to 12 noon: Suman Thakur
Negative Ion Mass Spectrometry of Intact Disulfides and Bioactive Peptides

Chair: Nagasuma Chandra

12 to 12:30 pm: Saraswathi Vishweshwara
Long distance communication in proteins: Network dynamics of tRNA Synthetases

12:30 to 1 pm: R. Sowdhamini
Analysis of disulphide bond conservation within protein families

1 to 2 pm: LUNCH

Chair: Dipankar Chatterji

2 to 2:30 pm: Rajesh Ghokale
Role of Multifunctional Polyketide Synthases in Dictyostelium Development

2:30 to 3 pm: Hemalatha Balaram
Purine nucleotide synthesis in Plasmodium falciparum

3 to 3:30 pm: R. Nagaraj
Self-association of peptides on surfaces

3:30 to 4 pm: Tea Break

Chair: N. Srinivasan

4 to 4:30 pm: Tapas Kumar Kundu
Small molecules targeting epigenetic modifications, implications in gene expression from differentiation to disease

4:30 to 5 pm: Ranganathan
Exploration of pathways in silica solubilizatiion and biosilicification

19th February 2009

Venue: National Centre for Biological Sciences (TIFR)

Chair: P. Gautam

9:30 to 10 am: Jayant Udgaonkar
Hydrogen exchange-mass spectrometric characterization of the individual steps during the unfolding of a small protein

10 to 10:30 am: P. Babu
Lactase persistence mutations: An inspiration for DNA-DNA interaction?

10:30 to 11 am: Anil Kumar
Determination of three-dimensional structures of non-crystalline proteins in Solution by NMR

11 to 11:30 am: Tea Break

Chair: S. Brahmachari

11:30 to 12 noon: V.S. Chauhan
Peptide Design: From Models to Applications

12:00 to 12:30 pm: Mani Ramaswami
The control of mRNA translation: microRNAs, neurological disease and memory

12:30 to 1 pm: D. Balasubramanian
Optineurin and its Mutants: Molecules Associated With Some Forms of Glaucoma

1 to 3:30 pm: LUNCH and POSTER SESSION

3:30 pm: Closing Remarks by Prof. VijayRaghavan and others

5:30 pm: High Tea

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