- REPORT ON GENOMICS SUMMER SCHOOL TRAINING PROGRAM
- REPORT ON THE TRAINING/WORKSHOP IN BIOZEEN, BANGALORE HELD ON 24TH FEBRUARY 2020
n 24th February 2020, students of 4th semester M.Sc Zoology visited 'Biozeen' an animal cell culture and instrumentation company located near Hennur, Bengaluru as part of practical syllabus of Animal biotechnology accompanied by Dr Paari KA. Ms. Julie guided the stuents to the Animal cell culture lab and started the session by explaining the importance of Animal Cell Culture and its maintenance. The visit was a part of a workshop organized by the Department of Life sciences in collaboration with Biozeen. The workshop was mainly aimed at catering to the basic practical techniques involved in Animal Cell culture which includes the basics of lab maintenance, maintaining sterile/Aseptic environment , Maintaining cell lines, technique of passaging and Cytotoxicity assessment using MTT assay. The workshop aimed at providing hands on training in these techniques. The students were able to perform subculturing of BHK cell lines under Aseptic conditions. The workshop also included basic tour of Biozeen which include their microbiology labs, fermentation labs, clean rooms and 125L Bioreactor facility. The visit was fruitful since it was a hands on training experience. The basics of animal cell culture techniques were taught using practical experimentation.
- Report on Science Academies Lecture Workshop on Shock Waves and Medical Applications
The department of Life Sciences successfully organised the Science Academies’ Lecture Workshop on ‘Shock Waves and Medical Applications’, in collaboration with the three Science Academies - Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi and the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad on March 7, 8, 2018.
The event started at 9:30 am on March 7, with an inaugural ceremony in Sky View, Central Block, of the Central Campus of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) . The inaugural address was delivered by Fr. Dr. Abraham V M, Pro-Vice Chancellor. The welcome address was given by Dr.Sayantan D, Assistant Professor, Dept of Life Sciences and the Workshop coordinator. The chief guest of the event was Prof. Gopalan Jagadeesh, IISc Bengaluru, who also released the annual magazine of the Department of Life Sciences, BIOLINK 2018 after the inauguration. The formal inaugural address ended with a vote of thanks by Dr Suma S, Associate Professor, Dept of Life Sciences.
The first two lectures of the day were given by Prof. Gopalan Jagadeesh, IISc on “Shockwaves - An Introduction” and “Terrestrial Applications of Shock Waves”. Post lunch, this was followed by lectures on “Chemical Kinetics” and “Chemical Kinetics Studies Using Shock Tubes” by Prof. E Arunan, IISc.Day 2 (March 8) kickstarted by a session on “Industrial and Medical Applications of Shock Waves” by Prof. K.P.J. Reddy, IISc, followed by a talk on Shock Waves in Material Research by Prof. V. Jayaram. After lunch, Prof.DipshikaChakravortty, IISc, convener of the workshop, conducted two sessions on “Biological Applications of Shock Waves”. The highlight of the morning session was an amazing demonstration of the shock tube by Dr Reddy and Dr Jayaram. The students were very enthusiastic and actively participated in the demo.
To conclude the workshop, Dr. Riya Datta, HOD of Chemistry gave the valedictory address, followed by Prof.DipshikaChakravortty, the Convenor off the workshop, who addressed the gathering. The workshop ended with a vote of thanks by Niketa Nerurkar, student coordinator of the workshop.
The 2-day workshop brought experts from a variety of backgrounds to discuss the various scientific applications of shock waves in our world today. Ranging from Physics to Geology to Chemistry to Medicine, shock waves have had a significant impact on many fields. The objective of the workshop was to allow students and faculty members to benefit from the experts and to learn how it is making research easier and more effective, as well as explaining puzzling scientific phenomena.
This workshop, therefore, aimed to have a better understanding of the applications of shock waves in particular, and how they are changing the world of science as we know it today. This workshop allowed participants to learn, explore and innovate in the spectrum of shock waves and medical applications.
- Report of the International Conference on Women in Science Research and Innovation
Sometimes attaining the deepest familiarity with a question is our best substitute for actually having the answer.
The Dept of Life Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) organized an International Conference on Women in Science Research and Innovation in association with the Consulate General of Israel to South India on June 20 and 21, 2017 in the K E Auditorium, Block IV, Central Campus, CHRIST (Deemed to be University).
We started off with an inaugural session with the Consul General of Israel, Ms Yael Hashavit as the Chief Guest. Dr Suma S, Coordinator of the Conference gave the welcome address and the Vice Chancellor, Fr Dr Thomas C Mathew gave the Presidential address. Ms Yael Hashavit gave the inaugural address. Israel is a country which is technologically very much advanced. She spoke on the ongoing partnerships between India and Israel and was very much positive on initiating collaborations between researchers from both the countries in the domain of Science.
Then we had Dr Reeta Mani from the department of Neurovirology, NIMHANS who took us through a journey of the dreaded disease Rabies and explained how smart the Rabies virus is and how difficult it is to combat it. The next technical session was engaged by Dr Meenakshi D’Souza from the International Institute of Information technology, Bangalore. She spoke on the history of mathematics and computers and the significant milestones in the field.
Day II started off with the session by Dr Sudheshna Adak, CEO of Omix R and D Pvt Ltd. Dr Adak spoke on the dismal scenario of the growing antibiotic resistance which if left unattended is going to be a serious menace in the coming years. The second session was by Dr Dipshika Chakravortty who spoke on an interesting topic - How pathogens outsmart us. The talk was extremely interesting and the ensuing discussion was very informative. The last technical session was by Dr Prerna Sharma of the Dept of Physics, IISc who spoke on the Curvature Instabilities in Colloidal membranes.
For the valedictory session, we had Dr Sudha Narayana Murthy, Chairperson of Infosys Foundation, as the Chief Guest who stressed the need for equal participation of men and women in all walks of life including the domain of Science. Dr Anil Pinto, Registrar of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) also voiced the same opinion. Overall, the Conference proved to be an enlightening one for all the participants.
- National Seminar on Dwindling Wetlands
In light of the deteriorating condition of the lakes in Bengaluru city and to commemorate World Wetland Day (February 2), the Department of Life Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru organized a National Seminar on Dwindling Wetlands – Impacts on Livelihood and Ecosystem Services (DWILES – 2017) on 30th and 31st January 2017 at Central campus, CHRIST (Deemed to be University). The seminar brought together around 70 participants from different parts of the country, including Kashmir, Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala etc. A total of 52 abstracts and 7 full length papers were received, which were published in the form of a Seminar Proceedings book. The inauguration of the seminar along with the book release was done on 30th January by Dr Fr Thomas C Mathew, Vice Chancellor of CHRIST (Deemed to be University). Welcome address was given by Dr Antony P U, the Coordinator of the two day seminar. The chief guest of the function was Dr Dhrubajyoti Ghosh, UN Global 500 Laureate and an inspirational wetland activist, who enlightened the assembly on the pathetic condition of the East Calcutta Wetlands. The seminar was divided into five technical sessions, spread over two days. Topics for the seminar included Wetland Conservation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Wetlands for Livelihood of Local Communities, Joint Lake Management Programs, Wetland Biodiversity and Conservation, Sustainable Farming Businesses in Wetlands, Remote Sensing and GIS in Wetland Management etc. Oral presentations followed by interactive sessions with the presenters enhanced the learning experience and information exchange at the seminar. A field trip to Madiwala Lake, Bengaluru on the morning of the second day of the seminar was an activity much enjoyed by the participants. After the technical sessions and field trip, a valedictory function was held. Dr Fr S Xavier from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata was the chief guest for the ceremony. Prizes were distributed and the vote of thanks was delivered by Prof P U Antony, Organizing Secretary – DWILES 2017.
On the whole, the seminar was an enriching experience for both the participants as well as the organizers. There was a lot learnt about the different facets of wetland issues including ecological, sociological and economic issues. The entire experience reiterated the dire need to use multi-disciplinary approaches to monitor, restore and conserve the few remaining wetlands we have today.
- Two day workshop on Progress in Understanding of Disease Biology
The Department of Life Sciences had organized Science Academies’ Lecture Workshop on “Progress in Understanding of Disease Biology” in collaboration with the three Science Academies - Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi and The National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad on 22nd and 23rd February, 2017. The event started at 9.30 am on February 22 with a short inaugural ceremony in Room No 911, Central Block of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Central campus. The Welcome address was given by Dr Suma S, who was the coordinator of the workshop. The Presidential address was given by the Dr Surendra Kulkarni, Dean of Science, CHRIST (Deemed to be University). The event was inaugurated by Prof. Ravi Sundaresan, Asst Professor, Dept of Microbiology and Cell Biology, Indian Institute of Science (IISc). The annual newsletter of the Department of Life Sciences, BIOLINK 2017 edited by Dr Sayanatan, Asst Professor, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) and Prof Vasantha, Asst Professor, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) was also released after the inauguration. A video on Disease Biology depicting the theme of the workshop was played before the start of the technical session.
The first session was given by Dr Ravi Sundaresan on Cardiac Hypertrophy. The other speakers included Dr Dipshika Chakravortty, Professor, Dept of Microbiology and Cell Biology IISc, who was also the convener of the workshop, Dr Reeta Mani, Associate Professor, Dept of Neurovirology, NIMHANS and Dr Amit Singh Assistant Professor, MCB, IISc. About 180 students and faculty members from 19 colleges and research institutes actively participated in the workshop. On the final day Dr Suma conducted a Quiz on the talks of the two days to check the level of understanding by the participants. There was a very good response to this, which showed the interest of the participants. During the valedictory ceremony, Prof Dipshika Chakravortty, Convenor of the workshop encouraged the students to do research on interesting topics in Life Sciences. The two day event ended with a vote of thanks by Nevin Kuriakose, the student coordinator of the workshop.
The two day workshop gave lot of insights in to the progress made in the past few years on understanding the biochemical, molecular and epidemiological factors associated with human diseases. Emphasis was given on diseases caused due to pathogens like bacteria and virus and also life style diseases including heart attack. The students were able to get first hand information on research aspects from experts who do brilliant research in reputed institutes like IISc and NIMHANS. Overall the workshop proved to be a very enlightening one for all the participants.
- Academies’ Lecture Workshop on “DNA repair and Diseases”
Department of Life Sciences in association with the three National Science Academies (Indian Academy of Sciences Bangalore, Indian National Science Academy New Delhi, and The National Academy of Sciences Allahabad) had organized two days academies’ workshop on the topic DNA repair and Disease on 11 and 12 March 2016. Prof. Umesh varshney Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology IISc was the convener of the workshop and Prof.Vasantha.V.L, Department of Life Sciences CHRIST (Deemed to be University) was the coordinator of the workshop. The programme was inaugurated with Presidential address by the Vice Chancellor of CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Fr. Thomas C Mathew followed by Keynote address by the chief guest Prof. D.N.Rao, IISc. The annual newsletter of the department of Life Sciences- BIOLINK edited by Dr Praveen, Prof.Vasantha. V.L along with editorial team was released.The other speakers included Prof.Umesh Varshney IISc, Dr. Ganesh Nagaraju IISc Dr.Ravi Sundaresan IISc, Prof.Tapas Kundu JNCASR and Prof. Sathees Raghavan IISc. Totally 178 participants both Students and faculty from 20 colleges actively participated in the workshop.
- Report on Science Academics Lecture Workshops on LIFE SCIENCE RESEARCH PRESENT & FUTURE
The department of Biotechnology and the three Science Academies - Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi and The National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad - had organized a two day Science Academies’ Lecture Workshop on Life Science Research -Present & future. The event started at 9.00 am on Feb 25 with a short inaugural ceremony. The Presidential address was given by the Vice Chancellor of CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Fr. Thomas C Mathew. The event was inaugurated by Prof. Ajithkumar, IISc, who also gave the keynote address. The annual newsletter of the department of Biotechnology- BIOLINK 2015 edited by Dr Suma S, was also released after the inauguration .The other speakers included Dr Dipshika Chakravortty, IISc who was the convener of the workshop, Dr Balaji, IISc and Dr Utpal Nath, IISc. Students and faculty from about 15 colleges actively participated in the workshop. During the valedictory ceremony, Prof Dipshika encouraged the students to take up Science passionately and do research on interesting topics. The two day event ended with a vote of thanks by Dr Biljo V Joseph who was the Coordinator of the workshop.