Technical Talk / Guest Lecture
- REPORT ON GUEST LECTURE ON CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN AQUACULTURE & FISHERIES HELD ON 21 OCTOBER 2020
- REPORT ON ACADEMIC LECTURE ON IMMUNITY IN THE HUMAN NEONATE HELD ON 20 OCTOBER, 2020
- REPORT ON INVITED TALK ON RECENT TRENDS IN WILDLIFE CRIME HELD ON 7 OCTOBER, 2020 ORGANIZED BY DEPT OF LIFE SCIENCES
- REPORT ON INVITED TALK ON VACCINE PRODUCTION – GENERAL PROCESS FLOW HELD ON 29 AUGUST 2020
- REPORT ON INVITED TALK ON TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF GLASSWARES & GOOD LABORATORY PRACTICES HELD ON 17TH AUGUST 2020
- Report on Seminar for Genomics School 2020
- Report on Memorial Lecture Series on National Personalities Held on 25th February 2020
The Department of Life Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore routinely honours the contributions of National Personalities. In this endeavour, the department has organized a lecture series on national personalities like Dr TN Ananthakrishnan Iyar andDr TV Ramakrishna Iyer, on 25th February 2020 at 10-11am at Council Room, Central block coordinated by Dr Krishnakumar V and Dr.P. Manikantan. The program was attended by M.Sc. Zoology (both I and II year) students. Dr John Paul A, Assistant Professor, St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore was the guest speaker for the programme. Dr John delivered the lecture on the achievements and contributions of the above mentioned eminent personalities. M.Sc. Zoology (both I and II year) students were attended the lecture. Dr Krishnakumar V, Assistant Professor, has given the welcome address and Miss Nanditha, student of II M.Sc Zoology has delivered the vote of thanks for the event.
- Report on Guest Talk on Career Opportunities And Applications in Mass Spectrometry 2020
The Department of Life Sciences, organized a guest talk on career opportunities and applications in mass spectrometry by Dr Ajit Ganesh Datar, Advicer, Shimadzu Analytical India Pvt Ltd, Mumbai Feb 3, 2020. The event was held in the Room No 504, Block II, Main Campus, CHRIST (Deemed to Be University). The talk was primarily based on the analytical techniques that are routinely used in the field of Life Sciences. Dr. Ajit Datar briefed us about the 5‘s’ of analytical techniques which are Sensitivity, Selectivity, Separation, Structure and Speed. He briefed the career opportunities in research and development in industry sectors. He also briefed the various opportunities that are available in quality check and pharmaceutical industries. He explained the audience about the Signal to Noise ratio that must be the fundamental while performing any technique wherein he focused on the applications of mass spectrometry in predicting the structure, molecular weight and retention time of the molecule. Lecture also explained about types of ionization depending upon the volatility of the sample. This in turn determines what technique to be used for analyzing the sample [Gas Chromatography (GC) or Liquid Chromatography LC)]. Combining two techniques is always a better option to gain better results. Speaker mentioned about ‘Quadrupole Mass Analyzer’ which involves ions being scanned by varying Direct Current (DC) and RF (Radio frequency) with the quadrupoles on either side of the set up. As a whole, the talk ended up with a small brain storming session where the students came up with their doubts and he effortlessly cleared them.
- Report on Foreign Faculty Guest Lecture by Dr Michael Taylor 2020
- Report On The Guest Lecture On Stem Cells - A Life Saving Treatment
The Department of Life Sciences had organized a Guest lecture on Stem Cells- a Life Saving treatment” by Dr Sachin Suresh Jadhav, Group Head, Hematology and BMT, HCG Group of Hospitals in collaboration with DKMS, Germany and BMST, Bangalore on 19 August 2019. The event was conducted in Sky View, Central Campus, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) under the guidance of Dr Suma S, Associate Professor, Dept of Life Sciences. Dr Sachin explained the need to donate stem cells as there is a huge need for stem cell transplant for cancer patients. He elaborated on bone marrow transplant and the numerous applications of stem cells. Ms Shalini Gambhir, Head of Donor Recruitment & Data Management at DKMS BMST Foundation India, talked on the significance of stem cell registry. The students had lot of queries in this regard and it turned out to be a very interactive session.
- Report on Entrepreunership and Career Path talk by alumni organized by the Department of Life sciences on 5 march, 2019
The Department of Life Sciences had organized a talk on Entrepreneurship and Career path by an alumnus of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) on the topic ““Crowd funding and Careers in Science and Research” for Life Sciences undergraduate students on March 5, 2019. The resource person was Shashank Koushik, Founder, Backyourscience.com. The event took place in Council Room, Central Block, Central Campus at 9 am. Dr Suma S who was the organizer of the event gave the welcome address. Mr Shashank spoke on the research avenues which crowdfunding gives opportunities for. The lecture was very informative and truly inspiring. The students had lots of queries on the technicalities of crowd funding.
- Report on National Seminar on Development and Ecological Sustainability
Report on National Seminar on Development and Ecological Sustainability: Issues in Emerging India Organised by the Dept of Life Sciences
on Dec 7 and 8, 2018
The two-day National Seminar on Development and Ecological Sustainability: Issues in Emerging India saw active participation from 8 Indian states. The organizer of the seminar was Dr Antoney P U, Professor, Dept of Life Sciences. Many interesting abstracts were presented by the participants and discussions relating to wildlife biology and conservation took place. Also the launch of the Proceedings book containing the abstracts submitted also took place during the seminar.
- Report on Invited Talk by Dr Puttanathu Rahman 2019
REPORT ON INVITED TALK BY DR PATTANATHU RAHMAN ORGAINZIED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LIFE SCIENCES ON MARCH1, 2019
The department of Life Sciences had organized a talk by Dr Pattanathu Rahman, Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, University of Portsmouth, UK. The topic was “Research and Developments in Biosurfactants and the introduction of synthetic biology to improve Microbial Processes”. He talked about the importance of biosurfactants and the process of scaling up the production of the same. He also spoke about educate the students about economy and the business model. He laid stress on the discovery, patenting and use of novel microorganisms for various biotechnological processes. The talk was followed by question answer rounds, that was highly beneficial to the students.
- REPORT ON FOREIGN FACULTY GUEST LECTURE BY DR LYNDA PARTRIDGE ORGAINZIED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LIFE SCIENCES ON MARCH 1, 2019
The department of Life Sciences had organized a foreign faculty guest lecture by Dr Lynda Partridge, Fellow of Royal Society of Biology, University of Sheffield, UK. The welcome address was delivered by Dr Sayantan, followed by introduction of the speaker by Ms Sumam Sara Sunil, a student of BSc CBZ, VI semester. This was followed by the delivery of the lecture by Dr Lynda Partridge. The title of her talk was “Non-stick skin” – anti-adhesive strategies as alternatives for antimicrobial therapy”. The talk mainly focused on food security, antibiotic resistance and healthy ageing. She also talked on the monoclonal antibody production. She also talked about the emergence of superbugs that pose threats to the environment. In addition to that she talked on the interaction between the host and pathogens like Neisseria and Staphylococcus aureus. The students actively engaged in query session after the talk.
- REPORT ON THE GUEST LECTURE ON “CAREER PROSPECTS IN GENOMICS” BY HITESH GOSWAMI AND AVINASH DHAR, BIONIVID – A COLLABORATIVE VENTURE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LIFE SCIENCES AND BIONIVID ON FEBRUARY 11, 2019
An invited talk was organized by the Dept of Life Sciences in collaboration with BIONIVID on February 11, 2019 in Room No 911,Central Block, Central Campus of CHRIST (Deemed to be University). The Dean of Science, Dr Surendra Kulkarni gave the Welcome address. Mr Hitesh Goswami and Mr Avinash Dhar delivered talks on the topics “Career Prospects in Genomics” and “Genomics in Everyday Life” respectively. The talk was attended by the undergraduate students of BSc. BCZ. BCB, CBZ and the final year MSc Biotechnology students. The aim of the talk was to stress the importance of genomics in the world of science and technology today. The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr Suma S, Associate Professor, Dept of Life Sciences who coordinated the session. The students enthusiastically participated in the query session too.
- REPORT ON BIOGALA 2019, WORKSHOP and INTERCOLLEGIATE FEST
REPORT ON BIOGALA 2019, WORKSHOP and INTERCOLLEGIATE FEST ORGANIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LIFE SCIENCES ON JANUARY 21, 22, 2019.
‘Biogala’, a celebration of life, was organized by the Department of Life Sciences, to mark the Golden Jubilee celebration of CHRIST (Deemed to be University). The theme of the Workshop on Day 1 was RECENT TRENDS IN LIFE SCIENCES. The second day was allotted for the Intercollegiate competitions. The Coordinator of the 2 day event was Prof. Vasantha V L. The event started with an inaugural ceremony which was graced by the presence of Fr. Dr. Col. Thomas C. Mathew, Vice Chancellor, Fr. Jobi Xavier Chief Finance Officer and Head of the department of LifeSciences, faculty members and students of the department. The inaugural address was given by the Chief Guest, Dr. Chenna Reddy Aswath. Senior Scientist, Indian Institute of Horticultural research, Bengaluru.
Day 1 of Biogala comprised of talks by various renowned speakers from distinguished institutes. The first speaker of the session was Dr. Chenna Reddy Aswath from Indian Institute of Horticultural research (Bengaluru), followed by Dr. Seetha Krishnan from Syngene, Dr. Abhraham Verghese from ICAR-NBAIR, Mr. Vibhava Shukla from Biocon and Dr. Senthil Kumar Radhakrishnan from GPS Institute of Agricultural management. After the lecture series Poster presentation was conducted. The day ended with a valedictory session during which the winners of the poster presentation were announced.
The inter-collegiate fest was held on day 2 of Biogala. There were various colleges from Bangalore and outside Bangalore participating in various events with a total of 110 students. Events for the day included- Quiz, Treasure Hunt, Marketing Genius, Flower arrangement, Sketching, JAM and True Detective. After the end of all the events, cultural celebrations were held. The valedictory session was held for the distribution of prizes and certificates.
- Report on Career Talk 2018
The Department of Life Sciences had organized a guest lecture entitled “Trends and Opportunities in Biotech Industry” as a part of the Corporate Interface Connect as well as placement initiative on 11 December 2018.The resource person was Dr S S Easwaran, Academic Director, Biocon Academy, Bangalore. The talk was held in the Council room, Central Block, Central Campus, CHRIST (Deemed to be University). Dr. Easwaran talked about the trends and opportunities in the biotech sector, and the expectations of the hiring bodies in any biotech industry. He presented the current scenario of the global Biotechnology sector, regarding the revenue it generates and also the growth it had attained in terms of research and development. He concluded with the brief explanation of the course module running in the Biocon academy, and the placement scenario as of today. He talked about the qualities one should have in order to achieve success and stability in the career. Faculty members and students interacted with Dr. Easwaran with respect to career prospects for life science students.
- Report on The Guest Lecture on Reproductive Health by Dr. Siri v Orgainized by Dept of Life Sciences on September 5, 2018
The Department of Life Sciences had organized a guest lecture on Reproductive Health by Dr. Siri V, an Infertility specialist to brief the final year BCZ and CBZ students on the importance of reproductive health and the various associated complications. This talk was held on September 5, 2018, in Block II at the Panel Room, Block 2, Central Campus from 9am to 11am. The informatics session began with Prof. S. Ganesh, Professor, Dept of Life Sciences, introducing Dr. Siri who is a Gynecologist and holds a fellowship in Reproductive Medicine from Gunasheela Hospital. She has more than 10 years of experience in the field and currently works a consultant at Care IVF Centre, Jayanagar.
Dr. Siri then began her talk with an elaborate discussion about the male and female reproductive system and associated problems in either of the systems that could lead to infertility. She then went on to describe the latest technological advancements that help tackle these problems. The different available methods of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) like IVF, IUI, IVI, GIFT, ZIFT were highlighted mentioning the importance and drawback of each. Towards the end of the session Dr. Siri also described the need and method of usage for different types of contraceptives. The talk was then concluded with a query session after which Ms. Vaishnavi G., from 5BCZ presented the Vote of Thanks. To have an experienced personality, dig deeper into a topic that the students merely considered as a part of their curriculum, was definitely an enlightening experience. That being said, it was an honour to have Dr. Siri V conduct the informative session on Reproductive Health.
- Report on National Conference on Emerging Trends in Production of Biofuels and their Impact on Global Economy 2018
- Report On Genomics Talk (Corporate Interface -1) Organized By Department Of Life Sciences On July19, 2018
The department of Life Sciences had organized a TALK ON Proteomics as part of the Corporate Interface Connect on 19 July 2018. The Dean of Sciences Dr Surendra Kulkarni gave the Welcome Address. The Chief resource person was Mr Hitesh Goswami who is the Co-Founder & Director of Bionivid. The talk was held in the Sky view in Central Block, Central Campus, CHRIST ( Deemed to be University). The title of talk was 'Advancement in Genomics Technology and Career Opportunities.Mr Hitesh started off with the historyof genomics and its tremendous progression over the years with some case studies of genetic diseases and the potential of genomics to treat those. The event was a good opportunity for the studentsto clarify their doubts on genomic platforms.
- Talk on Corporate Interface 2018
The department of Life Sciences had organized a Corporate Interface Connect on 24 July 2018. The Dean of Sciences Dr Surendra Kulkarni gave the Welcome Address. The Chief resource persons wereMr Mr.KshitijD.Rishi, Operation and Marketing Leader, Wipro GE Healthcare and Mr.ShyamSuryanarayan Co-founder, Scital Talent Service Pvt Ltd. The topic was “Corporate interface talk- Beauty of Proteomics and Career Opportunities”. The event was held from 12.00 noon to 1.00 PM in Room No. 911, Central block, Central campus, Christ (Deemed to be University). The topics revolved around quality control and system suitability in acquiring high-quality quantitative data. This event also covered topics like targeted studiesand statistical tools required for proteomics study. The event was a good opportunity for the students and young researchers to familiarize with recent advancements and achievements in proteomics research and integration of discovery based shotgun proteomics.
- REPORT ON FOREIGN FACULTY GUEST LECTURE BY PROF. GEORGE COBB, CHAIR, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES, BAYLOR COLLEGE, TEXAS, USA, ON MAY 29, 2018
REPORT ON FOREIGN FACULTY GUEST LECTURE BY PROF. GEORGE COBB, CHAIR, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES, BAYLOR COLLEGE, TEXAS, USA, ON MAY 29, 2018
The Life Science Association has organized a foreign faculty guest lecture by Prof George Cobb Chair, Environmental Sciences, Baylor College, USA on May 29, 2018 at 2.00 PM in KE Auditorium, Block IV, Central Campus, CHRIST (Deemed to be University). Prof Cobb spoke on the topic “Environmental Sustainability”. The students of BSc BCB, BCZ, CBZ and MSc Botany and Zoology students attended the programme. After the talk, Prof Cobb patiently answered all queries by the students and urged everyone to consider the sustainability of environment as a matter of serious concern.
- Guest Lecture on Demise of Arctic sea Ice 2018
The Life Science Association organized a guest lecture on Demise of Arctic Sea Ice by Dr Vishnu Nandan, University of Calgary, Canada. Dr Vishnu had done his research in the area of remote sensing in measuring Arctic sea ice. He was the lead author of a research article which was published in Geophysical Letters, October 2017 issue, which emphasised the role of salt in sea ice which interfered with the measurement of polar sea ice depths by satellites. He was also featured in the February issue of Frontline magazine.During the session, he talked in detail about the techniques involved in measuring sea ice thickness and also elaborated on the effects of dwindling sea ice on the Arctic ecosystem.
Dr Nandan also gave another lecture on the topic “Potential Research and Career Opportunities in the area of Climate Change Studies and Cryogeography to the MSc students of Biotechnology, Botany and Zoology. The students were very enthusiastic hearing the lecture and asked a multitude of doubts after both the sessions to which Dr Nandan replied patiently and in detail. The session was attended by students of BSc and MSc Life Sciences and also few faculty from Life Sciences, Chemistry and Computer Science.
- Report on Alumni guest lecture on Microtubules in cell Migration
On 5 January, 2018, a talk was organized by the Life Science Association for the postgraduate students of Life Sciences, on the topic “Microtubules in cell migration”. The talk was given by Ms. Shailaja Seetharaman of Pasteur Institute, Paris, formerly a student of Christ. With a brief introduction on Cell Migration and Cytoskeletal structures, the talk was directed towards the role of this very phenomenon in Cancer cells. Just like a cell cannot move without a stimulus, it cannot attach to the extracellular matrix without focal adhesions. Thus these focal adhesions were highlighted to play a major role in cell adhesion. The talk then went on revolve around tubulin-acetylation and its effect on focal adhesion turn-over and dynamics.Before the end of the talk, Ms. Seetharaman brought to our notice the various criteria to be checked while presenting research data in the form of figures. The students thoroughly benefitted from the interaction.
- Guest Lecture by foreign faculty on Telemedicine in Space missions held on December 13, 2017- a joint venture by KAAS and Christ
The department of Life Sciences, Christ University organized a guest lecture in association with KAAS (Karnataka Association of Advancement of Science) on December 13, 2017. The resource person was Dr Thais Russomano, Faculty, Department of Life Science and Medicine, King’s College, London and Director of Innova Space. Dr Suma S, Life Science Association Coordinator gave the welcome address, following which Dr George Thomas, Associate Dean of Science gave the message. Dr Geetha Bali, who was former Vice Chancellor of Karnataka Women’s University, Bijapur and currently the President of KAAS, introduced the speaker and spoke on various activities and mandates of KAAS. The talk by Dr Thais on the topic “Telemedicine in Space Missions” was very informative. She spoke at length on changes in human physiology in microgravity conditions and also about few of her patents on gadgets which can be used in space for astronauts. Her words were truly inspiring and elicited a lot of queries from the audience. The vote of thanks was delivered by Prof Anandaram M N, Former Professor of Physics, Bangalore University and currently the Vice President of KAAS.
- Report of The Guest Lecture " Applications of Biotechnology in Medicine" Organixed by Department of Life Sciences on December 4, 2017
The department of Life Sciences had organized a guest lecture on the day of inauguration of the postgraduate labs in block II. The resource person was Dr Sreesha P Srinivasa, Associate Vice president of Biocon Ltd, Bangalore. The topic was “ APPLICATIONS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY IN MEDICINE”. Dr Srisha started off with an overview of biomolecules in therapeutics with special mention of anticancer drugs. He dealt at length on the emerging field of cancer immunotherapy. Dr Srisha also explained about biosimilars and their advantages. Dr Sreesha also touched upon the domains in Pharmaceutical insustries where there are job opportunities for Life Science students. The faculty and students posed a lot of queries to which Dr Shrisha responded in an elaborate and very precise and clear manner. Dr Biljo V Joseph presented a memento to Dr Sreesha as a token of appreciation. Overall the talk gave many insights into biosimilars and anticancer treatments
- Report on the Guest Lecture - "Guidelines To Quickly Find A Suitable Job And Career In Life Sciences"
The Life Sciences Association organised a guest lecture on November 29, 2017 which focussed on helping the students find a clearer course of action after their graduation. The resource person was Dr Kshitish Acharya, Founder Director, Shodhaka Life Sciences Pvt Ltd. The programme was organised in the Skyview, Central block in the Central Campus of Christ University. Dr Kshitish spoke about the dilemmas faced by college students while opting for their career options and then gave a detailed talk about the various options that they can pursue. He introduced to students the concept of ‘SOTS-JSA’ an online test which is designed to help students figure out what their strengths are and where they stand as compared to their colleague. The students had a lot of queries on different possibilities of jobs and careers after the graduation or post-graduation in different fields of Life Sciences.The event ended with Dr Suma. S, Life Science Association Coordinator acknowledging his efforts for helping the students planning their course of actions.
- Guest Lecture on Career Opportunities in Clinical Research
The Life Science Association had organized a guest lecture on “Career opportunities in clinical research” for the post graduate students of the Department of Life Sciences on the 10th of November 2017 from 1.30 PM to 4.30 PM in Block II, Central Campus , CHRIST (Deemed to be University). The welcome speech was given by Aiswarya of first year MSc Biotechnology. Dr Swapnil Jankar, Assistant Manager, Professional Training, of Cytel Statistical Software and Services Pvt Ltd started the talk with a brief introduction of Cytel and went on to highlight the various career prospects in the field of clinical development and services along with operations research and trial implementation.
Dr Swapnil went on to motivate the students to learn statistical tools like SAS and SPSS to increase demand in job market. With the concept of demand and supply, he encouraged the students to diversify their skill sets in order to meet the demands of the evergrowing market and improve employability. Different career pathways available for students with life science background and the impact of statistical tools were brought to their notice. Dr Suma S, Coordinator of Life Science Association, presented a memento to Dr Swapnil. The vote of thanks was proposed by Gayathri of first year MSc Biotechnology.
- Talk on Tuberculosis : a multi-dimensional menace by Dr.T.H. Krishna Prasad
The department of Life Sciences organized a guest lecture on 21 March 2017 in the Mini Auditorium, Block I of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Central Campus. Dr. T H. Krishna Prasad, TB Immunology Lab, AIIMS, New Delhi was the resource person. The topic was “ Tuberculosis -a multi-dimensional menace”. Dr Prasad spoke on the general aspects of the disease Tuberculosis and focussed on areas like Bovine TB, how TB affects the multiple system in the body etc The hormonal variations in the body of the patient was also discussed. Dr Prasad’s words were truly inspiring and encouraging to the young minds to do further research on the therapeutic aspects of this disease.
- Immunity to Mycobacterium tuberculosis - Guest Lecture by Dr. Helen Collins
The department of Life Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) organized a guest lecture by DR. Helen Collins, Vice Dean, Faculty of Life Science and Medicine, King’s College, London, on November 10 2016 at 9 am in Campus View. Students of third year BCZ, BCB and CBZ attended the talk.
The topic was “Immunity to Mycobacterium tuberculosis”. She talked about the role of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the cause of the disease. Antibiotic medications are usually not completed by most patients for the stipulated course of time as the patients start feeling better within a few days of medication. This in turn leads to multi-drug resistance further increasing the potency of the pathogens to cause the disease. M. Tb is one such micro-organism which has gradually become multi drug resistance thereby making it difficult to treat due to which Tuberculosis stands as a major global threat. Also Dr Collins went on to talk about how it is due to the variation in genetic makeup of individuals that some people are easily affected by TB even with very less exposure to the pathogen while other individuals with very frequent exposure to the pathogen are hardly affected. Even though the extent of exposure may be one of the risk factors responsible for causing TB, The strength of the immune system is also another factor that contributes to the patient getting affected. Dr Collins further gave us an insight into the role of macrophages , neutrophils and T cells with the help of different experiments which were used to study the role of T cells and especially neutrophils in the treatment of TB.
She gave a short introduction to Kings college, London, their campuses and their different UG and PG programmes. Finally the talk ended with an interactive session during which queries were answered after which Dr Collins invited the students to attend an exclusive showcase and seminar about King’s college in Hotel Oberoi on Nov 12, 2016.
- Guest Talk on Development of a therapeutic drug from bench side to bedside 2016
Dr Afthab Hussain, senior lecturer at Coventry University aims to translate research from “bench side” to bedside”. To inspire young minds and to expand the world of pharmacology, he conducted a talk in CHRIST (Deemed to be University) from 11AM to 12 noonon the “development of a therapeutic drug- from bench side to bedside” on 28th June, 2016. His primary focus was to give an overview of pharmacology and its importance along with introducing the participants to the future prospects of biotechnology.
Dr Hussain started off with explaining what pharmacology is and the relevance of drugs to living systems. He went on to describe precisely what a drug is, why we need it and emphasized on how they are compounds found in everyday foods, which all affect us- in a good way or bad. He highlighted the difficulties of drug discovery, but ensured to instil in our minds how important it is, especially while trying to use drugs from the laboratory “bench side” and make it applicable for patients’ “bedsides”. Then, he continued to acquaint the participants to the future prospects of young B. Sc. Students, which included future studies abroad, in universities like Coventry University in various fields, including Pharmacology, Molecular Biology, Biomedical Sciences, etc. He finished off by inspiring the students with the plethora of work and experience opportunities that are available if they choose to go down the path of Biotechnology and its applied fields. His motivating words set many minds into action, towards the awaiting future.
- Guest Talk on Research ideas and Direction in the Field of Biology 2016
REPORT ON THE GUEST LECTURE BY ALUMNI, JULY 15, 2016
SHAILAJA SEETHARAMAN, PASTEUR INSTITUTE, PARIS.
TOPIC: RESEARCH IDEAS AND DIRECTION IN THE FIELD OF BIOLOGY- AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH
Research is an integral part of science, without which we would never find answers as we would never ask the right questions. The importance of this research was the main focus of Shailaja Seetharaman’s talk on 15 July, 2016. Ms. Seetharaman, a Ph. D. scholar of Pasteur Institue, Paris, and an alumnus of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) conducted this talk in CHRIST (Deemed to be University) from 11:00AM to 12:00PM on “Research ideas and direction in the field of Biology- an Interdisciplinary approach”.
Ms. Seetharaman started her talk with a brief introduction of her work involving the study of protein LARP4 (La related protein 4), which regulates cell morphology and migration. Her research was focused on the effect of this protein on cell migration and its impact on metastatic cancer cells. Every step of her explanation was accompanied by advice on how students conducting research could go about efficiently doing so, such as by formulating a hypothesis, establish a working system, etc.
This was followed by importance of interdisciplinary research, which is the combination of many disciplines to solve a research problem. She provided guidance on how to proceed with the 6 months project at CHRIST (Deemed to be University) and the importance that this beginning step would hold in a lifetime of research. She stressed on the importance of learning new techniques, reading scientific papers and trying to incorporate many disciplines into our own research. She ended with information on future prospects of Biotechnology and how to go about applying to universities. This talk gave students a true insight on the interdisciplinary approach in science and how we can apply it to research performed, encouraging students to work harder towards a brighter future.
- Guest lecture on Mesenchymal stem cells as cell based therapeutics- A journey from hype to hope
Guest lecture on ‘Mesenchymal stem cells as cell based therapeutics- A journey from hype to hope’ on December 12, 2016.
The Life science Association had organized a guest lecture on stem cells which gave insight into how mesenchymal cells from donor can be used for regenerative medicinal purposes, autoimmune diseases, pathogenic infection and type1 diabetes. The speaker was Dr Jyothi Prasanna, Associate professor, School of regenerative medicine from Manipal University. It was organized on 4.12.2015 in Room No.13 of Block I. Dr Jyoti also highlighted on courses offered by Manipal University on Regenerative Medicine and the prospects of this field in the near future in the field of medicine.
- Invited talk on Basic Microbiology- Breaking myths associates with micro-organisms ad gut flora
Invited talk on ‘Basic Microbiology- Breaking myths associates with micro-organisms ad gut flora’ on January 31, 2016 by Dr Dipshika Chakrabortty, IISc
The Department of Life science organized talk by Dr. Dipshika Chakrabortty, Department of Microbiology and Cell biology, IISc, Bengaluru on 31.01.2016 in Room no. 911 of Central block. She talked about the past, present and future of microbiology. The success stories of eminent microbiologists were shared with first years. She also talked about the importance of understanding the history rather than memorising it as it helps in appreciating the contribution of the scientists and inspires us to be innovative.
- Guest lecture on Cellular Immune Mechanism- Future of HIV TB confection research in India
Guest lecture on ‘Cellular Immune Mechanism- Future of HIV-TB confection research in India’ on February 2, 2016 by Dr. Annapoorna V, King’s college, London.
The Life Science Association organized a guest lecture by a faculty from King’s College, London on the topic of HIV-TB connection. The resource person was Dr. Annapoorna V, Senior Professor, school of Medicine, King’s college, London. Thwe talk was held on 2.02.2016 in Room no. 105 of Central Block. She gave an overview of the global crisis associated with HIV and how the treatment is very problematic given the cellular mechanism followed by the virus. She also spoke about the infection mechanism and the involvement of CCR5 receptor in the disease. The co-infection occurs due to the fact that HIV infects TB specific cells. It was a very informative talk.
- Dr Hellin Collins - The Role of Iron Chelation in Immune Responses in Chronic Inflammation
The department of Life Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) organized a guest lecture by Dr. Helen Collins, Vice Dean, Faculty of Life Science and Medicine, King's College, London, on November 5, 2015 at 9.15 am. Students of third year BCZ, BCB and CBZ and first year BCZ attended the talk.
The topic was “The Role of Iron Chelation in Immune Responses in Chronic Inflammation” Dr. Collins began her lecture by describing how the study of infections caused by intracellular bacteria, like TB and Salmonella, sparked her interest in the role of iron in diseases. She explained the role of iron in immune response, using rheumatoid arthritis as an example. Dr. Collins explained, with visual aid, the different experiments used to study the effect of iron chelators in controlling the disease.
As part of the second half of her talk, Dr. Collins gave us an insight into the postgraduate programs available at King's College, London - Immunology, Biomedical and Life Science, and Forensic Science, to mention a few. The talk was followed by an interactive session with Dr. Collins, Ms. Dolan Mitra, the International Officer of King's College and a few students, during which the queries were answered. Overall, the talk was beneficial to the students, as it opened their minds to the world of research in Immunology.
The faculty of Biotechnology had an interaction with Dr Helen Collins and Ms Dolan Mitra in the Conference Room, Central Block at 10.30 am, during which more details of the programmes were discussed.