Welcome to IBS 2017

Biophysics of Molecules, Cells and Organs : Form, Function & More...

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Dear faculty colleagues, pre-doctoral, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, and participants from industry,

I am delighted to let you know that the website for the upcoming annual symposium of the Indian Biophysical Society (March, 2017) is now ‘up and running’.

This website will be dynamically updated in a periodic fashion, with information about speakers, sponsors and other details, as the weeks roll by. The main symposium will consist of invited lectures (~30-35) put together by the scientific program committee, the GN Ramachandran memorial lecture, displayed posters (~250-300) and some short lectures (~5-6) selected from amongst the poster abstracts for oral presentations. We will be able to have a maximum attendance at the meeting of about ~450 participants from academic research and industry.

Throughout the meeting, there will also be exhibits put up by participants from industry (i.e., leading companies manufacturing equipment, or reagents, for research in biophysics and biochemistry), showcasing latest technologies and products.

Meanwhile, all systems are in place for those who are interested in attending the upcoming 2017 meeting to register online through this website, and also to look up the information presented here, about the venue, the city and other aspects that you might have some queries about. Contact numbers for inquiries are provided.

Please note that you can register for the meeting(s) regardless of whether you are submitting an abstract. Also, you can register regardless of whether you are a member of the Indian Biophysical Society. There is also an option for symposium-organized accommodation, if you do not wish to organize your own.

This meeting is open to all who are interested in biophysics; in either learning about ongoing research (main symposium) or about the latest technical and instrumentation-related aspects of biophysics (one-day lecture series)!

Of course, we would welcome your becoming a life member of the IBS (membership fee Rs. 1000/-), before, during or after the meeting, should you wish to become a member.

Further, please note that you can register separately for the one-day corporate lecture series on 22nd March, and for the main symposium ( 23rd– 25th March, 2017), depending on your preferences. Please check the relevant ‘clickable’ buttons on the registration page. We hope that most of you will register for both the events! Our reason for having separate registrations is that we hope that many students from the neighborhood(s) of Chandigarh and Delhi will register for the one-day corporate lecture series on 22nd March even if they don’t register for the main symposium, as it promises to be a very educative experience. Students attending the main symposium are highly encouraged to also register for the one-day lecture series.

We look forward to seeing you at Chandigarh.

Prof. Purnananda Guptasarma,
Symposium Convener

National Organizing Committee

  • Prof. Raghavan Varadarajan,
    IISc, Bangalore
  • Prof. T. P. Singh,
    AIIMS, New Delhi
  • Prof. G. Krishnamurthy,
    TIFR, Mumbai
  • Prof. Lallan Mishra,
    BHU, Varanasi
  • Dr. Prabhakar M. Dongre,
    University of Mumbai, Mumbai
  • Prof. Purnananda Guptasarma,
    IISER, Mohali
  • Prof. Dhananjay Bhattacharya,
    SINP, Kolkata
  • Dr. Yogendra Sharma,
    CCMB, Hyderabad
  • Dr. Ansuman Lahiri,
    Calcutta University, Kolkata
  • Dr. Md. Imtaiyaz Hassan,
    JMI University, New Delhi
  • Prof. M.R. Rajeswari,
    AIIMS, New Delhi
  • Prof. H.M. Sonawat,
    TIFR, Mumbai
  • Dr. Uma Sharma,
    AIIMS, New Delhi

Local Organizing Committee

  • Prof. Purnananda Guptasarma,
    IISER, Mohali
  • Prof. Somdatta Sinha,
    IISER Mohali
  • Dr. P. Bapaiah,
    IISER Mohali
  • Dr. Samrat Mukhopadhyay,
    IISER, Mohali
  • Dr. S. Karthikeyan,
    IMTECH, Chandigarh
  • Dr. Kausik Chattopadhyay,
    IISER, Mohali
  • Dr. Shalmoli Bhattacharya,
    PGIMER, Chandigarh
  • Dr. Shashi Bhushan Pandit,
    IISER, Mohali
  • Dr. Vikas Rishi,
    NABI, Mohali
  • Dr. Shravan Mishra,
    IISER, Mohali
  • Dr. Sharmistha Sinha,
    INST, Mohali
  • Dr. Sabyasachi Rakshit,
    IISER, Mohali
  • Prof. Mohan Lal Garg,
    PU, Chandigarh
  • Dr. Dipanjan Chakravarty,
    IISER, Mohali
  • Dr. Abhishek Chaudhuri,
    IISER, Mohali
  • Dr. Kamal Priya Singh,
    IISER, Mohali
  • Dr. Goutam Sheet,
    IISER, Mohali

Below is the List of Speakers who have already accepted the invitation to speak. During the coming fortnight, we expect to add many more names to this list, as invitations go out and acceptances come in.

  • Sriram Subramaniam, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, USA (G N RAMACHANDRAN MEMORIAL LECTURER)
  • Amitabha Chattopadhyay, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad
  • Apurba Kumar Sau, National Institute of Immunology, Delhi
  • Aravind Penmatsa, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Arockiasamy Arulandu, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi
  • Ashish, Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh
  • Ashutosh Kumar, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai
  • B. Padmanabhan, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore
  • Balaji Prakash, Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore
  • Bishwajit Kundu, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • Chaitali Mukhopadhyay, University of Calcutta, Kolkata
  • Deepak Sharma, Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh
  • Faizan Ahmad, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  • Gautam Basu, Bose Institute, Kolkata
  • Govardhan Reddy, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • H. Atreya, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Jayant Udgaonkar, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore
  • Jayati Sengupta, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata
  • M. K. Mathew, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore
  • M. S. Madhusudhan, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
  • Madan Rao, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore
  • Manisha Goel, University of Delhi, Delhi
  • N. Srinivasan, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Neel Bhavesh, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi
  • Neelanjana Sengupta, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata
  • Pramit Chowdhury, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • Prasenjit Bhaumik, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai
  • R. Sowdhamini, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore
  • Rajan Sankaranarayanan, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad
  • Rajesh Kumar, Central University of Punjab, Bhatinda
  • Rupa Mukhopadhyay, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata
  • S. Kumaran, Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh
  • Samudrala Gourinath, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
  • Sanjib Senapati, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • Shivprasad Patil, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
  • Srikrishna Subramanian, Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh
  • Sudipta Maiti, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai


We look forward to seeing you at IISER Mohali, in the spring of 2017.

– Samrat Mukhopadhyay and Subramanian Karthikeyan (Conveners, Scientific Program for IBS-2017)

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Time 23-Mar-17
08:00 – 08:30 Symposium Registration
08:30 – 08:45 Opening Remarks Convener and President of the IBS
08:45 – 09:45 G.N. Ramachandran Memorial Lecture Chairperson: Raghavan Varadarajan
08:45 – 09:45 Sriram Subramaniam National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, USA High-resolution 3D Electron Microscopy: Progress and New Opportunities
09:45 – 10.30 Group Photo and Tea
10:30 – 13:00 Session 1 Chairperson: G. Krishnamoorthy
10:30 – 11:00 Amitabha Chattopadhyay CCMB, Hyderabad Dipole Potential: A Novel Approach to Explore Membrane Organization and Function
11:00 -11:30 Rupa Mukhopadhyay IACS, Kolkata Atomic Force Spectroscopy Approach to MDR-TB Detection
11:30 – 12:00 R. Sowdhamini NCBS, Bangalore Computational Studies to Understand Mechanism of Action of Prolyloligopeptidases
12:00 – 12:30 Ashutosh Kumar IIT, Bombay Structures-Toxicity Link of Protein Aggregates in Parkinson’s Disease
12:30 – 13:00 Gautam Basu Bose Institute, Kolkata Protein Structure and Dynamics Specific to cis-Proline
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and Executive Committee Meeting
14:00 – 15:30 Poster Evaluation and Tea
15:30 – 18:00 Session 2 Chairperson: Sriram Subramaniam
15:30 – 16:00 D. Balasubramanian L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad Eye Lens Transperancy and the Role of the Greek Key Super‐secondary Structural Motif in the Human β‐γ Crystalins
16:00 – 16:30 N. Srinivasan IISc, Bangalore Roles of Interfacial Residues in Conferring Specificity and Stability of Transient Protein-Protein Complexes
16:30 – 17:00 Faizan Ahmad JMI, New Delhi Mechanism of Survival of Ethanol Producing Organisms: Role of Cellular Compatible Osmolytes In Counteracting the Deleterious Effects of Ethanol on Structure, Stability and Function of Proteins
17:00 – 17:30 Sanjib Senapati IIT Madras, Chennai Lipid Transfer Mechanism of Cholesteryl Ester Transfer Protein between HDL and LDL
17:30 – 18:00 Apurba Kumar Sau NII, Delhi Arginase of Helicobacter Gastric Pathogens Utilizes a Unique Non-Catalytic Triad for Catalysis; a Possible Strategy to Develop Specific Inhibitors
18:00 – 18:30 FREE
18:30 – 19:15 Hindustani Classical & Semi‐Classical Recital (Vocal): Prof Subhendu Ghosh, Delhi University, Delhi
19:15 – 20:00 Punjabi Cultural Program
20:00 – 21:30 Conference Dinner
21:30 – 22:30 Session 3 Chairperson: D. Balasubramanian
21:30 – 22:00 Jayant Udgaonkar NCBS, Bangalore How Does the Prion Protein Misfold?
22:00 – 22:30 Rajan Sankaranarayanan CCMB, Hyderabad Chiral Proofreading: Mechanistic and Functional Implications
Time 24-Mar-17
08:30 – 11:00 Session 4 Chairperson: Amitabha Chattopadhyay
08:30 – 09:00 B. Padmanabhan NIMHANS, Bangalore  The Impact of Crystallization Conditions on Structure Based Drug Design: A Case Study of the Brd2 Bromodomain Complex
09:00 – 09:30 Samudrala Gourinath JNU, New Delhi Structural and Functional Studies of Myosin Ib: Understanding the Role in Phagocytic Cup Formation of Entamoeba Histolytica
09:30 – 10.00 Govardhan Reddy IISc, Bangalore Protein Collapse and Folding
10:00 – 10:30 Shivprasad Patil IISER Pune, Pune Viscoelasticity of Single Proteins and Its Significance in Protein Dynamics
10:30 – 11:00 Pramit Chowdhury IIT Delhi, New Delhi Local Modulations in Conformations of Proteins in Presence of Macromolecular Crowding
11:00 – 11:30 Tea Break
11:30 – 13:00 Session 5 (Young Researcher Talks) Chairperson: R. Sowdhamini
11:30 – 11:50 Shanti Swaroop Srivastava CCMB, Hyderabad Ratna Phadke Award Talk: Enigmatic World of βγ-Crystallins Beyond the Eye Lens
11:50 – 12:02 Neha Jain University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA Inhibition of Curli Assembly and Biofilm Formation in E.coli by the Human Systemic Amyloid Precursor Transthyretin
12:02 – 12:14 Ranajit Nivrutti Shinde IMTECH, Chandigarh Ion Transfer into the Active Site of DHBPS: Mechanistic Insights from MD Simulations
12:14 – 12:26 Sanchita Mukherjee IISER, Kolkata Computational Approach to Engineer Rationally Designed Nanostructured Molecular Transporters for siRNA Delivery
12:26 – 12:38 Prateek Jain National Agri – Food Biotechnology Institute, Mohali Designed Dominant Negative: A Potent Technology to Study Gene Regulation
12:38 – 12:50 Pritha Ghosh NCBS, Bangalore A Tale of Two Paralogs: Human Transformer2 Proteins with Differential RNA-Binding Affinities
12:50 – 13:00 Discussion with Oral Presenters
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:30 Poster Evaluation and Tea
15:30 – 18:00 Session 6 Chairperson: M. K. Mathew
15:30 – 16:00 Chaitali Mukhopadhyay Calcutta University, Kolkata Structure and Dynamics of Ternary Bilayers Containing Ganglioside Gm1
16:00 – 16:30 Prasenjit Bhaumik IIT Bombay, Mumbai Studies on p. Falciparum Plasmepsins to Decipher their Functional Mechanism, and Acquire Knowledge for Developing Antimalarial Drugs
16:30 – 17:00 Rajesh Kumar Central University of Punjab, Bhatinda Role of Macromolecular Crowding on Structural, Kinetic and Thermodynamic Properties of Metalloproteins
17:00 – 17:30 S. Kumaran IMTECH, Chandigarh Substrate-Induced Dissociation of Competitive Inhibitor: Evidence for Competitive-Allostery
17:30 – 17:45 Tea Break
17:45 – 19:45 Session 7 Chairperson: N. Srinivasan
17:45 – 18:15 Bishwajit Kundu IIT Delhi, New Delhi Insights of Amyloid Interaction Network and Designing Structure based Anti‐Amyloidogenic Biomolecules
18:15 – 18:45 Neelanjana Sengupta IISER Kolkata, Kolkata Cold Thermal Denaturation in a Globular Protein: Signatures of Early Unfolding Investigated with Computer Simulations
18:45 – 19:15 Deepak Sharma IMTECH, Chandigarh Anion Size and Charge modulate Mechanical Stability of Protein: A Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy Study
19:15 – 19:45 M.S. Madhusudhan IISER Pune, Pune 3D Structure and Mechanism of Intermediate Filament Assembly
20:00 – 21:30 Conference Dinner
21:30 – 22:00 Session 8 Chairperson: Jayant Udgaonkar
21:30 – 22:00 Sudipta Maiti TIFR, Mumbai Inter-Residue Contacts as Critical Targets for Modulating Amyloid Properties
22:00 – 22:30 M. K. Mathew NCBS, Bangalore Notes from the Underground: Role of a Transmembrane Helix in Transmitting Information across a Bilayer
Time 25-Mar-17
08:30 – 11:00 Session 9 Chairperson: Sudipta Maiti
08:30 – 09:00 Balaji Prakash CFTRI, Mysore Exploring Substrate Promiscuity in Sugar Nucleotidylyltransferases and Identifying Two Commercially Employable Enzymes for Glycorandomisation
09:00 – 09:30 Srikrishna Subramanian IMTECH, Chandigarh Evolutionary Classification of Zinc Finger Proteins
09:30 – 10.00 Aravind Penmatsa IISc, Bangalore Mechanism and Pharmacology of Neurotransmitter Transport
10:00 – 10:30 Ravi Venkataramani TIFR, Mumbai Towards Quantitative Descriptions of Biomolecular Dynamics: Molecular Descriptors for Sorting Ubiquitin Family Proteins
10:30 – 11:00 Neel Bhavesh ICGEB, New Delhi RNA Recognition Motifs (RRMs): A Story of one Fold with Different Partners
11:00 – 11:30 Tea Break
11:30 – 13:30 Session 10 Chairperson: K V R Chary
11:30 – 12:00 Bishwajit Kundu IIT Delhi, New Delhi Insights of Amyloid Interaction Network and Designing Structure based Anti-Amyloidogenic Biomolecules
12:00 – 12:30 Ashish IMTECH, Chandigarh I Can’t Wait for High Resolution Structures to Discover Lead Compounds”: Story of Isodesmosine
12:30 – 13:00 Arockiasamy Arulandu ICGEB, New Delhi Structural Basis of Ascorbate Recycling
13:00 – 13:30 Manisha Goel Delhi University, Delhi Chaperone Repertoires and Networks in Archaeal Genomes
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 – 15:00 General Body Meeting
15:00 – 15:30 Concluding Session & Awards Proclamation
Tea and Depart