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Dr. Arvind Natu Nominated as Chair of Board of Governors of IISER Kolkata

Dr. Arvind Natu has been nominated to be the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of IISER Kolkata; the nomination was made by the President of India in his capacity as the Visitor for IISER Kolkata, and the appointment is for a period of three years. As the apex decision-making body appointed by the Government … Continue reading

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2018 AWSAR Awards to Two IISER Pune Members

Two IISER Pune members, Dr. Ulfat Baig and Dr. Gunjan Verma, have been selected for 2018 AWSAR Awards given by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India. “Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research (AWSAR)” is a DST initiative with an aim to disseminate Indian research stories in an easy to understand and … Continue reading

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IISER Pune Students Win Python Innovation Day Hackathon

Abhijit Gupta and Shubham Singh, both from IISER Pune, have won the first prize at the ‘Python Innovation Day Hackathon’. Kicked off in June 2018 and the first of its kind in India, the online Python Hack fury (Hackathon) was organized by Intel, IISER Pune and Amazon Web services with an aim to motivate and … Continue reading

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Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships to three IISER Pune members

Three IISER Pune members have been selected as Fulbright-Nehru Fellows for the year 2018-19. Congratulations to all three! Mr. Prabhat Prakash, a PhD student with Dr. Arun Venkatnathan has been selected for a Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship. Using modeling and simulations, his work explores material properties required for efficient energy conversion. Prabhat will be working … Continue reading

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On water fountains of Mumbai: Sahapedia-UNESCO Fellowship

PhD student Swapna Joshi has just completed a short project as a Sahapedia-UNESCO Fellow on pyaavs (drinking water fountains) of Mumbai. Swapna’s study traces the history of pyaavs from their inception in colonial Bombay to the recent efforts to restore and conserve the pyaavs. Swapna documented her observations through articles, interviews, photo essay and a … Continue reading

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IISER Pune gets Endowment from IDeaS Pvt. Ltd.

IISER Pune has received an endowment fund of Rs. 5.0 lakhs from Integrated Decisions and Systems (India) Private Limited (IDeaS), an information technology company at Cyber City, Pune. The fund has been given under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme and will be used to give scholarships to meritorious IISER Pune students who have achieved … Continue reading

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Prof. Shashidhara elected as EMBO Associate Member

The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) has announced election of 62 life scientists from across 24 countries to its membership. Prof. L.S. Shashidhara of IISER Pune has been elected an EMBO Associate Member, making him the third scientist from India to join a group of about 1800 researchers from Europe and around the world. EMBO members are … Continue reading

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Dr Mousomi Bhakta gets INSA Young Scientist Medal 2018

Dr Mousomi Bhakta, Assistant Professor in Mathematics at IISER Pune, has won the ‘Young Scientist Medal’ of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi. The INSA, a body of Indian scientists created in 1935 for promotion of scientific knowledge in the country, awards the Young Scientist Medal each year. It is a prestigious and … Continue reading

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Xytel India Gives Endowment for Best Thesis

Xytel India Private Limited has given a one-time endowment of Rupees Thirty lakh ten thousand to IISER Pune, to be used for giving awards to the best PhD and Masters theses every year. Xytel India, a premier project and process engineering organisation, has given this endowment under the aegis of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) … Continue reading

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A Different(ial) View of Raman Spectra: Researchers discern Raman scattering signals using a new nano-cavity

Dr G V Pavan Kumar’s group at IISER Pune, in collaboration with researchers at Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory, USA, have experimentally shown for the first time, that Raman and fluorescence components of scattered light behave differently when confined to a plasmonic nano-cavity. This is a compact and cost-effective system that will enable … Continue reading

Covalent Organic Framework as Highly Reversible Anodes in Lithium-ion Battery
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Covalent Organic Framework as Highly Reversible Anodes in Lithium-ion Battery

Researchers at IISER Pune have developed a covalent organic framework, a new porous material that can boost storage capacity of a Li-ion battery to nearly twice that of commercially available ones. Lithium-ion batteries are used in devices such as cell phones and laptops. They last long and are rechargeable. “If one can pack more power … Continue reading

Chemical Ecologist at IISER Pune: Interview with Sagar Pandit
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Chemical Ecologist at IISER Pune: Interview with Sagar Pandit

In this series, IISER Pune students bring us glimpses of various facets of the institute such as teaching, research, administration, and campus planning through their interviews with people behind the scenes. INTERVIEW BY Meenakshi Pardasani and Soumya Bhattacharyya “I am a botanist at heart. I just love plants,” says Dr. Sagar Pandit, new faculty member in … Continue reading

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Techstars Global Startup Weekend Pune 2017

Techstars Startup Weekend  (TGSW) is a global grassroots movement for entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It has held 2900+ events in 149+ countries around the world. Participants pitch an idea in a minute, form teams, and then build a prototype ready for the market. They also get to … Continue reading

Understanding Cancer: Role of DNA-dependent protein kinase
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Understanding Cancer: Role of DNA-dependent protein kinase

Understanding cancer:  Role of DNA-dependent protein kinase in transformation of normal cells to cancer cells Work from Dr. Mayurika Lahiri’s group from IISER Pune has shown that a cellular enzyme—DNA-dependent protein kinase (DNA-PK)—is a key player in making cells tumorigenic following exposure to alkylating agents. This finding offers a new handle in cancer treatment through … Continue reading

IISER Pune iGEM Team Wins Silver Medal in Boston
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IISER Pune iGEM Team Wins Silver Medal in Boston

Improving TB Diagnostics through Synthetic Biology A team of seven undergraduates who competed in the “olympics” of synthetic biology, the international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) contest, have won a silver medal at the GiantJamboree that took place from 9-13 November 2017 in Boston, USA. Over a period of six months, 310 teams with students from 44 countries participated in … Continue reading

IISER Pune wins India Research Excellence Award
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IISER Pune wins India Research Excellence Award

IISER Pune has won the Clarivate Analytics India Research Excellence – Citation Award 2017 in the category ‘Institutions Established Within 15 Years’. The ceremony of the 6th edition of these awards took place in New Delhi on November 03, 2017, where IISER Pune was given one of the two overall institution-level awards. The awards are given … Continue reading

Newton Prize to DST-APEX-II project on solar energy
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Newton Prize to DST-APEX-II project on solar energy

The multi-institutional DST-APEX-II project on solar energy, in which one of the partners is IISER Pune’s Prof. Satishchandra Ogale, has been awarded the prestigious Newton Prize for 2017. The project was initially run at CSIR-NCL in Phase-I and during the past two years at IISER Pune in Phase-II. Newton Fund was established in the UK … Continue reading

Prof. Jayant B. Udgaonkar takes over as Director, IISER Pune
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Prof. Jayant B. Udgaonkar takes over as Director, IISER Pune

Prof Jayant B. Udgaonkar has assumed office as the Director of IISER Pune effective November 1, 2017. A biophysicist with over 30 years of research experience, Prof Udgaonkar was at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, prior to joining IISER Pune. In addition to leading a research group working on protein folding, he has served as the Dean of … Continue reading

Newly developed graphene-based supercapacitor offers a promising source for greater power and sustained energy
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Newly developed graphene-based supercapacitor offers a promising source for greater power and sustained energy

From home appliances to automobiles, cell phones to satellites, modern life is unthinkable without a source of energy. With non-renewable sources of energy, such as oil, gas, and coal, fast getting depleted, race is on to develop clean sustainable sources of energy and the technologies to harness the same. Research in the area of materials … Continue reading

Discovery of Saraswati supercluster and Giant Radio Galaxies
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Discovery of Saraswati supercluster and Giant Radio Galaxies

Shishir Sankhyayan, a PhD student in the Physics Programme at IISER Pune has been involved in two major astronomical discoveries that have received world-wide attention– the supercluster Saraswati, and 25 rare Giant Radio Galaxies. In this feature article, Harshini Tekur gives us a detailed breakdown of what these discoveries mean and how they add to … Continue reading

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Modeling results reveal that glucose and insulin may not be central to type 2 diabetes

The glucose-insulin connection in type 2 diabetes mellitus is well established and the treatment regime is centered on lowering glucose levels through insulin. With the best available treatment being a combination of medication and changes in lifestyle, a cure for diabetes has been eluding us. Prof. Milind Watve’s group at IISER Pune has studied the … Continue reading

Simulating the heart of the CMS detector to study particles that make up our universe
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Simulating the heart of the CMS detector to study particles that make up our universe

The CMS experiment is a general purpose detector which is used to study the results of high energy proton-proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. Analyzing the collision data gives particle physicists insight into the fundamental particles that make up our universe, and the interactions between them. The CMS detector consists of … Continue reading

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IISER and IUCAA sign MoU for new Gravitational Physics and Astronomy Centre

IISER Pune has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) to jointly establish a Centre for Gravitational Physics and Astronomy (CGPA). This field has become a major active frontier of physical science and an attractive portal for young researchers to enter scientific research. The MoU between the two … Continue reading

Towards a cost-effective way to clean up smoke from power plants
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Towards a cost-effective way to clean up smoke from power plants

Air pollution with carbon dioxide from industrial processes can be tackled in one of these ways: capture the greenhouse gas prior to combustion (separate carbon dioxide mixed with H2 to facilitate clean coal technology); or capture it from the smoking chimneys of power plants (post-combustion) before the gas escapes. In an effort to clean the … Continue reading

Dr Anup Biswas Named Associate Editor of Annals of Applied Probability
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Dr Anup Biswas Named Associate Editor of Annals of Applied Probability

Dr Anup Biswas has been appointed as an Associate Editor of the journal Annals of Applied Probability for the period 2019-2021. Published by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Annals of Applied Probability is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes papers with important contributions to the mathematical theory of probability and papers that offer innovation in this area of research. As an … Continue reading