2nd IndiaBioscience Outreach Grants

Many ways of reaching out


With the 2nd IndiaBioscience Outreach Grants, select scientists step out of their labs to connect with communities beyond academia. In this piece, Hansika looks at the initiatives being funded by IndiaBioscience in the current edition.

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Two avatars of enzymes to make lipids

Somdatta Karak

A recent study by Rajan Sankaranarayanan’s group from the CSIR-Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, Hyderabad has found a novel mechanism of lipid metabolism. This opens up new avenues to understand the production of lipid-based bioactive molecules such as antibiotics.

Cell-free circulating DNA inside blood vessels

Free-floating DNA in precision medicine

Ambika Kurbet

The levels of nucleic acids are enhanced in the blood of individuals affected by certain diseases. This understanding can be used for non-invasive diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases, cancers, genetic conditions in the fetus, and neurological disorders. In this article, Ambika Kurbet gives an overview of the use of cell-free circulating DNA in diagnosis.

The team: (from left to right): Rohit Awate, Stutee Panse, Karishma S. Kaushik, Shreeya Mhade, and Gandhar Tendulkar.

A project-to-publication experience for a remote, student-led team during the pandemic

Shreeya Mhade, Stutee Panse & Karishma Kaushik

In this article, Shreeya, Stutee and Karishma recount their experiences on working remotely on a new research area during the pandemic, the former two as students and the latter as mentor. Their project led to a publication. Biofilm-AMP is a now a published structural and functional repository of AMPs for biofilm studies. The work was also published in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology.

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