About the Series

IndiaBioscience, along with Saurabh Pradhan, IMBA, Vienna, Austria and Deepa Subramanyam, NCCS, Pune, have come together to co-host Big Questions, Innovative Approaches’ a series of science talks for PhD researchers, Postdoctoral Fellows and early-career researchers in India. 

As part of Big Questions, Innovative Approaches’, international researchers will share their professional journeys and research findings with the broad science community in India.

Guests: The invited scientists will be biologists working on big and broad questions in the field, and doing so with unconventional or cutting-edge approaches. The scientists will also discuss their scientific journey, including opportunities and challenges, that led them to ask and answer these questions. 

Participants: While intended for PhD students, Postdoctoral Fellows and early-career researchers, the online webinars will be open to all (including faculty, scientists and scientific/​technical staff).

Scientific Talk #2

Madeline Lancaster

Date: 26 July 2023

Time: 16:00 — 17:00 IST 

Madeline Lancaster

Group Leader, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, United Kingdom

Madeline Lancaster heads a research group at MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Through ingenious approaches, she successfully replicated the intricate architecture and cellular diversity of the human brain in the lab. Her innovative use of cerebral organoids has not only advanced our knowledge of neurodevelopmental processes but also provided a powerful tool for investigating mechanisms underlying neuro-pathological conditions. Madeline Lancaster’s research also encompasses comparative evolutionary studies, aiming to understand the factors influencing human brain size evolution. Her pioneering work offers valuable insights into neurodevelopment and holds promise for advancing our understanding and treatment of neurological disorders. During her talk, she will discuss how she conceived the idea of mini brains”, current advances in 3D models and how these models can be utilized to explore several unanswered questions.
Lab website: https://​www2​.mrc​-lmb​.cam​.ac​.uk…


To register, please follow the link: bit​.ly/​B​i​g​Q​u​e​s​t​i​o​n​s​S​c​i​e​n​t​i​f​i​c​Talk2

Registration is free and open to all. 


  • 16:00 IST

    Welcome & Introduction

    Team IndiaBioscience

  • 16:04 IST

    Introduction to the guest scientist and housekeeping rules

    Saurabh Pradhan

  • 16:08 IST

    Scientific Talk by Madeline Lancaster

  • 16:45 IST

    Audience Q&A

    Deepa Subramanyam

  • 17:00 IST

    Concluding Remarks

    Saurabh Pradhan

Contact us

For any queries related to this online event and to share your ideas ahead of the event, write to bigquestions[at]indiabioscience[dot]org.