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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 #4

From cells to mechanics: how a cell biologist learnt to talk to physicists”

Date: 04 October 2023

Time: 15:00 — 16:00 IST

Prof. Alpha Yap

Professor and Group Leader at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland

Prof. Alpha Yap is a Professor and Group Leader at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland. He is a global leader in the field of cadherin biology. His laboratory studies how tissue mechanics and mechanotransduction participate in epithelial morphogenesis and homeostasis, work that has led them into the rapidly-developing field of mechanobiology. During his talk Prof. Yap will talk about his journey of collaborating across disciplines with colleagues from physics, developmental biology and mathematics, in studying how mechanical forces are generated and sensed, to coordinate cell behaviour in tissues.


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​Talk4

Registration is free and open to all.


  • 15:00 IST

    Welcome and Introduction

    Team IndiaBioscience

  • 15:04 IST

    Introduction to the guest scientist and housekeeping rules

    Deepa Subramanyam

  • 15:08 IST

    Scientific Talk by Prof. Alpha Yap

  • 15:45 IST

    Audience Q&A

    Saurabh Pradhan

  • 16:00 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.