Regional YIMs aim to build local networks of scientists and science professionals with an aim to promote regional collaborations and change. The RYIMs are intended to be Young Investigator (YI) driven endeavours that promote networking in local scientific communities and foster collaborative leadership among YIs in the region.

Importantly, RYIMs are expected to be no-garland’ events, optimized towards a supportive and collaborative environment for the participants, resource personnel and organisers. RYIMs will ensure diversity and representation across gender and other demographics for participants, speakers, panellists and resource personnel.

The Regional Young Investigators’ Meeting (2023−2024), Pilani will be organized at the Birla Institute of Science and Technology (BITS), Pilani and will be conducted across three days (18 January — 20 January 2024).

RYIM Pilani, 2023 – 2024

On behalf of IndiaBioscience and the local organising committee, RYIM Pilani would like to invite all active researchers (final year PhD researchers, postdoctoral fellows, faculty members, young PIs, group leaders, independent investigators, early career researchers, faculty fellows including Ramanujan, Ramalingaswami, DST INSPIRE, India Alliance fellows, senior scientists from academia and industry) and science professionals (science communicators, grants and research managers, educators, clinicians, researchers from incubation centres, start-ups, entrepreneurs). 

RYIM Pilani aims to provide a platform to foster interdisciplinary research in the life sciences in India, and to potentially accelerate novel and impactful discoveries for basic and applied research. 

Meeting details

Dates: 18 January — 20 January 2024

Crafting Your Career (CYC) Workshop: 20 January 2024

Meeting Focus Areas

• Foster interdisciplinary research collaboration among research Institutes in Rajasthan and other parts of India

• Provide opportunities for researchers to gain updates on recent developments in the biological sciences in India

• Provide a platform for interaction and networking for PhD researchers and faculty

Meeting Workshop

An IndiaBioscience-led Crafting Your Career (CYC) Workshop for PhD researchers and Postdoctoral fellows

Meeting Format

  • Plenary Lectures
  • Keynote talks
  • Networking sessions
  • Poster Presentations
  • Panel discussions


Day 1: 18 January, 2024

  • 9:00-10:00


    RYIM team

  • 10:20 - 11:00

    Plenary talk

    Rajeev Varshney, Director, Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS)

  • 11:30-12:00

    Engaging communities, enabling changes

    Rohini Karandikar, IndiaBioscience

  • 12:00-12:30

    Building computers and AI with genetically engineered cells

    Sangram Bagh, Associate Professor, Saha Institute of Nuclear

  • 12:30-13:00

    Downregulation of Pten is neuroprotective in Huntington's disease model

    Mayanglambam Dhruba Singh

  • 15:30-16:10

    From NO GRAINS in salt to NO SALT in grains: Journey from basic science to translational research

    Ashwani Pareek, Executive Director NABI

  • 16:10-16:40

    Deciphering the molecular mechanisms of desiccation tolerance using resurrection plants

    Dinakar Challabhatula, Central University of Tamil Nadu

  • 16:40-17:10

    Engineering of Plant Natural products and their biochemical pathways-Prospects and challenges

    Neelam Singh Sangwan, Central University of Haryana

  • 17:40-18:10

    AtAVT6 family of amino acid transporters of Arabidopsis thaliana as target for Crop improvement with emphasis on ACGT cis regulatory elements

    Rajesh Mehrotra, BITS Pilani

  • 18:10-18:40

    Glycobiology of plant-pathogen interactions

    Balakumaran Chandrasekar, BITS Pilani

  • 19:00-20:00

    Cultural Program

Day 2: 19 January 2024 

  • 10:00-10:40

    A popular talk on the 2023 Nobel prize

    Dipankar Nandi, IISC, Bangalore

  • 10:40-11:10

    Mechanism of autophagosomes biogenesis during selective autophagy

    Suresh Kumar, IIT Kanpur

  • 11:30-12:00

    Prizes and Surprises of Interdisciplinary Treasure Hunt: A Personal anecdote

    Abhijit Majumder, IIT Bombay

  • 12:00-12:30

    Dermal tissue engineering models

    Arindham Bit, NIT, Raipur

  • 12:30-12:40

    Short Talk 2

  • 12:40 -13:30

    Sponsor/Industrial talk

  • 14:30-15:00

    A 200yr old Solution in Physics, for a 100yr old Question in Botany: Lessons in Data Science

    Gitanjali Yadav, NIPGR, Delhi

  • 15:30 -16:00

    Nature's Precision: Specialized Molecular Scissor in Plant DNA

    Vineet Gaur, NIPGR, Delhi

  • 16:00-16:30

    Targeting allosteric pockets of CoV-2 main protease Mpro

    Madumalar A, Assistant Professor Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi

  • 16:45-17:15

    A molecular perspective on the evolution of pathogenic Mycobacterium tuberculosis

    Dhiraj Kumar, ICGEB, Delhi

  • 17:15-17:45

    Host cell tropism in Plasmodium spp.

    Rajesh Chandramohanadas, RCGB, Thiruvanthananthapuram

  • 17:45-18:15

    Retro-Engineering Brain Tumours: Uncovering Inflammation, Immunity and Tumour Biology

    Sushmita Jha, IIT Jodhpur

  • 18:15-18:45

    Isoform-specific differential expression of GABARAP genes in Glioblastoma

    Bhawana Bissa, Central University of Rajasthan

  • 18:45-19:15

    Vote of Thanks and Prize Distribution

Day 3: 20 January 2024

  • 10:00-13:00

    Crafting Your Career (CYC) workshop For PhD researchers and Postdoctoral fellows



Registration is open to PhD researchers, Postdoctoral fellows, faculty, senior scientists, industry scientists, and science professionals (science communicators, grants and research managers, and public engagement professionals).

Registration Fees:

Registration fees: EB, early bird indicates registration before 31 December, 2023.

Students: INR 3000 and INR 2500 (Early Bird)

Faculty: INR 5000 and INR 4000 (Early Bird)

Postdocs: INR 3500 and INR 3000 (Early Bird)

Industry representatives: INR 6000 and INR 5000 (Early Bird)

Click here to register for RYIM Pilani.

Last Date for registration: 10 January 2024

Registration Fee Payment Details 

Beneficiary Name :

Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani





Bank Account No.




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Please take a screenshot after payment and send it to ryim2024pilani@​gmail.​com.

For queries and clarifications, and enquiries on accommodation, please contact ryim2024pilani@​gmail.​com.

CYC workshop

20 January 2024

CYC workshop by IndiaBioscience

The Crafting Your Career (CYC) workshop will be held from 10:00 – 13:00 on 20 January 2024 at BITS, Pilani.

For PhD researchers and Postdoctoral fellows attending RYIM Pilani.

To register for the CYC at RYIM Pilani, please fill this form here.

IndiaBioscience workshop trainers: Rohini Karandikar and Shwetha C.

If you are interested in attending the CYC workshop, please indicate this in the registration form for the meeting and register for the workshop using the CYC form. Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. IndiaBioscience will aim to include as many participants as possible.

More information on CYC can be found here.