Like the earlier editions, this meeting will be divided into two parts. The first part — the Postdoctoral Fellows Satellite Meeting begins in the afternoon of 27 February for all Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) attendees and recruiters from various Institutions and Universities. For a day and a half, there will be networking sessions, short talks from the recruiters and seminars by PDFs. The second and main part of the YIM will commence from the evening of 28 February 2016. This will feature PDF and YI poster presentations, scientific presentations by internationally renowned scientists, panel discussions and group activities. The meeting ends on 2 March 2016.

PDF participants are expected to stay for the complete duration of the meeting (Satellite and YIM), and YI participants to attend the entire duration of the main YI meeting. 

27 February

DAY 1: Postdoctoral Fellow Satellite Meeting

  • 3:30-5:00 pm


  • 5:00-5:20 pm

    Academic Jobs in India

    LS Shashidhara

  • 5:20-5:30 pm


    Nandini Rajamani

  • 5:30-6:20 pm

    Institute/ University Representatives: Session 1 (10 min each)

    Chair: LS Shashidhara

    Apurva Sarin, InStem
    Niranjan Chakraborty, NIPGR
    Chandrima Shaha, NII
    Dinabandhu Sahoo, IBSD
    LS Shashidhara, IISER Pune

  • 6:20-6:30 pm


  • 6:30-7:10 pm

    Institute/University Representatives: Session 2

    Chair: LS Shashidhara

    Deepak Nair, RCB
    Sharmila Sengupta, NIBMG
    Dhirendra, IIT Kanpur
    Ashok Kolaskar, Neotia

  • 7:10-8:00 pm


  • 8:00-9:30 pm

    Informal introductions by Postdoctoral Fellows

    Lightning Talks (2 min each)

28 February

DAY 2: Postdoctoral Fellow Satellite Meeting/​YIM 2016

  • 9:00-10:40 am

    Institute/University Representatives: Session 3

    Chair: Satyajit Mayor

    Dinakar Salunke, ICGEB
    Narasimha Rao, IISc
    Madhubala Rentala, JNU
    Pankaj Jalote, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology
    Ram Vishwakarma, IIIM
    Yogesh Shouche, NCCS
    Radhakrishna Pillai, RGCB
    Rupamanjari Ghosh, Shiv Nadar University, 
    B J Rao, DBS- TIFR
    B Ravindran, ILS

  • 10:40-10:50 am


  • 10:50-11:40 am

    Institute/University Representatives: Session 4

    Chair: Dinakar Salunke

    Satyajit Mayor, NCBS
    V. Nagaraja, JNCASR
    Sanjeev Khosla, CDFD
    Malabika Sarkar, Ashoka University
    Raghuvir Singh Tomar, IISER Bhopal

  • 11:40am-1:00pm

    Panel Discussion 1: Setting up research programs in India

    Panelists: Ron Vale, Anurag Agarwal, Ari Helenius, TP Singh, D Sahoo, Vineeta Bal 
    (Moderated by Ron Vale)

  • 1:00-2:00pm


  • 2:00-4:15pm


    for Postdoctoral Fellows and Institute Directors/​Representatives

  • 3:30-4:15pm

    Registration for Young Investigators

    Young Investigators’ Meeting 2016 begins

  • 4:15-4:30pm

    Science and Young Investigators in India

    Satyajit Major

  • 4:30-4:50pm

    Introduction to YIM

    Ron Vale

  • 4:50-5:10pm

    Perspectives of starting a career in India

    CV Srikanth

  • 5:10-5:30pm

    Introduction of Young Investigators

  • 5:30-6:10pm

    A Life in Science

    Ari Helenius

  • 6:10-7:15pm

    Panel Discussion 2: Involving research scientists in science education

    Ron Vale, RNK Bamezai, Dinakar Salunke, TP Singh, Shinjini Bhatnagar (Moderated by Ron Vale)

  • 7:15-8:00pm


  • 8:00pm


29 February

DAY 3: YIM 2016


  • 9:00-9:30am

    A Tale of Identification of a DNA Break Repair Inhibitor that has an Ability to Abrogate Tumor Progression and Reduce the Effective Dose during Radiotherapy

    Sathees Raghavan

  • 9:30-10:10am

    Changing Publishing in Biology

    Ron Vale

  • 10:10-10:40am


  • 10:40-12:10pm

    Breakout Session 1: A model for mentoring and being mentored in research

    GROUP 1 + Ian Baldwin, Ron Vale, RNK Bamezai, 

    GROUP 2 + Fred Maxfield, Vineeta Bal, TP Singh, Anurag Agarwal

    GROUP 3 + Ari Helenius, Sathees Raghavan, Shinjini Bhatnagar, LS Shashidhara

  • 12:10-12:30pm

    Subrata Sinha

  • 12:30-1:20pm


  • 1:20-1:40pm

    Identification of a novel microtubule tip localization signal (MtLS)

    Anil Kumar

  • 1:40-2:00pm

    On the origin and evolution of flowers: a computational study

    Gitanjali Yadav

  • 2:00-2:30pm

    Drug design and discovery of therapeutic proteins using X-ray crystallography

    T P Singh

  • 2:30-4:30pm


  • 4:30-7:00pm

    Poster Session

    Young Investigators

  • 7:00-8:30pm


  • 8:30pm

    Postdoctoral Fellows-Young Investigators private sessions

March 1

DAY 4: YIM 2016

  • 9:00-9:30am

    A close look at error-prone DNA Polymerases: an evolving story

    Deepak Nair

  • 9:30-10:10am

    What do you study?

    Fred Maxfield

  • 10:10-10:30am

    Allopatry, reproductive isolation and systematics: defining speciation in the biogeographically complex Indo-Australian region

    Jahnavi Joshi

  • 10:30-10:50am

    Developmental responses of monocot root systems to water deficit

    Jose Sebastian

  • 10:50-11:00am


  • 11:00am-12:30pm

    Panel Discussion 3: Science funding in India

    Savita Ayyar (NCBS), Meenakshi Munshi (DBT), Anne-Marie Glynn (EMBO),
    Suveera Dhup (India Alliance), Ainhitze (EURAXESS Links India), Proteeti Bhattacharjee (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft)

  • 12:30-1:30pm


  • 1:30-2:00pm

    Competition with its highs and lows and a struggle to make a difference

    RNK Bamezai

  • 2:00-2:30pm

    Multiplicity and pruning: finding strength in diversity

    Anurag Agarwal

  • 2:30-3:30pm

    Panel Discussion 4: Publishing in science

    Fred Maxfield, Sathees Raghavan, Deepak Nair, Ari Helenius, Vineeta Bal
    (Moderated by Fred Maxfield)

  • 3:30-5:00pm

    Poster Session

    Young Investigators

  • 5:00-6:00pm


    K VijayRaghavan

  • 6:00-7.00pm


  • 7:00pm onwards


March 2

DAY 5: YIM 2016

  • 9:00–9:40 am

    Research from evidence to policy; THSTI

    Shinjini Bhatnagar

  • 9:40–10:20am

    The EMBO Keynote Lecture: How being an auto mechanic made me a better scientist

    Ian Baldwin

  • 10:20–10:40am

    Mechanistic, genomic and proteomic analysis of DNA transposition

    Sharmistha Majumdar
    YI Talk

  • 10:40–11:00am

    microRNA, miR-1000 protects against early onset neurodegeneration and maintains metabolic homeostasis in Drosophila brain

    Pushpa Verma
    PDF Talk

  • 11:00– 11:15pm


  • 11:15am–12:15pm

    Breakout session 2: Collaboration or isolation?

    GROUP 1 + Ian Baldwin, RNK Bamezai, 

    GROUP 2 + Fred Maxfield, Vineeta Bal, TP Singh, Deepak Nair

    GROUP 3 + Ron Vale, Shinjini Bhatnagar, LS Shashidhara

  • 12:15–1:00 pm


  • 1:00–2:00pm

    Panel Discussion 5: The future of Indian postdocs: the elephant in the room

    Ron Vale, RNK Bamezai, Dinakar Salunke, TP Singh, Shinjini Bhatnagar (Moderated by Ron Vale)

  • 2:00–2:30pm

    A physician turned biology researcher: a career with wasted primary training?

    Vineeta Bal

  • 2:30–2:50pm

    Closing remarks

  • 3:00pm Onwards