CONFERENCE: BC: 23-24, March, 2018: Perspectives in malaria research and growth of biotechnology in India

Location: Biological Science Auditorium

Date: March 23- 24, 2018

Organizers: Biochemical Society & the Department of Biochemistry, Indian Institute of Science

Bangalore -560012

Venue: Ground Floor Auditorium, Biological Sciences Building, Indian Institute of Science

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23 March 2018

9:15: Welcome by C. Jayabhaskaran, Chairman, Department of Biochemistry, IISc

9:20: Introduction by Amaresh Chakrabarti, IISc Press

9:25: Release of G. Padmanaban’s memoir entitled, “Doing Science in India: My Second Innings” by Anurag Kumar, Director, IISc.

9:30: Remarks by Anurag Kumar, Director, IISc

9:35: Short talk about the book by G. Padmanaban, Department of Biochemistry, IISc

9:40: Remarks by Kavitha Harish, IISc Press

9:45: Vote of thanks by Dipankar Nandi, Department of Biochemistry, IISc

First Session Chairperson: Suman Kumar Dhar, JNU, Delhi

9:50 – 10:10: Understanding  Malaria -The Disease and Strategies  for its Interventions

Namita Surolia, JNCASR, Bangalore

10:10 – 10:30: Metabolism in Plasmodium: cross-talk between AMP metabolism and TCA cycle

Hemalata Balaram, JNCASR, Bangalore

10:30 – 10:50: Dissection of novel signaling cascades in malaria parasite

Pushkar Sharma, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi

10:50 – 11:30: HIGH TEA

Second Session Chairperson: Pushkar Sharma, NII, Delhi

11:30 – 11:50:

DNA replication and cell cycle regulation in human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum

Suman Kumar Dhar

Special Centre for Molecular Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

11:50 – 12:10: Elucidating the molecular basis of reticulocyte invasion by Plasmodium vivax

Deepak Gaur

Laboratory of Malaria and Vaccine Research, School of Biotechnology

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

12:10 – 12:30: Metabolomic cues to sexual stage differentiation in malaria

Utpal Tatu

Department of Biochemistry, IISc, Banglaore

12:30 – 12:50: Vaccines for Malaria Liver stages

Agam Prasad Singh

Infectious Diseases Laboratory, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi

12:50 – 14:15: LUNCH

Third Session Chairperson: Utpal Tatu, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

14:15 – 14:35: Characterizing the F-type ATP Synthase from Apicomplexan Parasites

Dhanasekaran Shanmugam

Biochemical Sciences Division, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune

14:35 – 14:55: Uniqueness of Plasmodium falciparum Epigenome: Known and unknown

Arumugam Rajavelu

Tropical Disease Biology, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Kerala

14:55 – 15:15: Cellular interactions of Plasmodium with host hepatocytes during liver stage development in vivo

S. Varadharajan

National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore

15:15 – 15:35: Autophagy in malaria parasites: an atypical and essential process

Puran Singh Sijwali

CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad

15:35 – 16:00: TEA

Fourth Session Chairperson: Hemalata Balaram

16:00 – 16:20: Research needs for malaria elimination in India

S K Ghosh

ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research, Bengaluru

16:20 – 16:40: Defeating Malaria: Challenges Ahead

V.Arun Nagaraj

Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar

16:40 – 17:00: Challenges of developing malaria vaccine against Plasmodium asexual blood stages

Pawan Malhotra


17:00 – 18:00: Fungus to Rodent to Plasmodium- The Heme Connection.

Prof. G. Padmanaban

Department of Biochemistry, IISc, Bangalore


(Sponsored by Bharat Biotech, Hyderabad)

*  24 March 2018

Fifth Session Chairperson: C.M. Gupta

9 – 9:15: Reminiscences: A personal talk about my learnings and experiences as a student

Girish Sahni, CSIR

9:15 – 9:30: Growth of Biotechnology in India: The Journey from Discovery to Translation to Commercialization

Renu Swarup

Senior Adviser, DBT and Managing Director, BIRAC, DBT, New Delhi

9:30 – 9:45: Krishna Ella, Bharat Biotec

9:45 – 10 am: Industry – academia partnership

Bakulesh Khamar

Cadila Pharmaceuticals, Ahmedabad

10 – 10:15: Ignition of Inventions In Indian Biotech – Growth of Indian Biotech

B. V. Ravi Kumar

XCyton Diagnostics Bangalore

10:15 – 10:30: India & Biotechnology: what we are innovating to solve local problems

Tathagata Mukherjee & Sanjay Singh, Gennova

10:30 – 11: TEA

Sixth Session Chairperson: P.R. Krishnaswamy

11 – 11:15: Growth of Biotechnology in India as experienced through the development of the Truelab microPCR platform

Chandrasekhar B Nair

Bigtec Labs, Bangalore

11:15 – 11:30: Building an ecosystem for fostering cutting-edge life science/health care innovation

Taslimarif Saiyed


11:30 – 12 noon: My Tryst with Translation and Biotech Industry

Prof. G. Padmanaban, Department of Biochemistry, IISc

12 noon – 13:00: FELICITATION

Chairman: Prof. MRS Rao, JNCASR

13:00 – 13:10: Remarks by Prof. Padmanaban

13:10: GROUP PHOTO followed by LUNCH