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IndiaBioscience is a non-profit science outreach initiative created to fulfill the niche gap within the Life Science sector in India. IBS is envisioned to function as a catalyst organization that will invigorate the various activities associated with establishing a strong hold for scientific research on the global scene – this includes recruitment, networking, collaborations, research oriented education and science communication.
The very idea for IndiaBioscience stemmed at the first Young Investigator’s Meeting in 2009 where the desperate need for an informational and interactive forum became apparent. Thereby leading to creation of IBS as a platform that caters to the rapidly increasing needs of the life science community in India as well overseas.
IndiaBioscience as an organization aims to
i) Promote and disseminate information regarding the research environment and opportunities in India throughout the year.
ii) Develop and conduct a tandem program for engaging with the Indian diasporas overseas and providing information and mentorship to facilitate their return to take up research careers in India, and therefore contribute to the evolving scope of the meetings and workshops program.
iii) Programs engaging the Indian Universities, Administrators, Policy makers and the educators in an attempt to rejuvenate the system.
iv) Develop activities and programs that engage life science professionals in different stages of their careers as well as different careers on a single platform to network and collaborate
v) Develop and conduct activities engaging students as well as postdoctoral fellows
vi) Function as a nodal organization for exchange of scientific expertise
IBS could not have been possible without the generosity of NCBS and InStem that not only houses IBS but also supports it administratively. The webportal will not be possible without the diligence of the NCBS IT crew especially Rajesh Rama
Nandini Rajamani Robin
Nandini's career reflects two interests, conducting primary research and working with the larger community of science. Her research focuses on the evolutionary biology of ecological patterns, traits, and behaviour, and the consequences of these adaptations on the ecology of species. Outside of her research, she has been involved in several initiatives to encourage as well as communicate science.
Harini is a physicist by training. Her research uses spectroscopic techniques, including Raman and neutron scattering, to reveal the structure and behavior of materials under extreme physical conditions. More recently, she has developed an active interest in communicating the excitement of science to a larger audience. Through science writing, she contributes to science research and education in ways that reach further than the laboratory
Arnab's primary interest is in Applied Materials Physics - with a focus on soft-magnetism, nanocrystallinity, and amorphous materials. He is currently involved in science and education outreach with IndiaBioScience - working to bring positive change from within the system, leading to the realization of the true potential of the scientific workforce in India.
With a Master's and work experience in bioinformatics, Deepti has been exposed to diverse work cultures in different countries. She has also been part of young research team in NCBS focused on bacterial expression system. She would like to work in a position that has a key focus to enhance the thrust and reach of basic science in India coupled with the ability to reach out to a larger varied community of students and researchers, in geographies across India and abroad.
Banaras Hindu University,
Dept. of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
University of California, San Francisco