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Department Research theme

“Studies on Human Development and Disease: use of Model Organisms”

Research in the Developmental Biology and Genetics (DBG) is diverse, ranging from bacterial and human genetics to signal transduction, mammalian reproduction, developmental biology, cancer and stem cell biology. The underlying theme is molecular level studies of cellular functioning in normal and pathological conditions. We approach this in a variety of ways, using model systems such as Drosophila, Caenorhabditis elegans, as well as transgenic, knockout and humanized mouse models.

Research in the department is supported by a number of grants funded by national and international agencies. The department receives support from University Grants Commission (UGC)-Special Assistance Programme (since 2002), Department of Science and Technology under the ‘Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Higher Educational Institutions’ (FIST) programmme (since 2002) and is recognized by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) as an Advanced Center for Cellular and Molecular Reproduction (since 2001). In addition, core support from the Indian Institute of Science and the Department of Biotechnology under the Grant-In-Aid Programme is also available.

A broad spectrum of research interests combined with excellent facilities and interactive and supportive atmosphere provides an environment in which there is a vigorous exchange of ideas among researchers. Our former students have established themselves as independent investigators in premier institutions both in India and abroad, and many of them are pursuing post-doctoral fellowships in leading Universities and Research Institutes around the world. We welcome post-doctoral fellows in the department and try to ensure their career progression during and after their stay. We also host a number of project trainees and students from institutions in India and around the world who participate in ongoing research projects and then move on to pursue PhD programmes in India and elsewhere.

We extend a warm welcome to DBG!

- Upendra Nongthomba,
Professor and Chair, DBG, IISc

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