CSIR-IGIB Invited Lecture Series

The CSIR-IGIB Invited Lecture Series  aims to bring individuals of the highest calibre from the worlds of academia, business, arts and civil society to our campus to share their thoughts and ideas and to interact with the students. This series is part of our efforts to enthuse and enrich the research experience of our students and ignite new ideas and inspire the younger generation to think prolifically and differently.
Current Lectures

3rd Oct, 2018 at 3:00 PM, CSIR-IGIB Mathura Road Campus

Francisco M. De La Vega

Prof. Francisco M. De La Vega
Adjunct Professor
Department of Biomedical Data Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine
Senior Vice President of Genomics
Fabric Genomics, Inc., Oakland, CA

Prof. Francisco M. De La Vega is a geneticist and computational biology scientist with over 15 years of experience in industry overseeing the research, development, and validation of innovative genetic analysis technologies and bioinformatics tools enabling high-throughput biology. The availability of massively parallel sequencing platforms that allow inexpensive sequencing of complete human germline and cancer genomes is enabling studies in genetic susceptibility to disease and evolution not possible before, and is leading to a revolution in precision medicine enabled by the genome. Challenges include the massive amounts of data, the complex relationships among the types of relevant data, and the need to make the data accessible from different perspectives. The variation in the DNA sequence among the billions of separate copies of extant human genomes can occasionally be of medical significance because it can alter disease susceptibility and reactions to drugs and pathogens. Aspects of the effective collection, representation, and use of the vast " omics" data in the elucidation of the etiology of the common disease have been a major theme of his work.

His Research Interest:
He is currently interested in the application of ultra-high throughput sequencing technologies in precision oncology, genetic epidemiology, population studies, and how ancestry influences disease susceptibility and therapy effectiveness.
Previous Lectures

8th Dec, 2015 at 3:00 PM, CSIR-IGIB Mathura Road Campus

Prof Robert M Stroud

Prof. Robert M Stroud
University of California
San Francisco, USA

Robert Stroud is Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California in San Francisco. He graduated from the Cheadle Hulme School, UK and held a State Scholarship at the University of Cambridge, Clare College where obtained a BA (Natural Sciences Pt I & II) in 1964. He obtained a PhD in Crystallographic Structure of Biological Molecules at the University of London, Birkbeck College in JD Bernal's Department in 1968. He obtained an MA from the University of Cambridge in 1968, and an MS from the University of London in 1965. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences USA, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

His Research Interest:
To understand molecular mechanisms of certain key biological processes, as well as signal transduction between processes at the level of protein structure, dynamics, and mechanism

6th Mar, 2014 at 4:00 PM, CSIR-IGIB Mathura Road Campus

Prof P. Balaram

Prof. P. Balaram
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore - 560 012 India

Prof. Balaram's main area of research has been the investigation of the structure, conformation, and biological activity of designed and natural peptides. To do this, he has extensively used techniques such as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy, Infrared spectroscopy, and Circular Dichroism, along with X-ray crystallography. He has been a major contributor to the evaluation of factors influencing the folding and conformations of designed peptides, and has investigated structural elements playing a key role in the formation of secondary structural motifs such as helices, beta turns, and sheets. Along with Isabella Karle, a frequent collaborator, he has also pioneered the use of alpha-amino isobutyric acid to induce and retain helicity and constrain peptide conformations

His Notable Awards:
Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan

13th Nov, 2013 at 3:00 PM , CSIR-IGIB Mathura Road Campus

K. Sreekumaran Nair

M.D., PH.D.
Professor of Medicine, Mayo Foundation Clinician Investigator
Consultant, Endocrinology and Metabolism
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Dr. Nair's research program has focused on the role of energy metabolism, and the importance of altered protein turnover in diabetes and aging. Current projects address whether accumulation of damaged and modified proteins is related to altered protein turnover; factors that may contribute to co-morbidities such as insulin resistance and cardiovascular complications.

His words:
Type 2 diabetes is an ancient disease but is on ascend and will be the major health problem of the 21st century. Understanding the interaction of age and lifestyle changes with regulation of genes, proteins, and metabolism is the key to elucidate the cause of global diabetic epidemic.

6th May, 2013 at 3:00 PM , CSIR-IGIB Mathura Road Campus

Inder M. Verma

Irwin and Joan Jacobs Chair in Exemplary Life Science
American Cancer Society Professor of Molecular Biology
The Salk Institute Laboratory of Genetics

Inder M. Verma, a professor in the Laboratory of Genetics and American Cancer Society Professor of Molecular Biology, is one of the world's leading authorities on the development of viruses for gene therapy vectors. Dr. Verma uses genetically engineered viruses to insert new genes into cells that can then be returned to the body, where they produce the essential protein whose absence causes disease.

Personal Statement:
My laboratory is interested in the general areas of cancer biology, gene transfer technologies, and biology of inflammation. Over the past 35 years, I have supported over 100 trainees in my lab and I enjoy mentoring the careers of young researchers so they can become independent scientists. I continue to encourage younger scientists to do more innovative and daring research.