Available Courses

  • We will cover basic ideas of probability and randomness; trajectories vs. distributions; Markov processes; sampling a stochastic process; master equation, stochastic differential equations, Fokker-Planck and Langevin descriptions; stochastic chemical systems; applications to biology. Schedule: LH2, MWF 10:30am - 11:30am Office hours: F 11:30am - 12:00pm

  • Instructor:David Farris
    Time: Th 1100-1230, F 1430-1600
    Duration of the course:
    6th Sep 2016 to 16th Dec 2016
    Days:RF
    Credits:3
    Class Room:Safeda
    Course Term:Aug Term - 2016
    Course Year:2016/2017
  • Instructor:Shannon
    Time: 09:00-10:30 h
    Duration of the course:
    19th Sep 2016 to 21st Dec 2016
    Teaching Assistance:Venue will be LH2 until 1st October followed by Raspuri
    Days:MW
    Class Room:LH2 (Langra)until October 3 then Raspuri
    Course Term:Aug Term - 2016
    Course Year:2016/2017

  • Instructor:Prof. Balaram and Dr. Radhika Venkatesan
    Time:10:30-12:00 h
    Duration of the course:
    17th Aug 2016 to 21st Oct 2016
    Days:WF
    Credits:2
    Class Room:LH2 (Langra)
    Course Term:Aug Term - 2016
    Course Year:2016/2017
  • Instructor:Sowdhamini, Ramaswamy and Aswin
    Time:09:15-10:15 h
    Duration of the course:
    22nd Aug 2016 to 16th Nov 2016
    Days:MWF
    Credits:3
    Class Room:Safeda
    Course Term:Aug Term - 2016
    Course Year:2016/2017
  • 3-credit basic to mid-level course on evolutionary biology

    Duration of the course:
    24th Oct 2016 to 3rd Dec 2016
    Days:MWF
    Time:11:30-13:00 h
    Class Room:LH2 (Langra)
  • Differential equations.
  • Instructor: Mukund Thattai
    Credits: 2
    Time: 14:00-15:30 h
    Days: MW
    Class room: Safeda
  • 3-credit basic to mid-level course on evolutionary biology
  • Instructors: Srikala Raghavan, Satyajit Mayor, Colin Jamora, John Mercer, Minhaj Sirajuddin, Arjun Guha
    Credits: 3
    Time: 10:30-12:00 h
    Days: TR
    Class room: LH2(Langra)
    Course outline: Cellular organization. Intracellular traffic. Motors and the cytoskeleton. Cell signalling. Chromatin structure. Organellar biogenesis. Cell cycle. Apoptosis.
  • 4-credit basic to mid-level course on evolutionary biology
  • Instructors: Ramkumar Sambasivan, Tina Mukherjee, Srikala Raghavan, Ravi Muddashetty, Arjun Guha
    Credits: 2
    Time: (W)9:00-10:30 h, (S)10:30-12:00 h
    Days: WS
    Class room: LH2 (Langra)
    Course outline:
    Concepts: Genetic programs and regulation of lineage specification; Mechanisms of self-renewal and differentiation in developmental progenitors (mostly vertebrate development, some aspects using invertebrate models)

    I
    Blastula:Inner cell mass versus trophectoderm binary fate choice
    Embyomic: stem cells- mouse and human embryonic stem cells

    II
    Gastrulation: signaling cues and transcription factor networks governing 1) A/P axis formation; 2)generation of germ layers (Mesoderm specification)

    III
    Organogenesis:
    1)–Skeletal muscle development: somites,signals and TFs inducing muscle progam, generation of adult skeletal muscle stem cells from developmental progenitor
    2) Blood development
    3) Introduction to CNS development

    IV
    Adult stem cells: 1) Satellite cells, the adult muscle stem cells 2) HSCs 3) Skin stem cells

  • 17 Oct - 23 Oct
  • Instructors: R Sowdhamini, S Ramaswamy, Arati Ramesh, Ranabir Das and Aswin Seshasayee
    Time: 10.30-11.30 h
    Days: MWF
    Class room: LH-2 (Langra)
    Organizational meeting: 24th Aug 2015
    Course outline: Protein sequences, sequence alignment; Basic polypeptide stereochemistry, hierarchy in protein folds: secondary structure, tertiary structure; Protein structure determination by X-ray crystallography. Principles of protein purification, crystallization, structure determination; Structure validation and best practices on the use of protein structures from the protein data bank; Protein fold-function relationships; RNA secondary structure prediction and covariation analysis; RNA secondary structure determination methods, RNA structure determination and dynamics by X-ray and NMR, RNA dynamics studies by other biophysical methods; Dynamics of Protein-RNA complexes; Structure and organisation of genomes; genome sequencing, assembly, annotation and functional genomics; gene expression and its regulation; chromosome topologies, their dependence on cellular states and their influence on gene expression. Protein functional dynamics, Protein dynamics studies by MD simulations; Basic NMR techniques, Protein dynamics by NMR; Protein dynamics studies by other biophysical techniques.
  • Credits: 3
    Duration: 17 September 2013 -
    Schedule: TR 9:00 – 10:30, Safeda
    Outline: This course will cover topics in cell signalling, ranging from molecules to cell biology.
  • This course allows guest users to enter  
  • Faculty: Dr.Ravi Bhalla
    Dr.Jagdish Krishnaswamy
    Srinivasan Vaidyanathan
  • Science Journalism 2012
  • Science Communication [March 2012]
  • Scientific Communication IIT Kanpur 2012
  • Credits: 3

    Schedule: MW 11:30 - 13:00; F 9:00 - 10:30; LH2

    Outline:
    Neuro basic course will consist of 4 modules of around 6 lectures each, plus a couple of labs on electrical models of cells. Each lecture will be around 90 minutes. Two lectures a week, and there will also be a TA-led tutorial session each week.

    Module 1: Upi: Cellular biophysics.
    Neurons as electrical entities. Passive properties and cable theory. Active properties and Hodgkin-Huxley equations.

    Module 2: Shona: Synaptic transmission in invertebrate and vertebrate nervous systems;
    Synaptic plasticity in the mammalian brain;
    Basic concepts in neuroanatomy

    Module 3: Vatsala: Small circuits and neuromodulators

    Module 4: Sanjay: Comparative neurobiology and ethology
  • Faculty: Dr.Kartik Shanker
  • Faculty: Dr.Anindya Sinha
  • Instructors: US Bhalla, S Chattarji, S Sane, Vatsala Thirumalai

    Neuro basic course will consist of 4 modules of around 6 lectures each, plus a couple of labs on electrical models of cells. Each lecture will be around 90 minutes. Two lectures a week, and there will also be a TA-led tutorial session each week.

    Module 1: Upi: Cellular biophysics.
    Neurons as electrical entities. Passive properties and cable
    theory. Active properties and Hodgkin-Huxley equations.

    Module 2: Shona: Synaptic transmission in invertebrate and vertebrate nervous systems;
    Synaptic plasticity in the mammalian brain;
    Basic concepts in neuroanatomy

    Module 3: Vatsala: Small circuits and neuromodulators

    Module 4: Sanjay: Comparative neurobiology and ethology
  • Instructors: K VijayRaghavan, M Inamdar (JNCASR)

    Credits: 3 (Basic)
    Duration: Sep 13, 2010 – Dec 30, 2010
    Schedule: MWF 11:30AM – 1:00PM, LH2

    Outline: The course will aim to understand cell- fate specification and morphogenesis in animal and plant development from a mechanistic perspective. The latter means that there will be a attempt to develop a molecular- and cellular-understanding as opposed to a descriptive one.
  • Instructor: M Thattai

    Credits: 2 (Advanced)
    Duration: Feb 15, 2011 – Apr 28, 2011
    Schedule: TR 1:30PM – 2:30PM, LH2

    Outline: Random numbers; probability distributions; Examples of stochastic processes: radioactive decay, Brownian motion; Markov chains; stochastic chemical reactions; Master equation; solution by generating functions; Fokker-Planck and Langevin descriptions; first-passage times in bistable systems; noise in gene networks. Prerequisites: Differential calculus and some linear algebra.
  • Course Name: Statistical Methods
    Course Instructor: Dr. E. Vasantha Kumar
    Course Duration: 30 hrs {3hrs per week}
    Course Timings: Tuesdays and Thursdays- 4-5.30 pm

    Course Venue: LH-3

    Starting: 4th March

  • Instructors: SP Koushka, D Nair, U Ramakrishnan

    Credits: 0 (Required)
    Duration: Aug 4, 2009 – Aug 19, 2009
    Schedule: TWRF 4:00PM – 6:00PM, Teaching Lab

    Outline: Introduction to basic laboratory practices and techniques. Lab safety and etiquette. Maintaining lab notebooks.
  • Instructors: M Puranik, D Schwudke

    Credits: 3 (Basic)
    Duration: February 1, 2010 to April 30, 2010
    Timings : 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    Venue : 1st floor Lecture hall (LH-2)

    Outline: The course will cover theoretical aspects and applications of modern techniques in spectroscopy and bioanalytical chemistry .
  • Instructors: S Mayor and others

    Credits: 2 (Advanced)
    Duration:
    Schedule:

    Outline: Cellular organization. Intracellular traffic. Motors and the cytoskeleton. Cell signalling. Chromatin structure. Organellar biogenesis. Cell cycle. Apoptosis.
  • Instructor: S Krishna

    Credits: 2 (Advanced)
    Duration:
    Schedule:

    Outline: Leukemia as a system to familiarize basic scientists with research issues in the context of disease biology, covering the study of genetics and molecular biology, cytogenetics, hematological lineage analysis, drug discovery and related structural biology.
  • Instructor: Y Krishnan

    Credits: 3 (Basic)
    Duration: Sep 1, 2009 – Oct 29, 2009
    Schedule: TR, 10:00AM – 12:00PM

    Outline: Chemical biology of macromolecules. DNA and RNA structure. Control of gene expression. DNA replication. DNA damage and repair. RNA processing. Ribosomes and translation. RNA control of gene expression. Chemical sensors. Chemical genetics.
  • Instructors: K VijayRaghavan

    Credits: 3 (Basic)
    Duration:
    Schedule: From 26 August 2009, Wednesdays and Fridays 2:00-4:00 PM. 15 lectures plus student presentations

    Outline: The course will aim to understand cell- fate specification and morphogenesis in animal and plant development from a mechanistic perspective. The latter means that there will be a attempt to develop a molecular- and cellular-understanding as opposed to a descriptive one.
  • Instructors: U Ramakrishnan, S Quader

    Credits: 3 (Basic)
    Duration:
    Schedule:

    Outline: Biological diversity Evidence for evolution through the fossil record. Macroevolution. Evolution above the species level. Adaptation and the adaptationist approach to studying behaviour ecology and life-history. Evolution and variation across space. Micro evolutionary processes. The theory of natural selection. Evolution of phenotypic variation and the relevance of evolution and its study in human society. Species co-evolution, evolution and development. Genome evolution.
  • Instructor: E Lebow

    Credits: 3 (Basic)
    Duration: Aug 24, 2009 – Oct 28, 2009
    Schedule: MW 2:00PM – 3:30PM, LH3

    Outline: Systems of linear equations and Gaussian elimination. Vector spaces. Inner product. Determinants. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
  • Instructor: M Thattai

    Credits: 3 (Basic)
    Duration: Aug 25, 2009 – Oct 29, 2009
    Schedule: TR 2:00PM – 3:30PM, LH3

    Outline: Pre-calculus and differential calculus. Graphs and functions. Linear functions, power functions, polynomials, exponentials, logarithms. Graphical methods: scaling, inverse functions. Limits, derivatives. Maxima and minima; inflections. Basic calculus rules: product rule; chain rule. The integral. Differential equations.
  • Instructor: DT Nair

    Credits: 3 (Basic)
    Duration: Sep 1, 2009 – Nov 26, 2009
    Schedule: TR 9:15AM – 10:15AM

    Outline: Nucleic acid structure. The genetic code. Prokaryotic transcription and translation. DNA replication and recombination; mutations and repair. Eukaryotic transcription. Bioinformatics. RNAi/microRNA.
  • Instructor: SP Koushka

    Credits: 3 (Basic)
    Duration: Jan 15, 2010 – April 20, 2010
    Schedule: TR 11:30AM – 1:00PM

    Outline: The logic and techniques of genetic analysis; epistasis, suppressors, genetic interaction networks and reverse genetics and genomics. Illustration of the application of genetic analysis of specific pathways in model organisms of C. elegans, Drosophila, Yeast, bacteriophage and plants. Examples discussed include genetics of phage morphogenesis, bacterial chemotaxis, regulation of cell cycle, genome rearrangements, genetic recombination, transposition, signaling and developmental mechanisms, synapse formation and function.
  • Instructors: MK Mathew, JB Udgaonkar

    Credits: 3 (Basic)
    Duration: Aug 24, 2009 – Dec 15, 2009
    Schedule: MWF 9:00AM – 10:30AM, LH2

    Outline: Structural organization of proteins, nucleic acids and membranes. Thermodynamics: the laws; biochemical thermodynamics; statistical thermodynamics; stabilizing interactions in biomolecules; thermodynamics of ion, electron and solute transport; association between molecules. Macromolecular dynamics: fluorescence methods; hydrogen exchange; biomolecular motors; kinetics; enzyme catalysis; mass spectrometry of biomolecules.
  • Instructor: G Hyde

    Credits: 0 (Required)
    Duration:
    Schedule:

    Outline: An eight week course that aims to upgrade your scientific writing skills. Clear and logical prose. Text composition. Argument maps. Extracting arguments from a text.
  • BASIC EVOLUTION: Course information

     

    Faculty

     

    Uma Ramakrishnan

    E-mail: uramakri@ncbs.res.in

     

    Phone: NCBS ext. 6030 and 6031

     

    Deepa Agashe

     

    Email: dagashe@ncbs.res.in

     

    Phone: NCBS ext. 6524

     


    Description

     

    The evolutionary geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky famously wrote “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” But is understanding evolution important for wildlife biology and conservation?In this course, you will be introduced to basic concepts in evolution (natural selection and genetic drift), the history of evolutionary thought (Darwin, Wallace, Lamark and other thinkers), the mechanisms and processes that generate biological diversity (speciation, population genetics, hybridization), geographic patterns of diversity (biogeography, macro-ecology), and the evolution of species interactions. The course will consist of classroom lectures, discussion of primary literature, and practical lab exercises.

     

     

    Evaluation

     

    Weekly assignments: 50%

     

    Interactions and discussion: 20%

     

    Final exam: 30%

     

    PhD students crediting the course will be required to complete an additional assignment.

     

    Course Schedule

     

    8 Sep 2014 – 9 Oct 2014

     

    MWF, 9.30 – 11 am

     

    Two classes scheduled on different days/times

     

    Two labs and one discussion session scheduled in the afternoon/evening

  • Faculty: Dr.Uma Ramakrishnan & Dr.Arjun Sivasunder
  • Faculty: Dr.Krushnamegh Kunte
  • Faculty: Dr.Mahesh Sankaran & Dr.Jayashree Ratnam
  • Faculty: Dr.Ajith Kumar
  • Dr.Suhel Quader
  • Faculty: Dr.Barry Noon & Dr.Jagdish Krishnaswamy
  • Faculty: Dr.David Farris
  • Faculty: Dr.Anindya Sinha
  • Faculty: Dr.Krithi K.Karanth
  • Faculty: Dr.Rohan Arthur
  • Faculty: Dr.Mahesh Sankaran / Dr.Jayashree Ratnam
  • Faculty: Dr.K Ullas Karanth
  • Faculty: Dr.Krithi K.Karanth
  • Faculty: Dr.Anindya Sinha
  • Faculty: Dr. Geoff Hyde
    Dr. Sujata Kelkar
    Mr.Shekar Dattatri
    Mr.Kalyan Verma
    Ms.Prerana Bindra
  • Faculty: Dr. Mahesh Rangarajan
    Dr. Rohan Dsouza
  • Faculty: Dr. Mahesh Rangarajan
  • Faculty: Dr. D.S.Ravindran
    Dr. Ravi Chellam
  • Dr.Kartik Shanker, CES-IISc
  • Dr.Uma Ramakrishnan, NCBS
  • Dr.Matthew Johnson, Humboldt University, California

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