Brandeis Faculty Visit Bangalore to Explore Collaborations

Nine Brandeis scientists visited two institutions in Bangalore, India on June 12-14 to exchange ideas and to explore future research and educational collaborations.  A two-day symposium was held at the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS).   The scientific presentations by Brandeis and Indian scientists culminated in a public lecture on “Clockwork genes: discoveries in biological time” by Michael Rosbash.  The event was capped by the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Brandeis and NCBS pledging the two institutions to work toward establishing exchange programs for graduate students, postdocs and faculty (see below).    At the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), discussions were held about establishing an undergraduate exchange program between the two institutions.  Brandeis and IISc scientists also spoke about research in several areas of soft matter physics in a one-day symposium and discussed future research collaborations.   At an evening Science Café, similar to the events held in Waltham this spring, Brandeis neuroscientist Don Katz discussed his work on the neurobiology of taste with a group of Brandeis alumni and friends.  In addition to Rosbash and Katz, the Brandeis team included Leslie Griffith, Sue Paradis and Paul Miller (Biology), Irv Epstein (Chemistry), and Bulbul Chakraborty, Zvonimir Dogic and Mike Hagan (Physics).

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