IISER Pune
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH (IISER) PUNE
where tomorrow’s science begins today
An Autonomous Institution, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India
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Prof. Jayant B. Udgaonkar


Education and Training
B.Sc. 1976-1979  St. Xavier’s College University of Bombay Mumbai, India; Major: Chemistry; Minor: Microbiology
M.Sc. 1979-1981  Indian Institute Technology, Madras Department of Chemistry Chennai, India; Chemistry
Ph.D. 1981-1986  Cornell University, Section of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Ithaca, NY, U.S.A. (Major: Biochemistry; Minor: Applied Physics, Laboratory of Professor GP Hess)
Post-doctoral Fellow 1986-1989  Stanford University, Department of Biochemistry Stanford, CA, U.S.A, Biochemistry, Laboratory of Professor RL Baldwin
 
Research Experience
1990-1995 Reader National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai and Bangalore
1995-1998  Associate Professor, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore
1998-2007 Professor, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore
2007- 2017 Senior Professor, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore
2017- Professor and Director, IISER Pune
 
Research Interests
Biophysical chemistry, Protein folding, dynamics and aggregation. Study of protein folding, unfolding and aggregation using small proteins and the role of chaperone GroEL in correct folding, using tools of protein engineering and physical biochemistry.
 
Honors and Awards
  • Fellow of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research (1986-1989)
  • Biotechnology Career Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation (1991-1995)
  • Golden Jubilee Biotechnology Fellowship (1997) awarded by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. One of two awards given to Indian biologists, under the age of 50, for commemorating the 50th anniversary of India’s independence
  • Swarnajayanti Fellowship (1997-2002), awarded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. One of eleven awards given to Indian scientists, engineers and doctors, under the age of 40, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of India’s independence.
  • Senior Research Fellowship, Wellcome Trust (1999-2004)
  • J.C. Bose National Fellowship (2007-), awarded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India
  • Honorary Faculty Member, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore (1999)
  • Member, Asia-Pacific International Molecular Biology Network (2001-)
  • Associate, Indian Academy of Sciences (1991-1995)
  • Fellow, IAS ( Indian Academy of Sciences) (1997-)
  • Fellow, INSA (Indian National Science Academy) (2002-)
  • Fellow, TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences) (2013-)
  • Member, Editorial Board of Folding and Design (1996-98)
  • Member, Editorial Board of Protein Engineering, Design and Selection (2003-)
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board of Biochemistry (2013-2015)
  • Associate Editor of Biochemistry (2015-)
  • Guest Editor, Section on Folding and Binding, Curr. Opin. Struct Biol. (2013, 2016)
  • B.M. Birla Award for Biology, 1996
  • Bhatnagar Prize for Biological Sciences (2000), awarded by the Government of India
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award (2011), Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • G.N. Ramachandran Gold Medal (2011), awarded by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India
 
Other Professional Duties
  • 1997- 2008 Dean, NCBS Faculty
  • 1997- 2008 Head, Research Activities, National Centre for Biological Sciences
  • 1997-1998 Head, Administration, National Centre for Biological Sciences
  • 1998-2000 Head, Technical Services, National Centre for Biological Sciences

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