News

December22
  • 19-12-2016: Anushree, Kunalika and Manasi’s combined efforts are published in PLOS ONE. A good combination of experiments and computation.
  • 13-12-2016: The lab travels to the MMSYMP: Computational and Experimental Studies of Microtubules and Motors at IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai.
  • 21-22 May 2016: Advances in mathematical and computational biology (AMCB) at IIT-Ropar: Instructional school organi

    Logo of IIT Ropar

    IIT Ropar

    zed by the Mohali node of NNMCB (National Network on Mathematical and Computational Biology)- a DST initiative to enhancetraining in math-comp biology. I will be speaking. Visting ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੇ for science- a first- IIT-Ropar, Punjab

  • The iGEM (international genetically engineered machines) contest for 2016 is accepting PI registrations! Let the games begin!
  • #Biophysics Week called by the Biophysical Society of USA 7-11 March! And some amazing biophysics in the dispersal of fern spores, providing an understanding and inspiration for bio-mimetics.

    A report from the Royal Society Interface 2016 by Llorens et al.

    A report from the Royal Society Interface 2016 by Llorens et al.

  • Reproducibility of measurements in synthetic biology- the 2014-15 iGEM InterLab study involved measurements of fluorescence from promoters distributed to multiple labs have been collated and published in PlosOne. The results suggest measurement methodology is a bigger cause of variation between results from lab-to-lab as compared to the construct themselves. And the IISER Pune team is part of the consortium acknowledged in the paper!
  • Summer-Internship with the most exciting thing in neurobiology DIY since Luigi Galvani’s frog. http://blog.backyardbrains.com/

    Cockroach circadian circuit. http://blog.backyardbrains.com/2015/08/the-roach-race-cockroaches-on-wheels-to-study-circadian-rhythms/

    Cockroach circuit

  • The global availability of scientists and engineers from the World Economic Forum and plotted using Google’s DataViewer
  • 27-30 Dec 2015: the National Meeting on Mathematical and Computational Biology organized by the Pune node.
  • 2015 nobel prize for medicine and physiology- to some

Random

January14

A short poem by Luis Borges on the Rigor in Science inspires me and encapsulates my lab’s philosophy (whcih I first encountered in the preamble to Rob Philips, Julie Theriot and Jane Kondev’s excellent book on “Physical Biology of the Cell”).

(spanish original)

Del rigor en la ciencia

En aquel Imperio, el Arte de la Cartografía logró tal Perfección que el Mapa de una sola Provincia ocupaba toda una Ciudad, y el Mapa del Imperio, toda una Provincia. Con el tiempo, estos Mapas Desmesurados no satisficieron y los Colegios de Cartógrafos levantaron un Mapa del Imperio, que tenía el Tamaño del Imperio y coincidía puntualmente con él. Menos Adictas al Estudio de la Cartografía, las Generaciones Siguientes entendieron que ese dilatado Mapa era Inútil y no sin Impiedad lo entregaron a las Inclemencias del Sol y los Inviernos. En los Desiertos del Oeste perduran despedazadas Ruinas del Mapa, habitadas por Animales y por Mendigos; en todo el País no hay otra reliquia de las Disciplinas Geográficas.

Suárez Miranda: Viajes de varones prudentes
Libro Cuarto, cap. XLV, Lérida, 1658

(Google-translated)

Rigor in science

In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied an entire City, and the Map of the Empire, an entire Province. Over time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire and coincided with it. Less Addicted to the Study of Cartography, the Following Generations understood that that vast Map was Useless, and not without Impiety they surrendered to Inclement Sun and Winters. In the Deserts of the West remain Tattered Ruins of that Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggars; throughout the country no other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography.

Suárez Miranda: Travel wise men
Book IV, chap. XLV, Lerida, 1658

  • Number plates that mean something “Live Free or Die:UNIX” (New Hampshire did the first part)
  • One of the coolest living scientists Andre Geim and his talk- Random Walk to Graphene
  • Dilbertian RNGs
The problem with random number generators (RNGs)