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Director

Prof. Jayant B. Udgaonkar

Prof. Jayant B. Udgaonkar assumed office as the Director of IISER Pune on November 1, 2017. A biophysicist with over 30 years of research experience, Prof. Udgaonkar was at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, prior to joining IISER Pune.

Prof. Jayant Udgaonkar works on the problem of protein folding, an area that has inspired biochemists and biophysicists alike for long. Understanding how proteins fold, unfold, and misfold has biotechnological as well as medical implications. His laboratory uses model proteins to address this problem through the tools of protein engineering and physical biochemistry.

 

Education and Training

BSc 1976-1979 St. Xavier’s College University of Bombay Mumbai, India; Major: Chemistry; Minor: Microbiology

MSc 1979-1981 Indian Institute Technology, Madras Department of Chemistry Chennai, India; Chemistry

PhD 1981-1986 Cornell University, Section of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Ithaca, NY, U.S.A. (Major: Biochemistry; Minor: Applied Physics, Laboratory of Prof. GP Hess)

Postdoctoral Fellow 1986-1989 Stanford University, Department of Biochemistry Stanford, CA, U.S.A, Biochemistry, Laboratory of Prof. RL Baldwin

Research Experience

1990-1995 Reader National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai and Bengaluru

1995-1998 Associate Professor, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru

1998-2007 Professor, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru

2007- 2017 Senior Professor, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru

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.

Awards and Honours

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