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    Pushing the boundaries of functional protein nanotechnology

    Posted on Sep 18, 2021
    Dr. Britto Sandanaraj’s group is working on developing new technologies and engineering new molecules for applications in the field of chemical biology and molecular imaging. In a recent set of papers, the group reported synthesis of new types of self-assembling artificial proteins and design ...
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    A rose is a rose is a rose; not so for calcium!

    Posted on Mar 17, 2021
    Most things are what they are, no matter what their genesis. For calcium though, provenance matters. This is the take-home from a recently published study from Dr. Suhita Nadkarni’s group at IISER Pune in which the team has investigated if and how calcium ions from different sources impact memory ...
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    On the therapeutic potential of heparan sulfates

    Posted on Mar 17, 2021
    In a recent series of papers, Dr. Raghavendra Kikkeri’s group explores the therapeutic potential of heparan sulfate, a linear carbohydrate (polysaccharide) molecule, which is typically found at the cell surface and in the extracellular matrix that holds cells together. Shown to be important...
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    Got strong shoulders, will somersault!

    Posted on Oct 17, 2020
    On the biomechanics of the somersault movement in Hydra In a recent paper published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, the research groups led by Prof. Sanjeev Galande from the Biology department and Dr. Shivprasad Patil and Dr. Apratim Chatterji from the Physics department at IISER Pu...
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    Trapping toxic water pollutants using a hybrid material

    Posted on Sep 27, 2020
    In a paper that addresses the increasing levels of water pollution, Prof. Sujit Ghosh’s group has developed a  hybrid material that can purify water by removing a wide range of toxic ions from water. “Inorganic oxoanions, classified among the primary substances present in polluted water, en...
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    When Click chemistry is combined with CRISPR-Cas9 technology

    Posted on Aug 31, 2020
    Like tagging your grey suitcase with a bright ribbon helps you spot it from among tens of others, tagging molecules with fluorescent probes gives certain functionalities to the molecules we try to study. We can now see where they reside in a cell, when they traverse, which other molecules they mee...
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    Technology transfer MoU for low-cost ventilator

    Posted on Aug 07, 2020
    The low-cost ICU ventilator developed earlier at the Physics department of IISER Pune will now be jointly taken up by Accurate Gauging & Instruments Pvt. Ltd. and IISER Pune to be built for regulatory approvals followed by production.  Towards this, a Memorandum of Understanding for...
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    Piecing together Vitamin B-12

    Posted on Aug 06, 2020
    A recent paper from Dr Amrita Hazra’s group at IISER Pune offers new insights into the puzzle of how vitamin B-12, one of the largest ‘small molecules' made in nature, is pieced together. They do this by reconstituting the activity of two novel enzymes involved in B-12 synthesis and find that the ...
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    Desalting of water using an electrochemical neutralization cell

    Posted on Aug 01, 2020
    Water is essential to sustain life on earth. Access to safely managed drinking water in a way that it’s available when needed and is free of contamination is not a given to many communities around the world. About two-thirds of our planet’s surface is covered in ocean waters, but this water canno...
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    Improving the Stability of Perovskite Semiconductor Nanocrystals

    Posted on Jun 04, 2020
    Named in honour of the mineralogist Lev Perovski, perovskite is the mineral form of the inorganic compound calcium titanate (CaTiO3). A large fraction of earth’s minerals has various compositions of metal oxides with the same perovskite structure. Such oxide perovskites are commonly used in our hous...
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    COVID-19 Testing Centre at IISER Pune

    Posted on May 21, 2020
    While it is well-recognised that expanding testing capacity is a critical element in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic, testing is a logistically and technically formidable task for a large population such as ours. Research institutions have the infrastructure and technical know-how required f...
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    An unconventional way to target cancer

    Posted on Mar 13, 2020
    Majority of the drugs available in the market for cancer bind to proteins, nucleic acids, receptors, etc. present in cancer cells and help destroy the cells. On many occasions, cancer cells generate resistance against these drugs during the treatment period. So, there is a continuous need to develop...
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    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's visit to IISER Pune

    Posted on Dec 07, 2019
    Honourable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi visited IISER Pune and met with some of the faculty members and students in a brief but highly interactive gathering. IISER Pune Director Prof Jayant Udgaonkar presented an overview of the institute profile outining the institute's objectives, ac...
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    Antarctica, then and now

    Posted on Oct 31, 2019
    Antarctica, with an annual average temperature anywhere between minus ten to minus sixty, is one of the most inhospitable places on the Earth. However, this was not the case forty million years ago; a mild climate had prevailed there. Towards the end of the Late Eocene, approximately 33.7 million ye...