IISER-Pune SUMMER PROGRAMME 2020 PROJECTS

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Project Listing - Supervisor and Code

Biology       Chemistry       Mathematics       Earth-Science       Physics       Data-Science
BIO-01 ATHALE, CHAITANYA CHEM-01 ANAND, VG MATH-01 BASU, RABEYA EARTH-01 MANI, NEENA-JOSEPH PHY-01 BHATTACHARYAY, ARIJIT DATA-01 GOEL, PRANAY
BIO-17 ATHALE, CHAITANYA CHEM-02 BALLAV, NIRMALYA MATH-02 BHAGWAT, CHANDRASHEEL EARTH-02 TRIPATHY, GYANA-RANJAN PHY-02 CHIKKADI, VIJAYAKUMAR DATA-02 GOEL, PRANAY
BIO-18 ATHALE, CHAITANYA CHEM-03 BOOMISHANKAR, R MATH-03 BHAGWAT, CHANDRASHEEL     PHY-03 DESHPANDE, APARNA
BIO-02 ATHREYA, RAMANA CHEM-04 CHAUDHURY, SRABANTI MATH-04 CHORWADWALA, ANISA     PHY-04 MAHESH, TS    
BIO-03 ATHREYA, RAMANA CHEM-19 CHUGH, JEETENDER MATH-05 GOSWAMI, ANINDYA     PHY-05 SANTHANAM, MS    
BIO-19 CHUGH, JEETENDER CHEM-05 GNANAPRAKASAM, BOOPATHY MATH-06 KALELKAR, TEJAS     PHY-06 SREEJITH, GJ    
BIO-04 DEY, SUTIRTH CHEM-06 GOPI, HOSAHUDYA MATH-07 MAITY, SOUMEN     PHY-07 SUBRAMANIAN, PRASAD    
BIO-05 DEY, SUTIRTH CHEM-07 HAZRA, AMRITA                
BIO-06 DEY, SUTIRTH CHEM-20 HAZRA, AMRITA                
BIO-07 GALANDE, SANJEEV CHEM-08 HAZRA, PARTHA                
BIO-08 JACOB, TRESSA CHEM-09 KHAN, SHABANA                
BIO-09 KRISHNAN, ANAND CHEM-10 MUKHERJEE, ARNAB                
BIO-10 NADKARNI, SUHITA CHEM-11 PILLAI, PRAMOD                
BIO-11 NAMBIAR, MRIDULA CHEM-12 SRIVATSAN, SG                
BIO-12 NAMBIAR, MRIDULA CHEM-13 TALUKDAR, PINAKI                
BIO-13 PANANGHAT, GAYATHRI CHEM-14 TALUKDAR, PINAKI                
BIO-14 RAJAMANI, SUDHA CHEM-15 TALUKDAR, PINAKI                
BIO-15 RATNAPARKHI, GIRISH CHEM-16 TALUKDAR, PINAKI                
BIO-20 RIKHY, RICHA CHEM-17 VAIDHYANATHAN, RAMANATHAN                
BIO-16 SENGUPTA, KUNDAN CHEM-18 VAIDHYANATHAN, RAMANATHAN                



Project Descriptions


Biology Projects


CODE:  BIO-01
SUPERVISOR: ATHALE, CHAITANYA
PROJECT: Data analytics of biological time series: Porting MATLAB code to Java
CATEGORY: Computational
DESCRIPTION: 1) Understand MATLAB code for big-data image analysis 2) Covert to Java and integrate it with ImageJ/FIJI 3) Test it on example datasets from C. elegans embryogenesis
DURATION: 8 weeks between June-July 2020
KNOWLEDGE: 3rd year BSc/BE/BTech/BS-MS equivalent
SKILLS: MATLAB and/or Java experience
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CODE:  BIO-17
SUPERVISOR: ATHALE, CHAITANYA
PROJECT: Purification of tubulin from pig brains and activity testing
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: To use an existing protocol to purfiy tubulin from pig brains and test it biochemically (SDS-PAGE) and for activity (spectroscopy and microscopy).
DURATION: 8 weeks May-June 2020
KNOWLEDGE: 1st year M.Sc. equivalent in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology/Zoology/Botany/Biotechnology
SKILLS: SDS-PAGE, protein purification and estimation
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CODE:  BIO-18
SUPERVISOR: ATHALE, CHAITANYA
PROJECT: Making a database of microtubule-motor parameters
CATEGORY: Computational
DESCRIPTION: 1) Prepare a data model for a microtubule database 2) Read literature and compare parameters 3) Make a searchable web interface
DURATION: 4 weeks May 2020
KNOWLEDGE: B.E./B.Tech/MCA/BCA/Bioinformatics
SKILLS: Python, mySQL and database management skills
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CODE:  BIO-02
SUPERVISOR: ATHREYA, RAMANA
PROJECT: Ant taxonomy
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: The successful applicant will work with a PhD student to identify ant specimens collected from Arunachal Pradesh
DURATION: Minimum 6 weeks
KNOWLEDGE: Some familiarity with identifying species (of any taxon - e.g. butterflies, moths, heprs, etc) will help but is not essential
SKILLS: Patience and an ability to focus on details for long periods.
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CODE:  BIO-03
SUPERVISOR: ATHREYA, RAMANA
PROJECT: Moth taxonomy
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: The successful applicant will work with a PhD student to identify moth images collected from Arunachal Pradesh
DURATION: Minimum 6 weeks
KNOWLEDGE: Some familiarity with identifying species (of any taxon - e.g. butterflies, ants, herps, etc) will help but is not essential
SKILLS: Patience and an ability to focus on details for long periods.
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CODE:  BIO-19
SUPERVISOR: CHUGH, JEETENDER
PROJECT: Understanding complex cellular pathways by NMR-based metabolomics
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: We are trying to understand the cellular pathways behind various diseases using NMR-based metabolomics. Students will be involved in making samples for NMR, recording and analysing NMR data, statistical analysis
DURATION: June-July, 8 weeks
KNOWLEDGE: Basic biochemistry, Basic NMR Spectroscopy
SKILLS: Handling pipettes, making buffers
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CODE:  BIO-04
SUPERVISOR: DEY, SUTIRTH
PROJECT: Effects of selection for dispersal under low nutrition condition
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: This project will involve experimental work using Drosophila populations. It will involve multiple behavioural and life-history assays on this broad topic.
DURATION: 8 weeks, during May-July.
KNOWLEDGE: Basic understanding of evolutionary processes.
SKILLS: Prior experience in dealing with Drosophila is preferable, though not mandatory.
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CODE:  BIO-05
SUPERVISOR: DEY, SUTIRTH
PROJECT: Experimental evolution using laboratory populations of E. coli
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: Using microbial populations to answer questions about effects of population sizes on evolutionary trajectories.
DURATION: 8 weeks, during May - July
KNOWLEDGE: Basic understanding of evolutionary biology
SKILLS: Prior experience in working wit microbes is preferred.
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CODE:  BIO-06
SUPERVISOR: DEY, SUTIRTH
PROJECT: Effects of gut microbiota on evolution in laboratory populations of D melanogaster
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: In this project we are going to look at how microbiota affect the behaviour and life-history of Drosophila populations on an evolutionary timescale.
DURATION: 8 weeks
KNOWLEDGE: Understanding of basic evolutionary theory
SKILLS: Some familiarity with handling Drosophila and or microbes will be useful.
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CODE:  BIO-07
SUPERVISOR: GALANDE, SANJEEV
PROJECT: Study of epigenetic regulation using multiple model systems
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: At the Centre of Excellence in Epigenetics we are also interested in understanding the epigenetic modifications underlying variety of biologically important phenomena and their role in gene expression, regeneration, cancer, behavior, aging and evolution. The summer student can choose any of the above projects using one of the model systems such as mouse, zebrafish and hydra.
DURATION: 8 weeks, during 1st May - 30th July
KNOWLEDGE: Major in any branch of Life sciences, B.Sc 2nd year or above
SKILLS: Biochemistry and/or molecular biology experience
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CODE:  BIO-08
SUPERVISOR: JACOB, TRESSA
PROJECT: Investigating molecular basis of scale development using zebrafish as a model organism
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: The lab studies the role of Wnt signalling and Twist transcription factors in scale formation. We combine genetics with chemogenetics and microscopy for this purpose.
DURATION: 15th May to 15th July
KNOWLEDGE: Developmental biology knowledge especially how tissues and organs are formed and how they regenerate. Additional knowledge on how CRISPR-Cas9 works and is being used in different model organisms for genetic manipulation would be preferred.
SKILLS: Isolated DNA, Performed PCR, Restriction digestion and cloning.

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CODE:  BIO-09
SUPERVISOR: KRISHNAN, ANAND
PROJECT: Identifying animal vocalizations from large acoustic datasets
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: Learning to identify vocalizations and perform acoustic analyses in large datasets
DURATION: 8 weeks, 15th May - 15th July
KNOWLEDGE: B.Sc first year in Biology or Physics
SKILLS: None required; skill with MATLAB or Python is a plus.

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CODE:  BIO-10
SUPERVISOR: NADKARNI, SUHITA
PROJECT: Biophysical models of synaptic transmission and plasticity
CATEGORY: Computational
DESCRIPTION:
DURATION: 25th May - 10th July
KNOWLEDGE: Undergrad level Physics and Mathematics
SKILLS: Scientific programing in any language (Python, C, C ++)
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CODE:  BIO-11
SUPERVISOR: NAMBIAR, MRIDULA
PROJECT: Mechanism of cohesin loading at centromeres in fission yeast
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: Sister-chromatid cohesion is essential for proper chromosomal segregation during cell division. In this project, the objective is to examine the role of cohesin-loading complex proteins, Mis4-Ssl3, in depositing cohesins at centromeres in fission yeast. Different strains with specific genetic backgrounds will be generated and tested for viability and chromosomal segregation accuracy during both mitosis and meiosis.
DURATION: 8 weeks, 15th May-15th July
KNOWLEDGE: B.Sc. 2nd year Biology; Basic knowledge of genetics and molecular biology.
SKILLS: Good microbiological practices
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CODE:  BIO-12
SUPERVISOR: NAMBIAR, MRIDULA
PROJECT: Mechanism of repression of recombination at the mating-type locus in fission yeast
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: Meiotic recombination events are not uniformly distributed along the chromosomes. The "mat" locus in yeast are specifically repressed for recombination as they define opposite mating-types. The aim of this project is to understand the molecular basis of this repression. Different yeast strains with specific genetic backgrounds will be generated and tested for their ability to recombine at the "mat" locus using genetic approaches.
DURATION: 6 weeks, 1st June - 15th July
KNOWLEDGE: B.Sc. 3rd year Biology; Basic knowledge of genetics and molecular biology.
SKILLS: Good microbiological and laboratory practices
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CODE:  BIO-13
SUPERVISOR: PANANGHAT, GAYATHRI
PROJECT: Structural biology of small Ras-like GTPases
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: The project will consist of cloning for expression of proteins in E.coli and structure and sequence analysis of small Ras-like GTPases
DURATION: 5 weeks, during 25th May - 15th July
KNOWLEDGE: Basics in protein biochemistry
SKILLS:
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CODE:  BIO-14
SUPERVISOR: RAJAMANI, SUDHA
PROJECT: Nonenzymatic oligomerization on prebiotic earth
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: To undertake experimental work that will enable the discerning of pertinent prebiotic processes, which enabled the transition from non-life to life.
DURATION: About 6 weeks between 15th May - 10th July
KNOWLEDGE: Minimum B.Sc 2nd year with background in Chemistry and/or Biology
SKILLS: Not applicable
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CODE:  BIO-15
SUPERVISOR: RATNAPARKHI, GIRISH
PROJECT: Developmental Genetics in Drosophila
CATEGORY: SELECT
DESCRIPTION: A training course to learn Drosophila husbandry, genetic crosses and specific experiments related to projects in the Ratnaparkhi Lab (http://www.iiserpune.ac.in/~girish/Publications.html)
DURATION: 60 days in the period May, June and July.
KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of Genetics
SKILLS: Previous experience in fly genetics will be useful. Not a requirement.
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CODE:  BIO-20
SUPERVISOR: RIKHY, RICHA
PROJECT: Analysis of syncytial cellular architecture in Drosophila embryogenesis
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: Features of cytoskeletal and membrane remodelling will be assessed during Drosophila embryogenesis
DURATION: 15th May to 15th July 2020
KNOWLEDGE: BSc 3rd year or Masters students
SKILLS: Knowledge of Developmental biology and Cell biology
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CODE:  BIO-16
SUPERVISOR: SENGUPTA, KUNDAN
PROJECT: Nuclear architecture of cancer cells
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: Cancer cells are characterised by changes in their nuclear architecture. This project will dissect the underlying mechanisms to unravel the role of nuclear lamins in regulating nuclear architecture of cancer cells.
DURATION: 8-10 weeks, during 1st May - 15th July 2020
KNOWLEDGE: B.Sc 2rd year and above (preferably in Biology)
SKILLS: Background in experimental biology, molecular biology, biochemistry would be preferred.
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Chemistry Projects


CODE:  CHEM-01
SUPERVISOR: ANAND, VG
PROJECT: Synthetic chemistry of Porphyrinoids
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: Synthesis and characterization of porphyrinoids and related macrocycles
DURATION: 12 weeks, during 1st May - 31st July
KNOWLEDGE: M.Sc. 1st Year
SKILLS: Basic knowledge of organic chemistry

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CODE:  CHEM-02
SUPERVISOR: BALLAV, NIRMALYA
PROJECT: Graphene-Based Functional Materials
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: Synthesis and characterization of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) followed by supercapacitor device fabrication and performance testing
DURATION: eg. 8 weeks, during 15th May - 15th July
KNOWLEDGE: eg. B.Sc (Chemistry/Physics) 2nd-3rd year / B.Tech or B.Eng (2nd-3rd year)
SKILLS:
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CODE:  CHEM-03
SUPERVISOR: BOOMISHANKAR, R
PROJECT: Organic-Inorganic hybrid materials as potential ferroelectric materials
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: The project will involve the synthesis of new organic-inorganic hybrid materials with non-centrosymmetric structures and evaluate their possible ferroelectric properties
DURATION: 6-8 weeks, during 15th May - 15th July
KNOWLEDGE: eg. B.Sc 2nd year Chemistry or equivalent
SKILLS: Basic chemistry laboratory skills
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CODE:  CHEM-04
SUPERVISOR: CHAUDHURY, SRABANTI
PROJECT: computer simulations on protein target search processes
CATEGORY: Computational
DESCRIPTION: Study of target search dynamics in proteins using Monte Carlo (MC)simulations
DURATION: 6 weeks, during 1st June - 15th July
KNOWLEDGE: B.Sc 2nd year Chemistry/ Physics/Chemical engineering, 1st year MSc
SKILLS: computer programming
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CODE:  CHEM-19
SUPERVISOR: CHUGH, JEETENDER
PROJECT: Towards understanding RNA-Protein interactions
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: We have a lot of RNA-protein interactions going in the lab that we want to understand further using NMR spectroscopy. Looking forward for dedicated people interested in learning protein expression and purification, and little bit of NMR spectroscopy.
DURATION: June-July, 8 weeks
KNOWLEDGE: Basic biochemistry, structural biology
SKILLS: Cloning, Protein expression, SDS-PAGE
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CODE:  CHEM-05
SUPERVISOR: GNANAPRAKASAM, BOOPATHY
PROJECT: Continuous-Flow Synthesis of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: The aim of the project is to develop continuous-flow methodology for the synthesis of heterocyclic compounds. Various synthetic approaches of batch chemistry will be evaluated under continuous-flow at elevated temperature to access the heterocyclic compounds.
DURATION: eg. 6-8 weeks, during 25th May - 10th July
KNOWLEDGE: M.Sc 1st year Chemistry
SKILLS:
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CODE:  CHEM-06
SUPERVISOR: GOPI, HOSAHUDYA
PROJECT: Peptidomimetics and foldamers
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: Synthesis and evaluation of biologically active peptidomimetics and foldamers
DURATION: 5 weeks, during 25th May - 10th July
KNOWLEDGE: M.S and M. Sc 2nd year Chemistry and Biology
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CODE:  CHEM-07
SUPERVISOR: HAZRA, AMRITA
PROJECT: Identifying factors governing nucleobase specificity in vitamin biosynthesis enzymes to facilitate the design of vitamin homologs
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: Vitamins are essential molecules, required for primary metabolism and health. The chemical structure of vitamins often contain a nucleobase or nucleotide motifs such as adenine or adenosine mono or di-phosphates. For example, coenzyme A, FAD, NAD, and SAM are common cofactors used by living organisms which contain a nucleobase or a nucleotide. The goal of this project is to identify the molecular basis of nucleobase selectivity in SAM synthetases
DURATION: 8-10 weeks, 15th May onwards
KNOWLEDGE: Bachelors degree 2nd year in Chemistry and Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical Biology etc.
SKILLS: Bioinformatics and basic programming skills, cloning, protein purification, analytical experimental skills such as TLC, UV-Vis spectrophotometry and understanding of HPLC, NMR, and mass spectrometry
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CODE:  CHEM-20
SUPERVISOR: HAZRA, AMRITA
PROJECT: Selectivity and roles of CobT homologs in Vitamin B12 biosynthesis
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: Vitamin B12 biosynthesis requires over 30 enzymes, and is restricted to a subset of bacteria and archaea in the natural world. In this project, we explore the selectivity of homologs of CobT, one of the B12 biosynthesis enzymes, with regard to its occurrence in various aerobic and anaerobic microbes. The project will utilize basic tools in bioinformatics, protein chemistry, molecular biology and mutagenesis, and analytical techniques of the proce
DURATION: 4-6 weeks, May onwards
KNOWLEDGE: Bachelors degree 2nd year in Chemistry and Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical Biology etc.
SKILLS: Protein purification, analytical experimental knowledge of TLC, UV-Vis spectrophotometry and understanding of HPLC, NMR, and mass spectrometry
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CODE:  CHEM-08
SUPERVISOR: HAZRA, PARTHA
PROJECT: Design, Synthesis and Optical Properties of Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence (TADF) is a process through which a molecular species in a non-emitting excited state can incorporate surrounding thermal energy to change states and only then undergo light emission. The TADF process involves an excited molecular species in a triplet state, which commonly has a forbidden transition to the ground state termed phosphorescence. By absorbing nearby thermal energy the triplet state can undergo
DURATION: eg. 5 weeks, during 25th May - 10th July
KNOWLEDGE: B.Sc 2nd year Chemistry
SKILLS: knowledge of synthesis and physical chemistry

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CODE:  CHEM-09
SUPERVISOR: KHAN, SHABANA
PROJECT: Synthesis and application of N-heterocyclic carbene cobalt complexes
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: This project involves the synthesis of N-heterocyclic carbene-cobalt complexes and their application in catalysis.
DURATION: 6 weeks, 21th May - 10th July
KNOWLEDGE: MSc second year, BS-MS 3rd-4th Year
SKILLS: Knowledge of basic organic/Inorganic chemistry
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CODE:  CHEM-10
SUPERVISOR: MUKHERJEE, ARNAB
PROJECT: Chemical reaction rate and drug design
CATEGORY: Computational
DESCRIPTION: We have multiple projects in our group. I am looking for students who are mathematically sound to solve the problem of diffusion over rugged energy landscape. Also, I am looking for students who are very good in programming to develop our in-house program of denonvo drug design.
DURATION: May to July
KNOWLEDGE: B.Sc. 2nd year and above
SKILLS: c++ programming OR ability to solve differential equations
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CODE:  CHEM-11
SUPERVISOR: PILLAI, PRAMOD
PROJECT: Ligand Directed Optoelectronic Properties in Hybrid Nanomaterials
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: The project is focused on controlling the interparticle interactions at the nanoscale to improve various optoelectronic properties of hybrid nanomaterials. The properties of interest include self-assembly and supramolecular chemistry, catalysis and photophysical properties like energy/electron transfer, photocatalysis, light to heat conversion and so on. Various types of analytical and characterization tools are used in our research programs, whi
DURATION: 8 weeks, during 25th May - 18th July
KNOWLEDGE: B.Sc 3rd year or MSc 1st year Chemistry. Knowledge in physical chemistry is essential.
SKILLS: Basic laboratory experience is required. The candidate should be interested in physical chemistry related topics.
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CODE:  CHEM-12
SUPERVISOR: SRIVATSAN, SG
PROJECT: Nucleic acid probes and labeling technologies
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: The project would involve the synthesis of nucleoside probes for studying nucleic acids. Alternatively project would also involve developing tools for labeling nucleic acids.
DURATION: 8 weeks, May 15 to July 15
KNOWLEDGE: B.Sc 3nd year; Chemistry and Biology
SKILLS: Organic synthesis and molecular biology techniques
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CODE:  CHEM-13
SUPERVISOR: TALUKDAR, PINAKI
PROJECT: Design of synthetic membrane transporters for biological activity
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: In this project we propose to design and synthetize small organic moleucles for exploring their ion transport activity across lipid membranes. The results will be helpful to explore biological activity in the future.
DURATION: 2 to 3 months period during 15th May - 15th July
KNOWLEDGE: A thorough B.Sc. knowledge in organic chemistry is required.
SKILLS: Strong background of organic chemistry. Students with prior experience in experimental organic chemistry is preferred.
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CODE:  CHEM-14
SUPERVISOR: TALUKDAR, PINAKI
PROJECT: Development of stimuli-responsive ion transporters
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: In this project we propose to design and synthetize small organic molecules that can be applied for ion transport activity across lipid membranes by stimulus e.g. light. The results will be helpful to explore biological activity in the future.
DURATION: 2 to 3 months period during 15th May - 15th July
KNOWLEDGE: A thorough B.Sc. knowledge in organic chemistry is required.
SKILLS: Strong background of organic chemistry. Students with prior experience in experimental organic chemistry is preferred.
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CODE:  CHEM-15
SUPERVISOR: TALUKDAR, PINAKI
PROJECT: Development of stimuli-responsive ion transporters
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: In this project we propose to design and synthetize small organic molecules that can be applied for ion transport activity across lipid membranes by stimulus e.g. light. The results will be helpful to explore biological activity in the future.
DURATION: 2 to 3 months period during 15th May - 15th July
KNOWLEDGE: A thorough B.Sc. knowledge in organic chemistry is required.
SKILLS: Strong background of organic chemistry. Students with prior experience in experimental organic chemistry is preferred.
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CODE:  CHEM-16
SUPERVISOR: TALUKDAR, PINAKI
PROJECT: Design of synthetic membrane transporters for biological activity
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: In this project we propose to design and synthetize small organic molecules for exploring their ion transport activity across lipid membranes. The results will be helpful to explore biological activity in the future.
DURATION: 2 to 3 months period during 15th May - 15th July
KNOWLEDGE: A thorough B.Sc. knowledge in organic chemistry is required.
SKILLS: Strong background of organic chemistry. Students with prior experience in experimental organic chemistry is preferred.
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CODE:  CHEM-17
SUPERVISOR: VAIDHYANATHAN, RAMANATHAN
PROJECT: Framework solids for energy and environmental applications
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: The project(s) would aim at developing high surface area solids such as Metal Organic Frameworks, Covalent Organic Frameworks and Porous polymers with specific pre-defined functional sites. Such solids would be employed in making gas-separation membranes or as electrodes/electrolytes in batteries. We would also look at their photo/electro catalytic and emissive properties. The work would involve the synthesis of MOFs and COFs already developed in
DURATION: 5 weeks, during 25th May - 15th July
KNOWLEDGE: B.Sc 2nd year Chemistry
SKILLS: Some organic synthesis (single or two-step is sufficient). Handling glass wares and routine laboratory instruments such as hot plates, balance, schlenk lines etc.
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CODE:  CHEM-18
SUPERVISOR: VAIDHYANATHAN, RAMANATHAN
PROJECT: Covalent Organic Frameworks for Charge Storage and Transport
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: The project would focus on designing and developing covalent organic frameworks with a polymeric backbone as N-rich charge storage platforms. Would involve two to three-step organic synthesis with purification and isolation steps. The characterizations would involve PXRD, TGA, spectroscopy and microscopy. The materials would be embedded with charge carrying guests to promote further carrier mobility.
DURATION: 5 weeks, 25th May - 15th July
KNOWLEDGE: B.Sc 2nd year Chemistry
SKILLS: Handling routine laboratory wares.
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Mathematics Projects


CODE:  MATH-01
SUPERVISOR: BASU, RABEYA
PROJECT: classical Ring Theory
CATEGORY: Theoretical
DESCRIPTION: The main object of study will be Wedderburn-Artin Theorem and Semisimplicity, representation of groups and algebras, and the theory of idempotents.
DURATION: 5 Weeks weeks, during 25th May - 30th June
KNOWLEDGE: Basic Algebra: group theory, rings and module theory, field theory.
SKILLS: Latex.
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CODE:  MATH-02
SUPERVISOR: BHAGWAT, CHANDRASHEEL
PROJECT: Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry
CATEGORY: Theoretical
DESCRIPTION: Learning Commutative Algebra and Introduction to Algebraic Geometry
DURATION: 4 weeks, between May 15 - July 15
KNOWLEDGE: Group Theory, Ring Theory, Basics of Topology
SKILLS: Capacity to think abstractly, Capacity to grasp hard mathematics and rigorous arguments

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CODE:  MATH-03
SUPERVISOR: BHAGWAT, CHANDRASHEEL
PROJECT: Fourier analysis via Group theory and Functional Analysis
CATEGORY: Theoretical
DESCRIPTION: Studying the classical Fourier series and Fourier transform with the paradigm of Group Theory and Functional Analysis
DURATION: 4 weeks, between June 1- July 15
KNOWLEDGE: A very good command on Group Theory (3rd year BSc level, e.g. group theory part in Abstract Algebra book by Dummit and Foote), Real Analysis (3rd year BSc level, e.g. Rudin's Principles, of real analysis), Linear Algebra (at the level of the book by Hoffman-Kunze)
SKILLS: Ability to learn and grasp hard mathematics at high speed. Ideally, the student who has finished BSc or 3 years in a Masters program should apply for this project.

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CODE:  MATH-04
SUPERVISOR: CHORWADWALA, ANISA
PROJECT: Shape optimization Problems
CATEGORY: Theoretical
DESCRIPTION: Problems involving maxima/minima arise quite naturally. For example, why are small water droplets and bubbles that float in air approximately spherical? Why does a herd of Rendeer form a circle if attacked by wolves? These problems are capable of stimulating mathematical thought. Of all geometric figures having certain property, which has the area or volume; and of all figures having certain property, which has least perimeter or surface area? Th
DURATION: 4 weeks, during 25th May - 10th July
KNOWLEDGE: B.Sc 3rd year Mathematics with Real Analysis and Multivariable Calculus background.
SKILLS: eg. Python programming; or cloning
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CODE:  MATH-05
SUPERVISOR: GOSWAMI, ANINDYA
PROJECT: Estimation of exotic option price using Monte Carlo simulation
CATEGORY: Computational
DESCRIPTION: exotic option prices are hard to find. Those can be estimated using estimators. We would study sampling distribution and computational efficiency of those estimators.
DURATION: during 25th May - 10th July
KNOWLEDGE: Probability, Statistics, Numerical analysis
SKILLS: Python, R
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CODE:  MATH-06
SUPERVISOR: KALELKAR, TEJAS
PROJECT: Mesh generation for approximating smooth surfaces
CATEGORY: Theoretical
DESCRIPTION: A recent paper in computational geometry discusses various algorithms to approximate smooth surfaces by meshes with the guaranteed regularity conditions. The aim of this project is for the student to read and present this paper, along with the required background material. It will mostly involve self-study with weekly presentations of the material covered.
DURATION: 4 weeks, May 18-June 14
KNOWLEDGE: Basic courses in general topology, linear algebra, group theory, analysis and calculus on manifolds.
SKILLS: Must be comfortable with Euclidean geometry and computer algorithms. Familiarity with Mathematica preferred.
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CODE:  MATH-07
SUPERVISOR: MAITY, SOUMEN
PROJECT: Covering Arrays and Graphs
CATEGORY: Theoretical
DESCRIPTION: In this project we will construct covering arrays on graphs of tree-width 4.
DURATION: May 1 to July 31, 2020
KNOWLEDGE: B Math, B Stat, B Tech in Computer Science
SKILLS: eg. Python programming; or cloning

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Earth-Science Projects


CODE:  EARTH-01
SUPERVISOR: MANI, NEENA-JOSEPH
PROJECT: Analysing the sea surface height variability over the Indian Ocean
CATEGORY: Computational
DESCRIPTION: To understand the seasonal and sub seasonal variability of sea surface properties over the Indian Ocean to better understand the air-sea interactions in the region.
DURATION: eg. 5 weeks, during 19th May - 20th June
KNOWLEDGE: Should have done some basic course in Atmosphere or ocean science
SKILLS: computational/programming skill (any language) is mandatory
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CODE:  EARTH-02
SUPERVISOR: TRIPATHY, GYANA-RANJAN
PROJECT: Trace elements in Aquatic systems
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: This project will focus on geochemical investigation of lake and river water samples to constrain their solute sources. More specifically, the student is expected to analyze trace metal abundances using ICPMS instrument; these data will be used to infer ongoing land surface processes within the watershed.
DURATION: 5 weeks, during 25th May - 29th June
KNOWLEDGE: Basic understanding on geochemistry will be useful.
SKILLS: This project is mainly experimental and the students are expected to work in wet chemistry laboratory. Students comfortable with these kind of work may apply.
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Physics Projects


CODE:  PHY-01
SUPERVISOR: BHATTACHARYAY, ARIJIT
PROJECT: Numerical investigation of Brownian motion with coordinate dependent diffusion
CATEGORY: Computational
DESCRIPTION: This work will investigate dynamics of a interacting particles where the transport is diffusive with coordinate dependent diffusivity.
DURATION: eg. 5 weeks, during 25th May - 10th July
KNOWLEDGE: eg. B.Sc 2nd year Physics
SKILLS: eg. Any basic programming language with which simple codes can be written.

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CODE:  PHY-02
SUPERVISOR: CHIKKADI, VIJAYAKUMAR
PROJECT: Hydrodynamic effects on Brownian diffusion of tracer particles
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: The project is to study the effects of hydrodynamics on the diffusion of Brownian colloidal particles close to a wall. The experiments would be performed using confocal microscopy.
DURATION: 8 weeks, 15th May - 15th July
KNOWLEDGE: Statistical mechanics, Optics
SKILLS: Python/Matlab programming

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CODE:  PHY-03
SUPERVISOR: DESHPANDE, APARNA
PROJECT: Exploring 2D Van der Waals magnetic materials with scanning probe microscopy
CATEGORY: Experimental
DESCRIPTION: 1)Literature reading about 2D Van der Waals materials, magnetism, probe microscopy 2)Exfoliation and sample preparation of 2D magnetic materials 3)scanning probe microscopy of the prepared samples 4)report writing at the end of the project
DURATION: 5 weeks:- during 1 June - 6 July
KNOWLEDGE: basic understanding of materials at the level of "elementary solid state physics by M. A. Omar",
SKILLS: sensitivity towards handling laboratory equipment, troubleshooting

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CODE:  PHY-04
SUPERVISOR: MAHESH, TS
PROJECT: Quantum Information, NMR spectroscopy, Quantum Control, Machine Learning
CATEGORY: SELECT
DESCRIPTION: To study the basics of quantum information theory, NMR experiments, quantum control, or machine learning.
DURATION: 6-8 weeks, during May - July
KNOWLEDGE: Basic Quantum Mechanics or Basic Machine Learning
SKILLS: Matlab or Python
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CODE:  PHY-05
SUPERVISOR: SANTHANAM, MS
PROJECT: Quantum dynamics and entanglement of chaotic systems
CATEGORY: Theoretical
DESCRIPTION: This project is an introduction to the area of quantised chaotic systems. Physical examples range from periodically driven cold atomic cloud to interacting spin models on lattices. Quantum chaos is also relevant in the context of quantum computation and information. This project will combine theoretical and computational work to study some simple models of quantum chaotic systems.
DURATION: eg. 5 weeks, during 3rd June - 10th July
KNOWLEDGE: First year M.Sc or equivalent. If integrated degree student, preferably 3rd year.
SKILLS: mathematical ability and good programming / scientific computing skills.
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CODE:  PHY-06
SUPERVISOR: SREEJITH, GJ
PROJECT: Landau quantization on the torus and cylinder
CATEGORY: Theoretical
DESCRIPTION: The goal of the project is to understand the the quantum numbers and structure of single particle and many body Landau quantized states on the torus and cylindrical surfaces. If this pedagogical part of the project is successfully completed, we will proceed to see how to use these to develop an MPS representation of simple FQH states.
DURATION: 1st June to 15th July
KNOWLEDGE: 1) Quantum Mechanics at the level of Harmonic oscillator solutions 2) Linear Algebra at the level of Gilbert Strang's book on Linear algebra 3) Python
SKILLS: Python programming is needed for the second part. C programming skills are desirable.

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CODE:  PHY-07
SUPERVISOR: SUBRAMANIAN, PRASAD
PROJECT: Magnetic field extrapolation techniques in solar physics
CATEGORY: Theoretical
DESCRIPTION: This project will involve exploring techniques for extrapolating magnetic fields from specified boundary conditions. Most techniques in use today involve assuming that the fields are force-free. We will relax this criterion and explore non force-free conditions and search for unique solutions, if possible.
DURATION: 30 May - 15 July
KNOWLEDGE: Good grasp of first year MSc level electrodynamics
SKILLS: basic programming skills, preferably in IDL
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Data-Science Projects


CODE:  DATA-01
SUPERVISOR: GOEL, PRANAY
PROJECT: Clustering in diabetes data
CATEGORY: Theoretical
DESCRIPTION: We will work on unsupervised learning approaches to phenotypic classification using medial datasets.
DURATION: Upon discussion
KNOWLEDGE:
SKILLS: Programming skills are expected

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CODE:  DATA-02
SUPERVISOR: GOEL, PRANAY
PROJECT: Clustering in medical datasets
CATEGORY: Computational
DESCRIPTION: Unsupervised approaches to phenotype classification in medicine
DURATION: Upon discussion
KNOWLEDGE:
SKILLS: Programming is expected

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