Dr. Jochen Rink, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Gottingen, Germany, uses interdisciplinary research to study the evolution of regeneration in planarians. On his visit to ICTS as a speaker at the ICTP-ICTS Winter School in Quantitative Biology, he spoke to Ipsita Herlekar about his work and explained why planarians make such interesting model organisms. 

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Dr. Antonio Celani is a Research Scientist at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy. His research topics are at the interface of Fluid Dynamics, Biology and Artificial Intelligence. On his visit to ICTS, he spoke to Ipsita Herlekar about his work and the evolution of the ICTP-ICTS Winter School, of which he is an organizer.

 

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The fourth edition of the Bangalore School on Population Genetics and Evolution was held at ICTS between 27 January and 07 February 2020. The program was initiated by Prof. Kavita Jain (Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru) in 2014 along with Dr. Deepa Agashe (National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru), to build a new and young guild of exceptionally skilled scientists. “In India...

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Mansi Kasliwal, an astrophysicist and an Assistant Professor at Caltech, USA, briefly visited ICTS in Dec 2019 to present her research. In the short time she spent on our campus (and the long drive to Bengaluru airport), we caught up with her on her work, her journey towards becoming an astrophysicist and how she manages to juggle her personal and professional life.  Read below the excerpts from the interview.

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How does a three-dimensional shape of an organism emerge from a nearly spherical shaped zygote? This is one of the fundamental questions that has puzzled development biologists for a long time. A recent study titled ‘Self-organized shape dynamics of active surfaces’ by  Mietke  et al.  published in the journal PNAS, gives us new insights on the topic.

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The ICTP-ICTS Winter School on Quantitative Systems Biology is an annual program, jointly organized by the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bengaluru, India, and the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy. Each year, the school focuses on a specific area of quantitative systems biology, while the venue for the school alternates between Bengaluru and Trieste. The aim of these schools is​ ​to...

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A few months ago, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, conferred the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics to ...

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The word ‘monsoon’ is synonymous with the rainy season for most of us on the Indian subcontinent. However, the Indian monsoons are not ordinary rains. But what are they?

Aditya Vijaykumar, a second year PhD scholar at ICTS, speaks to three scientists of the ICTS monsoon initiative-

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The observations of binary black hole and binary neutron star mergers by the LIGO and Virgo gravitational-wave detectors have already revolutionized the fields of astronomy and astrophysics. India too has an established and thriving community of researchers working in the field of gravitational-wave physics, and with LIGO-India scheduled to come online in a few years’ time, it is very important for young researchers to sta...

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Alessandra Buonanno is a theoretical physicist working in the field of gravitational waves. She is at present a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam, Germany. On a recent visit to ICTS-TIFR, Bengaluru to participate in the Future of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy program he...

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