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ASCB - India Initiative

The ASCB India Initiative is a new partnership between the ASCB and Indian institutions to enable the institutions to draw upon a pool of ASCB members who are experts in cutting-edge science and technology.  The goal is to facilitate exchange and interactions between a variety of institutions in India and scientists in the United States and elsewhere. For more information, see the August 2010 ASCB Newsletter.1

IndiaBioscience is the organization in India that is facilitating these exchanges. If you are interested in applying to this program, please send an email with your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Some examples of participating institutions and their needs are listed below. More information is available at www.indiabioscience.org. Funding for each collaboration will be determined on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the host institution.

—Swetha Suresh, IndiaBioscience


1Mayor S (2010). Teaching and research initiatives in India. ASCB Newsletter 33(7), 23–24.


University of Madras, Chennai

Need:  A hands-on workshop.

Duration: One week.

Suggested courses/topics or course outline: Viral vector–based delivery methods for in vitro experiments. Each day to involve a morning lecture followed by practical demonstrations/hands-on experience in the methods involved.

Target audience: Graduate students. Designed for a limited number of participants (~10).

Facilities available: A small-scale cell culture lab with CO2 incubator, class-II biosafety cabinet, inverted microscope with fluorescence and photographic attachments, centrifuge, and a deep freezer. Other equipment such as flow cytometers and a confocal microscope may be available through a central facility.

Potential starting date: To be based on mutual convenience.


National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune

Need:  A lecture-based course/hands-on workshop.

Duration: Two weeks.

Suggested courses/topics or course outline: Recent developments in cellular and molecular biology technologies with their application to ongoing research at NCL.

Target audience:  Master’s and PhD students (~ 30 to 50).

Facilities available: Plant tissue culture facilities; a couple of researchers are working on animal cell lines.

Potential starting date: July/August 2012


Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai

Need: A lecture-based and hands-on workshop similar to a Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory practical course.

Duration: Two weeks.

Suggested courses/topics or course outline: Use of the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium to study phagocytosis, endocytosis, pinocytosis, signal transduction, chemotaxis, and molecular genetics of development.

Target audience: Researchers from different branches of biology and other disciplines.

Facilities available: Tissue culture facilities, fluorescence microscope

Potential starting date: July 2012 or December 2012.


Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), Hyderabad

Need: Lecture-based courses

Duration: One week courses would be optimal

Suggested courses/topics or course outline:

  • Microscopy: basic courses
  • Microscopy: advanced fluorescence microscopy
  • Imaging fluorescent proteins in live cells
  • Flow cytometry: practical uses

Also interested in:

  • Mass spectrometry and proteomics
  • Proteomic analysis of post-translation modifications
  • Stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells
  • Transgenics (cell/animal based)

Target audience: PhD students.

Facilities available: All facilities to hold a lecture-based course

Potential starting date: From Jan to July preferred

Other ideas: Even though the CDFD cannot host hands-on workshop itself, it is very interested in having students attending workshops elsewhere on the topics listed below. If you are organizing such courses in other institutions, please advise.

  • Microscopy
  • Live-cell microscopy
  • Fluorescence-activated cell sorting
  • Advanced cell and tissue culture techniques (3D cell culture systems, stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells)
  • Newer technologies for knockout in cell lines
  • High-throughput cell-based screening assays 


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