TIFR
Department of Chemical Sciences
School of Natural Sciences
  • Imaging Protein Dynamics at Work

    Molecular fluorescence, when observed with a time resolution of a few picoseconds, becomes a powerful tool for revealing the ‘wiggling and jiggling’ which makes the biological world ‘living’. With the state-of-the-art laser technology available today one can observe dynamics of molecules in ultrafast timescales with high sensitivity and selectivity. …..

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  • Rational Design of an Artificial Peroxidase

    We have rationally modified the active site of this thermostable P450 to introduce a residue at the distal heme pocket that could act as an acid-base catalyst and thus enhance the peroxidase activity in the mutant enzyme. This could potentially lead to the creation of a thermally stable artificial peroxidase...

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  • Deciphering the Catalytic Activity of an Orphan P450 enzyme

    A systematically screened several fatty acids (saturated and monounsaturated) for their potential as substrates for CYP175A1 shows that the wild type enzyme could catalyze the reaction of mono-unsaturated fatty acids but not of saturated fatty acids...

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  • Supersonic Jet Spectroscopy of Weak H-bonds

    Supersonic Jet Spectroscopy of molecular clusters is being used to investigate weak non-covalent interactions. Such forces play important roles in imparting structures to various biopolymers and also enable them to carry out many functions in living organisms under ordinary conditions that keep the biological systems ticking....

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  • Turn-on Sensors for in vivo Imaging

    The quest for unraveling fundamental biological pathways relies heavily upon the ability to precisely visualize strategic molecular players in vivo. Our group works at the interface of synthetic chemistry, molecular biology, and imaging, to develop molecular probes which give a specific ‘ON’ response only in presence of the bio-molecule of interest....

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About the Department

Scientists at the DCS explore the link between living systems and the physical laws that govern nature. They study molecules ranging in size as small as water and as large as a virus. The laws that govern interaction in molecules are best studied in well-defined and isolated small molecules. This information becomes applicable to design novel materials with exotic properties, of value to chemical and solar energy industries and to medical applications. To understand working of biological systems, studies are made on structure, dynamics and function of biological molecules. TIFR is a leader in state-of-the-art experimental techniques such as high field NMR, ultrafast lasers and single molecule methodologies.

News & events

  • Prof. R.V. Hosur awarded "Padmashree"

    One of our colleagues, Prof. R.V. Hosur has been awarded "Padmashree" by the Government of India. Prof. Hosur is currently the Senior Professor in the Department. He is also been holding the position of the Director at the Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences at Kalina, Mumbai

  • Awards for DCS Graduate Students

    TIFR research scholars have consistently garnered accolades at both international and national meetings. Congratulations on their latest achievements!

    Ms. Kshama Sharma (Research group of Prof. P.K. Madhu)

    • Ms. Kshama Sharma received the Best Poster Presentation Award at the National Magnetic Resonance Society Meeting held at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar during March 6-9, 2015. The title of her presentation was "Improving the efficiency of solid-state NMR experiments with multiple receivers and capturing the membrane bound amyloid-beta40 oligomer structures"

    Mr. Ajay Jha (Research group of Dr. Jyotishman Dasgupta)

    • Mr. Ajay Jha  received the RSC Best Poster Award in the 177th Faraday Discussions meeting on "Temporally and Spatially-resolved Spectroscopy Molecular Science" held in the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in January 2015.

    Ms. Subha B. (Research group of Dr. Ankona Datta)

    • Ms. Subha B. received the Best Poster Award in the 13th Eurasia Conference on Chemical Sciences held in the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in December 2014.

    Ms. K. Vijayalakshmi (Research group of Dr. Jyotishman Dasgupta)

    • Ms. K. Vijayalakshmi received the Best Poster Award in 8th Asian Photochemistry Conference held in Kovalam beach, Kerala

    Ms Aditi Bhatacherjee (Research group of Prof. Sanjay Wategaonkar)

    • Ms Aditi Bhattacherjee received one of the Best Poster awards at the "Trombay Symposium on Radiation and Photochemistry" held at BARC in January 2014.
    • She had also received the Poster award earlier at the "International Conference on Horizons in Hydrogen Bond Research" held in Antwerp, Belgium in September 2013.

    Mr. K. Hemachandra (Research group of Dr. A.S.R. Koti)

    • Mr. K. Hemachandra, recieved the "Student Research Achievement Award" for the best poster in Mechanobiology section in the 58th Biophysical Society Meeting held at San Francisco, California, USA, held during February 15-19, 2014.

    Mr. Biswajit Mishra & Ms. Shama Parween (Research group of Prof. Deepa Khushalani)

    • Mr. Biswajit Mishra and Ms. Shama Parween received the Best Poster Award at International Union of Materials Research Societies International Conference in Asia (IUMRS-ICA) held at Bangalore for their poster entitled "ZnTiO3: Synthesis, Characterization and Exclusive Visible Light Photocatalysis".

    Mr. Amitava Acharjya (Research group of Dr. Vivek Polshettiwar)

    • Mr. Amitava Acharjya, recieved the Best Poster Award at 6th International Conference On Nano Science And Technology (ICONSAT) 2014 held at Chandigarh during March 3-5, 2014 for his poster entitled "Shape Controlled Synthesis of Nano Cobalt Oxide for Catalytic Applications"

    Mr. Bappaditya Chandra (Research group of Prof. Sudipta Maiti)

    • Mr. Bappaditya Chandra won the best oral presentation award at the National Magnetic Resonance Society Symposium[NMRS-2014] held at Tezpur University, Tezpur, between Feb 2- 5, 2014. His research presentation on the project conducted in collaboration with Prof. P. K. Madhu was titled: "Combining fluorescence and slow NMR technique to determine the atomic level structure of transient toxic amyloid beta oligomers".

     

  • Technological innovation from Maiti group
    Prof. Sudipta Maiti`s research group has made significant contributions to the development of biophotonic instrumentation and methodology.
  • Vivek Polshettiwar invited for "Asian Rising Stars" talk at the 15th ACC meeting in Singapore
    Vivek comes from Saudi Arabia where he was an Ass. Professor/Sr. Scientist at the Catalysis Center, KAUST, Thuwal, KSA.

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