For the fact that, we all need that hint of inspiration to push ourselves towards the destiny, Indian Life Science Network’s Knowledgehub events are conceived to make the young aspiring researchers to become familiar with the pioneers in the field, their ongoing researches and their involute journey towards the same. It is a hamlet for insightful talks, panel discussions and podcasts from expert professionals!
ILN Knowledgehub session #1: Masters and PhD in Europe
While carrying oneself through a masters or PhD program in Europe is a far-fetched fantasy for most science enthusiasts, here in this very first knowledgehub session of Indian Life Science Network, our pioneers who got through the artful esplanade, discuss about the perks of doing a masters or PhD in Europe as well as the challenges they went through the process.
We have our panelists:
Chella Krishna- Ph.D student at University of Copenhagen
Denmark Hridi- M.Sc student at LMU, Germany
Vignesh- Ph.D student at Helmholtz Centre Munich, Germany
Priya- Ph.D student at Helmholtz Centre Munich, Germany
And our Moderator:
Ramakrishnan-Ph.D student at Helmholtz Centre Munich, Germany
deploying the discord stage of Indian Life Science Network on 30th May 2021, for a lively and insightful discussion session to guide the aspiring undergraduate students of India.
ILN Knowledgehub session #2: Let’s talk about iGEM
iGEM which stands for International Genetically Engineered Machine is a premiere international synthetic biology competition that is conducted worldwide annually to encourage the young science enthusiasts to work on innovative and economically feasible problem statements to solve the important issues prevailing in everyday world. Here in this discussion session we have Ms. Shruti Sridhar, iGEM ambassador, Asia to tell us on the multidisciplinary nature of iGEM, its eligibility criteria and about how iGEM works as an open collaborative platform that is crucial for implementing high end research in science. The session was hosted by Ms. Shubhra Singhal, IISER Tirupati on 29th August 2021 at the Indian Life Science Network, discord server.
ILN Knowledgehub session #3: Research in Germany
As Germany is rightly called “The hub of biotechnological research”, the country has around 202 research facilities for biotechnology which are split around various colleges, universities and non-academic research institutions. The educational fees in Germany is very much inexpensive as most of the German universities are state-funded. And this becomes the obvious reason for any neophyte in biotechnology to look for research opportunities in Germany. But as novices we would have several doubts and questions which remain unanswered by the common-people. So here we have expert professionals to clarify them and provide even miniscule details about how a research community works there in the area of biotechnology. The panelists are:
Joel- Ph.D student, MPI-Cologne
Pavithran- Ph.D student, HHU-Dusseldorf
Mahesh- Ph.D student, MPI-Dortmund
Amit- Ph.D student, Univ. of Potsdam
And the moderator being: Navaneel- Master’s student St.Xavier’s College, Kolkata to host the session in the Indian Life Science Network, Discord server on 12th September 2021.
ILN Knowledgehub session #4: Utilizing Science to save cattle(Gomatha)
Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a major zoonotic disease of cattle that is endemic in much of the world that limits livestock productivity and represents a global public health threat. Bovine TB can spread to humans through contaminated dairy products, and is estimated to cause about 10% of human TB cases worldwide. Until now, the only diagnostic method for bovine TB is the injection of a mixture of inactivated TB proteins into the animal’s skin and watching for any allergic reactions, which is an approach that was developed in the late nineteenth century. But a major limitation of this test is that it also yields a positive result for vaccinated animals and hence the clear-cut distinction between the truly infected and the vaccinated animals becomes difficult.
Hence addressing this problem, Dr. Sreenidhi Srinivasan and her colleagues at the Penn State University,USA have developed a cocktail of peptides that are present in Mycobacterium bovis, the bacterium that causes bovine TB, but which is absent from the bacterial strain that is used to make the TB vaccine. So an injection of these peptides produced an immune response specific to only the infected cows and not the vaccinated cows. This approach has opened new avenues for speeding up vaccination programs to control the disease especially in low and middle-income countries like India.
It is inevitable to learn about Dr. Sreenidhi’s diagnostic interventions for bovine tuberculosis as well as her emphasis on why it is important to control zoonotic infections worldwide and this significant breakthrough was interviewed by Ms. Sathya Muthusamy at the Indian Life Science Network’s Knowledgehub channel, discord server on September 26th 2021.