BANGALORE: The Director of Bangalore based National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), Prof Satyajit Mayor has received the prestigious Margdarshi fellowship.
The Margdarshi fellowship enables established, senior scientists to nucleate and lead novel research programs in India. The principal mandate of the program is to generate contemporary centres of excellence by employing innovative approaches, creating new infrastructure and building collaborations in frontier areas of science.
Prof Mayor has been working on understanding the structure and function of the cell membrane for nearly two decades. Using a combination of diverse approaches such as theoretical soft-matter physics (in collaboration with Prof Madan Rao), chemistry and cell biology, his research has focussed on the dynamics of membrane function, especially those associated with receptor signalling and membrane traffic. Prof. Mayor’s work has resulted in a deeper understanding of the importance of endocytosis in cellular and tissue functions – including the self-organising mechanisms of local membrane environments that fine-tune signalling processes in the cell.
“The scope and vista of possibilities that an award of this kind opens up are extremely exciting, and I am delighted to receive this prestigious fellowship, since it takes the foundation that we have built to the next level. I am very excited to probe how a cell regulates its membrane composition, and programme support from the DBT-Alliance that this fellowship offers is just the right thing that can help build the platform for this interdisciplinary research”, said Prof Mayor in his quote released by NCBS News.
To initiate such investigations, novel approaches involving joint efforts from various fields are required. Prof. Mayor’s proposed investigations will establish and strengthen collaborative links between his team and other researchers from within NCBS, the Regulation of Cell fate theme at inStem, as well as across world-class institutions like the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden and the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona. The Bangalore Life Science Cluster with its state-of-the-art facilities in cell and molecular biology, high-end imaging systems, proteomics and lipidomics analysis capabilities is an ideal host institution to support these new directions and the collaborative links are expected to facilitate many of the research directions envisaged via the new award.