Integrating physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology to understand living systems (IPCMB 2008)
A symposium celebrating 150 years of the birth of Acharya J.C. Bose
and 90 years of Bose Institute
Acharya Jagadis Chandra Bose was not only a scientist but also a visionary who thought well ahead of his time. Beginning his career as a physicist of ingenuity endowed with the remarkable ability to fabricate his own instruments for the execution of his ideas, he used his extraordinary talents to demonstrate the response of plants to external stimuli. His work vindicated the need to bridge disciplines in the quest for knowledge. It is this spirit of bridging disciplines that we endeavour to celebrate in this symposium cutting across disciplines, on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Acharya Bose and 90 years of this Institute that he dedicated to the nation as a temple of learning.
The symposium is intended to cover a somewhat broad range of topics. It reflects our own areas of interest in recent years, interdisciplinary areas where we feel the need to strengthen our resources in keeping with the spirit of our founder, and areas of obvious importance in our quest to better the quality of life on this planet. Among our speakers we hope to project young researchers who have recently launched their careers as well as established experts working in frontline areas bridging biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and engineering. We urge you to join us in this celebration of the remarkable advances in biology in recent years made possible by technological advances and by removing the boundaries of disciplines.
An area that we plan to project in this symposium is systems biology, an emerging field with its focus on understanding the function of a biological system through understanding how networks of interacting molecules govern the behavior of the system. It has been greatly facilitated by the development of powerful tools such as those used for high throughput genome and proteome analysis and imaging to name a few, coupled with quantitative approaches that aim at system-level understanding of biological systems. Bose Institute has initiated a programme on Systems biology focusing presently on quantitative modeling and experimental approaches for understanding gene regulatory networks.