Conference inaugurated by Dr. Seyed E. Hasnain, a renowned microbiologist and former Vice-Chancellor of UoH

The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Biological Chemists (India) (SBC-I) along with an international conference on “Genomes: Mechanism and Function” was today (2nd December 2013) inaugurated at the DST Auditorium on the University of Hyderabad (UoH) campus. The School of Life Sciences at UoH is organizing this conference during 2-5 Dec 2013.


Annual meeting of SBC-I is a very important event of the Society in which a large number of researchers including scientists, teaching faculty and research scholars working in different parts of the country attend.  In this annual meeting over 400 research papers would be presented in four days in 15 technical sessions. The technical sessions have invited lectures, student presentations and posters covering the following areas:

1)      Genes, genomes and genetics

2)      Systems and synthetic biology

3)      Biochemistry and Nutrition

4)      Cell signaling in development and diseases

5)      Reproduction and developmental biology

6)      Cell and microbiology

7)      Infection and immunity

8)      Proteomics and protein trafficking

9)      Plant physiology and biochemistry

10)   Biology of parasitism and host parasite interaction etc.


The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Seyed E. Hasnain, a renowned microbiologist and former Vice Chancellor of University of Hyderabad.  Dr. Hasnain’s inaugural address was on an important topic like “Fighting a super-intelligent bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis:  will we win the war against tuberculosis?”.  Dr. Hasnain shared his experience of understanding the strategies of the pathogenic M. tuberculosis causing “TB” and the current status of the available host defense and chemotherapies for this dreaded disease.



Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, VC, UoH later gave a Distinguished Lecture on What can the Physical Sciences learn from Biology (and vice-versa)?

The Invited speakers for this conference are drawn from reputed  biological science research institutions like National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Institute of Genomic and Integrative Biology, New Delhi, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi,  besides University faculty from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Banaras Hindu University, University of Hyderabad etc.,

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Earlier the Auditorium (300 seater) and Seminar Hall (150 seater) in the new building of School of Life Sciences was inaugurated by Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, Vice-Chancellor, UoH and Dr. Seyed E Hasnain, former VC of UoH.

This conference has been supported by University of Hyderabad, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, CSIR, New Delhi, National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, Hyderabad, Federation of European Biochemists Society, GE Health Care, Cassia Sciamia Technologies and many others.