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Kernel Issue 5, 2022

11 Oct 2022 under Newsletter

Kernel Issue 4, 2022

12 Aug 2022 under Newsletter

Compact Nanopositioning Stages with Large Range and Multiple Degrees of Freedom

12 Aug 2022 under Highlights

Precision positioning stages are often central to science and technology at the micrometer and nanometer length scales in diverse fields such as microscopy, robotics, automation and metrology. These stages are used to hold in place, or move in a specified manner, a piece of equipment or a sample. Therefore, compact multi-degree-of-freedom stages with large dynamic […]


3D Bioprinting of Tissues Using Natural Biomolecules

14 Jun 2022 under Highlights

Tissue engineering focuses on tissue and organ regeneration by creating scaffolds using biomaterials called bioinks. Bioinks comprise of cultured cells and biocompatible materials like a hydrogel, and are specific to the tissue being transplanted. The scaffolds are 3D printed, maintaining structural and functional compatibility with human tissues ranging from soft tissues to bone. In the […]


Kernel Issue 3, 2022

14 Jun 2022 under Newsletter

Kernel Issue 2, 2022

25 Apr 2022 under Newsletter

Using Protein Dynamics to Study Role of Water in Biological Reactions

25 Apr 2022 under Highlights

Water is generally regarded as the “matrix of life”. But how exactly does water help in biological reactions? This question has perplexed researchers for years. In recent work led by Biman Bagchi at the Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit (SSCU), researchers have attempted to understand this issue by focusing on three different proteins: myoglobin, […]


RapidET: A Mems-Based Platform for Rapid Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

25 Apr 2022 under Highlights

Conventional diagnosis of breast cancer involves the histological and immunohistochemical analysis of tissue sections obtained through clinical biopsy. For surgical margin assessment within the operating room, the standard technique is frozen section examination, which takes between 30 min to two hours to give results. Technologies for rapid and label-free diagnosis of malignancies from breast tissues […]


Kernel Issue 1, 2022

04 Mar 2022 under Newsletter

Breakthrough Result in Computational Geometry

04 Mar 2022 under Highlights

Maximum Independent Set of Rectangles (MISR) is a fundamental problem in fields such as computational geometry, approximation algorithms, and combinatorial optimisation. In this problem, given a set of (possibly overlapping) rectangles on a plane, one needs to find the maximum number of non-overlapping rectangles. MISR finds numerous applications in practice, such as in map labeling, […]


Kernel Issue 9, 2021

21 Dec 2021 under Newsletter

Kernel Issue 8, 2021

15 Nov 2021 under Newsletter

Issue 7, 2021

14 Sep 2021 under Newsletter

Fighting COVID-19 Viral Variants With a Heat-tolerant Vaccine

14 Sep 2021 under Highlights

A ‘warm’ COVID-19 vaccine candidate being developed by an IISc and Mynvax team was found to trigger a strong immune response and protection in mice and hamster models, in results published recently in ACS Infectious Diseases. Crucially, the vaccine formulation also triggered neutralising antibodies – those that bind to the virus and prevent infection – […]


Issue 6, 2021

16 Jul 2021 under Newsletter

Issue 5, 2021

26 May 2021 under Newsletter

Issue 4, 2021

07 Apr 2021 under Newsletter

Issue 3, 2021

09 Mar 2021 under Newsletter

Issue 2, 2021

08 Feb 2021 under Newsletter

Issue 1, 2021

05 Jan 2021 under Newsletter

Insights into Water Layers at Hydrophobic Surfaces

05 Jan 2021 under Highlights

Water confined between parallel graphene sheets exhibits several interesting anomalies, one of which is a low static dielectric constant. A new study carried out by researchers in the Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit has unraveled the origin of this anomaly using linear response theory, a capacitor model and computer simulations. The researchers find that […]


Issue 6, 2020

01 Nov 2020 under Newsletter

Unravelling Signalling Pathways in Wound Healing

01 Nov 2020 under Highlights

Our body can detect tissue damage and wounds using specific signals from cells called damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs). To study the signalling pathways linked to wound healing, researchers have been using the fruit fly as a model. In a new study, researchers from the Department of Molecular Reproduction, Development and Genetics (MRDG) show that hydrogen […]


Versatile Tunnel Diode for Low Power Electronics

01 Nov 2020 under Highlights

With increasing demand for low-power electronic chips that can perform diverse functions, alternatives to traditional electronic circuit components are actively being explored. One such component is the Esaki tunnel diode, hailed as a landmark discovery in the semiconductor industry, which has now become a key element in electronic circuits. In a recent study, researchers from […]


Rising Temperatures are Leading to Reduced Water Recharge

01 Nov 2020 under Highlights

Water availability in a region can be denoted by the total water annually recharging the natural water bodies above and below the ground level such as lakes, rivers, groundwater, and so on. Researchers at IISc and the University of New South Wales used satellite-derived estimates of total annual recharge to investigate the effect of rise […]