City of Ruins – Hampi

Hampi is an ancient village in Karnataka, about 380km north of Bengaluru. This use to be the capital of one of the prominent Hindu empire of Vijayanagara from 14th to 16th Century. By 1500 CE, Hampi-Vijayanagara was the world's second-largest medieval-era city after Beijing and probably India's richest at that time. Hampi city used to [...]

Ethics in Science


by Srishti Batra – By the dictionary definition, ethics is “moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity”. From a young age, we are taught importance of ethics and morals in our life for better living and the general good of society. We are taught not cheat others, but we all know that cheaters do exist in population.

On a professional front, it is very important to insure that organizations, institutes, and businesses follow ethical policies that have a wider effect on society. Science is no different, and we need to understand that we should not cheat. Scientific ethics demands honesty and transparency at all stages from data collection, from data reporting, publishing to communicating science. A discovery or innovation forms the basis for several other research projects. Therefore, if something incorrect is put into the literature, it will have adverse effects years later. Fraudulent…

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Lab picture – 2018

A fun day when we clicked lab picture under Banyan Tree. Standing from L-R: Ananya Kundu, Aditi Mishra, Geetha GT, Hinal Kharva, Padmapriya Iyer, Katie Sottilare, Anupreksha Jain, Abhinav Raina, Srishti Batra, Shannon Olsson (PI), Santosh Rajus, Tahir Ganzafar, In Tree L-R: Veto Kheosh, Srinivas Rao, Pavan Kaushik, Saptarshi Soham Mohanta, Jeetsagar Ghorai

Summer is vacation time

Here comes the summer time and a reason to go on a vacation. This June, we went on a long family vacation to Ireland. It is a small and beautiful island country in northern Atlantic Ocean. Area wise it is much bigger than Delhi (maybe twice or thrice the size), but population wise it is [...]

New paper from our lab

A new paper form our lab which is in collaboration with Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan's lab. It's doctoral work of Jyothi at NCBS, where she has worked on understanding the role of chemical cues in lekking behavior of black buck. To know more about black bucks and lek- mating, read this paper where she has developed [...]

Work and fun in Manipur

Last week I had an opportunity to present my doctoral research at a meeting held at Imphal, Manipur. It was hosted by Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable development (IBSD), Imphal. Two day meeting was wonderful and enlightening as it showcased the chemical ecology potential of north east region and scientist working towards the same. This [...]