BIOQUEST 2013 provided an ideal forum to discuss exciting and emerging multidisciplinary themes related to the use of biotechnology in addressing pertinent societal needs. The conference focused on the ways in which research areas such as translational medicine, nanotechnology, neuroscience, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and bioengineering contribute to alleviating human suffering and improving the quality of life. This conference, which is being hosted by the Amrita School of Biotechnology, served as an ideal platform for distinguished experts from diverse areas of biotechnology to come together, share and exchange ideas....

The growing impact of Biotechnology in all spheres has resulted in the active and focused pursuit of innovative applications that capitalize on novel approaches to enhance our strengths in frontier areas of Biotechnology. Amrita Bioquest 2013 provided an ideal forum to discuss and deliberate on established as well as emerging platforms and strategies.

About the Conference

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amrita Bio-quest 2013, an international conference on bio technology for innovative applications was organised in which several scientists from 70 countries participated. 
Scientists stated that the time taken in the production of medicine should be cut down which would not require much of investment and people in need would get hold of cheap medicine. Students were the actual receiver of the conference organised.

A significant feature of Amrita Bioquest 2013 is a live webcast interaction with Prof. Leland Hartwell, (2001 Nobel Laureate for Physiology and Medicine for his discovery of protein molecules that control cell division) who will address the conference delegates, live from his office in Seattle, USA, followed by a live question and answer session. Prof. Hartwell will focus on the theme "The Role of Science and Technology in Creating a Sustainable World."

Ten Talks is a Ph.D symposium selecting 10 novel papers from current PhD students. The goal of the "ten talks" event is to highlight their work in front of other academics than their supervisors. They will be able to present their work and get feedback on their topic and approach from leading scientists in the field and from fellow students.

Another interesting event being conducted at Amrita Bioquest 2013 is Pitchfest. This is a contest for entrepreneurial startups with innovative ideas in Biotechnology. Pitchfest offers the perfect platform for new business ideas to be presented with the potential for useful applications, to a panel of experts in the field.

Amrita Bioquest 2013 will thus provide an ideal forum to discuss and deliberate on established as well as emerging platforms and strategies and promises to be a very enriching, productive and rewarding experience. 

Conference Tracks

The seven tracks that have been organized as part of Amrita Bioquest 2013 are Genomics and Translational Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Neurobiology and Computational Neuroscience, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Bioprospecting and Bioengineering, Bioanalytical Techniques and Biotechnology in India from a Global Perspective.


  1. Genomics and Translational Medicine:

    The rapidly evolving pace of biomedical research propelled by the major technological advances in basic research and health care have resulted in a new outlook on biotechnology and translational science.
    With a large number of researchers contributing their information by way of invited talks and oral and poster presentations, that encompass target identification and validation; screening imaging and discovery platforms, cell-based therapies, RNAi and microRNA and disease genomics, the track on Genomics and Translational Medicine could be an extremely informative and invaluable session at Amrita Bioquest 2013.

  2. Biomedical Engineering

    This focus area involving the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for diagnostic and therapeutic interventions has been increasingly finding significant applications especially in the development of low cost biomedical devices. Prominent biomedical engineering applications, including biomedical imaging and signal processing, sophisticated drug delivery systems and novel diagnostics and detection systems involving biosensors and biomarkers are of paramount importance and are being actively pursued. Increasing the rate of biomedical innovation has come into prominence and Amrita Bioquest 2013 provides an ideal platform to explore approaches to influence that trajectory of development for a positive impact on health care.

  3. Neurobiology and Computational Neuroscience

    The goal of the Neurosciences track is to present the insights of experts on emerging fields and theoretical concepts in neuroscience by showcasing a plethora of ongoing and new research topics overlapping cellular neurophysiology, techniques in neuro-imaging, neurochemistry and computational neuroscience.  A neuroscience pre-conference workshop titled "From Cellular to Circuit and Brain Functions: Passing through Mathematical Models" will also address issues in physiology via a context in computational modelling.

  4. Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
    As Biology and its multitude of applications in Biotechnology advances rapidly, the requirement for quantitative and digital analysis has also received significant attention and interest. 

    Another important aspect of this track at Bioquest 2013, will be the introduction to DELSA-- The Data Enabled Life Sciences Alliance. This group has the mission to tackle ongoing broad challenges and specific research projects that advance the impact of data-enabled life science research on the pressing needs of global society

  5. Bioprospecting and Bioengineering
     A number of important areas focused on Bioprospecting and Bioengineering including evolving strategies in health care, agriculture and food sectors, intellectual property rights and biopiracy, current views on sustainable development as well as new approaches to biofuels and microbial fuel cells will be important topics for discussion in this track on Bioprospecting and Bioengineering at Amrita Bioquest 2013.

  6. Bioanalytical Techniques
    Significant advances in Bioanalytical technologies have emerged and are prominently contributing to developments in all frontier areas of Biotechnology. Analytical methods based on separation of particles or molecules including chromatography, electrophoresis and mass spectrometry as well as advanced methods based on spectroscopy, scattering and diffraction are important aspects of bioanalytical technologies that will be the subject of deliberation in the track on Bioanalytical technologies at Bioquest 2013.

  7. Biotechnology in India from a Global Perspective
    Although conventional Biotechnology has been practiced in India for a long time, modern Biotechnology did not find a foothold in India till the last decade. Today, India has tremendous potential to capitalize on the benefits of a vast pool of scientific talent , a distinctly superior information technology industry and a vibrant generic pharmaceutical sector which has positioned India to be a significant player in the global biotechnology map. From innovative approaches in Biotechnology, problems and prospects in the industry to patents, IPR and licensing issues, this track would provide an interesting outlook on the Indian Biotechnology scenario from a global perspective.

Conference Speakers

A. Vijayarajan
Founder & CTO,
InnAccel Consulting Services, Bengaluru,

Achuthsankar S Nair, Ph.D
Head, Department of Computational Biology & Bioinformatics,
University of Kerala,

Aditi Chatterjee, Ph.D.
Faculty Scientist,
Institute of Bioinformatics,

Aditya Murthy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Centre For Neuroscience,
Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore, India

Ajay Shah, Ph.D.
Director, Research Informatics,
City of Hope , CA,

Akhilesh Pandey, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,
Baltimore, USA

Anand Anandkumar, Ph.D.
Chairman & Managing Director
Cellworks Research India Ltd.

Andrey Panteleyev, Ph.D.
Vice Chair,
Division of Molecular Biology,
NBICS Centre-Kurchatov Institute,
Moscow, Russia

Ashok Pandey, Ph.D.
Scientist F & Head,
Biotechnology Division,
National Institute for Interdisciplinary 
Science and Technology CSIR), 
Thiruvananthapuram, India

Ayyappan Nair, Ph.D.
Head, Business Development (Technologies),
Anthem Biosciences,
Bengaluru, India

Bharat B. Chattoo, Ph.D.
Professor, Faculty of Science
M.S.University of Baroda,

Bodo Eickhoff, Ph.D.
Health Care Executive,

Claudia AM 
Wheeler-Kingshott, Ph.D.

University Reader in Magnetic
Resonance Physics,
Department of Neuroinflammation,
UCL Institute of Neurology,
London, UK

Colin Barrow, Ph.D.
Chair in Biotechnology,
School of Life & Environmental
Sciences, Deakin University,

D. Bommi Bommannan, Ph.D.
CEO, MaxVal Group,
San Francisco

D. Narasimha Rao, Ph.D.
Dept of Biochemistry,
Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore, India

Deepthy Menon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Centre for Nanosciences &
Molecular Medicine,
Health Sciences Campus,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
Kochi, India

Egidio D'Angelo, MD, Ph.D.
Full Professor of Physiology &
Director- Brain Connectivity Center, University of Pavia,

Ganesh Sambasivam, Ph.D.
CSO & Co-Founder,
Anthem Biosciences

Gaute Einevoll, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics,
Department of Mathematical
Sciences & Technology,
Norwegian University of
Life Sciences (UMB)

Gillian Murphy, Ph.D.
Department of Oncology,
University of Cambridge, UK

Gokul Das, Ph.D.
Breast Disease Site Research Group,
Roswell Park Cancer Institute,
Buffalo, NY

H. Sivaramakrishnan, Ph.D.
Piramal Life Sciences,
NCE Research,
Mumbai, India

Hideaki Nagase, Ph.D.
Kennedy Institute of 
Rheumatology-Centre for
Degenerative Diseases,
University of Oxford, UK

Jaap Heringa, Ph.D.
Professor of Bioinformatics
Director, IBIVU
VU University Amsterdam,
The Netherlands

Jaydeep Unni, MS, MBA.
Bosch Telehealth, USA

Jeff Perry, Ph.D.
The Scripps Research Institute, San Diego, USA

John A.Tainer, Ph.D.
PBD Collaborating Senior Scientist,
Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA

K. Satyamoorthy, Ph.D.
Life Sciences Centre,
Manipal University,

K. P. Mohanakumar, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist,
Cell Biology & Physiology Division,
Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata

Kal Ramnarayan, Ph.D.
Co-founder President & 
Chief Scientific Officer,
Sapient Discovery, San Diego,

Karen A. McDonald, Ph.D.
Chemical Engineering &
Materials Science,
Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies,
University of California at Davis

Karmeshu, Ph.D.
Dean & Professor,
School of Computer & Systems
Sciences & School of Computational
& Integrative Sciences, Jawaharlal
Nehru University, India.

Krishnakumar Menon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Centre for Nanosciences &
Molecular Medicine,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
Kochi, India

Lalitha Subramanian, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer & VP
Services at Scienomics,

M. D. Nair, Ph.D.
Former Vice-President,
SPIC Pharmaceuticals,
Tamil Nadu,

Manzoor K, Ph.D.
Centre for Nanosciences &
Molecular Medicine,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
Kochi, India

Michelle Hermiston, MD, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Department of Pediatrics
University of California
San Francisco, USA

Nader Pourmand, Ph.D.
UCSC Genome Technology Center
University of California,
Santa Cruz

Pradip K. Bhatnagar, Ph.D.
President & Head
Daiichi Sankyo Life Science
Research Centre,

Prashanth Athri, Ph.D.
Senior Specialist,
Strand Life Sciences,
Bengaluru, India

Pravat Mandal, Ph.D.
Neurospectroscopy & Neuroimaging,
National Brain Research Center, India
Adjunct Associate Professor,
Department of Radiology,
Johns Hopkins Medicine,
Baltimore, USA

R. Manjunath, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Dept of Biochemistry,
Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore, India

Ramani A. Aiyer, Ph.D., MBA
Shasta BioVentures,
San Jose, CA, USA

Rohit Manchanda, Ph.D.
Biomedical Engineering Group,
IIT-Bombay, India

Rustom Mody, Ph.D.
Head R & D
Lupin Ltd.,

S. Ramaswamy, Ph.D.
CEO of c-CAMP,
Dean, inStem, NCBS,
Bangalore, India

Sanjeeva Srivastava, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Proteomics Lab,
IIT-Bombay, India

Satheesh Babu T. G., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Department of Sciences,
School of Engineering,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
Coimbatore Campus, India

Seeram Ramakrishna, Ph.D.
Center for Nanofibers &
National University of

Shantikumar Nair, Ph.D.
Professor & Director,
Amrita Center for Nanosciences & 
Molecular Medicine,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India

Sharmila Mande, Ph.D.
Principal Scientist & Head,
Bio Sciences R&D,
TCS Innovation Labs,

Shigeki Miyamoto, Ph.D.
Professor of Oncology,
Wisconsin Institute Medical Research, Madison, USA

Shrikant Anant, Ph.D.
The Department of Molecular &  Integrative Physiology,
Kansas University Medical Center, USA

Sneh Anand, Ph.D.
Center for Biomedical
IIT-Delhi, India

Srinivas Pentyala, Ph.D.
Director of Translational
Stony Brook Medical Center,
Stony Brook,

Srinivasan Rajgopal, Ph.D.
Principal Scientist &
Head Bio IT R&D,
TCS Innovation Labs,

Srisairam Achuthan, Ph.D.
Senior Scientific Programmer,
Research Informatics Division,
Department of Information Sciences,
City of Hope,

Sudarslal S, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
School of Biotechnology,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
Amritapuri Campus,

Sudhir Sahasrabudhe, Ph.D.
CEO, Rines Therapeutics,
Research Professor of Medicinal
University of Utah, USA

Suresh Subramani, Ph.D.

Vice-Chancellor(Academic Affairs), University of California San Diego, USA

Sambhara, DVM, Ph.D.

Chief, Immunology Section,
Influenza Division,
CDC, Atlanta,

Tarun B. Patel, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair of Pharmacology,
Loyola University,
Chicago, USA

Taslimarif Saiyed, Ph.D.
Chief operating officer,
Bengaluru, India

Terry Hermiston, Ph.D.
Vice President,
US Biologics Research Site Head,
US Innovation Center
Bayer Healthcare, USA

Tim Guilliams, Ph.D.
Research Associate,
Chemistry Department
University of Cambridge, UK

Tobias Preckel, Ph.D.
Life Science Center Manager,
Agilent Technologies,

Upinder S. Bhalla, Ph.D.
Professor, NCBS,
Bangalore, India

V. Nagaraja, Ph.D.
Indian Institute of Science,

Vural Özdemir, MD, PhD, DABCP
DELSA Global,
Seattle, WA, USA

Event Details
2013-08-10 09:00 to 2013-08-14 18:00
School of Biotechnology
Applied Biochemistry
Biosensor Research Lab