07-11-2019  Thursday

05 August to 30 December, 2019

Introduction to Science & Mathematics Education Research

Every Monday (11:00-13:00), Thursday (11:00-13:00)

Venue: Main Building Seminar Room - 217

Coordinator: Dr. P. K. Joshi, Prof. Savita Ladage, Prof. Sugra Chunawala and Dr. Anisha Malhotra-Dalvi


Semester I - Graduate Course


CUBE Diwali Workshop 2019

Date: 30 October to 18 November, 2019
Time: 10:00 - 18:00

Venue: Main Building CUBE Lab

Coordinator: Prof. G. Nagarjuna

CUBE Diwali Workshop 2019


Astronomy Olympiad Exposure Camp

Date: 05 to 08 November, 2019
Time: 09:00 - 17:30

Venue: NIUS Building Lecture Hall - G4

Coordinator: Dr. Aniket Sule

Astronomy Olympiad Exposure Camp


Thursday Seminar on "A Switch Leads the Way - The 2019 Nobel in Physiology/Medicine"

Date: 07 November, 2019
Time: 15:30 - 16:30

Venue: Main Building Lecture Room - G1

Coordinator: Prof. Jyotsna Vijapurkar


Dr. Rohini Karandikar


Oxygen does much more than merely allow us to ‘respire’. It plays an important role in converting food into usable energy. It is also required in the body’s defenses against harmful microorganisms and in keeping diseases like cancer in check. This is possible when oxygen is adequately available. In certain conditions, such as at high altitudes or during strenuous exercise, the body falls short of oxygen. In such conditions, the body can sense the change in oxygen level and cope with it while continuing its normal processes. “How does the body sense low oxygen levels?” was the question asked by this years’ Nobel laureates in physiology or medicine- Peter Ratcliffe, Gregg Semenza, and William Kaelin. Gregg Semenza discovered a key protein called Hypoxia Inducible Factor (HIF) which acts as a ‘switch’ and turns on several genes that help cells adapt to the changes in oxygen levels.

In my presentation, I will be talking about various roles that oxygen plays in human physiology, how HIF operates when there is a low level of oxygen and what the discovery means to the future of humankind.