News and Plans for summer

We’ve been busy! Here is some good news and fun plans for the summer. Many of us will be zipping across the world to present our work at conferences. If you happen to spot us, do come up to chat!

Gaurav, Vrinda and Saurabh successfully defended their thesis proposals and are now officially stamped and certified PhD students doing important thesis work. Hooray!

Laasya has been nominated for a Young Scientist Medal from the Indian National Science Academy (INSA). Good luck for the final presentation!

Arjit Jere (Garware College, Pune) finished his Master’s thesis working on ant lion pits (I served as Arjit’s thesis guide). Well done, Arjit!

Nilima Walunjkar (IISER Pune) has joined us again, this time for her Master’s thesis project. She will be working on the fitness effects of codon use in Methylobacterium. Welcome!

Aparna and I will be at the Evolution meetings in Austin, USA in June. Aparna will be partly funded by an Infosys Travel Award. Congratulations!

Mrudula and I will be at the SMBE meeting in Gold Coast, Australia in July. This is our first trip to the continent; we can’t wait to see Koalas and Kangaroos!

Gaurav and Laasya will be at an EMBO conference on Ribosome Structure and Function in Strasbourg, France, in July. Gaurav will be partly supported by a travel grant from DBT. Congratulations!

Laasya will also attend the Gordon Conference on Microbial Stress response in South Hadley, USA, in July 2016.

Finally, Gaurav Agavekar (MSc Wildlife student; I am serving as his thesis guide) received an Infosys travel award to attend the 2016 Ant course in Mozambique, Africa, in July. Congratulations!