Chemical Biology Research in India

Selvi, B. Ruthrotha and Roy, Siddhartha and Kundu, Tapas K (2011) Chemical Biology Research in India. ACS Chemical Biology, 6 (10). pp. 982-986.


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    Chemical biology, as the terminology suggests, is the intertwining of chemistry and biology. However, the exact definition of chemical biology has been constantly debated among the researchers working at the interface of chemistry and biology. One of the major differences between the closely related fields of biochemistry and chemical biology is that the former is more relevant to the actual physiological scenario, whereas the latter has a synthetic feel to it. Thus, exploring biology with the aid of chemical tools can be considered to be the main philosophy of chemical biology. The science of chemical biology in the present form is only about 2 decades old, and hence the successes and failures in this area are more in the limelight than many other fields of science. All over the world, there are active initiatives to merge this new area of research into the scientific mainstream. Universities such as MIT, Harvard, RIKEN, and McGill have full-fledged departments dedicated to chemical biology. Perhaps the earliest research institute in the world dedicated to chemical biology was the CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology in Kolkata, India. The 75-year-old research institute was reoriented and renamed in 1982 to its present form to explore the chemistry of life—with chemical and biochemical tools. In India, this exciting area of research has spread beyond this institute, and in this In Focus article we shall highlight the status of chemical biology research in India with respect to its past, present, and future. Although work at the interface of chemistry and biology is widespread in India, we will largely focus on institutions that use chemical tools to explore biology.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: Structural Biology & Bioinformatics
    Divisions: Indian Institute of Chemical Biology
    Depositing User: Ms Sutapa Ganguly
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2012 12:54
    Last Modified: 16 Jan 2012 12:54
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