'India’s challenge is to build excellent scientific research at basic level'

Prof Satyajit Mayor has recently been appointed as the director of Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem). He is also the director of National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS).


Prof Satyajit Mayor, director, NCBS, Bangalore

Prof Mayor received his Master's degree in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He then received his PhD in lifesciences from Rockefeller University.

He started his own laboratory at NCBS in 1995. He is the recipient of several national and international awards such as Infosys Prize in lifesciences, The World Academy of Sciences Award, and is a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Mumbai.

He is also a recipient of Wellcome Trust International
Senior Research Fellowship, and now holds a JC Bose Fellowship from the Government of India. Here is an excerpt from the interview with BioSpectrum India.

Q. What are your major challenges in being the director of NCBS?

Prof Satyajit Mayor: I have been the dean of NCBS for the past five years, which has been a preparatory time. Being the director of NCBS is a bigger challenge. NCBS being a premier research institute for biology in the country, there are a lot of expectations. The role of a dean and a director, both have very distinct demands.


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