Watch: NBIC and India Biofilms Society Symposiums

NBIC first met in person two researchers from India, Snehal Kadam and Karishma S Kaushik, at the excellent Eurobiofilms event organised by Prof Gordon Ramage in Glasgow in September 2019.

Move the clock forward exactly 12 months and we found ourselves hosting two open joint research symposiums (on Zoom of course!) between 6 UK biofilm researchers from the NBIC academic community, and 6 from the newly formed India Biofilms Society. Take a look at our blog from the team for more information on the creation of the India Biofilms Society.

We’re pleased to report that our symposiums were a complete success. We saw an amazing diversity of work and many opportunities for collaborations. Watch the full meetings here.


Meeting One – Saturday 5 September 2020 

  • Karishma Kaushik – Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India. Human-relevant approaches to biofilm infection states.
  • Deepti Jain – Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad, India. Transcription Regulation of biofilm gene expression in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
  • Ankita Pagedar Singh – A D Patel Institute of Technology, Anand, India. Efficacy of DNase to prevent and eradicate biofilms formed by pathogens.
  • Esther Karunakaran – University of Sheffield, UK. SCARAB: in vitro and ex vivo models of biofilms.
  • Naveen Kumar Devanga Ragupathi – University of Sheffield, UK. The missing link between antimicrobial resistance and biofilms.
  • Sourav Ghosh – Loughborough University, UK. Rapid point-of-care phenotypic detection of bacteria and antimicrobial sensitivity.
Meeting Two – Saturday 12 September 2020 

  • Gavin Melaugh – University of Edinburgh, UK. The soft matter physics of biofilms.
  • Campbell Gourlay – University of Kent, UK. Detection and treatment of fungal biofilms on medical implants.
  • Miraz Rahman – King’s College London, UK. Development of new anti-biofilm agents through repurposing of existing licensed drugs.
  • Ashwini Chauhan – Tripura University, Agartala, India. Central Venous Catheter-associated biofilms: Eradication strategies.
  • Neha Jain – Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur, India. Fighting Fire with Fire: Novel strategies to combat biofilm infections.
  • Sriram Varhan – Institute of Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine, Bangalore, India. Metabolite plasticity drives the emergence of specialised cell states in isogenic yeast biofilms.

Our goal is to find ways to connect and link the two research communities’ for mutual benefit and in order to explore possible collaborations and joint grant applications between researchers. We hope this will be a long and successful relationship.

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