P.hd in Structure and dynamics of biological macromoleculesTata Institute of Fundamental Research
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P.hd in Structure and dynamics of biological macromolecules
The department offers challenging opportunities for research in modern areas of physical chemistry as well as inter-disciplinary research between physics, chemistry and biology. The research activities of the department at present are focused on understanding interactions between small molecules at the most fundamental level on one hand and investigating the structure, function and dynamics of macromolecules such as proteins, nucleic acids etc. on the other. These investigations are directed towards understanding biological function at molecular level and towards design and development of novel molecular materials with desired characteristics and properties.
The department has set up sophisticated facilities such as: National Facility for High field NMR consisting of 500 and 600 MHz NMR spectrometers; Steady-state and time-resolved pico and femto second fluorescence spectrometers, ESR, CD and stopped-flow spectrometer, MALDI-TOF etc. The department is continually upgrading its facilities to keep abreast of developments in research facilities. In addition, there are home-built sophisticated experimental facilities for carrying out supersonic jet spectroscopy, multi-photon microscopy, Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS), time-domain ESR, and T-jump spectrometer. The department also has well-equipped chemical and biological laboratories for synthetic and protein-engineering research.
The department has been continually initiating and developing new and emerging areas of research in chemical sciences in addition to strengthening the current activities. The members of the department collaborate extensively with other departments of the Institute and also with other organizations at the national and international level.