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Prof. Borges to receive Alumni Award for Excellence in Research for Science

Council of the Institute in its meeting held on 21 December 2019, has been pleased to confer Alumni Award for Excellence in Research for Science for the year 2020, jointly on Prof. Borges and Prof. E. Arunan, Dept. of Inorganic & Physical Chemistry. The President of the Court of the Institute will formally present the award at the meeting of the Court, scheduled to be held on Friday, the 13 March 2020, in the Faculty Hall of the Institute.

New publication: Review of Indian amphibian conservation genetic studies

India harbors high amphibian diversity. More than 80% of amphibians are endemic and have a narrow range of distribution. For most Indian amphibians, information on their genetic diversity is lacking. In this study, we have reviewed the overall trend in amphibian studies in India with specific focus on conservation genetics. Overall, out of 173 studies, there were only 14 studies that dealt with conservation of amphibians through genetic tools, while only five studies estimated genetic diversity and gene structure.

Snake venom study reveals troubling shortcomings in antivenom therapy in India

Commercially available antivenoms in India can be ineffective in treating bites from certain medically important yet neglected snakes, a study conducted by the Evolutionary Venomics Lab (, has shown. These so called the ‘neglected many’, are snakes whose bites are harmful to humans, yet remain poorly studied.

Unravelling the venomous bite of an endangered mammal


Highly similar venom toxins found in shrews and endangered Caribbean mammals, despite common ancestor over 70 million years ago

Researchers from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and ZSL (Zoological Society of London) have worked with scientists from institutions across the globe, including the Evolutionary Venomics Lab at IISc, to uncover the truth behind the origin of venom in some very unusual mammals.

New publication: Past climate change and the diversification of geckos from Peninsular India.


Around 33.5 million years ago, during the Eocene–Oligocene period, there was an abrupt shift towards a cooler drier climate. This resulted in a corresponding shift in biological diversity globally. In Peninsular India, the study of fossil pollens suggests a shift from wet rainforest vegetation to dry and seasonal species during this period. However, the grassland and open habitats that dominate the region today expanded relatively recently as a result of the Late Miocene aridification ~ 11 million years ago.

Prof Guy Theraulaz visits CES as IISc Infosys Chair Professor

Prof Guy

Prof Guy Theraulaz, a world leader in the field of collective behaviour, visited CES as IISc Infosys Chair Professor from 4th Sept 2019 to 23rd Sept 2019. Prof Theraulaz is currently a senior research fellow at the National Center for Scientific Research CNRS). He is also a leading researcher in the field of swarm intelligence, primarily studying social insects but also distributed algorithms, e.g. for collective robotics, directly inspired by nature.

New species of tree crickets from Mexico named after CES alumna Natasha Mhatre

tree cricket

The Otomi tree cricket (Oecanthus mhatreae sp. nov.) which was recently described from the tropical deciduous forests of central Mexico has been named after a former CES student – Dr. Natasha Mhatre.  

Natasha gives us a behind-the scenes peek into how a part of the natural world came to bear her name. Read the full story here: