The School of Biosciences welcomed Indian Institute of Science PhD student Vignesh Nayaran as part of the Newton Bhabha PhD placement programme.
The University’s links with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore were initiated with a sandpit funded by the UoB India Travel Fund which included the signing of a MoU with IISc.
This was followed by success in obtaining a UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) thematic partnership to study tuberculosis, a global health problem. The links now continue in the form of incoming Newton Bhabha PhD student Vignesh Nayaran from IISc visiting the School of Biosciences.
“I am working on cell signalling systems of the human pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which causes the disease tuberculosis.
“I found out about the Newton Bhabha PhD Placement Programme through my department at the Indian Institute of Science. We have strong research ties with the School of Biosciences through previous joint grants such as the UKIERI and the Newton fund was an opportunity to further strengthen those collaborative efforts.
“The Newton Bhabha programme has been a great experience! I have had no problems with any part of the programme, from the application stage to registering at UoB and accessing the grant money. I have received excellent pastoral and research support at UoB, it has been an enriching experience from multiple perspectives. Regarding my research, the facilities and infrastructure at the School of Biosciences were made open and accessible to me right from the start, the faculty have been welcoming and helpful with experiments. I like the fact that no matter what kind of research problem one encounters, there is always a scientist here with the relevant experience who can help. I would love to come back here for a longer stint if possible, and I will definitely miss the University and the lab here when I return to India.”
Vignesh Nayaran, PhD student, Indian Institute of Science
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Birmingham and the Indian Institute of Science in June 2011 (left to right) Dr Apoorva Bhatt, Dr Peter Lund