"Biochemical Roles of Cell Surface Macromolecules"

11th International Symposium on Cell Surface Macromolecules

(24th-28th February, 2017)

Organized by

Department of Biological Sciences,

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali

(Participation to this conference is on the basis of invitation only)

The 11th International Symposium on Cell Surface Macromolecules (ISCSM) will be held at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali in Mohali/Chandigarh during 24-28 February, 2017. This prestigious symposium series was founded by (late) Prof. B.K. Bachhawat who was a pioneer in cell surface and membrane biology research in India. This symposium series has been going on for more than past 30 years. All the previous symposiums, held in different cities in India, were highly successful and enjoyed high degree of participation from the scientists across the globe. The 11th ISCSM will also have an ISN Symposium on Neurochemistry & Cell Surface Macromolecules.

We look forward to your participation in the 11th ISCSM.

11th International Symposium on Cell Surface Macromolecules (11th ISCSM)

(February 24-28, 2017)

IISER Mohali Auditorium

24th February


(11 am – 3.30 pm)

Welcome & Opening Remarks

(3.30 pm – 4 pm)


Cell Surface Macromolecules: Infection, Immunity and Disease-I

(4 pm – 6.30 pm)

Alessandro Prinetti

(University of Milan, Italy)

Lipid rafts and their role in neurodegeneration and neuroprotection

Jean-Marie Ruysschaert

(Free University of Brussels, Belgium)

Nanoparticles activate the immune system through recognition of Toll-like receptors

Teresa P. DiLorenzo

(Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA)

Understanding the influence of Class I Major Histocompatibility Complex alleles on the

development of Type 1 Diabetes

Chitra Mandal

(Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, India)

L. donovani exploits sialic acids, host siglecs and sialidase to turn down

macrophage activation for successful infection


GPCRs: from Structure to Function-I

(6.30 pm – 7 pm)

Arun K. Shukla

(IIT Kanpur, India)

Structural and functional insights into GPCR-βarrestin interaction


25th February


Membrane Organization

(9.15 am – 11.45 am)

R. Preston Mason

(Harvard Medical School, USA)

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Influence Membrane Structure and Cholesterol Crystalline Domain Formation

during Atherosclerosis

Abhijit Chakrabarti

(Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, India)

Status of membrane asymmetry in disease: role of spectrin

Roop Mallik

(Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India)

Feeding-Fasting induced effects on the Monolayer Membrane of Lipid Droplets in the Liver

Debi Sarkar

(Delhi University, India)

Villin-induced remodeling of actin cytoskeleton enhances Sendai Virus-host cell fusion


Biophysics of Membrane Proteins and Cell Surface Macromolecules-I

(11.45 am – 1.15 pm) 

Manuel Prieto

(Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)

Advanced FRET modelling in biophysics– exact analytical solutions on

structural studies of the KcsA channel and FRET in 2D under the microscope

Andrew Clayton

(Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)

Probing and perturbing cell surface receptors

Musti J. Swamy

(University of Hyderabad, India)

Factors influencing membrane binding and chaperone-like activity of major proteins of mammalian seminal plasma, bovine PDC-109 and equine HSP-1/2

Poster session: 1.30 pm - 4.30 pm


Biophysics of Membrane Proteins and Cell Surface Macromolecules-II

(4.30 pm – 6.30 pm)

Sudipta Maiti

(Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India)

Amyloids in membranes

M. K. Mathew

(National Centre for Biological Sciences, India)

Fluid flow feeds back on electrical activity in the cardiac hERG channel

Kaushik Sengupta

(Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, India)

Elastic changes in Lamins leads to Nuclear Membrane distortions in Laminopathies

Sabyasachi Rakshit

(IISER Mohali, India)

Resolving the structure and force-sensing behavior of long-chain non-classical

cadherins involved in hearing and cell-stitching


26th February



(9.15 am – 10.45 am)

Subhash C. Basu

(University of Notre Dame, USA)

Induction of apoptosis in metastatic breast cancer cells down regulates

glyco-genes followed by degradation of genomic DNA

Dipak K. Banerjee

(University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico)

Importance of Dolichol Phosphate Mannose Synthase in Angiogenesis

Hirokazu Yagi

(Nagoya City University, Japan)

Development and application of glycosylation-profiling techniques

for functional glycomics in the nervous system


Microbial Cell Surface

(11.15 am – 12.45 pm)

Dipankar Chatterji

(Indian Institute of Science, India)

Vitamin C targets (p)ppGpp synthesis leading to alteration of

cell surface and biofilm formation in M. smegmatis

Sharmistha Sinha

(Institute of Nano Science and Technology, India)

Exploring the Shell Proteins of BMCPs as Potential Substrates for

Fabrication of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Nanomaterials

T. N. C. Ramya

(Institute of Microbial Technology, India)

Lessons learnt from naturally occurring and engineered F-type lectin domains


ISN Symposium on Neurochemistry & Cell Surface Macromolecules- Part A

(2.30 pm – 4 pm)

Sandro Sonnino

(University of Milan, Italy)

The neurotrophic properties of the monosialosylgangliotetrahexosylceramide (GM1 ganglioside): a new study

Amitabha Chattopadhyay

(Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, India)

GPCR-Cholesterol Interaction: novel insights in health and disease

Evgeni Ponimaskin

(Hannover Medical School, Germany)

Molecular details of serotonin receptors oligomerization


ISN Symposium on Neurochemistry & Cell Surface Macromolecules- Part B

(4.30 pm – 5.30 pm)

Nigel M. Hooper

University of Manchester, UK

Prion protein: amyloid-β receptor and therapeutic target in Alzheimer’s disease

Kavita Babu

(IISER Mohali, India)

As the worm moves: The role of G-protein coupled receptors in C. elegans movement


27th February


Cell Surface Macromolecules: Infection, Immunity and Disease-II)

(9.15 am – 10.45 am)

Pamela Stanley

(Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA)

Key roles for O-Glycans in Notch signalling

E. Richard Stanley

(Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA)

CSF-1 receptor biology and signaling in development and disease

Prashen Chelikani

(University of Manitoba, Canada)

Bitter taste receptor chemosensing from cancer to cystic fibrosis


Cell Surface Macromolecules: Infection, Immunity and Disease-III

(11.15 am – 12.15 pm)

Avadhesha Surolia

(Indian Institute of Science, India)

Lysozyme over-expression during nerve injury incites neuropathic pain

Samir Maji

(IIT Bombay, India)

Amyloids as cell adhesive matrix


GPCRs: from Structure to Function-II

(12.15 pm – 12.45 pm)

Durba Sengupta

(CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, India)

How do membrane lipids interact with GPCRs?


            Short presentations

            (2.40 pm – 5 pm)

            Concluding Session

             (5 pm - 5.30 pm)

Discussion on 12th ISCSM

Concluding remarks


28th February



Regarding IISER Mohali:

IISER Mohali is a premier institute established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, to carry out research in frontier areas of science and to provide quality science education at the undergraduate and the postgraduate level. IISER Mohali is located in the city of Mohali/Chandigarh.

About Chandigarh:

Chandigarh is a city in the northern part of India that serves as the capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana. Picturesquely located at the foothills of Himalayas, Chandigarh is amongst the most beautiful and greenest cities of India, also known as the best example of urban planning in India. The surrounding metropolitans of Chandigarh are Mohali and Panchkula, and are collectively known as the Tri-city. The spring season (from February-end to early-April) remains the most enjoyable part of the year in Chandigarh with temperatures varying between (max) 13-20 °C and (min) 5-12 °C.  The city is very well connected by road, rail and airways to other metros and major cities, in particular to New Delhi, the capital of India.