Synapse: The neuroscience symposium series

 This year, it is our pleasure to announce Synapse 2021 symposium featuring two days of regular talks by established and early-career researchers in the field, as well as Lightning talk sessions by PhD students and post-doctoral fellows. We bring to you an exciting line-up of speakers working in diverse areas of neuroscience from development of the hippocampus, to maintaining order in the adult brain, brain-behaviour interactions from rodents to ravens, molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases, and the use of brain organoids to decode CNS pathologies. Further, this symposium will also serve as a platform for research students and post-doctoral fellows to showcase their work to the wider neuroscience community. We believe that this can be a great forum that would offer excellent visibility for your work.

Synapse 2.0  Details of the Speakers


Name of Speaker and Designation

Affiliation of Speaker

Title of the Talk


Prof. Jay Gopalakrishnan, Professor, 

Institute for Human Genetics.

Institute of Human Genetics, University Hospital Düsseldorf,


Düsseldorf, Germany.

Human brain organoids to decode human-specific biology and disease mechanisms.   



Dr. Hiyaa Ghosh, Assistant Professor, NCBS.

Naional Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS),

Bangalore, India

Maintaining order in the adult brain: making new neurons and keeping well the adult ones.


Dr. Rishikesh Narayanan, Associate Professor, Molecular Biophysics Unit.

Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

Heterogeneities in neural circuits: Origins and implications.


Dr. Phalguni Alladi,  Neurophysiology, Scientist F, NIMHANS)


Bangalore, India.

Parkinson’s disease: Our two windows to explore the neurobiological basis for



Prof. Shubha Tole, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences.

Department of Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, India.

How to make a hippocampus.


Prof. Sowmya Iyengar, Professor and Scientist VI, National Brain Research Centre.

National Brain Research Centre (NBRC),



Brain-behavior interactions in the ‘Shining Raven’.


Dr. Nixon Abraham, Assistant Professor, IISER Pune.

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research,

Pune, India.

Smelling the force: mechanosensation through rodent nose.


Dr. Vladimir Sytnyk, Associate Professor, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences

School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, University of New South Wales (UNSW),

Sydney, Australia.

The role of the neural cell adhesion molecule 2 in regulating the function of the

beta-site amyloid precursor protein cleaving enzyme 1.


Synapse 2.0  Program Schedule

DAY 1 – 3rd December- Friday

15:40 - 15:50

Welcome Note by the Director.

15:50 - 16:00

Opening of Synapse 2.0 Symposium by __

16:00 - 16:40

Talk by Prof.  Shubha Tole on the Developing Brain (TIFR, Mumbai, India)

16:40 - 17:20

Talk by Dr.  Hiyaa Ghosh on Glial biology (NCBS, Bangalore, India)

17:20 - 18:00

Lightning Talks (5 minutes per talk, 8 speakers)

18:00 - 18:40

Talk by Dr. Phalguni Alladi, Neurophysiology of Pakinson’s disease (NIMHANS, Bangalore, India)

18:40 - 19:20

Talk by Dr. Vladimir Sytnyk on Molecular Regulation of Synapses (UNSW, Sydney, Australia)

DAY 2 – 4th December- Saturday

15:30 - 16:10

Talk by Dr. Rishikesh Narayanan on Heterogeneity in Neural Circuits (IISc, Bangalore, India)   

16:10 - 16:50

Talk by Prof.  Nixon Abraham on Mechanosensation through the Rodent nose (IISER Pune, India)

16:50 – 17:20

Lightning Talks (5 minutes per talk, 6 speakers)

17:20 - 17:40

TNQ Author Café Talk

17:40 – 18:00

Announcement of Winners and Prizes for Lightning Talks

18:00 – 18:40

Talk by Prof. Sowmya Iyengar on Brain-Behaviour interactions in the Shining Raven (NBRC, India)

18:45 – 19:30

Talk by Prof.  Jay Gopalakrishnan on Brain Organoids (Heinrich-Heine-Universität,  Düsseldorf, Germany)

19:30 – 19:40

Concluding remarks by Director.