Prof. Sudipta Maiti

Prof. Sudipta Maiti pursued his undergraduate studies at IIT Kanpur, and then obtained a Ph.D. in Biophysics in 1994 from the University of...

Laughter, Ridicule and the Nobel Prize: The Gods...

You are a scientist. You work determinedly and tirelessly - in pursuit of an elusive answer to a truly complicated problem. And then one day, you believe you've cracked it, that you've hit upon the perfect solution. It all makes sense. You take your suggestions out of the laboratory, to the world. Only to find out that they are ridiculed by the 'gods of science'!

Now 'Gods' exist in every field, but are they supposed to exist in Science? Isn't Science all about not having authorities that you cannot question? What if the 'Ridiculous' suggestion becomes one of the most amazing discoveries in Science? Do you become a 'God' then?

We are so excited to have Prof. Sudipta Maiti - scientist, teacher and commoner (!) - join us at Mumbai local this week. As a biophysicist who began his career in Physics, he is now eternally fascinated by the beautiful problems that biology seems to offer. Prof. Maiti is currently looking for the physical reasons behind diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's - a new way of approaching these age-old problems. And in this Mumbai Local, he will share the journey of quests like these.

Prof. Maiti's talk will be rooted in fascinating stories - on how established scientific beliefs became limitations, and on how leaps of faith and imagination led to new answers. He will share delightful anecdotes about scientists who were first dismissed and ridiculed, and then went on to win the Nobel Prize. And of course, through all this we will get a glimpse of his deep love for science and a peek into his own fascinating field of work

Come, join us for an evening of amazing discoveries - not just about science, but also the human spirit!

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@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm

Prof. Sudipta Maiti pursued his undergraduate studies at IIT Kanpur, and then obtained a Ph.D. in Biophysics in 1994 from the University of Pennsylvania. He subsequently joined Cornell University to work in the laboratory of Prof. Watt Webb, who was at that time developing some revolutionary new microscopy techniques. Prof. Maiti joined the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in 1998, where he is currently a Professor of Chemical Sciences.

He uses spectroscopy and microscopy as the primary tools of his research. His current research interest spans several different fields, namely, protein aggregation (which is related to diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's), chemical neurotransmission (which is related to the molecular basis of drug addiction), and development of new optical  tools for studying biology.

When he is not busy in his lab, he loves to promote scientific exchange between fellow scientists and students. He does this through several initiatives including the Fluorescence Society, the National Photonics Fellowship program, and a science club of the Mumbai-Pune region called 'Biophysics Pashchim'

Venues Dates Time
12-100 yrs
1 hr
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