Accelerating Biology 2017

Know Us | Bioinformatics@C-DAC | Poster Submission and Young Speaker program | Registration Fees | Registration details and Payment method | Important Dates | Symposium Venue | Contact details


Biology is incredibly complex, but as our understanding of molecular systems and subsystems increases, our ability to model their behavior also advances. We don’t know how far we’ll be able to go in unlocking the biological world, but there is hope that much progress is possible towards building more accurate and detailed biological models and simulating the working of an organism. Large volumes of biological data generated needs to be analyzed at an extremely rapid rate to transform this data into usable knowledge. The challenge to modern Bioinformatics is to accelerate such processes of information retrieval, integration and analysis with high precision. The next generation of Bioinformatics tools will require the integration of algorithms into an analysis engine capable of an automated and accurate processing to achieve maximum throughput.

High Performance Computing (HPC) gives a tremendous opportunity to explore and model the complexity of biology at a very high precision. Unlocking the potential in this rapidly increasing volume of information will need significant advancements in HPC technologies. HPC enables a researcher to understand and visualize the function of various molecules in a cell at a very high precision. High Performance Computers will enable biomedical researchers to crunch more data, answer deeper questions, and run more sophisticated models of biological processes. One of the end goals is, Precision medicine, which promises a transformative era of personalized health, with customized treatments and diagnostics tailored to each individual’s unique biology. Powered by data and simulation-driven insights into biomedical and biochemical processes, precision medicine has the potential to replace today’s trial-and-error medicine with personalized, predictive treatments for cancer and other diseases.

The National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) is an apt platform to address computing needs for biological scientists in India. It is anticipated that the NSM would provide the firepower to delve into the depths of high precision biology. C-DAC’s Bioinformatics Resources and Application Facility (BRAF) has been playing a pivotal role towards this endeavor. The proposed symposium aims to provide a forum to bring together scientists and technologists to chart the path towards delivering precision.

Focus areas:

  • Emerging areas in Computational Drug Design
  • Molecular Dynamics Simulations: Witnessing rare events
  • Next Generation Sequencing: Disease Implications
  • Metabolic networks and Systems Biology
  • BIGDATA driven Biology
  • BRAF User: Case Studies

Click here to download technical programme of Accelerating Biology 2017 Symposium (File Format: PDF, File Size: 176 KB, Date: 5/01/2017)


Dr. Dinakar Salunke, ICGEB, New Delhi
Prof. Graham Stewart, University of Surrey, UK
Dr. C. S. Yajnik, KEM Hospital, Pune
Dr. C. S. Yajnik, KEM Hospital, Pune
Dr. Sudeep Gupta, TMH, Mumbai
Dr. Binay Panda, GANIT LABS, Bengaluru
Dr. Jan Kim, Pirbright Institute, UK
Dr. Vinod Scaria, IGIB, New Delhi
Dr. Vivek Thakur, ICRISAT, Hyderabad
Dr. Jayashankar Das, GSBTM, Gandhinagar
Dr. Sanjib Senapati, IIT, Chennai
Prof. Debasisa Mohanty, NII, Delhi
Prof. Indira Ghosh, JNU, Delhi
Dr. Govardhan Reddy, IISc, Bengaluru
Prof. Ramesh Deka, Tezpur University, Assam
Prof. B. Jayaram, IIT, Delhi
Prof. B. Gopal, IISc, Bengaluru
Dr. Samiron Phukan, Lupin, Pune
Dr. Ansuman Lahiri, University of Calcutta, Kolkata
Prof. Parbati Biswas, University of Delhi, Delhi
Prof. Rajeeva Karandikar, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Chennai
Prof. Saumyadipta Pyne, IIPH, Hyderabad
Dr. Yogesh Simmhan, IISc, Bengaluru
Dr. L. S. Shashidhara, IISER, Pune

One-day workshop on “Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis”:

Workshop on 'NGS data analysis' would be held on Jan 16, 2017 preceding the “Accelerating Biology 2017” symposium by Dr. Jan Kim, Pirbright Institute, UK along with members of C-DAC HPC-M&BA group and is open only for symposium participants. The workshop would provide an overview of the theoretical and technical aspects of NGS data analysis. Participants interested in attending the same, need to send a separate email to '' mentioning 'AB 2017- NGS workshop' in the subject line. The workshop is free of charge for registered participants and has limited seats (on first-come-first basis) strictly.

"Registrations for NGS workshop are full and henceforth closed. The registered participants will be informed about detail schedule soon."

Know Us

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) with its genesis in the year 1988 as a national initiative of Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MC&IT), Government of India, embodies the spirit of indigenous high-end research and development for state -of -the-art technologies and solutions. As a scientific society, C-DAC has been continuously engaged for over two and a half decades, towards the design, development and deployment of electronics and advanced Information Technology (IT) products and solutions for the benefit of the society. C-DAC's thrust in meeting the national agenda has manifest itself in the execution of several key projects, leading to the creation of a strong brand equity for its inherent expertise and capabilities, in the global context. Presently, this expertise extends to the field of High Performance Computing (HPC) fueling various scientific, engineering and business applications. Fostering an environment of innovation and dealing with cutting edge technologies, C-DAC's PARAM series of supercomputers, the latest being the 524 TF PARAM-YUVA-II, have been used to address these diverse applications at various national and international institutions. The implementation of the Garuda Grid has seen the optimal usage of HPC resources spread across the nation in a congregated manner accelerating scientific research. In-house developed hardware components in the form of Reconfigurable Computing System (RCS) cards specific for particular scientific applications have accelerated them many fold. Over the years the Bioinformatics Group of C-DAC has developed into an active centre of bioinformatics research, applying HPC to accelerate biological research towards the betterment of human life.



The Bioinformatics Group at C-DAC leverages on the inherent technological expertise to delve into complex biological systems and develop an understanding of underlying processes by providing high throughput solutions and services. The group has a dual capability of expertise in advanced areas of research in computational biology along with understanding of High Performance Computing. The activities of the Bioinformatics Group are aimed towards acquiring in-depth knowledge and understanding the various strata of bio-complexity and hence include an entire spectrum of data analyses and essential research consumables. Various in-house research activities are being carried out which include genome sequence assembly, microarray data analysis, structure-based drug discovery, protein folding and various molecular dynamics simulation using advanced Molecular Modelling techniques. Backed by its Bioinformatics Resources and Applications Facility (BRAF), the team has developed an entire spectrum of tools, databases and allied resources for research to address current and future Bioinformatics challenges.

The group has active collaborations with a number of eminent research organizations and industries, national and international such as Pirbright Institute, (UK), Roslin Institute (UK), University of Surrey (UK), Oregon Health and Science University (USA), NIH (USA), Bard College (USA), University of Illinois (USA), National Centre for Cell Science (Pune), University of Pune (Pune), IIT Madras (Chennai), Tata Memorial Hospital (Mumbai), National Chemical Laboratory (USA), Ventri Biologicals (Pune), IBB (Pune), ACTREC (Mumbai) and industries like Lupin Ltd. Pune


Poster Submission and Young Speaker program

All registered participants are encouraged to prepare a poster presentation of their recent research activities and submit an abstract, not exceeding 250 words. The confirmation of poster selection will be notified by 03 January 2017.

Poster size should be 3ft X 4ft. Material to be required for mounting the poster will be provided by organizers.

The posters would be evaluated and the best few will be allowed for oral presentation in the "Young Speaker Program".

Abstract Guidelines:

  1. The title should summarize the abstract and convince that the topic is important
  2. Provide the names and department affiliation of all authors who contributed to the project.
  3. Italicize your faculty mentor’s name and provide the department affiliation.
  4. The word limit is 250 words.
  5. Use font Callibri, font size 12 and line spacing 1.2.
  6. The document should be submitted as a MS Word document (doc). A pdf is not acceptable.
  7. Email your abstract to

Note: Name of presenting author should be underlined and certificate will be given only to presenting author.



For accommodation, following are the details of probable hotels and guest houses , where participant can approach directly for bookings and payments on their own.

Click here for the list of hotels

* Participants have to book/pay for their accommodation on their own.


Important Dates

Events Dates
Registration Start 16 August, 2016
Early Bird Registration End 30 November, 2016
Registration End 20 December, 2016
Abstract Deadline 20 December, 2016
DD receipt Deadline 30 December, 2016

Registration Fees

Category Fees* Early Bird Fees*
Student ₹ 2000/- ₹ 1500/-
Academic/Govt. ₹ 3000 ₹ 2500
Industry ₹ 4500/- ₹ 4000/-

"The symposium registration is open only to Indian nationals who are presently working in India."

"*** Registrations Closed! Participants who already have DD dated on/before 20/12/2016 may kindly register over email bio[at]cdac[dot]in ***"

Note: Fees are non-transferable & non-refundable

The registration fee includes symposium kit, breakfast, tea/coffee during breaks, lunch and dinner during symposium days.

Early bird registration:

Register early for the "Accelerating Biology 2017: Decoding the Deluge" symposium at lowest registration fees. Early bird registration is available till 30 November 2016.

For group registration more than 10, kindly send request to

For BRAF users: Special discount of ₹ 500 per user for existing BRAF user (Valid BRAF users who registered before 15 Aug 2016).

It is compulsory to submit a poster to avail BRAF user discount of ₹ 500:
Click here to download
(File Format: PDF, File Size: 336 KB, Date: 13/09/2016)

To avail BRAF user discount download the form and send the duly filled form along with DD. to the address mentioned below. The discount will be given only after verification of BRAF logins.


Registration details and Payment method

Participants can send a Demand Draft for the registration fees as per their eligibility in favour of "Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC)" payable at Pune.

Note: Kindly mention the name of participants on the backside of the Demand Draft.

Kindly print the form after the completion of the application process and post it with the requisite fee to the following address

Convenor: Dr. Rajendra Joshi
Kind Attn.: Ms. Jyoti Chougule
Bioinformatics Group,
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC),
Pune University Campus, Ganeshkhind,
Pune - 411 007


Symposium Venue

Yashawantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA)
Rajbhavan Complex,
Baner Road,
Pune - 411 007


Contact details

Ms. Jyoti Chougule
Bioinformatics Group,
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC),
Pune University Campus, Ganesh Khind,
Pune - 411 007, India.
Tel: 020-25704196 Telefax: +91-20-25694084