Pathogen Discovery and Management of Future Epidemics

9th February 2024, ILS Campus I Auditorium

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About the Conference

We are just emerging from a global pandemic. The first question we ask ourselves, is how do we ensure that humanity does not go through this again? Can we ensure this? How can we be prepared for pandemics? If so, what role does science play here?

We live in the Anthropocene, an era dominated by humans. Changing landscapes, and the associated changes in species, communities and their distributions can lead to zoonotic spillover. Understanding the ecological and evolutionary drivers for spillover, and building predictive models to understand spillover dynamics is clearly important. At the same time, continued surveillance to understand changes in trends of re-emerging zoonoses is critical. Finally, response to outbreaks, through epidemiological studies and vaccine development is critical. In summary, pandemic preparedness requires a suite of disciplines, interdisciplinary skills and quantitative frameworks. Unfortunately, such integrative approaches are relatively rare in India, especially with regards to ecology and evolution.

We are organizing a day-long symposium that brings talks that focus on three themes: ecology and evolution, surveillance and outbreak investigation and response. We would wrap up the day with a panel discussion, and opportunities for participants to ask questions and discuss their thoughts.

The Audience

If you are an enthusiastic scholar interested to know more about ecology, conservation and its links with outbreak of zoonotic pandemics, you would definitely benefit listening to the speakers who have long experience in the field. The one-day symposium aims to provide the platform to deliberate and understand the changing ecological landscape. It will connect aspiring researchers, scientists who are involved in this area of research.

We invite Master students, PhD scholars and Scientists to join us in this symposium and contribute in shaping strategies for the management of future epidemics.

Theme Areas


Ecology guides sustainable practices for pathogen discovery and epidemic resilience.


Surveillance enhances early detection, a cornerstone in epidemic prevention and management.


Outbreak response hinges on swift intervention, mitigating global health threats effectively.

The future of Zoonotic Research in India

Anticipate zoonotic risks, ensuring proactive measures for future pandemic preparedness.


Prof. Virander Singh Chauhan, SPSF

Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan, NCBS

Dr. B. Ravindran, ILS

Dr. Rajeeb K. Swain, ILS

Dr. Mamoni Dash, ILS

Dr. Amit Nasa, Sun Pharma Science Foundation


Dr. Pranav Pandit

University of California

Dr. Guha Dharmarajan

Krea University

Dr. Farah Ishtiaq

The TATA Institute of Genetics and Society (TIGS)

Dr. Pragya Yadav

National Institute of Virology (NIV)

Dr. Arun Zacharia

Forest Department, Govt of Kerala

Dr. Narendra Kumar Arora

Inclen Trust

Dr. Sanjay Singh CEO

Gennova Bio


9th February 2024

08:30 AM - 09:30 AM


09:30 AM - 09:40 AM

Welcome Address, Director, ILS

09:40 AM - 09:50 AM

About the Sun Pharma Science Foundation, Dr. Amit Nasa

09:50 AM - 10:00 AM

About the symposium, Dr B. Ravindran

Session 1 : Ecology: Moderator - Dr. B. Ravindran

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM

Dr. Pranav Pandit, University of California, Davis, USA

From Patterns to Predictions: Early Warning Signals in Disease Systems for Forecasting Emerging Viral Threat

10:40 AM - 11:20 AM

Dr Guha Dharmarajan, Krea University, Sri City, Andhra Pradesh

Disease dynamics in the Anthropocene

11:20 AM - 12:00 PM

Dr Uma Ramakrishnan, National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS)

Understanding spillover dynamics from an ecological and evolutionary perspective

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM


Session 2 : Surveillance: Moderator - Dr. Rajeeb K. Swain

12:15 PM - 12:55 PM

Dr. Farah Ishtiaq, The Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS), Bengaluru

Environmental surveillance as sentinel for disease through climate change and one health lens

12:55 PM - 01:35 PM

Dr. Pragya Yadav, National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune

Surveillance of high-risk pathogens and the need for preparedness in India

01:35 PM - 02:30 PM

Lunch & Networking

Session 3 : Outbreaks: Moderator - Dr. Mamoni Dash

02:30 PM - 03:10 PM

Dr. Arun Zacharia, Kerala Forest Department

Connecting Wildlife Disease Ecology to Zoonotic Outbreaks-Challenges and Scope

03:10 PM - 03:50 PM

Dr. Narendra Kumar Arora, Executive Director, Inclen Trust, New Delhi

Building on the COVID-19 Lessons for Pandemic Management - Necessity of Novel Pathogen Discovery Program

03:50 PM - 04:30 PM

Dr. Sanjay Singh CEO, Gennova Bio, Pune

A paradigm shifts in genetic engineering: RNA based vaccinology

04:30 PM - 05:00 PM

Tea/Coffee & Networking

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Panel Discussion The future of zoonotic research in India


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