Genetic solutions to improve human health and agriculture

Genetics is the pivot for all biology. As the fundamental understanding of genetics continues to grow, new discoveries hold important implications for human health, agriculture, livestock and for understanding and mitigating diseases. The Tata Institute of Genetics and Society-Centre at inStem (TIGS-CI) seeks to use the latest advances in genetics to address the most pertinent questions in biology, particularly those relevant for India today. Current efforts are focused on human health and agriculture and build capacity in genome-editing and analysis. These effort are avenues to exploit new technologies of gene editing and their use in health and disease that are of particular relevance to our country.

This palate of work at the relatively young TIGS-CI, is rooted in the philosophy that the most creative translational research is borne out of close interactions with fundamental research. To this end, the Centre at inStem, which has the unique privilege to be generously funded by the Tata Trusts, is embedded within the thriving intellectual environment of the Bangalore Life Sciences Cluster (BLiSC), which includes inStem, the NCBS (, and the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (CCAMP,