Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
Sanjay Kumar is currently engaged in teaching and research at Banaras Hindu University. After graduating from Bhagalpur University, he joined the M.Sc. (Physics) programme in Kumaun University. Prior to joining BHU as a faculty member in the year 1997, he was a Lecturer in Physics at the Physics Department of Tripura University (North East region) during 1991–1997. As the department was in the inception stage, he worked hard in developing the department and popularizing science in that region. He is the recipient of Indian National Science Academy Medal for Young Scientists (1996), Boyscast Fellow of Department of Science and Technology (1998) and Simons Associates of ICTP, Italy (2015). In 2016, he was elected as a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru.
Session 1B: Inaugural lectures by Fellows
Dhananjai Pandey, BHU, Varanasi
DNA inspired physics
The last decade has witnessed an intense activity in experiments involving the manipulation of single DNA. This interest has been fueled on the one hand by the desire to understand the fundamental mechanisms at play in DNA molecule, and on the other hand by the development of revolutionary single-molecule force spectroscopy experiments, which provide unprecedented insights into the strength of the inter and intra-molecular forces driving biological processes, e.g., replication and transcription. The speaker has proposed a generic model of DNA under the influence of external force and has studied different properties associated with DNA. It was shown that the proposed model is rich enough to resolve many long standing issues. Some of these issues will be briefly reviewed in this talk.