‘Chemical Biology’ is the understanding of biological phenomena using chemical tools and its implications in therapeutics. This field has emerged as a major area of interdisciplinary research over the past two decades. Incidentally, the term ‘Chemical Biology’ was first coined by Indian visionaries while “Indian Institute of Experimental Medicine (IIEM)” at Kolkata was rechristened as “Indian Institute of Chemical Biology' (IICB)” in 1982. Since then, and possibly from unrecorded earlier dates, chemical biology research is being pursued in different national institutes and universities across India. As highlighted in a recently published invited review article in ACS Chem. Biol. on the current scenario of chemical biology research in India (Ref details: xxxxx), India has now a critical number of laboratories pursuing globally competitive research programs in the interface of chemistry and biology.   Many of these chemical biology groups were invited to participate in a recent international conference held at CSIR-IICB, Kolkata during January 27-29, 2013 and it is at that symposium where “Chemical Biology Society (CBS)” in India was informally launched and subsequently registered as a Scientific Society with the Registrar of Societies at Kolkata. The society has already been formally recognized by the International Chemical Biology Society and also a few other National Chemical Biology Societies. Principally, this society was formed: to encourage the research activities in this multidisciplinary area; to create a platform that will foster interactions among Chemists, Biologist, Physicists, Mathematicians and Computer scientists; to encourage creative young minds to pursue research careers in the interface of chemistry and biology; to promote academy-industry research collaborations; and to connect formally the scientists working in this area with large International platforms.

CSIR-IICB: Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, a CSIR institute devoted to conducting research in the chemical and biological frontiers, is located in Jadavpur, an academic centre in southern Kolkata with various research institutions and Jadavpur University. Kolkata, "The city of Joy" (as coined by 'Dominique Lapierre') on the eastern coast of the Indian Subcontinent is an old city, rich in history with a unique blend of Indo-European culture.

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IIEM in 1966
IIEM Journal 1941

The Kolkata City , India
Kolkata, "The city of Joy" (as coined by ‘Dominique Lapierre’) on the eastern coast of the Indian Subcontinent is an old city, rich in history with a unique blend of Indo- European culture. The city was the first port of entry for the British empire, whose early presence is still evidenced by the not so rare colonial-age styled architecture. Kolkata was the capital for British India for a limited period.

The Victoria Memorial areal view
Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of charity
The new Hooghly Bridge
The Calcutta Tramways
The very celebrated classical Bengali music, Rabindra Sangeet, literature and art add to the vibrant heritage of Kolkata. The city has a spiritual touch to it, it is home to the Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Teresa, and the presence of great visionary, Swami Vivekananda, is felt very strongly even today. ‘Belur’ Math (residence of a Saint or a monastery) by the banks of the holy waters of the River Ganges was home to the Swami (Saint) for quite a while and the monastery is still full of monks of his order to this day. Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture and Heritage hosts a wealth of information and resources on the teachings of Swamiji.

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