International Symposium on

Advances in Comparative Endocrinology
and Behavioral Ecology

1st to 3rd July 2021
Organized By
Department of Zoology
(UGC- Centre of Advanced Study)
Savitribai Phule Pune University
Pune-411007 India

Scientific sessions of the symposium will be conducted using an online platform

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About Us

The Department of Zoology is a Centre of Advanced Study (CAS) in Zoology recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and offers up-to-date and pertinent post-graduation programme (M.Sc., M. Phil. and Ph.D.) as per choice-based credit system. The Department has received funds from UGC and DST under various schemes. The Department has served as an incubation centre for establishing M.Sc. in Biotechnology, Bioinformatics Centre, National Centre for Cell Sciences (NCCS), Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology (IBB), which are now independent institutions. The faculty members have been actively engaged in research and have received research grants from funding agencies such as UGC, CSIR, DRDO, ISRO, DBT, DST, DAE, SPARC and ICMR in addition to International joint collaborative (Indo-Iranian and Indo-Israel) and industry sponsored projects. The department has also conducted five short-term specialized courses under the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) programme sponsored by MHRD Government of India, meant for elevating India's scientific and technological capacity to global excellence by inviting scientists around the world and encouraging their engagement with the faculty and students of Savitribai Phule Pune University.


Prof. Deborah Power

Comparative Endocrinology and Integrative biology University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal

Prof. Adelino Canario

Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal

Prof. Matt Vijayan

Research Chair in Environmental Physiology & Toxicology Department of Biological Science, University of Calgary. Canada


Prof. Hamid Habibi

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary, Canada

Prof. James Carr

Department of Biological Sciences, Texas tech University, Lubbock, US

Dr. Sarah Woodley

Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences, Duquesne University, USA

Prof. Suraj Unniappan

Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), University of Saskatchewan. Canada

Dr. T. N. C. Vidya

Evolutionary and Integrative Biology, JNCASR, Bangalore

Dr. Edward Narayan

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia

Prof. S. S. S. Sarma

National Autonomous University of Mexico, Los Reyes, Tlalnepantla, State of Mexico,

Dr. Ashwini Pai

Co-Chair of Biology, St. Lawrence University, US

Dr. Christopher Leary

Department of Biology, The University of Mississippi, USA

Dr. Vinod Kumar

Senior Professor. Department of Zoology, University of Delhi, Delhi

Prof. R. Sukumar

Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc. Bangalore

Dr. Subeer Mujumdar

Director, National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, Hyderabad

Dr. Malini Laloraya

Scientist G, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Prof. M.C. Subhash Peter

Department of Zoology & Inter University Centre for Evolutionary and Integrative biology,
University of Kerala

Dr. Maria Thaker

Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru

Dr. Subhash Rajpurohit

School of Arts and Sciences, Ahmedabad University, Gujarat

Prof. Sudipta Maitra

Department of Zoology, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, India

Prof. Laxmi Inamdar

Department of Zoology, Karnatak University Dharwad, Karnataka

Dr. G. Umapathy

Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad

Prof. Rakesh Tyagi

Special Centre for Molecular Medicine Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi

Prof. Sutirth Dey

Biology Division, IISER, Pune

Dr. Anindita Bhadra

IISER, Kolkata, India


Last date of Registration : 15th June 2021

Scientific sessions of the symposium will be conducted using an online platform
Call for papers-

Interested researchers (Ph.D./Post-Doc/Faculty/Scientists) working in the theme area of symposium may send their original research work in the form of abstracts not exceeding 300 words in MS-word (times new roman font) to Prof. N. P. Gramapurohit or Prof. Shobha Bhargava.

A limited number of abstracts fitting in the theme of symposium will be accepted after scrutiny and will be notified to the authors for presentation.

Instructions for preparing the abstracts –

Use Times New Roman style of fonts for preparing the abstract.

Title – 14-point font with bold

Authors & Affiliation – 12-point font with bold

Text – 12-point font with 1.5 spacing; underline the presenting author

Participants Indian() Foreign() Foreign()
P. G. Students 500 50 50
Ph.D./Post-Doc 1000 100 100
Faculty/Scientists 2000 200 200

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Program Schedule

Day 1: Thursday, July 1st 2021 (Sessions I – IV)

9.30 – 10.00 AM

Registration and Inauguration

Session I – Chairpersons: Prof. Rakesh Tyagi & Prof. Nishikant Subhedar

10.00 – 10.45 am

Keynote Address

Matt Vijayan

The corticosteroid stress axis: insights from knockout zebrafish

10.45 – 11.30 am

Plenary Lecture

Vinod Kumar

Hypothalamic genes switches regulating seasonal migration and reproduction in songbirds

11.30 – 11.45 am - Tea Break

Session II - Chairpersons: Prof. R. Sukumar & Prof. Subeer Mujumdar

11.45 am–12.30 pm

Plenary Lecture

Rakesh Tyagi

Genome bookmarking by nuclear receptors: a novel dimension to epigenetic control

12.30 – 1.00 pm

Invited Lecture

Maria Thaker

The urbanisation challenge: insights from multiple axes of adaptation

1.00 – 2.00 pm - Lunch Break

Session III – Chairpersons: Prof. Kalpana Pai, Prof. Ameeta Ravikumar

2.00 – 3.30 pm

Presentations of research papers by faculty/students

3.30 – 4.00 pm

Invited Lecture

Sudipta Maitra

Translating metabolic dysregulation into premature ovarian failure: lessons from 4-Nonylphenol treated adult female zebrafish (Danio rerio)

4.00 – 4.15 pm - Tea Break

Session IV - Chairpersons: Prof. Kalpana Pai & Prof. Ameeta Ravikumar

4.15 – 5.00 pm

Key-note address

Deborah Power

Shape Shifting: The Role of Thyroid Hormones and Metamorphosis.

5.00 – 5.30 pm

Invited lecture

Nandini Sarma

Importance of fish larvae behavioural studies for aquaculture

5.30 – 6.00 pm 

Invited Lecture

Christopher Leary

Glucocorticoids, acoustic signalling and mate choice in treefrogs

Day 2: Friday July 2nd, 2021 (Sessions V – VIII)

Session V- Chairpersons: Prof. Smita Zinjarde & Prof. Deepti Deobagkar

9.30 – 10.15 am

Keynote Address

Subeer Mujumdar

In spite of similar levels of hormones during infancy and puberty differential miR-382-3p expression at puberty appears to induce the onset of spermatogenesis: lessons from mouse for human conditions.

10.15 – 10.45 am

Invited Lecture

Edward Narayan

Application of minimally invasive hormone monitoring to evaluate stress in animals under clinical care and rehabilitation: Examples of Australian native wildlife

10.45 – 11.30 am

Plenary Lecture

Laxmi Inamdar

Significance of Estradiol in Sertoli cell proliferation facilitating testis differentiation in Calotes versicolor (Daud.)

11.30 – 11.45 am - Tea Break

Session VI – Chairpersons: Prof. Malini Laloraya & Dr. Ashma Richa

11.45 am–12.15 pm

Invited Lecture

T. N. C. Vidya

Socioecology of the Asian elephant

12.15 – 1.00 pm

Keynote address

Adelino Canario

The role of somatostatin in fish metabolism and reproduction

1.00 - 2.00 pm - Lunch Break

Session VII – Chairpersons: Prof. Sudipta Maitra & Dr. Amul Sakharkar

2.00 – 3.30 pm

Presentations of research papers by faculty/students

3.30 – 4. 00 pm - Tea Break

Session VIII – Chairpersons: Prof. B. B. Nath & Prof. Sutirth Dey

4.00 – 4.45 pm

Keynote address

Raman Sukumar

The behavioural ecology and endocrinal correlates of elephant-human conflicts

4.45 – 5.15 pm

Invited Lecture

Sutirth Dey

How dispersal evolves and why we should care

5.15 – 6.00 pm

Plenary lecture

Sarah Woodley

Life in the slow lane: stress physiology of plethodontid salamanders

Day 3: Saturday July 3rd, 2021 (Sessions IX – XII)

Session IX – Chairpersons: Prof. Saroj Ghaskadbi & Prof. Sangeeta Pandit

9.30 – 10.15 am

Plenary Lecture

Suaraj Unniappan

Phoenixin-20 Regulation of Reproduction and Metabolism in Zebrafish

10.15 – 11.00 am

Keynote address

Malini Laloraya

Is the circadian clock-steroidogenesis crosstalk - a cue for PCOS pathogenesis?

11. 00 – 11.15 AM - Tea Break

Session X – Chairpersons: Prof. MCS Subhash Peter & Prof. Shobha Bhargava

11.15 am – 12.00 Noon

Plenary Lecture

G. Umapathy

Wildlife Endocrine Research: Applications in Conservation of Endangered Species

12.01 – 12.30 pm

Invited Lecture

Anindita Bhadra

Selfish mothers and thieving pups in dog families

12.30 – 1.00 pm

Invited Lecture

Subhash Rajpurohit

Wing-spot chemistry reflects male fitness and dictates female choice in Drosophila biarmipes

1.00 – 2.00 PM - Lunch Break

Session XI – Chairpersons: Dr. Satish Pande & Prof. R. S. Pandit

2.00 – 3.30 PM

Presentation of research papers by faculty/students

3.30 – 4.00 PM - Tea Break

Session XII – Chairpersons: Prof. Arun Jadhao & Prof. Narahari Gramapurohit

4.00 – 4.45 pm

Plenary Lecture

M.C. Subhash Peter

Understanding stress and ease modifier role of thyroid hormone (TH) in fish: Cross-talk between receptors of TH and serotonin/melatonin system in zebrafish brain

4.45 – 5.30 pm

Plenary Lecture

S. S. S. Sarma

Effects of the endocrine disruptor 4-nonylphenol on the demography of rotifers Plationus patulus and Brachionus havanaensis: a multigenerational study

5.30 – 6.15 pm

Keynote address

James Carr

The frog visual system as a target for neuropeptides regulating predator avoidance/prey capture trade offs

6.15 – 6.45 PM - Valedictory

Contact Us

Prof. Kalpana Pai

Ph: +91 9850936759

Prof. Narahari Gramapurohit

Organizing Secretary
Ph: +918381086430

Prof. (Emrt) Shobha Bhargava

Organizing Secretary
Ph: +91 8329168506

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