Life, Science, and Everything

A lecture series by Dr. Shekhar Mande

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Persistent University is proud to present a unique lecture series on life science by Dr. Shekhar Mande. This 10-part lecture series will cover various topics related to life science, the evolution of the planet and other related topics. Participate in this engaging series for a deep dive into the world of science.

Why shouldn’t you miss it?

This course delves into the fascinating topic of the evolution of life on our planet, exploring the intricacies of living systems and their functions. Moreover, the course seeks to equip us with the knowledge and tools needed to secure a sustainable future for all life forms for generations to come. Dr.Mande is a well-renowned Structural and Computational Biologist. He was awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, the highest science award in India, in the Biological Sciences category in 2005.

Our Speaker

Shekhar Mande

Dr. Shekhar Mande

About Dr. Shekhar Mande: Dr. Mande is Structural and Computational Biologist. He was the Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India, and the Secretary of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology. Prior to this, he was the Director of National Centre for Cell Science, Pune.

Who can attend?

This series is suitable for everyone, regardless of whether you are a working professional or a passionate science enthusiast student.


(on Saturdays starting from)
August 19, 2023 – October 21, 2023


5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

This course lets you embark on a comprehensive journey that covers the entire spectrum — from the beginning of the universe to present-day modern societies. Along the way, you will explore the fundamentals of social behavior and gain a deeper understanding of how humans interact with each other and with their surroundings.

Class 1: Beginning of the Universe (brief introduction on living / non-living systems, Big Bang theory, formation of first atoms, galaxies stars and planets).

Class 2: Chemical evolution and the origins of Life, Miller Urey experiment, aggregation properties of molecules (DNA/ RNA/proteins), reducing atmosphere, the great oxidation event, the first cells, evolution of metabolism, prokaryotes, origin of eukaryotes, development of multicellular organisms

Class 3: Cell theory, Mendel’s laws, Molecules of Life, DNA, RNA, Proteins, Lipids, Carbohydrates, basic building molecules and polymers

Class 4: Three kingdoms of Life, microbial diversity, evolution of multicellular forms,

Class 5: Molecular basis of Living systems (Membranes, Metabolism, Fundamentals of molecular biology, basics of DNA/ protein structures, flow of genetic information, replication, transcription, translation, gene regulation)

Class 6: Bacteria/ viruses, viral diseases, microbial diversity in environment, survival in extreme environmental conditions, catabolism vs. anabolism, human microbiome, biofilms, antibiotic production, anti-microbial resistance

Class 7: Development of multicellular life forms from a single cell, cellular differentiation, Gene regulation, epigenetics, cancer

Class 8: What makes humans? Different cell types, microbiome, environment etc.

Class 9: Evolution of modern humans, Human migrations

Class 10: Evolution of Societies, Managing resources, conflicts and harmony in nature

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