The National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS), an autonomous organisation aided by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, was established with a tripartite mandate of:
- Serving as a national repository of animal cell cultures.
- Undertaking research in cell biology.
- Human resource development.
NCCS is located within the academically-enriched campus of the S. P. Pune University. Since inception, NCCS has been carrying out cutting-edge research in cell biology, has been providing valuable services as a national animal cell repository and has been supporting human resource development through various teaching and training programmes. NCCS has been at the forefront of basic research in diverse fields of cell biology, especially those addressing paramount human health issues like cancer, metabolic and infectious diseases, and regenerative medicine. The research at NCCS is focused on answering challenging questions through approaches that integrate modern and conventional disciplines, including computational and structural biology, genomics and proteomics, stem cell biology, immunology and microbiology. The contributions made by the scientists of NCCS have gained worldwide recognition through publications in renowned scientific journals and prestigious awards, including the Padmashree and Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prizes.
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