The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Volume 64 > Issue 1-2-3 (Special Issue)

Cover Vol. 64 N. 1-2-3

Developmental Biology in India - First Part

Edited by: Surendra Ghaskadbi and Vidyanand Nanjundiah

Cover Legend

The Taj Mahal, literally “Crown of the Palace”, located in the Indian city of Agra, represents the apogee of Indo-Islamic architecture. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal and later came to house his own remains. Its construction, beginning in 1632 lasted over 16 years. More than one architect was associated with its design, with Ustad Ahmed Lahauri and Mir Abdul Karim being prominent among them. Much of the fabrication was done on site, with the scaffolding and final structure (apart from a veneer of marble and stone inlay) made of the same basic material, brick and lime. That, the pleasing symmetries broken by the two tombs, and the fact that the Taj, unlike a multicellular organism, was built according to a blueprint, are points of note for developmental biologists.
The orange lettering stands for Embryology in the Kannada language and the green lettering for Developmental Biology in Marathi or Hindi. There are 22 official languages in India which can be classified into six distinct families.

Introductory articles


The past and present of developmental biology in India

Surendra Ghaskadbi and Vidyanand Nanjundiah

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 1-4

A brief history of the Indian Society of Developmental Biologists (InSDB)

Iqbal Ahmad Niazi and Surendra Ghaskadbi

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 5-6

Person-centred accounts

Developmental biology of dispersed pollen grains

Kundaranahalli R. Shivanna and Rajesh Tandon

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 7-19

Caulonema differentiation in Funaria protonema

Man-Mohan Johri

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 21-28

Fungal senescence induced by the Neurospora sen mutation and mitochondrial plasmids - the contributions of Ramesh Maheshwari

Durgadas P. Kasbekar

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 29-34

Fields, patterns and information: R.L. Brahmachary’s contributions during the infancy of molecular embryology

Animesh Ray

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 35-40

Leela Mulherkar and the teaching of developmental biology

Surendra Ghaskadbi

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 41-44

Cell population growth regulates dorsalization and caudalization during chick morphogenesis and programmed cell death in lens fibres

Sohan Prabhakar Modak

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 45-57

Introduction of Developmental Biology at Utkal University, (Odisha, India)

Priyambada Mohanty-Hejmadi

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 59-64

Studies on tail regeneration and homeotic transformation in anuran tadpoles

Priyambada Mohanty-Hejmadi and Pravati Kumari Mahapatra

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 65-70

One of the most significant discoveries in Developmental Biology from an Indian laboratory - Iqbal A. Niazi and the role of retinoids in limb regeneration

Surendra Ghaskadbi and Vidyanand Nanjundiah

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 71-97


Glimpses of Dictyostelid research in India

Rasheedunnisa Begum and Shweta Saran

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 99-107

Research on early mammalian development in India

Polani B. Seshagiri and Venkatappa Vani

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 109-121

Understanding brain development – Indian researchers’ past, present and growing contribution

Bhavana Muralidharan

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 123-132


Molecular signals that govern tuber development in potato

Kirtikumar R. Kondhare, Bhavani Natarajan and Anjan K. Banerjee

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 133-140

Cell signaling molecules in hydra: insights into evolutionarily ancient functions of signaling pathways

Surendra Ghaskadbi

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 141-149

Lessons on gene regulation learnt from the Drosophila melanogaster bithorax complex

Arumugam Srinivasan and Rakesh K. Mishra

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 151-158

Haltere development in D. melanogaster: implications for the evolution of appendage size, shape and function

Soumen Khan, C. Dilsha and LS Shashidhara

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 159-165

Indirect flight muscles in Drosophila melanogaster as a tractable model to study muscle development and disease

Saroj Jawkar and Upendra Nongthomba

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 167-173

Maternal control of gamete choice during fertilization

Sreelaja Nair

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 175-180

Epigenetic regulation and transcriptional memory in development; selection facilitating prudence

Akanksha Verma, Jayant Maini, Shruti Jain, Mohsen Ghasemi, Surbhi Kohli and Vani Brahmachari

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 181-201

Simultaneous differentiation of articular and transient cartilage: WNT-BMP interplay and its therapeutic implication

Tathagata Biswas, Akrit P. Jaswal, Upendra S. Yadav and Amitabha Bandyopadhyay

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 203-211

The OCIAD protein family: comparative developmental biology and stem cell application

Wulligundam Praveen, Saloni Sinha, Rajarshi Batabyal, Kajal Kamat and Maneesha S. Inamdar

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 213-225

Homeobox genes in endometrium: from development to decidualization

Nancy Ashary, Saniya Laheri and Deepak Modi

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 227-237

Surviving nutritional deprivation during development: neuronal intracellular calcium signaling is critical

Megha and Gaiti Hasan

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 239-246

Forebrain roof plate morphogenesis and hippocampus development in the chick embryo

Sandeep Gupta, Niveda Udaykumar and Jonaki Sen

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2020) 64: 247-257