The Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS) is a collaborative institution committed to making scientific advances in research on human health and agriculture, particularly to benefit India and the Indian population. TIGS works on areas that require immediate and synergistic efforts. This is one more key investment made by the Tata Trusts, India’s oldest, non-sectarian, philanthropic organization, which has for over 125 years pioneered such investments in education, infrastructure, healthcare, IT and other technologies with an aim to benefit Indian society.
Research groups at TIGS are working on applying new tools and techniques in genetic engineering for the benefit of Indians in the fields of human healthcare and agriculture. In other words, the research is aimed at improving health security and food security for India. Areas of focus presently revolve around developing alternative control methods for
vector-borne diseases, developing better crops with higher productivity, and finding technological means to alleviate the global issue of antibiotic resistance. These technologies would be deployed only after conducting the required regulatory studies and addressing ethical, social and moral concerns of communities through deep stakeholder engagement. An additional focus of TIGS is also to enhance the capacity of scientists to conduct innovative research in genetics in India.
TIGS collaborates with both national and international academic partners, including TIGS at the University of California, San Diego (TIGS-UC San Diego). The two TIGS centers work together to train personnel and advance research.
TIGS was established as a public, non-profit charitable trust in 2017. The research operations of TIGS in India are currently housed within a center at the Institute for Stem Cell Science & Regenerative Medicine (inStem), Bangalore. This entity, called TIGS-CI (TIGS Center at inStem), began operations in the summer of 2018 and currently engages in basic and applied research in areas such as controlling vector-borne diseases, understanding blood disorders through stem cell research, creating genetic tools for increased crop productivity and studying bacterial antibiotic resistance. The mandate of TIGS is also to build capacity in India to conduct the research, through in-house efforts and collaborative partnerships with other scientific establishments in India and abroad. In short, TIGS is deeply committed to applying the best science for the benefit of humanity.
TIGS-CI has a unique advantage, in that it has access to world-class infrastructure at inStem through its location within the Bangalore Life Sciences Cluster (BLiSc), which comprises the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), and inStem.
TIGS – UC San Diego
The TIGS Center in the USA is located in the University of California, San Diego. Researchers at TIGS-UC San Diego have pioneered the use of new tools and techniques in genetic engineering and are now working on their potential applications in various model organisms.
For more details, visit https://tigs.ucsd.edu/
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Since its inception in 1892, the Tata Trusts, India’s oldest philanthropic organization, have played a pioneering role in bringing about an enduring difference in the lives of the communities they serve. Guided by the principles and the vision of proactive philanthropy of the Founder, Jamsetji Tata, the purpose of the Trusts is to catalyze development in the areas of healthcare and nutrition, water and sanitation, education, energy, rural upliftment, urban poverty alleviation, and arts, craft and culture. The programs of the Trusts, achieved through direct implementation, partnerships and grant making, are marked by innovations relevant to the country. For more information, please visit http://tatatrusts.org/