The TNQ Distinguished Lectures in the Life Sciences

Sponsored by TNQ Technologies and planned as an annual event, the Inspiring Science Lectures are aimed at bringing internationally renowned scientists face to face with the Indian scientific community. We are pleased to announce that the distinguished speaker for 2019 will be Dr Helen Hobbs.

"Genetic Disorders of Dietary Excess: Getting to the Heart of the Matter" by Dr Helen Hobbs - featured speaker, 2019


February 11, 2019. 4.30 p.m. Savitribai Phule Auditorium (Formerly DST), University of Hyderabad Campus.


February 13, 2019. 4.30 p.m. St. John’s Auditorium (Opp. BDA Complex).

New Delhi:

February 15, 2019. 4.30 p.m. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Auditorium, JNU Campus.

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Registration is free but required for entry.

Dr Helen H. Hobbs is a physician-scientist who attended Stanford University and Case Western Reserve Medical School before training in internal medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Drs. Joseph Goldstein and Michael Brown, she joined the faculty of UT Southwestern. Since 2002 she has been an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.Read more...

Featured Speakers

The inaugural speaker of the lecture series was David Baltimore, currently the President Emeritus and Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology at Caltech. In 1975, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Howard Temin and Renato Dulbecco.

The second speaker was Elizabeth Blackburn, the Australia-born, American biological researcher at the University of California, San Francisco. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2009, sharing it with Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak.

The third speaker was Shinya Yamanaka, the Japanese physician and celebrated adult stem cell researcher. In 2012 he and John Gurdon were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for the discovery that mature cells can be converted to stem cells. In 2013 he was awarded the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his work.

The fourth speaker was Huda Y. Zoghbi, the Lebanese-born physician and medical researcher. She is a professor in the departments of Pediatrics, Molecular and Human Genetics, and Neurology and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine and the Director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital.

The fifth speaker was Eric S. Lander, a mathematician turned biologist turned geneticist, who is President and Founding Director of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. He serves as Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

The sixth speaker was Professor Karl Deisseroth, Stanford University neuroscientist and psychiatrist, who developed methods that have revolutionised our ability to visualise and manipulate brain circuits.

The seventh speaker was Professor Mary-Claire King, an American human geneticist and professor at the University of Washington. She is known for her accomplishments in identifying breast cancer genes, demonstrating that humans and chimpanzees are 99% genetically identical, and applying genomic sequencing to identify victims of human rights abuses.

The eighth speaker was Dr. David J. Anderson - Seymour Benzer Professor of Biology, Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Leadership Chair, and Director of the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience at the California Institute of Technology - Caltech in Pasadena. He is also an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

About Cell Press

Cell Press co-sponsored the lectureship series until 2018. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Cell Press, an imprint of Elsevier, publishes 34 highly cited journals featuring biomedical research and reviews, including its flagship journal, Cell. Its journals include Neuron, Immunity, Developmental Cell, Structure, Current Biology, Cancer Cell, Molecular Cell, Chemistry & Biology, Cell Metabolism, Cell Host & Microbe, Cell Stem Cell, Cell Reports and the new journal Cell Systems; 15 Trends review titles; and four society journals, the monthly journals of the American Society of Human Genetics, the Biophysical Society, the Open Access journal of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, and the new partnership with the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Chinese Society of Plant Biology in publishing the journal Molecular Plant.

At the heart of Cell Press's mission is the commitment to combining the highest-quality science with innovations in technology for authors, readers, and reviewers. Launched in 1974, Cell Press has been at the forefront of publishing groundbreaking developments in biology. It is recognized for its close relationship with the scientific community and for consistently delivering the world’s leading research across the broad spectrum of the life sciences. It continues to publish and develop journals that are widely disseminated, deliver the highest possible intellectual rigour, and promote community trust.

About TNQ

Chennai-based TNQ is a publishing technology and services company founded in 1998. The technology products and services from TNQ are widely used by leading publishers of scientific, technological, and medical (STM) books and journals worldwide. They form a comprehensive suite covering authoring, manuscript submission, review, proofing, and paging.

AuthorCafe, a division of TNQ, has established a significant presence amongst the scientific community as a platform for collaborative authoring for scientific manuscripts and as a knowledge management system for academia (see

In 2016, TNQ announced The Inspiring Science Award for the best published paper in the life sciences by an author at the doctoral/post-doctoral level from India. Now an annual award, it comes with a travel fellowship. The selection is made by an eminent jury and is announced at the Cell Press-TNQ Lectures every year.

Today, TNQ has around 2,300 employees, almost all with a strong educational background in science. The company's mission is to provide the highest-quality content for both print and web, using cutting-edge technologies and creative solutions.

TNQ is an equal opportunity employer and is blind to gender, religion, caste, and ethnicity. The Company has a firm commitment to employee and community welfare and to the world of Indian science and its development.

The Inspiring Science Award for the best published Scientific Paper in India. Read more..


As a Co-Sponsor of the 125th anniversary celebrations (2011-12) of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan with the Indian Mathematical Society, TNQ hosted a lecture by Prof. Robert Kanigel, the biographer of Ramanujan in Chennai on December 26, 2011.