Manju Bansal

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Manju Bansal
Born1 December 1950
Alma materOsmania University, Hyderabad
Known forMolecular Biophysics, Structural and Computational Biology
Scientific career
InstitutionsInstitute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology; IISc, Bangalore

Manju Bansal (born. 1 December 1950) specializes in the field of Molecular biophysics and is currently a professor of theoretical Biophysics group in Molecular Biophysicsunit of in the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She is the founder director of the Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology at Bangalore.[1][2]


Dr Bansal did her schooling from Hyderabad and Dehradun. She developed great interest in Science and later went ahead to earn her BSc and MSc from Osmania University, Hyderabad. In 1972 she joined the Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore for her doctoral degree. She got an opportunity to work under the guidance of biophysicist G. N. Ramachandran, on the theoretical modeling of the triple helical structure of the fibrous protein collagen. She received her PhD in 1977. Thereafter, she continued working at IISc as a post-doctoral fellow on left handed and other unusual structures of DNA till 1981. She then went to Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, for a year and worked on the structure of filamentous phages.[2]


Dr Bansal has been awarded an EMBL Visiting Fellowship and AvH Fellowship, Germany and Senior Fulbright Fellowship, USA. She has been a Visiting Professor at Rutgers University, USA, and Visiting Consultant at NIH, Bethesda, USA.[2][3]

Awards & Honours[edit]

Dr Bansal was awarded the INSA Medal for Young Scientists in 1979 She is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore and National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad, since 1998.[2]


  1. ^ "Biography - Manju Bansal". Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "INSA - Manju Bansal". Archived from the original on 15 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Women in Science" (PDF).