Anindya “Rana” Sinha

Anindya “Rana” Sinha is based at the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore, India and is an adjunct faculty at seven other institutions in India and the UK. Although he earned a doctorate in molecular biology in 1993 from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India, having worked on the biochemical genetics of carbohydrate metabolism in yeast, his current research interests are primarily in the areas of animal behavioural ecology, cognitive ethology, evolutionary biology, population and behavioural genetics, urban animal studies – particularly of primates and other mammalian species, philosophy of biology, performance studies and the intangible as well as tangible cultural heritage of India. He is also deeply interested in the popularisation of biology and, in addition to establishing a master’s degree programme in wildlife biology and conservation in Bangalore in 2001, has lectured extensively in a variety of educational and research institutions, both across and outside India.