- Rakesh K Mishra

The last four months have been unprecedented at CCMB, much like in most parts of the world. While we all had our own struggles, the sense of community that emerged here will remain a memory to cherish.

During this period, we have worked incessantly in coordination with the state and central government. This has helped us stay relevant with our work in mitigating COVID-19. However, this has also meant for our people to go out of their way to contribute in the cause. Our students guided by a very able team went out of their way to set up quality COVID-19 testing centre. The CCMB community kept itself apprised of the huge infodemic from all over the world. These experiences made our researchers, young and the more experienced, ponder and work on different ways of contributing in every possible way to the COVID- 19 fight in India. This included developing newer ways of testing, culturing the virus, minting collaborations to develop and test therapeutics to developing guidelines for other partners in this crisis.

To be able to do this in a pandemic requires coordination beyond the lab spaces of CCMB. Our IT support built online processes for the institute quickly. The Administration and Purchase teams followed up the procurement of resources. The canteen and housekeeping worked every single day with limited staff to provide for everyone. The security braved reception of testing samples in CCMB every single day. Guest house arrangements were made for those who needed it. Our doctors were available for timely advice. Our research facilities took every care to ensure that the ongoing experiments were least hampered. The list can go on.

Probably what will remain on my mind is the sense of oneness that the crisis has taught many of us. For CCMB, it was a humble reminder that it is all the people here who make who we are.