Moumita Koley


DST-CPR, Indian Institute of Science

Research interests:

Moumita’s research interest is focused on making science available to everyone. She is passionate about finding the ways to make open science a reality in India. Her research is focused on comparing the open access and open data policies across the globe to find out the suitable open science guidelines for Indian research ecosystem. Her pursuit for open science does not just end at designing policies. She is also interested in finding the ways to disseminate the knowledge effectively among researchers and general publicMoumita is also interested in open source drug discovery and want to expand her research on open science in the field of open source discovery of medicines. She is also interested in science diplomacy and use it as a tool to bring the emerging economies to cooperate and make open science a global reality.  


Moumita has completed her Ph.D from the Technical University of Vienna (TU, Vienna), Austria, in 2010. Her area of expertise is in the domain of synthetic organic chemistry and medicinal chemistry. She was the recipient of the best Ph.D thesis award from the TU Vienna (Hannspeter Winter Preis-2011) She was also awarded Uni:Invent Award from the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research. She continued as a post-doctoral researcher in TU Vienna and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and investigated problems in the research field of metal and enzyme catalysisMoumita then decided to explore teaching and joined the IISc as UG Instructor in chemistryWhile teaching in the UG programme at IISc, she became interested in the science policy research areas, such as Open Science, Open Source Drug Design, Citizen Science, Research Assessment etc. She joined the DST- Centre for Policy Research, IISc Bangalore as a post-doctoral researcher (2020-23) and pioneered to develop an ‘Open Science’ research vertical within the centre. Currently. she is working as a consultant with International Science Council (ISC) for ‘The Future of Scientific Publishing’ project  and a visiting scholar of DST-CPR, IISc Bangalore.


Book Chapters & reports:

Suchiradipta, B. and Koley, M. (2023) Exploring the Current Practices in Research Assessment within Indian Academia. 

Suchiradipta, B. and Koley, M. (2022). Research assessment in India: What should stay, what could be better? DST-CPR, IISc. 

Power Resources of STI Diplomacy in the Global South. Jenice Goveas & Moumita Koley. Science, Technology and Innovation: the International Dimension. Accepted. 

Synthesis and Modification of Heterocycles by Metal catalyzed Cross-Coupling Reactions: With Contribution by: Á. Balázs, G. Dormán, J. Gerencsér, M. Koley, A. Kotschy, M.D. Mihovilovic, Z. Novák, L. Rycek, M. Schnürch, R.S.G.R. Seixas, A.M.S. Silva, V.L.M. Silva, L. Wimmer. Topics in Heterocyclic Chemistry. Springer.

Popular articles and Policy Briefs:

Policy Brief:

Open Research Data for India: Exploring Infrastructure and Governance.

Journal Publications:

Chaube, P.; Koley, M. (2023). Does South Asia need a regional dialogue on Open Science?. Science Diplomacy. Vol 6(4). Perspective Article. Link:

Koley, M.; Lala, K. (2023). Limitations of the “Indian One Nation, One Subscription” Policy Proposal and a Way Forward. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science.                                                  ( 

Koley, M. (2022). Open Science in Drug Discovery: Addressing the Gaps in Traditional Model of Developing New Medicines. CSIR NScPR Science Diplomacy (2022). Vol 6. Perspective Article. 

Koley, M. (2022). Analysis of Open Science Policy Recommendations Proposed in India’s 5th Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Draft. Journal of Science Policy & Governance. Vol 21, Issue 02.

Koley, M.; Lala, K. (2022). Changing dynamics of scholarly publication: a perspective towards open access publishing and the proposed one nation, one subscription policy of India. Scientometrics.

Koley, M.; Lala, K. (2022). Are Journal Archiving and Embargo Policies Impeding the Success of India’s Open Access Policies? Learned Publishing.

Koley M., Namdeo S.K., Bhattacharjee S., Affi N. A. (2022). Digital Technologies for Open and Equitable Sharing of Knowledge in India. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science.

Peramunugamage, A. Kushwaha, P. K., Koley, M. et. al. (2021). Science for Diplomacy: Enabling a Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Building Framework for Water and Sanitation in South Asia. RIS Science Diplomacy Review, 3, 27-40. Read here.

Namdeo, S.K. & Koley, M. (2021) Citizen Science in India: Introduction, Challenges and Way Forward. DIALOGUE-Science, Scientist, and Society.

Jayaraman, D.; Joy, M.; Koley, M.* Chem. Educator, 2019, 24, 1. 

Schaaf, P.; Bayer, T.; Koley, M. Chem Commun, 2018, 54, 12978. 

Mike, A. K.; König, K.; Koley, M.; Heher, P.; Wahl, G.; Rubi, L.; Schnürch, M.; Mihovilovic, M. D. ; Weitzer, G.; Hilber, K. Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry 2014, 33, 205-221. 

Koley, M.; Wimmer L.; Schnuerch, M.; Mihovilovic, M. D. J. heterocyclic. Chem. 2013, 50, 1368-1373. 

Koley, M; Mike, A. K.; Heher, P.; König, K.; Schoen, M.; Schnürch, M.; Hilber, K.; Weitzer, G.; Mihovilovic, M. D. Med. Chem.Comm.2013, 4, 1189-1195. 

Koley, M.; Dastbaravardeh, N.; Mihovilovic, M. D.; Schnuerch, M. Chem. Cat.Chem. 2012, 4, 1345–1352. 

Koley, M.; Kirchnar, K.; Mereiter, K. Acta Cryst. 2011, E67, m1842–m1843 

Koley, M.; Schnuerch, M.; Mihovilovic, M. D. Tetrahedron 2011, 67, 4169-4178. 

Koley, M.; Wimmer L.; Schnuerch, M.; Mihovilovic, M. D. Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2011, 1972-1976. 

Koley, M.; Koneig, X.; Hilber, K.; Schnuerch M., Stanetty, P.; Mihovilovic M. D. ARKIVOK. 2011, 6, 45-61. 

Koley, M.; Schnuerch, M.; Mihovilovic, M. D. Synlett. 2010, 10, 1505-1510. Koley, M., Sarkar, B.; Ghumaan, S.; Bulak, E.; Fiedler, J.; W. Kaim, W.; Lahiri, G.K. Inorg. Chem. 2007, 46


US 8,986,994 B2 – Substituted pyridines and pyrimidines. Mihovilovic, Marko; Schnuerch, Michael; Koley, Moumita; Hilber, Karlheinz; Koenig, Xaver.