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PhD Programme in Biology - August 2020

IISER Pune hosts a diverse group of researchers working in various areas. Research in Biology at IISER currently encompasses both theoretical and experimental approaches. Fields of research open to application in this round of PhD selections are given below, along with names of faculty members working in the respective fields:

Molecular/Cell Biology: For students interested in molecular biology, cell biology, neurobiology, cellular biophysics, developmental biology, microbiology, immunology, epigenetics, chromosome biology and cancer biology.
  • Sanjeev Galande
  • Aurnab Ghose
  • Krishanpal Karmodiya
  • Kundan Sengupta
  • Anjan Banerjee
  • Girish Ratnaparkhi
  • Mayurika Lahiri
  • Siddhesh Kamat
  • Nixon Abraham
  • Sunish Radhakrishnan
  • Sudha Rajamani
  • Mridula Nambiar
  • Saikrishnan Kayarat
  • Richa Rikhy
  • Chaitanya Athale
  • M.S. Madhusudhan
  • Nagaraj Balasubramanian
  • Raghav Rajan
  • Thomas Pucadyil**
  • Gayathri Pananghat**
Ecology and Evolution: For students interested in ecology and evolution (both theoretical and empirical).
  • Sutirth Dey
  • Sagar Pandit
  • Ramana Athreya
  • Deepak Barua
Plant Biology: For students interested in plant biology and plant biotechnology.
  • Sagar Pandit
  • Anjan Banerjee
Theoretical and Computational Biology: For students interested in any branch of theoretical biology including theoretical neuroscience, evolution, bioinformatics and computational cell biology.
  • Pranay Goel
  • Sutirth Dey
  • Collins Assisi
  • Suhita Nadkarni
  • Chaitanya Athale
  • M.S. Madhusudhan
  • Ramana Athreya

Biochemistry and Chemical Biology: For students interested in topics at the interface of chemistry/physics and biology, structural biology and molecular biophysics

  • Kundan Sengupta
  • Siddhesh Kamat
  • Sunish Radhakrishnan
  • Sudha Rajamani
  • Saikrishnan Kayarat
  • Jeetender Chugh
  • Jayant Udgaonkar
  • Nagaraj Balasubramanian
  • Thomas Pucadyil**
  • Amrita Hazra**
  • Gayathri Pananghat**
** indicates faculty who are NOT taking students in the Aug 2020 round.
 
Application Procedure:
All candidates who fulfil criteria A1 and any one of the criteria mentioned in A2, are eligible to apply. Based on these applications, IISER Pune will create the list of students to be invited for entrance test and interviews.
 
Eligibility Criteria:
A1. Masters' (or B.E., B.Tech., M.Tech, MBBS) degree holders in any branch of science including physics, chemistry, mathematics, biological sciences, ecology and environmental sciences, biodiversity, psychology or equivalent. Applicants must have a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate (overall percentage and not just in majoring subject) or CGPA of 6/10 in the general category or minimum 55% marks in aggregate (overall percentage and not just in majoring subject) or equivalent CGPA of 5.5 in the SC/ST or PD category.
Students whose final results in Masters or equivalent are yet to be declared can also apply. However, if selected, the offer for these students will be provisional, subject to their fulfilling the above criteria.

A2. Applicants must have any one of the following qualification.
• Qualified a National Eligibility exam that provides a 5 year PhD fellowship* such as CSIR–JRF / UGC–JRF / DBT–JRF–A / ICMR–JRF / DBT–BINC–JRF / Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship.
• Qualified JEST* (rank holder up to 500) or GPAT (rank holder up to 500) or NBHM in last two years.
• INSPIRE-PhD fellowship (should be in possession of provisional selection letter at the time of Interview).
• IISER BS-MS dual degree students with CGPA ≥ 8.0
• Rank <=200 in GATE exams (GATE Life Sciences, GATE Chemistry, GATE Eco-Evo, GATE Biotechnology, GATE Mathematics). The GATE score must be valid on August 01, 2020.
• Qualified JGEBILLS (IISER Pune will shortlist based on the ranks of the students).

Candidates Shortlisted for first round of Interviews:

1. Plant Biology: Online Interview dates: 03-04 August, 2020.  Candidates selected for Interview Round 2

2. Ecology and Evolution: Online Interview Dates: 06-08 August, 2020. Interview Schedule for the first round

3. Theoretical and Computational Biology: Online Interview Dates: 06-07 August, 2020. Interview Schedule for the first round

4.  Biochemistry and Molecular/Cell Biology (Combined Shotlist): Online Interview Dates: 10-14 August, 2020. Interview Schedule for the first round

Please inform your referees to send a reference letter directly to biophdselection@iiserpune.ac.in, before 31-July, 2020. Please request them to use this format: .pdf, .docx)

For queries, please write to Prof Sutirth Dey (s.dey@iiserpune.ac.in).

 

Please email biophdselection@iiserpune.ac.in for general queries

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