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An Autonomous Institution, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India

Our research focuses on frontier areas in Biological Sciences. We aim for research that seamlessly integrates physics, chemistry, mathematics and computational sciences to answer key biological questions. Research in Biology at IISER currently encompasses both theoretical and experimental approaches to the broad areas of Systems Biology, Ecology and Population Dynamics, Evolutionary-Developmental Biology, Cancer Biology, Neurobiology, Epigenetics and Gene-Environment interactions.

IISER Pune is actively recruiting more faculty for its Biology program and would like to strengthen both core areas in Biology as well as multidisciplinary research areas.  

For general enquiries on biology program at IISER Pune please email "chair.biology at iiserpune.ac.in", while for enquiries about faculty positions write to Prof Aurnab Ghose ("aurnab  at  iiserpune.ac.in"). 

Prospective PhD students are encouraged to send their queries to biophdselection@iiserpune.ac.in. Detailed eligibility criteria and timetable of admission process would be posted here. Please note that students interested in pursuing research in Ecology and Evolution should have cleared GATE (Ecology and Evolution) and those wanting to pursue PhD in other areas of Biology should have cleared the JGEEBILS.

                  Centres of Excellence                  Academic Advisors                  Faculty Positions


Faculty Members
Name Designation Research
Nixon M. Abraham Assistant Professor Neural circuits and behaviour; Olfaction
Collins Assisi Assistant Professor Information processing by neuronal networks
Chaitanya Athale Associate Professor Self-organization and cell morphogenesis
Ramana Athreya Associate Professor Active galaxies, galaxy cluster radio sources, high redshift Universe, imaging techniques; Biodiversity research & conservation
Nagaraj Balasubramanian Associate Professor Cell Biology: cell adhesion, trafficking, cell migration and growth
Anjan Banerjee Associate Professor Plant developmental biology, Micro RNA (miRNA) and gene regulation, Long distance signalling and plant-pathogen interaction
Deepak Barua Assistant Professor Plant physiology, physiological ecology and evolutionary ecology
Arijit Bhattacharyay Associate Professor Complex and dynamical systems, biophysics, pattern formation
S Sandanaraj Britto Assistant Professor Chemical Biology/Physiology & Optical Molecular Imaging of Whole Organisms
Akanksha Chaturvedi Assistant Professor Immunology: B cell receptor signaling, Integration of innate and adaptive immune receptor signaling
Jeetender Chugh Assistant Professor NMR spectroscopy of biomolecules
Sutirth Dey Associate Professor Population dynamics, life-history evolution, simulations, Drosophilia melanogaster
Sanjeev Galande Professor Epigenetics, Chromatin biology, Regulation of gene expression, Nuclear organization and function
Aurnab Ghose Associate Professor Neurobiology
Pranay Goel Associate Professor Mathematical biology. Nonlinear dynamical systems, multiscale methods. Theoretical neuroscience, cardiac physiology, diabetes
Amrita Hazra Assistant Professor Enzyme mechanisms, Chemical biology of microbes
Jeet Kalia Assistant Professor Chemical Biology: Ion channels, lipids, and bioconjugation
Siddhesh S Kamat Assistant Professor Chemical Biology, Metabolomics, Chemoproteomics, Lipid Metabolism, Protein Biochemistry
Saikrishnan Kayarat Associate Professor Structural biology
Mayurika Lahiri Associate Professor DNA damage and cell cycle, 3D studies of breast cancer progression
M. S. Madhusudhan Associate Professor Bioinformatics and Structure
Suhita Nadkarni Assistant Professor Biophysical models of synaptic plasticity in health and disease
Gayathri Pananghat Assistant Professor Structural Biology of Cytoskeletal Systems
Sagar Pandit Assistant Professor Chemical and molecular ecology of multitrophic interactions involving plant, herbivore and its natural enemies
Thomas Pucadyil Associate Professor Membrane Biochemistry and Biophysics, Vesicular Transport
Sudha Rajamani Assistant Professor Origins of life
Girish Ratnaparkhi Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Biology Gene regulation, innate immunity, embryonic development, drosophilia
Richa Rikhy Assistant Professor Cell Biology of development and differentiation: Membrane trafficking and polarity
Kundan Sengupta Assistant Professor Chromosome biology in development and disease
L. S. Shashidhara Professor and Chair, Biology Evolution of appendage forms, functional genomics, drug discovery
Milind Watve Professor Microbiology, Eco-biology
Visiting Faculty
Vineeta Bal Visiting Faculty Immunology
Girish Deshpande Visiting Faculty (Contractual) Germ cell migration
V. S. Rao Visiting Faculty Plant biology, plant genetics, breeding
N. K. Subhedar Visiting Faculty Neurobiology, Neuropeptides and behaviour
Adjunct Faculty
Chittaranjan S. Yajnik Diabetes Unit, K E M Hospital & Research Centre
Neelesh Dahanukar DST-INSPIRE Faculty Fellow Molecular phylogeny, Phylogeography, Systematics, Molecular epidemiology of wildlife diseases, Conservation biology, Evolutionary game theory
Krishanpal Karmodiya DST-INSPIRE Faculty Fellow Epigenetics and Transcriptional Control in Plasmodium
Nishad Matange DST-INSPIRE Faculty Fellow Metabolic correlates of antibiotic resistance-associated fitness costs in bacteria
Raghav Rajan Ramalingaswami Fellow, DBT Neural mechanisms underlying movement initiation in songbirds
Independent Scientist
Shital Sarah Ahaley WT-DBT IA Early Career Fellow Role of RNA binding proteins in Hedgehog signalling.
Jayeeta Banerjee WOS-A- DST Scientist Environmental interaction in the growth of living organism, Plant proteomics
Tressa Jacob BIOCaRE DBT Principal Investigator Understanding the molecular cross talk between epidermis and dermis during dermis development and scale formation, using zebrafish as a model organism
Ashwin Kelkar WT-DBT IA Early Career Fellow Chromosome folding using non coding RNA and chromatin organizing proteins.