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Department of
Biology

PhD Programme in Biology- January 2023

List of candidates selected for the PhD programme in Biology

List of candidates shortlisted for the second round of Interviews and important instructions can be found below:

  1. Ecology and Evolution: No candidate shortlisted for second round
  2. Plant Biology
  3. Theoretical and Computational Biology
  4. Molecular Biology / Cell Biology / Biochemistry

List of candidates shortlisted for the first round of Interviews and important instructions can be found below:

  1. Ecology and Evolution 
  2. Plant Biology
  3. Theoretical and Computational Biology
  4. Molecular Biology / Cell Biology / Biochemistry

The referees of the shortlisted candidates will now be contacted for sending the recommendation letters. The shortlisted candidates are requested to also contact their referees and request them to send their letters directly to biologyapplications@acads.iiserpune.ac.in

The Zoom links have already been emailed to all the shortlisted candidates. If any shortlisted candidate has not received the same, they should immediately write to biologyapplications@acads.iiserpune.ac.in

IISER Pune hosts a diverse group of researchers working in various areas. Research in Biology at IISER Pune 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:

Ecology and Evolution: For students interested in ecology and evolution (both theoretical and empirical).

  • Deepak Barua
  • Ramana Athreya
  • Sagar Pandit
  • Sutirth Dey

Molecular Biology / Cell Biology / Biochemistry: For students interested in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, cellular biophysics, developmental biology, microbiology, immunology, epigenetics, chromosome biology, and cancer biology.

  • Gayathri Pananghat
  • Jayant Udgaonkar
  • Jeetender Chugh
  • Kundan Sengupta
  • MS Madhusudhan
  • Mayurika Lahiri
  • Nagaraj Balasubramanian
  • Sudha Rajamani

Plant Biology: For students interested in plant biology and plant biotechnology.

  • Sagar Pandit

Theoretical and Computational Biology: For students interested in any branch of theoretical biology including theoretical neuroscience, evolution, bioinformatics and computational cell biology.

  • Chaitanya Athale
  • Collins Assisi
  • Leelavati Narlikar
  • MS Madhusudhan
  • Pranay Goel
  • Suhita Nadkarni

Note: Only those faculty members whose names are given above will accept students through this round of PhD admissions. Therefore, before applying, students should check this list carefully to ensure that labs of their interest are available for admissions in this round.

Application Criteria


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 the online 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 an equivalent CGPA in the General /OBC/EWS category or minimum 55% marks in aggregate (overall percentage and not just in majoring subject) or an equivalent CGPA in the SC,ST or PwD 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 at the time of admission.

 

A2. Applicants must have any one of the following qualifications.

  • Qualified a National Eligibility exam that provides a 5-year Ph.D. fellowship such as CSIR–JRF / UGC–JRF / DBT–JRF–A / ICMR–JRF / DBT–BINC–JRF / Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship / Maulana Azad National Fellowship / National Fellowship for Scheduled Caste Students by CSIR-UGC / National Fellowship for Higher Education of ST Students / National Fellowship for OBC Candidates / National Fellowship for persons with disabilities (NFPWD). The fellowships must be valid on February 01, 2023.
  • Qualified JEST, or GPAT or NBHM with a valid score on February 01, 2023. In case, the exam does not          mention a validity explicitly, the validity will be taken to be 3 years from the date of intimation of the result to the candidate.
  • 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
  • Qualified GATE exams (GATE Life Sciences, GATE Chemistry, GATE Eco-Evo, GATE Biotechnology, and GATE Mathematics).  The GATE score must be valid on February 01, 2023.
  • Qualified JGEEBILS (IISER Pune will shortlist based on the ranks of the students).
  • For all the national eligibility examinations which provide a common rank / score, the cut-off rank / score for shortlisting for the Interviews for the reserved categories shall be lowered to 1.25 times the General category rank / score.

Shortlisting and Interview Process

Meeting the above-mentioned criteria merely makes the candidate eligible for application. IISER Pune reserves the right to use other / more stringent criteria for the purpose of shortlisting for interviews. Specifically, the scores obtained in the “Research Design” and “Design an experiment” can be used for the purpose of shortlisting for interviews. Only shortlisted candidates will be informed. Therefore, all candidates are requested to check this page regularly for updates. The referees of the shortlisted candidates alone shall be contacted for the reference letters.

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The admission procedure for the August 2022 batch has been completed. 
 

Admissions for Integrated PhD Programme in Biology - August 2022 

List of candidates selected for Integrated PhD (Biology) programme

Candidates invited to apply for the Integrated PhD programme

List of candidates shortlisted for the first round of Interviews & Important instructions

List of candidates shortlisted for the second round of Interviews & Important instructions

Information regarding Zoom invitation etc for the first round of interviews has been emailed to all the shortlisted candidates. In case any shortlisted candidate has not received the same, they are requested to write immediately to biologyapplications@acads.iiserpune.ac.in, quoting their name & application number.

Format of the referee letter (PDF)

Format of the referee letter (.docx)

The list of candidates invited for applying to the Integrated PhD Program in Biology at IISER Pune is hereby published. This shortlisting has been made based on the marks obtained by the students in the Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS) 2022.

The invitation letter, containing information about how to apply, has already been emailed to all candidates. In case someone on the list has not yet received the email, please contact biologyapplications@acads.iiserpune.ac.in as early as possible, clearly stating your name and JGEEBILS Application Number. The last date for filling the form is 21-April-2022 (5.00 PM Indian Standard Time).

Please note that filling out this application form does not guarantee a shortlisting for interviews. IISER Pune reserves the right to apply further criteria for shortlisting.