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Department of
Biology

Admissions for PhD Programme in Biology - August 2022 

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

  1. Ecology and Evolution
  2. Neurobiology

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

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

Information regarding Zoom interviews for the first round has been sent to all the shortlisted candidates. Shortlisted candidates who have not received the same, must contact biologyapplications@acads.iiserpune.ac.in immediately, stating their Name, Application number and Area.

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
  • Sutirth Dey
  • Sagar Pandit

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.

  • Amrita Hazra
  • Aurnab Ghose
  • Chaitanya Athale
  • Girish Ratnaparkhi
  • Jayant Udgaonkar
  • Jeetender Chugh
  • Kalika Prasad
  • Kundan Sengupta
  • M.S. Madhusudhan
  • Mayurika Lahiri
  • Mridula Nambiar
  • Nagaraj B
  • Raghav Rajan
  • Richa Rikhy
  • Saikrishnan Kayarat
  • Siddhesh Kamat
  • Sunish Radhakrishnan

Neurobiology

For students interested in the experimental, theoretical and computational study of various aspects of nervous system function.

  • Aurnab Ghose
  • Collins Assisi
  • Nixon Abraham
  • Raghav Rajan
  • Suhita Nadkarni

Plant biology

For students interested in plant biology and plant biotechnology.

  • Anjan Banerjee
  • Kalika Prasad
  • 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
  • M.S. Madhusudhan
  • Pranay Goel
  • Suhita Nadkarni
  • Leelavati Narlikar
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-NCL/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.

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

  • 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 / 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 September 01, 2022.
  • Qualified JEST, or GPAT or NBHM with a valid score on September 01, 2022. 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, GATE Mathematics). The GATE score must be valid on September 01, 2022.
  • 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.

Please note that the selection of students shall be done as per the provisions of The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006 and amendments made thereto.

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Admissions for the August 2022 batch of the Integrated PhD Programme are now open! 
 

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.