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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 enquiries about faculty positions write to Dr. Saikrishnan Kayarat (saikrishnan 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 Professor Plant developmental biology, Micro RNA (miRNA) and gene regulation, Long distance signalling and plant-pathogen interaction
Deepak Barua Associate Professor Plant physiology, physiological ecology and evolutionary ecology
S Sandanaraj Britto Assistant Professor Chemical Biology/Physiology & Optical Molecular Imaging of Whole Organisms
Jeetender Chugh Assistant Professor NMR spectroscopy of biomolecules
Sutirth Dey Professor Population dynamics, life-history evolution, simulations, Drosophilia melanogaster
Sanjeev Galande Professor and Dean (Research and Development) Epigenetics, Chromatin biology, Regulation of gene expression, Nuclear organization and function
Aurnab Ghose Associate Professor Neurobiology
Pranay Goel Associate Professor Mathematical biology: physiology and type 2 diabetes. Data science and predictive modeling for healthcare and precision (personalized) medicine
Amrita Hazra Assistant Professor Enzyme mechanisms, Chemical biology of microbes
Siddhesh S Kamat Associate Professor Chemical Biology, Metabolomics, Chemoproteomics, Lipid Metabolism, Protein Biochemistry
Krishanpal Karmodiya Assistant Professor Epigenetics and Transcriptional Control in Plasmodium
Saikrishnan Kayarat 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 and Associate Dean (Student Activities) Biophysical models of synaptic plasticity in health and disease
Mridula Nambiar Assistant Professor Meiotic recombination and chromosomal segregation in yeast and mammals
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 and Chair, Biology Membrane Biochemistry and Biophysics, Vesicular Transport
Sunish Kumar Radhakrishnan Associate Professor Cell Cycle Control and Differentiation in Bacteria, Antimicrobial Resistance
Sudha Rajamani Associate Professor and Deputy Chair, Biology Origins of life
Raghav Rajan Assisstant Professor Neural mechanisms underlying movement initiation in songbirds
Girish Ratnaparkhi Associate Professor Gene regulation, innate immunity, embryonic development, drosophilia
Richa Rikhy Associate Professor Cell Biology of development and differentiation: Membrane trafficking and polarity
Kundan Sengupta Associate Professor Chromosome biology in development and disease
L. S. Shashidhara Professor (currently on lien to Ashoka University) Evolution of appendage forms, functional genomics, drug discovery
Jayant B. Udgaonkar Professor and Director Study of protein folding, unfolding and aggregation using tools of protein engineering and physical biochemistry.
Visiting Faculty
Vineeta Bal Visiting Faculty Research focus: T cell biology
Neelesh Dahanukar Visiting Faculty Molecular phylogeny, Phylogeography, Systematics, Molecular epidemiology of wildlife diseases, Conservation biology, Evolutionary game theory
V. S. Rao Visiting Faculty Plant biology, plant genetics, breeding
Adjunct Faculty
Satyajit Rath Adjunct Faculty Immunology: generation and activation of T, B and antigen-presenting cells (APCs) of myeloid lineage
Anand Krishnan DST-INSPIRE Faculty Fellow Interdisciplinary studies of bird sensory signals
Independent Scientist
Keerthi Harikrishnan WOS-A DST Scientist
Tressa Jacob WOS-A DST Scientist Understanding the molecular cross talk between epidermis and dermis during dermis development and scale formation, using zebrafish as a model organism