PhD Program

The Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering comprises of Biosciences (BS) and Biomedical Engineering (BME) as core academic groups. Eligibility criterion and research areas for the two groups are mentioned below. Under the item No. 10(b) of Application Form, the candidate should enter the groups (BS, BME) they wish to join in the order of priority.

Biosciences (BS)
Minimum Eligibility for Admission:
First Class or 60% marks (55% marks for SC/ST), as specified in the General Eligibility Criterion, in the qualifying degree with any one of the following:
i. M.Tech. or equivalent degree in Biotechnology, or Bio-related engineering subjects
ii. MD/MS in Health Sciences including AYUSH
iii. M.Sc. or equivalent degree in subjects related to Life Sciences/Physics/ Chemistry/Mathematics
iv. B.Tech. in Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Computer science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering/ Electronics and Telecommunications, Mechanical engineering, Engineering Physics.

Candidates with qualifying degrees in [ iii and iv] must fulfill one of the following:
 a)  a valid GATE score (for TA/TAP/RA/RAP)
 b)  a valid CSIR/UGC/DBT JRF or a valid ICMR JRF not linked to ICMR project (for FA)/BINC any fellowship that will provide scholarship for 5 years.
 c) Experience as specified earlier in A.5 and A.6 (for CT, EX, IS, PS, SF, SW category)

Research Areas
(A) Biophysics and Computational Biology:  Bioinformatics, Glycobiology, Computational Biology, Protein   crystallography, NMR based Structural   Biology,  Physics   of   Biological   system   and Computational   Modeling   of   bio­molecules,  Dynamics   of   cytoskeletal   filaments   and   Chromatin remodelling, physical properties of the extracellular matrix, protein folding/mis­folding, aggregation and neuro­degeneration, Single particle cryo-EM, Time- resolved techniques, Single-molecule biology and Motor Proteins.
(B) Biochemistry: Enzyme kinetics and enzyme secretion, microbial metabolism and  regulation, aromatic   hydrocarbon   metabolism   and   genetic   engineering,   enzyme   inhibitor   design,   molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, repair and packaging in double­ stranded DNA viruses, Molecular Enzymology.
(C) Microbial Biology: Fungi, Viral assemblies, Bacterial Pathogenesis, Host­ Pathogen Interactions, molecular parasitology.
(D) Cell Biology: Cellular Biophysics, micro­tubule dynamics, bacterial cell division, Chromosomal and extra chromosomal segregation in fungi, Neurobiology, Lipid droplet Biology, Membrane remodeling.
(E) Immunology: Molecular immunology and cell signaling, Cellular Immunity, Tumor Immunology, Cancer biomarker.
(F) Genetics and Molecular Biology: Functional Genomics, Epigenetic Regulation, Fungal Molecular Genetics.
(G) Proteomics, System Biology and Biomarkers of infectious diseases.
(H) Fungal Patho-biology, Inter-species interactions, Plant-Pathogen Interactions.
(I) Developmental Biology: Vertebrate embryo development, cell biology of early zebrafish development, maternal to zygotic control of embryonic development, gastrulation, cell migration, cell fate specification, cerebellum development, emergence of 3D shape of organs and embryos.

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (BME)
Minimum Eligibility for Admission:

First Class or 60% marks (55% marks for SC/ST), as specified in the General Eligibility Criterion, in the qualifying degree:
i) M.Tech./M.E. or equivalent degree in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics/Telecommunications Engineering, Instrumentation Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Physics.
ii) M.Pharm. OR MBBS with MD/MS, MVSc, MDS, MPTh, MOTh, MS/MD Health sciences AYUSH. 
iii) B.Tech./B.E.  or equivalent degree in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics /Telecommunications Engineering, Instrumentation Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Physics.
iv) M.Sc. or equivalent degree in Biochemistry, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Ceramics, Chemistry, Electronics, Ergonomics, Material Science, Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Physics and Physiology.
v) Health Sciences such as MBBS (Medicine) / BDS (Dental). Must qualify All India level post graduate entrance examination for corresponding disciplines such as AIIMS/ MCI/ /JIPMER/ PGI Chandigarh/AFMC-Pune/ for MBBS/BDS.
vi) B.V.Sc., B.P.Th. ,B.O.Th.) (Duration 4 years or more). Must qualify All India level post graduate entrance examination for M.V.Sc., M.P.Th., and M.O.Th. GATE examination for all such health science background.
vii) B.Pharm. (with GPAT entrance examination)

Candidates with qualifying degrees in [ iii and iv] must fulfill one of the following:
a) a valid GATE score (for TA/TAP/RA/RAP)
b) a valid CSIR/UGC/DBT JRF or a valid ICMR JRF not linked to ICMR project (for FA)/BINC any fellowship that will provide scholarship for 5 years.
c) Experience as specified earlier in A.5 and A.6 (for CT, EX, IS, PS, SF, SW category)

Research Areas:
(A) Sensors and Devices: Bioinstrumentation for diagnostics and therapeutics, early detection of carcinoma and tropical diseases, bioMEMS devices, Fluorescent Biosensors, Nanoengineered Sensors, Layer ­by­ Layer Self­ Assembly, Microfluidics for biomedical applications.
(B) Biomaterials, Drug delivery and tissue engineering, Nano­biotechnology, Design of scaffolds for tissue engineering, Controlled Release technologies, Neuroprosthetic devices including aids for the handicapped, Signal processing, Telemedicine and knowledge based systems. Microfibrication for immunotherapy, Computational physiology, Cardiac electrophysiology and muscle mechanics, Computational Neurophysiology, Movement Neuroscience, Rehabilitation technology.
(C) Medical Optics – Optical tomography, Blood flow measurements, Computational Imaging.

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FACULTY ADVISORS:
Prof. S. Maji / Prof. A. Kumar  – Biotechnology (BT)
Prof. S. Sen – Biomedical Engineering (BME)