The doctoral research programme in Bioresources and Biotechnology has been devised to:
Provide a highly academic, knowledge-driven environment that will create scientific talent and innovative minds capable of applying knowledge to benefit society and contribute to its welfare.
Create capacities for pursuing careers in industry by imparting a wide variety of skills to students. A collaborative inter-disciplinary effort between industry and academia is envisioned wherein manpower will be trained in accordance with the changing needs of industry.
Admissions are open through the year. However, applications will be considered until 15 June and 31 October for admissions in the semesters commencing July and January each year.
1. No. of seats available of PhD admission in September 2020: 11
NET/CSIR/GATE/UGC-NET qualified applicants with M.Sc/ M.Tech
2. Preferred areas of research interest:
i.Structural and Molecular Biology (Principal Investigator: Chaithanya Madhurantakam, Seats available - 2)
Expectations: Selected applicants will be involved in structural and molecular studies on pathogenic proteins of Helicobacter pylori and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Enough expertise in handling basic rDNA and biochemical techniques, capable of using LINUX/UNIX operating systems for computational purposes. Knowledge of macromolecular crystallography is desirable.
ii.Nanosciences and NanoBiotechnology (Principal Investigator: Udit Soni, Seats available - 2)
Expectations: Published paper(s) in reputed journal and having experience in Nano-materials for Biotechnology or environmental applications.
iii.Brassica Developmental Biology and Crop Improvement (Dr Anandita Singh, Seats available - 2)
Expectations: Selected applicants will contribute in characterizing regulatory genes governing adaptive developmental traits in highly polyploid Brassica genomes with an applied research goal of trait manipulation. Expertise in basic rDNA techniques is desirable.
iv.Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (PI: Dr. Pallavi Somvanshi, Seats available - 2)
Expectations: Published paper(s) in reputed journal.
Expectations: Selected applicants will be involved in QTL mapping of important agronomic traits in Capsicum. Expertise in basic rDNA techniques is desirable.
vi.Microbial pathogenesis and genetics (Dr. Ramakrishnan Sitaraman, Seats available - 2)
Expectations: Fellowship award, microbiology-related research experience, familiarity with computational approaches and applications, publication(s) in a peer-reviewed, indexed journal.
Admission will be made based on written tests and interview. A weightage 70% to the written tests and 30% to the performance in interviews shall be given. Written test will have two papers of equal weightage. Paper I will be on ‘Research Methodology’ which will be a common paper for admission in all departments of the University. Paper II will be department/subject specific
Biological macromolecules (Proteins, Carbohydrates, Lipids, Hormones and Vitamins), Acids and Bases, Classification of proteins, Enzymes and kinetic parameters, Immunoglobulins, X-ray crystallography, Electron Microscopy and NMR techniques, Metabolic pathways and Bioenergetics (Gibb’s free energy, Enthalpy and Entropy, First and second laws of thermodynamics and limitations).
Introduction to Bioinformatics and its Application, Molecular Biology for bioinformatics, Biological data bases and its Annotation, sequencing techniques, Pairwise and multiple sequence alignment algorithm, Phylogenetic Analysis, homology modelling, molecular modelling.
Microbiology & molecular biology :
General microbiology, germ theory of disease, pathogens and disease, laws of genetics, Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, central dogma, sequence hypothesis, nucleic acid structure and function.
Ecology and evolution :
Concepts of evolutionary biology (organisms and molecules), spontaneous generation, convergent and divergent evolution, principles of ecology, ecological niches and community ecology, symbiosis.
Atomic structure, chemical bonding, gaseous state, solid state chemistry, solutions, nanomaterials, stereochemistry, analytical techniques.
The Pre-Ph.D course requirements shall be as follows :-
In order to overcome any deficiency in the breadth of fundamental training for advanced work, several courses are offered across disciplines taught at the Deemed University. Such courses would include those at Masters level or could be special ones created only for the doctoral student/s.
The courses will be offered by TERI SAS.
The credit assigned to the Ph.D course work shall be a minimum of 8 credits and a maximum of 16 credits.
Four credits shall be assigned to one or more courses on Research Methodology which could cover areas such as quantitative methods, computer applications, research ethics and review of published research in the relevant field, training, field work, etc. One course on Technical Writing (2 credits) will be a mandatory course for all Ph.D students. Other courses shall be advanced level courses preparing the students for Ph.D degree.
The course requirement will be determined by the DRC (Department Research Committee) on the recommendations of the SRC (Student Research Committee) after considering the student?s background in relation to the proposed topic of research.
Grades in the course work, including research methodology courses shall be finalized after a combined assessment by the SRC and the Department and the final grades shall be communicated to Registrar.
The minimum CGPA requirement will be 7.0.
The pre-Ph.D course work must be completed within the first two semesters and the first three semesters of joining the programme by full-time and part-time students, respectively.
Ph.D programme shall be for a minimum duration of three years, including course work and a maximum of six years. This may be waived by the Academic Council only in extremely exceptional cases when recommended by the Department Research Committee.