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Biology at dbs, Mumbai, ncbs, Bangalore and inStem Bangalore Programs on offer: PhD/Int-msc-PhD/ msc-by-Research/ msc Wildlife Biology & Conservation

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BIOLOGY AT DBS, Mumbai, NCBS, Bangalore and inStem Bangalore

Programs on offer: PhD/Int-MSc-PhD/ MSc-by-Research/ MSc Wildlife Biology & Conservation

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The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, is a part of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), which operates under the aegis of the Department of Atomic Energy. The Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) is located at TIFR in Mumbai.

The Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, funded by the Department of Biotechnology is growing as a collaborative effort on the NCBS Bangalore campus

All institutes offer state-of-the art facilities for modern biology (Research Infrastructure at and; Housing and Fellowships are provided for students selected into the programs. We provide opportunities for our students to interact with students and faculty from other research institutions and Universities in the country and abroad. Student participation in international meetings and workshops both within the country and outside is actively encouraged. Libraries subscribing to a large number of journals covering the various fields of research are available at both Bangalore and Mumbai campuses. Internet access, e-mail and bibliography search support are also provided.


NCBS and DBS offer PhD and Integrated-MSc-PhD programs leading to the award of a PhD degree. inStem offers a PhD program leading to the award of a PhD degree. The MSc-by-Research Program is only offered at DBS and the MSc in Wildlife Biology & Conservation only at NCBS.

The PhD program accepts candidates with a Masters in any Basic Science discipline or a basic degree in any applied science such as Medicine and Engineering. The Integrated PhD program and M.Sc.-by-Research Program (the latter only at DBS) seek students with an excellent academic record at the B.Sc. level, strongly motivated to pursue a career in research. Students register for a PhD at the TIFR Deemed University typically 1.5-2 years from the date of joining, after meeting course requirements and qualifying a comprehensive examination. Students enrolled in the M.Sc.-by-Research program are registered on completing course requirements (typically one year from admission) and have to submit a thesis at the end of the third year.
The Integrated Biology (iBio) program provides a stimulating environment for students with strong physical sciences backgrounds. This initiative encourages students with backgrounds in physics, chemistry and mathematics to apply their knowledge to understanding concepts in biology. Students who are interested in iBio research projects must first be accepted into the PhD or integrated-PhD program at NCBS through the standard application procedure. Preference for this program is indicated at the time of the interviews.
M.Sc. in Wildlife Biology & Conservation (only at Bangalore) is offered by NCBS on alternate years and is open this year. THE SELECTION PROCESS
PhD/ Int-PhD/ MSc-by-Research Programs

All applicants for any of the aforementioned programs are required to take a written test – the Joint Graduate Entrance Exam in Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS) - conducted by TIFR on December 8, 2013. The test assesses basic analytical skills and +2 level mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. There is no specified syllabus.

The JGEEBILS is a shared entrance test for thirteen institutions (including NCBS, inStem and DBS) doing research in Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences in the country. The test is coordinated by TIFR. Information on JGEEBILS and participating institutions is available at and institution web sites. Participating institutions have different application processes and the entrance test is only one aspect of this. Please refer to the individual websites for details of an institution’s admission procedures and degree requirements. Applicants must individually apply to each Institution.
The DBS and NCBS-inStem admission processes for the PhD/Int-MSc-PhD/MSc-by-Research Programs are common up to the Entrance Test stage. DBS invites students for interviews based on the performance in the entrance exam. NCBS, inStem jointly send out an application package to students who qualify the written test for the next phase of the selection procedure. Performance in the written test, together with the information requested in the application package is used to short-list candidates for interviews at Bangalore in May/June 2014.
Interviews for these programs typically comprise two rounds. The details of these will be provided to candidates short-listed for the interviews. Interviews are conducted at Bangalore (May/June 2014) and Mumbai (February/March 2014). Information on the interview for the MSc-by-Research Program is provided on the DBS-TIFR website.
MSc in Wildlife Biology & Conservation

The entrance test consists of multiple-choice questions that assess skills in English language, general knowledge, logic, mathematics and statistics, and knowledge about wildlife and conservation issues. There is also an essay question on a conservation issue.

The M.Sc Wildlife Biology and Conservation course has a separate interview, which would be held in June 2014 at the NCBS campus. Details about the interview procedure would be provided to candidates who are shortlisted from the entrance exam.
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Krishanu Ray Cell biology of motor proteins in Drosophila
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Shobhona Sharma Biology of the malarial parasite
Himanshu Sinha Functional genomics and quantitative traits in yeast
Mahendra Sonawane Genetic analysis of cellular adhesion in developing zebrafish epidermis
Shubha Tole Genetics mechanisms and signaling pathways in developing brain
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Sandhya Koushika Cargo transport in neurons
Sreelaja Nair Genetics of maternal control of vertebrate development
Mithilesh Mishra Mechanism and regulation of cytokinesis
Please visit the webpage for more information on research programs at DBS
Research GROUPS at NCBS, Bangalore
Ranbir Das NMR spectroscopic studies
P. Shivaprasad Plant epigenetics
Axel Brockmann Comparative neurobiology of honey bee behaviour
Deepa Agashe Evolutionary ecology of adaptation and genome evolution
Krushnamegh Kunte Evolution and organization of of biological diversity
Madhusudhan Venkadesan Morphology and control in animals and machines
Sandeep Krishna Decisions and Feedback in Biological Systems
Aswin Sai Narain Computational and functional genomics of bacterial gene regulation

Seshasayee and adaptation

Vatsala Thirumalai Neural control of movement during development and in adulthood
Raghu Padinjat The architecture of phosphoinositide signalling in vivo
Shachi Gosavi Computational folding and functional dynamics of proteins
Mahesh Sankaran Community and Ecosystems Ecology
Mukund Thattai Computational and evolutionary cell biology
Deepak T. Nair Molecular determinants of genomic integrity and plasticity
Sanjay P. Sane Neural and physical basis of insect flight
Yamuna Krishnan Structure and dynamics of nucleic acids
Uma Ramakrishnan The genetic heritage of South Asia: Tracking its history, conserving its future

Apurva Sarin Regulating cell number in multicellular organisms

R. Sowdhamini Computational approaches to protein science
Sumantra Chattarji Synaptic plasticity in the amygdala: Implications for stress & autism spectrum disorders
Upinder S. Bhalla Memory, smell and networks
Satyajit Mayor Mechanisms of membrane organization and traffic
Sudhir Krishna Notch signalling in human epithelial cancers and leukemias
M.M. Panicker The roles of serotonin in neural and non-neural systems
Gaiti Hasan Inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate signaling in cellular and systemic physiology
M.K. Mathew Crossing Barriers: Studies of Membrane Transport
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K. VijayRaghavan Developmental neurobiology of olfaction and movement
K.S. Krishnan Cell biology of the synapse
Please visit the webpage for more information on research programs at NCBS
Research GROUPS at instem, Bangalore
Praveen Kumar Vemula Self-Assembled Biomaterials and Translational Research
Akash Gulyani Probing cellular dynamics
Ravi Muddashetty Regulation of protein synthesis and the disorders of neuronal development and plasticity
Colin Jamora Mechanisms regulating the wound healing response
John Mercer Cardiomyopathies.
Srikala Raghavan Integrin Signaling & ECM Organization, Inflammation and Role of micro-RNA’s in Epithelial Stem Cells
Ramkumar Sambasivan Vertebrate development and evolution using mouse as a model system.
Shravanti Rampalli Homeostasis Epigenetics and Cell fate determination


Archana Purushotham Neuroimaging and Clinical Neuroscience
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S. Ramaswamy Protein biochemistry and structural biology, glycobiology, stem cell biology and regeneration in Hydra and Planaria
Kouichi Hasegawa Human pluripotent stem cell generation, renewal and differentiation towards regenerative medicine
Kenichi Suzuki Single-molecule study of interactions among cell membrane components
Please visit the webpage for more information on research programs at inStem

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