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Research in the department of Biological Sciences spans the areas of core and allied life sciences along with interdisciplinary areas. Research is conducted in the following major areas:
 
Molecular characterization of human diseases
• Computational structural biology and  bioinformatics
• Environmental, plant and microbial biotechnology
 
Research in the department is supported through sponsored funding from a multitude of Governmental and private organizations such as DST, DBT, ICMR, UGC, CSIR, R&D industries etc. as well as start-up grants from BITS.  Research support is provided by a group of talented and motivated research scholars which includes about 35 full time and part time Ph.D. students.    An Institutional Bio-Safety Committee has been constituted to ensure relevant safety measures are followed both in teaching and research laboratories.
 
• genomics laboratory for work pertaining to genomics of human diseases
• An Animal Cell Culture laboratory
• A microbiology laboratory for research pertaining to basic microbiology, microbial technology etc.
• A research laboratory for experiments pertaining to molecular biology and biochemistry
• A bio-informatics laboratory for work pertaining to computational structural biology
• Facilities for growth and maintenance of plants, plant tissue culture, environmental biotechnology etc.
 
The Department currently has 10 faculty with varied research interests in the modern areas of Biological Sciences/Biotechnology such as Genomics and Human Diseases, Biotechnology (Environmental/Industrial) Structural Bioinformatics etc. Please click here for faculty pages.
 
Presently there are 28 Ph.D Scholars, 4 Project Students and 1 Post Doctoral Fellow in Biological Sciences department, pursuing research in the major thrust area of the department. Qualification for  Ph.D intake is M.Sc or equivalent. Selection is made twice a year, through advertisement, followed by entrance exams, both written and interview. Course work is recommended for two semesters for fresh Ph.D students to the institute.

List of current research scholars in Department of Biological Sciences.
 
Sl.No. Ph.D Scholars Mail Id
1
C.N.RAHUL
cnrahul@gmail.com
2
M.MADHU POORNIMA
madhupoornima@gmail.com
3
P.RAVI CHAND
ravichand.cool@gmail.com
4
ANURADHA PAL
anuradha_genetics@rediffmail.com
5 MANASI
mudaliyar.manasi@gmail.com
6 SHIVANI GUPTA
shivani.biotech28@gmail.com
7 PRIYANKA SHARMA   
priyahpu@gmail.com
8
U.SITA RAMYA SRI
u.s.ramyasree@gmail.com
9
RUPAK KUMAR
rupakraman@gmail.com
10
VENKATA HARINI.K
harini1584@gmail.com
11 D.V.PADMAVATHI  
smiley.paddu97@gmail.com
12
BITRAGUNTA SIVA PRASAD
shiva4mvt@gmail.com
13
MADHU RANI BHARATHI
bharathicecri@gmail.com
14
K.RAJA SHEKAR VARMA
rvarma6@gmail.com
15
MAHESH KUMAR REDDY.K
mahesh.kalikiri@gmail.com
16
PAVAN KUMAR MUJAWADIYA  
pavanmujawdiya930@gmail.com
17
SRINIVAS RAO 
nivschem@gmail.com
18
SAI CHINMAYI JILLELLAMUDI
chinmayijillellamudi@gmail.com
19
NISHANK REDDY.M
nishank.iisc1@gmail.com
20
AKSHAY BHATNAGAR
akshaybhatnagar2790@gmail.com
21
BLESSON.M.ABRAHAM
 blessmemana@yahoo.com
22
DAIPAYAN GHOSH    
dghosh680@gmail.com
23
SUNETHRA SEN
s.sunetra1@gmail.com
24
B. HEMALATHA
hemalatha.adr@gmail.com
25
IMRAN KHAN
emraan.9.4@gmail.com
26
SONAL SAXENA
snl.saxena89@gmail.com
27
MINAL.G.MAHAJAN   
minal11mahajan@gmail.com
28
LAKSHAMY R
lakshmy.r.krish@gmail.com
     
Sl.No. Project Students Mail Id
1
KAVITHA.G
karkavi_bio2002@yahoo.com
2
ANKITHA
chakra.ankita@gmail.com
3
PRANAY AMRUTH
pranay.amrut@gmail.com
4
CHAITANYA .T
chaitanyatirumalasetty@gmail.com
     
Sl.No. Post Doctoral Fellow
Mail Id
 Dr. POOJA SONEJA soneja_p@rediffmail.com 

Awards

"The student team of RightBiotic, under the guidance of Prof. Suman Kapur, has bagged the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award (GYTI 2015) under the category BIRAC-SHRISHTI (http://gyti.techpedia.in/project-detail/RIGHTBIOTIC-The-Fastest-Antibiotic-Finder/3048).The award ceremony was held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the award carries a cash prize of Rs 15 lakhs for the team to take their idea further for reaching the goal of a successful market product." 
 
BITS Hyderabad RightBiotic team bagged the First Prize of Rs 5lacs at the ABLE (Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises) an initiative of DBT, GOI.  The contest is called BEST INDIA 2014, BEST standing for Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Student Teams under the mentorship of Prof. Suman Kapur.
 

Achievements

  1. Dr. Jayati Ray Dutta serves as editorial board member for "Journal for Advanced Research in Applied Sciences" since November 2014. She is also a life member of European Federation of Biotechnology. 
  2. Prof. Suman Kapur is appointed as Shri B K Birla & Smt. Sarala Birla Chair Professor.
  3. From October 2013, Dr. P. Sankar Ganesh become an Associate Member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Florida, USA.
  4. Prof. S. Swaminathan has been invited to serve as a member of the Scientific Advisory Group of the Centre for Biodesign & Diagnostics, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India (August 2013).
  5. From March 2012, Dr. P. Sankar Ganesh has become Lifetime Member of the Society of Toxicology (STOX), India.
  6. Departmental DST-FIST Grant award received in 2012.
  7. Dr. Debashree Bandyopadhyay serves as a life-member of Indian Biophysical Society. She is also member of American Chemical Society, USA, since 2012.
  8. On December 2011, Dr. P. Sankar Ganesh has been appointed as the Editor-in-Chief of the Editorial Board of the GSTF Journal on Bioinformatics and Biotechnology (JBio).
  9. On May 2011, Dr. P. Sankar Ganesh received the Individual Developing Country Membership of International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), Vienna, Austria.
  10. From July 2010, Dr. P. Sankar Ganesh, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, has become the Technical Committee Member of the Collaborative Working Group on Solid Waste Management in Low- and Middle-income Countries, St. Gallen, Switzerland.

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