Department of Biological Sciences

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Matching with the Institute philosophy of integrated approach to the modern areas of science and technology, the Department of Biological Sciences at the BITS Pilani was formed by merging the existing Botany and Zoology Department in the year 1969. Since then the Department is engaged in providing the quality education to the selected students and contributing to the field of modern biology by the adequate research input. Drawing manpower from Biology, Pharmacy, Chemistry and Computer Science Departments, the institute created Centre for Biotechnology. The centre was formally launched in the year 1999 with the active fund support and technical expertise from Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Currently the Department is offering M.Sc.(Hons) Biological Sciences, M.E.(Biotech) and Ph.D Programmes.

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Vision & Mission

The Department is committed to achieving high standards in both research and teaching, and to become a sought-after destination for highly motivated students and faculty. The Department aspires to lead in the areas of diagnostics and preventives, infectious and non-infectious human diseases, and sustainable agriculture and environment.
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Faculty & Staff

Our faculty have extensive experience in industry, research as well as teaching. Our strength is a reflection of their skills, innovation and drive.
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We offer a number of courses ranging from introduction to Bioinformatics to Genetic engineering. The course details and handouts can be accessed here.
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The department is capable of undertaking contract research projects sponsored by a company, commercial organization or institution with a predefined work scope and schedule. We will act as an extension of the sponsoring company's scientific and engineering expertise, allowing it to leverage resources. We also can work closely with companies to define project goals and tailor the project to meet specific needs. Results will be strictly proprietary to the sponsor, and customer satisfaction quality checks will be conducted immediately following completion of all contract research projects. 


ranked in
Times Higher Education (THE)World University Subject Rankings 2022.
Subject: Life Sciences
WUR: 251-300
Among Indian Institutes: 2nd

Invited talk

Alumni Lecture Series at Department of Biological Sciences (ALSDBS)- Talk-3
Title of Talk: ‘How does information transfer occur inside cells: Multifaceted roles of the ubiquitin system’
Speaker        : Dr. Yogesh Kulathu
Affiliation    : MRC PPU, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee
Venue           :  6106
Date &Time : 21 December 2022 12:15 PM
Brief Background of the speaker: Yogesh graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 2000 from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, India, followed by a Master's degree in Biotechnology (M.E. Biotechnology). He then went on to do a Ph.D. in Immunology at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and the University of Freiburg in Germany, where he worked on B cell antigen receptor signalling and protein tyrosine kinase regulation. To apply structural biology methods to study cell signalling, Yogesh moved to Cambridge in 2009 to do his postdoctoral training at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, funded by a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship and an European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Long term fellowship. In 2013, Yogesh relocated to the MRC PPU to establish his research program, focussing on ubiquitin signalling mechanisms. In 2015 Yogesh received a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (€1.5 million) and was selected as a member of the EMBO Young Investigator Programme. He is also a recipient of the Lister Research Prize from the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine. In 2021 he received a highly sought-after ERC Consolidator Grant (€2.5 million).

This week in Department

Department of Biological Sciences Research Forum: 
Presenter: Mr. Farhanur Rahman
Title of the Presentation: Comprehensive mining and characterization of anther-specific genes and promoters in sorghum
Date: 19.11.2022
Time: 11.30 am 
Classroom for presentation: 6101

Latest News

    Saumya Arora, Ph.D. research scholar received Third-Best Poster Award for the poster titled “Amelioration of Drought Stress Tolerance by PGPR Enterobacter sp. WRS7 in wheat plant’ presented in an International Virtual Conference on “Recent Trends and Innovations in Microbiology” organized by Department of Microbiology, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India on 15th July 2021.

MOU Signed with National Institute of Health, USA

BITS, Pilani has signed a MOU with National Institute of Health, USA for research collaboration in the area of epigenetics and human health. The collaboration is aimed at students and faculty exchange programme for completing doctoral thesis work.

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