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An Autonomous Institution, Ministry of Education, Govt. of India

Our research focuses on frontier areas in Biological Sciences. We aim for research that seamlessly integrates physics, chemistry, mathematics and computational sciences to answer key biological questions. Research in Biology at IISER currently encompasses both theoretical and experimental approaches to the broad areas of Systems Biology, Ecology and Population Dynamics, Evolutionary-Developmental Biology, Cancer Biology, Neurobiology, Epigenetics and Gene-Environment interactions.

IISER Pune is actively recruiting more faculty for its Biology program and would like to strengthen both core areas in Biology as well as multidisciplinary research areas.  

For enquiries about faculty positions write to Dr. Saikrishnan Kayarat (saikrishnan at iiserpune.ac.in).

Prospective PhD students are encouraged to send their queries to biophdselection@iiserpune.ac.in. Detailed eligibility criteria and timetable of admission process would be posted here. Please note that students interested in pursuing research in Ecology and Evolution should have cleared GATE (Ecology and Evolution) and those wanting to pursue PhD in other areas of Biology should have cleared the JGEEBILS.

                  Centres of Excellence                  Academic Advisors                  Faculty Positions

Faculty Members
Name Designation Research
Nixon M. Abraham Assistant Professor Neural circuits and behaviour; Olfaction
Collins Assisi Assistant Professor Information processing by neuronal networks
Chaitanya Athale Associate Professor Self-organization and cell morphogenesis
Ramana Athreya Associate Professor Active galaxies, galaxy cluster radio sources, high redshift Universe, imaging techniques; Biodiversity research & conservation
Nagaraj Balasubramanian Associate Professor Cell Biology: cell adhesion, trafficking, cell migration and growth
Anjan Banerjee Professor and Dean (Research and Development) Plant developmental biology, Micro RNA (miRNA) and gene regulation, Long distance signalling and plant-pathogen interaction
Deepak Barua Associate Professor Plant physiology, physiological ecology and evolutionary ecology
Sutirth Dey Professor Population dynamics, life-history evolution, simulations, Drosophila melanogaster
Sanjeev Galande Professor (currently on lien to Shiv Nadar University) Epigenetics, Chromatin biology, Regulation of gene expression, Nuclear organization and function
Aurnab Ghose Associate Professor Neurobiology
Pranay Goel Associate Professor Mathematical biology: physiology and type 2 diabetes. Data science and predictive modeling for healthcare and precision (personalized) medicine
Rajesh Gokhale Professor
Siddhesh S Kamat Associate Professor Chemical Biology, Metabolomics, Chemoproteomics, Lipid Metabolism, Protein Biochemistry
Krishanpal Karmodiya Assistant Professor Epigenetics and Transcriptional Control in Plasmodium
Saikrishnan Kayarat Professor and Dean (Student and Campus Activities) Structural biology
Mayurika Lahiri Associate Professor DNA damage and cell cycle, 3D studies of breast cancer progression
M. S. Madhusudhan Associate Professor Bioinformatics and Structure
Nishad Matange Assistant Professor Evolution and Genetics of Antimicrobial Resistance in Bacteria
Suhita Nadkarni Associate Professor Biophysical models of synaptic plasticity in health and disease
Mridula Nambiar Assistant Professor Meiotic recombination and chromosomal segregation in yeast and mammals
Gayathri Pananghat Associate Professor Structural Biology of Cytoskeletal Systems
Sagar Pandit Assistant Professor Chemical and molecular ecology of multitrophic interactions involving plant, herbivore and its natural enemies
Kalika Prasad Associate Professor Stem cell, regeneration and patterning in plants
Thomas Pucadyil Professor and Chair, Biology; and Rahul Bajaj Chair Professor Membrane Biochemistry and Biophysics, Vesicular Transport
Sunish Kumar Radhakrishnan Associate Professor Cell Cycle Control and Differentiation in Bacteria, Antimicrobial Resistance
Sudha Rajamani Associate Professor and Deputy Chair, Biology Origins of life
Raghav Rajan Assistant Professor Neural mechanisms underlying movement initiation in songbirds
Girish Ratnaparkhi Associate Professor Gene regulation, innate immunity, embryonic development, drosophilia
Richa Rikhy Associate Professor Cell Biology of development and differentiation: Membrane trafficking and polarity
Kundan Sengupta Associate Professor Chromosome biology in development and disease
L. S. Shashidhara Professor (currently on lien to Ashoka University) Evolution of appendage forms, functional genomics, drug discovery
Jayant B. Udgaonkar Professor and Director Study of protein folding, unfolding and aggregation using tools of protein engineering and physical biochemistry.
Visiting Faculty
Vineeta Bal Visiting Faculty Research focus: T cell biology
Neelesh Dahanukar Visiting Faculty Molecular phylogeny, Phylogeography, Systematics, Molecular epidemiology of wildlife diseases, Conservation biology, Evolutionary game theory
V. S. Rao Visiting Faculty Plant biology, plant genetics, breeding
Satyajit Rath Visiting Faculty Immunology: generation and activation of T, B and antigen-presenting cells (APCs) of myeloid lineage
Anand Krishnan DST-INSPIRE Faculty Fellow Interdisciplinary studies of bird sensory signals
Independent Scientist
Keerthi Harikrishnan WOS-A DST Scientist