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ADMISSION TO Ph.D. PROGRAMME AT INSTITUTE OF LIFE SCIENCES, Bhubaneswar

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Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) was established in the year 1989 as an autonomous institute under the administrative control of Govt. of Odisha. In 2002, it was taken over by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. The Prime Minister of India Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee dedicated the institute to the nation in July 2003.  Institute of Life Sciences has a broad vision of carrying out high-quality multidisciplinary research in the area of life sciences.

Institute of Life Sciences (ILS), Bhubaneswar, an autonomous Institute of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India engaged in advanced research invites applications from Indian nationals for Ph.D. programs.

The name of the faculties who are interested in taking students through regular Ph.D. program of ILS are listed below with their research interest/project.

Category I (Life Sciences)

Name of the Faculty & Area of Interest
Dr. Anshuman Dixit : Understanding protein-protein interactions and their modulation in cancer
Dr. Santosh Chauhan : Cell biology of cancer and infectious diseases
Dr. Arun Nagaraj : Plasmodium Biology & Vector-Parasite Interactions
Dr. Gulam Hussain Syed : Molecular Mechanisms underlying Dengue disease pathogenesis
Dr. P.V. Ramchander : Identification and characterization of genes/mutations in human genetic disorders (Human/Medical Genetics)
Dr. Tushar Kant Beuria : Understanding bacterial cell division and target it for development of novel antibacterial agents
Dr. Shantibhusan Senapati : Immunomodulators for cancer therapy
Dr. Rupesh Dash : Understanding the molecular mechanism of therapy resistance in Oral Cancer
Dr. Soumen Chakraborty : Role of RNA binding proteins and transcription factors in leukemia
Dr. Rajeeb Swain : Understanding the development and function of kidney using zebrafish as a model
Dr. Sandip K. Mishra : Defining the network of Estrogen related receptor (ERR) beta in Tamoxifen sensitive and Tamoxifen resistant Breast Cancer
Dr. N Dey : Shuffling of endogenous promoter sequences using CRISPR-Cas9
Dr. Narottam Acharya : Screening of genetically modified Candida albicans strains for antifungal vaccine development
Dr. Amol Suryawanshi : Clinical proteomics for understanding diseases and biology

Essential Qualification:
1. Candidates should have passed their M.Sc./ M.Tech./ M.Pharm./ M.V.Sc. or equivalent qualification in life sciences and allied subjects (Biochemistry/ Biotechnology/ Bioinformatics/ Biophysics/ Chemistry/ Microbiology, etc.) with minimum of 60% marks (or equivalent grade point). Candidates awaiting final results may also apply, however, if shortlisted, they have to produce their final mark sheet on the date of the interview, failing which they will not be interviewed.
2. Candidates should have also qualified in CSIR/UGC-JRF or DBT-JRF or UGC-RGNF or ICMR-JRF or DST-INSPIRE or GATE or GPAT. If the original certificate is not available, the candidate has to provide a photocopy of the original admit card and the particular result page highlighting their roll number, along with the application. Candidates having valid fellowship will be preferred.
3. The candidate should be below 28 years in age, as on 31st December, 2020. An age relaxation of five years in the case of SC/ST/women/PH candidates and three years in the case of OBC candidates will be given (as per Govt. of India rules).

Category II (Bioinformatics)
Name of the Faculty & Area of Interest
Dr. Anshuman Dixit : Identification of RNA signatures for early diagnosis of oral cancer using OMICS based
approaches
Dr. Amaresh Ch. Panda : Exploring coding circular RNAs: from waste to treasure

Essential Qualification:
1. Candidates should have passed their M.Sc. / M.Tech. / M.Pharm. / M.V.Sc. or equivalent qualification with minimum of 60% marks (or equivalent grade point). Candidates awaiting final results may also apply. However, if shortlisted, they have to produce their final mark sheet on the date of the interview, failing which they will not be interviewed.
2. Candidates should have also qualified in CSIR/UGC-JRF/CSIR/UGC- lectureship/UGC-RGNF/ICMR-JRF/DBTJRF/ GATE/GPAT/ICAR-NET or equivalent national examination. If the original certificate is not available, the candidate has to provide a photocopy of the original admit card and the particular result page highlighting their roll number, along with the application. Candidates with knowledge of programming such as Perl, Python, R, etc. or prior bioinformatics work experience and/or high-throughput sequencing data analysis experience would be preferred. Candidates should submit one page write up explaining their bioinformatics research experience.
3. The candidate should be below 28 years in age, as on 31st December, 2020. An age relaxation of five years in the case of SC/ST/women/PH candidates and three years in the case of OBC candidates will be given (as per Govt. of India rules).

Application Fees: Applicants except SC/ST/ physically handicapped are required to pay a non-refundable amount of Rs. 500/-. The bank details: Beneficiary name: Director, Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Account No: 450502010006285, Bank: Union Bank of India, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar; IFS Code: UBIN0545058

Fellowship : The fellowship and other emoluments will be as per the guidelines of the funding agencies - SERB/DST/DBT/CSIR/ICMR and as revised from time to time. To and fro bus/rail fare by the shortest route limited to sleeper class will be paid to all the candidates appearing for the interview.

Interested and eligible candidates may fill-up the prescribed application form as available in ILS website (ils.res.in). Duly filled-up application form along with self-attested scanned copies of all relevant certificates and copy of proof of payment should be send to the academic@ils.res.in as one pdf document on or before 31.12.2020 (05.00 PM). There should be one attachment per applicant. Applications received after the last date will not be accepted. The application should be sent with the subject “Application for Ph.D. Program” stating category I or II for which applicant is applying for.

Application to ILS-Ph.D. program does not automatically guarantee that a candidate will be shortlisted for interview. Director, ILS reserves the right to withdraw the procedure without assigning any reasons thereof.

Important dates:
Last date of receiving applications : 31st December, 2020.
• Date of display of short-listed candidates and instructions in the Institute website: 10th January, 2021.
Tentative date of interview : 2nd week of February, 2021. The final date of interview will be confirmed when the list of short-listed candidates is displayed in ILS website.

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