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Overview

The main objective of the programme is to generate interest in the pursuit of specific research goals in Biotechnology and the development of expansive knowledge leading to a Ph.D degree in a value based environment.

The research focus at the School of Biotechnology spans a wide spectrum of areas including Cell Biology, Cancer Biology, Wound Healing, Computational Neuroscience, Proteomics, Microbiology, Neurophysiology, Phytochemistry, Analytical Chemistry & Venomics.

FULLY FUNDED SCHOLARSHIPS

Types of Scholarships include:

  • Government of India and Industry sponsored scholarships
  • Amrita scholarships.

About

The Research focus at the School of Biotechnology reflects the primary goals of research at Amrita which are:
• Compassion Driven Research
• Global Impact
• Education for Life
The main objective of the programme is to generate interest in the pursuit of research with societal impact in the arena of Biotechnology and the development of expansive knowledge leading to a Ph.D degree in a value based environment.
The exciting thematic areas of research at the School of Biotechnology include Stem Cell & Regenerative Biology, Developmental Biology, Systems Genomics, Antimicrobial Resistance, Proteomics and Biomarker Discovery, Cancer Biology, Glycobiology, Natural product Lead Discovery, Bioinformatics (Applications of ML and AI, NLP), Sanitation Biotechnology, Bioconjugate Chemistry, Biomolecular Chemistry and Venomics.
Disciplined and serene campus environment, offering an excellent ambience for learning and overall growth.

Admission
 

Doctoral programs at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham are designed to develop outstanding educational researchers with a wide range of research skills as well as in-depth knowledge and practical understanding and expertise in their chosen field of educational research.

Eligibility

Admission

ELIGIBILITY

Full Time: Master’s Degree in Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Chemistry or any branch of Biological Sciences with at least 60% marks. Those candidates who qualified CSIR/UGC JRF or GATE can directly appear for the interview while others should appear for a written test which will be conducted in the last week of June and December every year. Such candidates will be called for the interview based on their performance in the written test and their qualifying examination.

Part Time: Every year a few seats are kept for promising facultiy members of Amrita Institutions and various other universities for the Ph.D. programme. These candidates have to appear for a written test and interview and based on the merit list, such candidates will be offered an admission for Ph.D. programme.

Important Note

Last Date for PhD Admissions: September 30, 2022

Entrance Examination Syllabus

Overview

Facilities & Infrastructure

Research Labs at School of Biotechnology include:

  • Proteomics and Biomarker Discovery
  • Stem Cell and Cardiac Regenerative Biology Lab
  • Systems Genomics
  • Antimicrobial Resistance Lab
  • Developmental Biology Lab
  • Cancer Biology
  • Sanitation Biotechnology
  • Phytochemistry
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • Biomolecular Chemistry
  • Bioinformatics and Machine Learning Lab
  • Mammalian Tissue Culture Facility
  • Common Instrumentation Lab

All the labs are well-equipped laboratories with advanced instrumentation for carrying out State-of the-art research

Research Areas under the program
  • Stem Cell & Regenerative Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Systems Genomics
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Proteomics and Biomarker Discovery
  • Cancer Biology
  • Glycobiology
  • Natural product Lead Discovery
  • Bioinformatics (Applications of ML and AI, NLP)
  • Sanitation Biotechnology
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • Biomolecular Chemistry
  • Venomics
Achievements
Funded Projects

Sl. No.

Project Title

PI Name

Funding Agency

Year

1 Targeting Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Multidrug Resistant (MDR) ESKAPE Pathogens Dr. Geetha Kumar, Dr. Bipin Nair Tata Institute of Genetics and Society 2018-2022
2 Innate Immune Regulation of Cardiac Regeneration Dr. Indulekha Pillai DBT 2017-2022
3 Modulating macrophage phenotype to inhibit and reverse cardiac muscle calcification Dr. Indulekha Pillai DST-SERB 2020-2023
3 Dissecting Vitamin K Pathways in Humans using Next Generation Sequencing Dr. Prashanth Suravajhala DST – SERB 2020 – 2023
3 Investigating role of ER-phagy inhibition in inducing paraptosis in triple-negative breast cancer Dr. Nandita Mishra ICMR 2022 – 2025
3 Therapeutic targeting of autophagy in hypertrophied myocardium: potential effects of compounds from Desmodium gangeticum Dr. Vandana Sankar DST-SERB 2022 – 2025

 

Faculty Achievements

Sl. No.

Name

Achievements

1 Dr. Bipin Nair Adjunct Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson,USA
2 Dr. Indulekha Pillai Ramalingaswamy Fellowship, Department of Biotechnology
3 Dr. Muralidharan V ICMR-DHR Young Scientists Fellowship

Faculty

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Dr. Bipin Nair

Dean

Research Area : Natural Product Lead Discovery, Antimicrobial Resistance, Biomedical Devices and Diagnostics

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Dr. Geetha Kumar

Professor

Research Area : Antimicrobial Resistance, Natural Product Lead Discovery, Cancer Biology

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Dr. Sudarslal S.

Professor

Research Area : Proteomics and Biomarker Discovery

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Dr. Sobha V. Nair

Associate Professor

Research Area : Bioconjugate Chemistry

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Dr. Sanjay Pal

Associate Professor

Research Area : Sanitation Biotechnology

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Dr. Nandita Mishra

Associate Professor

Research Area : Cancer Biology, Natural Product Lead Discovery, Sanitation Biotechnology

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Dr. Nidheesh M.

Associate Professor

Research Area :  Bioinformatics

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Ajith M.

Associate Professor

Research Area : Sanitation Biotechnology

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Dr. Prashanth N. Suravajhala

Principal Scientist

Research Area : Systems Genomics, Cancer Biology, Bioinformatics

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Dr. Jayashree G.

Assistant Professor

Research Area : Glycobiology, Biomolecular Chemistry, Natural Product Lead Discovery

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Dr. Dalia Vishnudasan

Assistant Professor

Research Area : Plant Biotechnology

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Dr. Indulekha C. L. Pillai

Assistant Professor

Research Area : Stem Cell & Regenerative Biology, Systems Genomics, Developmental Biology

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Dr. Jayalekshmi H

Assistant Professor

Research Area : Antimicrobial Resistance

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Dr. Asha Vijayan

Assistant Professor

Research Area : Bioinformatics, Computational Neuroscience

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Dr. Rajaguru Aradhya

Assistant Professor

Research Area : Developmental Biology, Stem Cell & Regenerative Biology

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Dr. Parvathy Venugopal

Assistant Professor

Research Area : Developmental Biology, Stem Cell & Regenerative Biology

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Dr. Sindhu Shetty K.

Assistant Professor

Research Area : Sanitation Biotechnology

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Dr. Chinchu Bose

Assistant Professor

Research Area : Natural Product Lead Discovery, Phytochemistry

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Dr. Arya Aloor

Senior Research Scientist

Research Area : Glycobiology, Antimicrobial Resistance, Proteomics and Biomarker Discovery

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Dr. Muralidharan V

Research Scientist

Research Area : Proteomics and Biomarker Discovery, Natural Product Lead Discovery, Venomics

Ph.D. in Lifesciences
Dr. Vandana Sankar

Research Scientist

Research Area : Natural Product Lead Discovery, Cardiovascular Disease Biology

Collaborations

Facilities at a glance

  • Central Library
  • Hostel Accomodation
  • Sports Facilites
  • Banking Facilities
  • Transport
  • Medical Services
  • Canteen
  • General Store
  • CISCO
  • ICTS
  • Reprographic Facility
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Testimonials

Dr. Anupama Binoy
Phd-2014-2020
DBT Post-Doctoral Research Associate Indian Institute of Technology, Palakkad

Amrita School of Biotechnology (ASBT) is a place where I first started my professional career. I would say, the environment and enthusiasm here at ASBT motivated me to pursue a career in research and finally, I achieved what I never even thought of – A doctorate and that too with flying colours. All the faculty members here at ASBT are sincerely and genuinely concerned about the welfare of each student and they try their best to uplift them by constantly motivating and also loving them as their family members. The extraordinary capabilities of the faculty members and the curriculum at ASBT helps a lot in molding the career of the student. I am extremely thankful to my mentor as well as the all the faculty members at ASBT for their valuable guidance and motivation.

Dr. Divya Nair
I-PDF Proteomics lab Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT-Bombay

When I stepped into the Amrita School of Biotechnology (ASBT) long back in 2010, I never thought that it would be a turning point in my life, a key to open the door to the miracles awaiting me. The School became my second home and each member of the ASBT family has been so close to my heart. From the very first day of joining the Master’s program, all the way to completion of my doctoral study, the immense support from each and every faculty member is beyond words. I wonder if there are any other Institutes with such wonderful mentors. The curriculum here at ASBT is designed such that in addition to learning the subject matter, you learn to think outside the box and consider the numerous possibilities open to you in the scientific field. I would say that the ten years that I spent at ASBT have molded, nurtured, encouraged and shaped me into what I am today and I am so proud to be a part of ASBT family.

Divya Nedungadi
Visiting Scholar Department of Pathology, College of Medicine The Ohio State University, United States of America

The doctoral program at Amrita School of Biotechnology (ASBT) prepared me for a career in research. All the faculty members at ASBT are very encouraging and supportive. I still share a very close bond with many of the faculties I worked with. The infrastructure, seminars and the thought provoking scientific sessions make ASBT an ideal place to indulge in research and learn more about science. The mentorship and training that I obtained, equipped me for the position that I am currently in. Personally, I feel I am extremely lucky to have been a part of the Amrita family.

Dr. Krishna Chaitanya, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate. University of Calgary

“The PhD program at Amrita School of Biotechnology has been life-changing. The commitment of faculty, openness of laboratory heads and research interests unified by strong expertise has been unique. Thanks to international collaborations, i could move into a position in Italy soon after and my PhD days. I fondly associate to the inter-disciplinary research at the computational neuroscience laboratory there. My advisor prepared me for a successful career challenging me with world class problems and by constantly pushing me. At Amrita, I found a more supportive environment with an international outlook.”

Sanu K. Shaji
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Global Talent Research Fellow), Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom, NR4 7TJ

Doctoral programs at ASBT provide a diverse, inclusive, and research-intensive learning environment. When I look back, it is amazing to see how much I changed during the past eight years of my doctoral studies in ASBT. Before the starting of my doctoral studies, I had no idea about independent academic research. My views towards the research were re-shaped by the training I got in ASBT. I also benefited from a great cohort of supportive and bright colleagues who made the journey even more rewarding. My research was benefited immensely by the guidance of Dr. Bipin Nair who supported my interest in this field and encouraged me to develop my critical perspective. I am very thankful for the encouragement and support of faculty and staff members of ASBT.

Dr. Harilal Parasuram
Assistant Professor, Amrita Advanced Centre for Epilepsy (AACE), Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences- Kochi

I did Masters in Bioinformatics from the School of Biotechnology during the year 2008-2010 and earned a Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience in 2017. During my Ph.D. I studied neuronal excitability in the granular layer ensembles of the cerebellum by modeling local field potential (LFP) under the supervision of Dr. Shyam Diwakar. The years I spent at the campus were marvelous. Like other campuses of Amrita University, the amritapuri campus also has a well-structured engineering college. That helped us learning engineering methods (courses) to solve our research objectives. The state of the art research labs and facility provided in the school of biotechnology enabled me to perform advanced analysis in my research and publish our work in high impact international journals. My current research interest/study is on localizing the epileptogenic zone in the brain of epilepsy patients. The basic concepts in neuroscience and mathematical modeling I learned during my Ph.D. helped a lot here. I thank Amma for giving me an opportunity to do my studies in the university.

Dr. N. Pandurangan
Institute post-doctoral fellow

“My time in the PhD program at the Amrita School of Biotechnology was about immense experience and commitment. The well-structured program combined with continued and priceless support from my advisors and School’s Dean made my PhD journey successful and memorable. It also helped me discover my passion for academic research and transform into an independent researcher. I strongly recommend Amrita School of Biotechnology to future PhD students.”

Why Amrita

The top reasons to choose Amrita for your career

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World University Rankings 2019

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BRICS Rankings 2020

801–1000th

World University Rankings 2019

168th

BRICS University Rankings 2020

5th

India University Rankings 2022

16th

Overall Rankings 2022
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University in India
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