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Department of Biological Sciences

Where Evolution is a Norm
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About Us

Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences, BITS-Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa campus. The department presents learning by means of an interdisciplinary and multifaceted approach. Classroom based lectures, problem-based learning projects, basic hands-on experience for developing laboratory skills, seminars with scope for interactive knowledge sharing are offered here. Courses cover diverse topics of biology with roots in microorganisms, plants and animals with varied outlook through experimental and computational approaches. The teaching and research efforts here range from understanding basic to advanced biology.

The department offers the following programmes :
  • M.Sc. (Hons.) Biological Science.
  • M.E. (Biotechnology).
  • Doctoral Program (Ph.D.). 
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Research at the Department of Biological Sciences is multidisciplinary. The topics of exploration burgeon from plants, animals and microorganisms with perspectives from nano, micro and macro level. Efforts towards understanding biological objects and their working, has experimental and computational directions. Basic theories as well as application oriented concepts are being studied here.
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  • End sem DRC seminar series. Ongoing. You are welcome to attend.
  • Department dinner on 17th Nov. 2016. Don't miss this!!
Conferences / Workshops organised 
  • 3rd Annual Conference of Toxinological Society of India and 1st International Conference on "Biology of Natural Toxins", 19-21 December, 2013. Sponsored by DBT, DST, ICMR, GSTE, BITS, CSIR and UGC.
  • International Water Association’s international conference  on “Microbes in Wastewater & Waste Treatment, Bioremediation and Energy Production”, 24 – 27 January, 2011. Sponsored by DST and DSTE.
  • American Society for Microbiology sponsored International Workshop on "Bioremediation". in association with Prof. Max Haggblom, Rutgers University, USA, 4 – 16 January, 2010. Sponsored by American Society for Microbiology. 
  • "From RNA to Protein: A Comprehensive Workshop", 3 – 9 June, 2012. Sponsored by GSTE and BRNS.
  • National workshop on "Anaerobic Digestion and Renewable Energy through Microbes", 13 – 15 January, 2009. Sponsored by DAAD, DST and DSTE - Goa.
  • National workshop on "Executive Development Programme on Public Health and Ethics", 30th November – 1st December, 2008.
  • 63rd BRNS - IANCAS National Workshop on "Radiochemistry and Applications of Radioisotopes in Science - A Hands on Training programme", 20 – 28 January, 2007, organised by BRNS and BARC, Mumbai in collaboration with BITS-Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus.
  • Short course on Wastewater Treatment for public works department, Goa in collaboration with Dr. Michel Torrijos Laboratoire de Biotechnologie de l’Environnement, INRA, Narbonne, France, 11 - 13 October, 2011. Sponsored by PWD-Goa.
  • DST Young Scientist Expert Committee Meeting, 13-14 September, 2013.
  • DST-PAC Meeting, 21-22 November, 2013.
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Some Recent Events 1

9th Young Investigator's Meeting 2017: The biggest event in the community is here at Goa from March 6-10 2017, and BITS is proud to be the local organizing institute. Bringing together eminent researchers from India and abroad as mentors and speakers, as well as most funding agency heads and Institute directors, YIM 2017 promises to be one of the best YIMs to be held. To know more, click here https://indiabioscience.org/meetings/yim2017
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Some Recent Events 2

The workshop's theme is multi-modal cognition with an emphasis on the interaction between language and vision. More specifically, there is a central focus on how attentional and visual processes interact with spoken and written language processing. Why are attention and vision crucial to language comprehension? Prominent approaches to language-vision interactions have focused so far on whether language processing is like sensory processing (the 'embodied cognition approach') or whether cross-linguistic differences lead to permanent restructuring of cognition and perception (the 'linguistic relativity approach'). We know, however surprisingly little about the nature, representations, and mechanisms of every-day language-vision interactions such as when language guides our attention around the visual world. Core themes of the workshop are the (non)-intentionality of language-vision interactions, the nature of competition, selective processing, learning and development which suggest that the investigation of language-vision interactions by means of methods such as eye-tracking offers a window into the mechanisms of how high level representations involved in language and memory interact with visual input. The workshop seeks to encourage discussions which advance the field in important ways and lead to close collaborations between the participating researchers. It also discusses how research in this field can affect our understanding of consumer psychology and consumer neuroscience.

Visit the website at www.bits-goa.ac.in/attlis2017
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Some Recent events 3

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Poster Day

Poster Day held on 24th April 2018 by the Research Scholars in the Department of Biological Sciences.
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XLII All India Cell Biology Conference

XLII All India Cell Biology Conference
The Cell in Action: Trends in Cell and Molecular Biology
December 21-23, 2018
Conference registration will be open from July 1, 2018. All the details related to conference/registration will be shared in the website
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Workshop on Entrepreneurship

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Heer Joisher has been awarded the prestigious Khorana Scholarship 2018

Heer Joisher (ID NO 2014B1A30709) has been awarded the prestigious Khorana Scholarship 2018 sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, Indo-US Science and technology Forum (IUSSTF) and WINStep Forward.As a part of this program, Heer will be pursuing a two month summer research project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA. she will be working under the mentorship of Prof. Graham Walker at the Department of Biology, MIT on a project involving expressing antimicrobial peptides and peptides related to symbiosis from various sub cellular compartments of the cell.

Ram Chavan wins WARI fellowship

Ram Chavan wins WARI fellowship

Honey Jain has been awarded the prestigious Mitacs Globalink Research Internship 2018 sponsored by Government of Canada

Honey Jain (2014B1A30875G) has been awarded the prestigious Mitacs Globalink Research Internship 2018 sponsored by Government of Canada.The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship is a competitive initiative for students from 10 countries of Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Germany, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Ukraine. From May to October of each year, top-ranked applicants participate in a fully-funded 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.
As a part of this program, Honey will be pursuing a 12 week summer research project at the Université Laval, Quebec. She will be working under the mentorship of Prof. Christian Landry on a project based on computational biology involving protein interaction networks.

Nissim Gore-Datar has been awarded the prestigious Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech SURF 2018).

Nissim Gore-Datar (2014B1A40939G) has been awarded the prestigious Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech SURF 2018). 
Established in 1979, the annual SURF Program selects students from across the world though a competitive application process for a fully-funded 10-week research internship at Caltech. The program also includes seminars by faculty, student-faculty dinners, field trips and technical paper presentations by interns.
As part of this program, Nissim will work under the guidance of Prof. Michael Hoffmann from the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering at Caltech on a project titled 'Electro-Fenton Process for Decentralized Treatment of Municipal Wastewater', which aims to design and prototype on-site electrochemical reactors to treat wastewater for reuse.

Our students make us proud

Anant Yadav selected for Raman Charpak fellowship

Anant Yadav got selected for the Raman Charpak fellowship. He will be going to the lab of Florent Chazarenc,Department of Energy Systems and Environment, Ecole des Mines de Nantes.

News and Updates

DD Telecast of Wastewater Treatment Plant built by Prof. Srikanth Mutnuri - featured in Hunnarbaaz
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Contact Us

Queries may be addressed to:

Dr.Srikanth Mutnuri 
Head, Department of Biological Sciences
BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus
NH 17B, Bypass Road
Zuarinagar, Goa, India. 403 726
Email: hod.biology@goa.bits-pilani.ac.in
Telephone: 0832 2580305

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