Department of Biological Science

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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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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. 

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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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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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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.

This week in Department

Biological Sciences Journal Club (BSJC) seminar

Day & Date: Wesnesday, 28 November
Venue: Bio Seminar Room No-3172 (NSB)  
Time: 5:00 PM onwards
Speaker1: Ms. Vidushi Asati:
Research Scholar, Department of Biological Sciences.
Topic: "Metabolic Characterization of Selected Legume Plants of Rajasthan with respect to Isoflavonoids/Flavonoids for Potential Medicinal Applications".
Speaker2: Ms. Monica M Jangir:
Research Scholar, Department of Biological Sciences.
Topic: ""Effect of alkaline pH on the osmolyte production in Arthrospira platensis NIES-39".

Latest News

  • Vikram Pareek have been awarded with the ICGEB grant (100 % registration fee and accommodation) and DBT travel grant to attend the conference entitled "6th Central European Symposium on Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance (CESAR-2018)" held in Croatia from 19th to 22nd September, 2018. Topic of poster was "Gene expression profiling of Escherichia coli K12 to unveil the silver resistance machinery". He also awarded with 1st Best poster presentation award by the American Society for Microbiology and conference organization.

  •  Prof Rajesh Mehrotra received best educationist award 2017 for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research.

  • Prof. Rajesh & Dr. Sandhya Mehrotra along with their team published a Paper in Biotechnology Advances 2017.

  • Dr. Sandhya Mehrotra has published a Paper in Nature Communications 2017.

  • Prof. Vishal Saxena has received "2017American Society of Microbiology (ASM) and Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF) Indo-UD Research Professorship" award. 

  • Prof. Vishal Saxena has received "Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Bilateral Exchange Programme 2017"award.

  • Dr. Sandhya Mehrotra has received "Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Bilateral Exchange Programme 2017"award.

  • Dr. Sandhya Mehrotra invited for lecture in 'International workshop to develop climate resilient cereals''November 3-5, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana 2016.

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International Conference on
Life Science Research & its Interface 
with Engineering and Allied Sciences
Date : November 1-3, 2018
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Message from the President of INDIA

President of INDIA has shared his warm blessings for the BITS Conference on Gene and Genome Regulation (BCGGR) during February 18-20, 2016.

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.

An institution deemed to be a University estd. vide Sec.3 of the UGC Act,1956 under notification # F.12-23/63.U-2 of Jun 18,1964

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