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JNU School of Life Sciences - History
JNU School Life of Sciences - Eligibility
JNU School Life of Sciences - Courses

 i) Direct Admission to Ph.D. Programme

ii) M.Phil. / Ph.D. Life Sciences

Category-I : Candidates may appear in the written Entrance Test conducted by the Jawaharlal Nehru University. Based on the performance in written test, short-listed candidates have to appear for interview. Admission is offered to candidates based on their performance in written test and interview.

Category-II (NET Qualified candidates) : Candidates who have qualified for Junior Research Fellowship through CSIR/UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) examination are eligible to apply separately in the prescribed form under this category. Candidates shall have to appear for an interview and their selection will depend on their performance in the interview. Candidates who have appeared at the CSIR/UGC NET examination but results awaited may also apply under this category. However, such candidates will be eligible for being called for the interview provided they submit the CSIR/UGC JRF qualifying certificate within fourteen days of declaration of the results.

Course of Study : The M.Phil / Ph.D. programme at the School of Life Sciences consists of course work and a dissertation. For registration to Ph.D. programme, the pre-requisite is a minimum grade point average of 6.5 in the course work. In addition, the student has to submit a research proposal and defend it in a seminar. A student may opt for vacant seat in an area of research being actively pursued in the School from the list given below. In case a student does not secure 6.5 grade point average in the course work, or opts for M.Phil degree, one has to submit M.Phil. dissertation after one year of research work under an Advisor in a chosen area of research. Students who desire to obtain M.Phil degree may choose to do so at the end of the course work. The M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees are awarded on the basis of successful oral defence of the research work.

Areas of Research :

Molecular Cloning and Expression of Yeast and Fungal Genes; Characterization of Gene(s) Encoding      Seed Storage Protein(s).

Lipids in the Structure and Function of Yeast Membrane; Bioenergetics of Amino Acid Transport in      Yeast; Characterization of Transport ATPase and Multidrug Resistance Genes of a Pathogenic Yeast.

Molecular Cascade(s) in Transcriptional Activation of Stress-Inducible Plant Genes; Promoter Analysis      using Transgenic Plants; Down Regulation of Gene Expression by Antisense RNA; Plant      Retrotransposons and Plant Genomics.

Immunology of Tuberculosis. Natural and Adaptive Immune Responses in Lungs; Natural Killer cells.

Signal Transduction, Cell Surface Glycoconjugates, Genome of Entamoeba histolytica; Bioinformatics.

Molecular Biophysics; Conformational Analysis of Biomolecules; NMR Spectroscopy; Computer      Simulation and Modeling; Characterization of Neuropeptides and Phycobiliprotein.

Genetic Susceptibility to Human Diseases and Cancer and Studies in Human Genome.

Development of Expression and Delivery System for Targeted Ribozymes and Chimeric Peptide      Antigens.

Effects of Ionizing Radiation, Studies of Chemical Pathways in Radioprotection and Sensitization, Role      of Free Radicals in Chemical and Radiation Carcinogenesis.

Molecular Parasitology; Functional genomics of parasites: Leishmania and Plasmodium falciparum;      Cellular and Molecular Mechanism(s) of Diseases.

Plant Development Biology; in vitro Manipulation of Plants for Basic and Applied Research.

Brain/Neural Mechanism of Regulation and Function(s) of Sleep: Effects of Sleep Deprivation:      Behavioural, Cellular and Molecular Neurobiological Studies.

Chloroplast Biogenesis; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plant Pigments; Properties of       Photoexcitable Membranes; Protein Targeting into Chloroplasts, Photodynamic Herbicides, Root-      Shoot Interaction in Greening Process.

Eukaryotic Gene Expression; Transcriptional Control of Cardiac Development and Cardiac Diseases.

Mammalian Gene Expression: Chromatin Structure and Function; Analysis of Genes with Repeat       sequences; Cytokine Regulated Gene Expression.

Mechanisms of Transcription in Eukaryotes; Nutrient Control of Gene Regulation; Functional       Genomics of Fungi.

Biochemical and Electrophysiological ageing of brain and antiageing responses of natural       antioxidants.

Studying protein conformation and folding; protein-ligand and enzymes substrate interactions; protein       structure - function relationships using biophysical and spectroscopic techniques.

Stress Molecular Biology and Crop Biotechnology

Three Dimensional Protein Structure; Protein-protein interactions; Modulatory Functions of Calcium -       Binding Proteins.

Molecular basis of Host Microbe-interactions; Molecular epidemiology microbes in arsenicrich       environment.

Transcriptional regulation of P53 family; basic mechanism of transcription in Plasmodium falciparum.

Protein-DNA interaction in SW1/SNF proteins; Inhibition mediated by phosphorylated aminoglycosides       in Plasmodium falciparum

Structure function-relationship of biomolecules employing X-ray crystallography

Use of Proteomics and Genomics for vaccine development; biomaterial, drug and gene delivery using       nano particles, microbial degradation of Xenobiotics.

iii) M.Sc. Life Sciences

The programme is open to candidates with both biology and non-biology backgrounds. There are remedial courses for candidates coming from both biology as well as non-biology streams.

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