Ph.D. in Biochemistry

Programme Overview

The Department of Biosciences and Technology offers research-intensive PhD programmes designed to help postgraduate students develop research skills and prepare for careers in academia or research.

The scholars, researchers and guides at the Department are engaged in research in diverse research areas of fundamental & applied biology like molecular microbiology, genomics, Bioinformatics, Cell biology, Plant biotechnology, Proteomics, Nanobiotechnology, Biosensors, Biomimetics, Complexity Biology, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Metabolomics, Biofertilizers, Biocontrol and Integrated Nutrient Management.

The Department also focuses on advanced interdisciplinary translational research in the areas of Point-of-Care biosensors, diagnostic tools, multiplexed detection methodology, Lab-on-Chip devices, nutraceuticals and bio-actives production.

Highly equipped research laboratories at the Department includes

The Department of Biosciences and Technology, MIT-WPU welcomes dedicated and motivated students passionate about science and technology to pursue promising research prospects.

Scholarship DetailsScholarship Details

Minimum 3 Years

Applications Open for Ph.D. Autumn Semester | Last Day to Apply - 31st May 2024
Programme Name

Ph.D. in Biochemistry

I. Eligibility Criterion for admission to the Ph.D. Programme

The following candidates are eligible to seek admission to the Ph.D. programme

Candidates who have completed:

i) A 1-year/2-semester master’s degree programme after a 4-year/8-semester bachelor’s degree programme or a 2-year/4-semester master’s degree programme after a 3-year bachelor’s degree programme or qualifications declared equivalent to the master’s degree by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed or equivalent qualification from a foreign educational institutions accredited by an assessment and accreditation agency which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country to assess, accredit or assure quality and standards of the educational institutions.

A relaxation of 5% marks or its equivalent grade may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/differently-abled, Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and other categories of candidates as per the decision of the commission from time to time.

Provided that a candidate seeking admission after a 4-year/8-semester bachelor’s degree programme should have a minimum of 75% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade on a point scale wherever the grading system is followed. A relaxation of 5% marks or its equivalent grade may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Differently-abled, Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and other categories of candidates as per the decision of commission from time to time.

ii) Candidates who have completed the M. Phil programme with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade in a point scale. A relaxation of 5% marks or its equivalent grade may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Differently abled, Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and other categories of candidates as per the decision of commission from time to time.

Reservation is applicable only to Maharashtra domicile candidates provided they submit the necessary documents for reservation before interview. Outside Maharashtra candidates will be considered in open category.

II. Selection Process for the admission to the Ph.D. program

1. Candidates satisfying eligibility criterion shall be called to appear for the Ph.D. entrance test conducted by MITWPU.
The exemption will be given from Ph.D. entrance test for those students who qualify UGC-NET /UGC-CSIR NET /GATE (valid score)/CEED/GPAT (valid score)and similar national tests.

2. PhD entrance test shall be qualifying with qualifying marks as 50% provided that relaxation from 50% to 45% shall be allowed for the candidates belongs to SC/ST/OBC (Non creamy layer)/Differently abled category, Economically Weaker section (EWS) and other category of candidates. The syllabus of entrance test shall consist of 50% of research methodology and 50% shall be subject specific.

3. The interview/viva-voce will be conducted by the university for test qualifying candidates. For selection of candidates a weightage of 70% to the entrance test and 30% to the performance in the interview/Viva-voce shall be given. For GATE/NET/JRF /SET/GPAT/CEED qualified students, the selection will be based on Interview/Viva Voce

4. The recommended candidates will be intimated through email about their selection and the candidates will be offered Ph.D. provisional admission.

5. The eligibility of a candidate is provisional as per information provided by the candidate in his/her application form and is subject to verification of minimum eligibility conditions for admission to the program, educational documents and reservation documents (if any).

6. University keep rights to cancel admission of the Ph.D. scholars in the case of misconduct by the scholar, unsatisfactory progress/absent for consecutive two progress seminars, failure in any examination related to Ph.D., fabrication found in educational and reservation documents, candidate is found ineligible, involved in plagiarism in paper publications and thesis.

7. Provisional eligibility to appear in the selection process is no guarantee for admission to the program.

8. Candidates who will join PhD program full time, they will be provided with the stipend as per MITWPU norms.

9. PhD admission will be confirmed after successful completion of the course work with 55% or more as per UGC norms. Ph.D. programme should be minimum of three years including course work and maximum of six years from the date of admission to the Ph.D. programme.

10. A maximum of an additional two years (2) years can be given through the process of re-registration provided, however, that the total period for completion of a Ph.D. programme should not exceed eight (8) years from the date of admission in the Ph.D. programme.

11. Provided further that, female Ph.D. scholars and persons with Disabilities (having more than 40% disability) may be allowed an additional relaxation of two years(2) ; however the total period for completion of a Ph.D. program in such cases should not exceed ten (10) years from the date of admission of the programme.

12. Female candidates may be provided Maternity Leave/Child Care Leave for up to 240 days in the entire duration of Ph.D. programme.

Research Supervisors
Sr. No. Name of the Research Supervis or Research areas of the Supervisor Specific research areas offered at DoBT Email address of the Supervisor Scopus ID , Researchers ID, Personal website link and Vidwan profile link of the Supervisor
1 Dr. Anup Kale Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology Nanobiotechnology, Biomaterials and biomimetic, Biosensors, Point-of-Care and Diagnostics, Nutraceuticals anup.kale@mitwpu.
2 Dr. Shilpa Chapadga onkar Biotechnology , Biochemistry, Microbiology Tissue engineering and disease models, Biopharmaceutical production and purification, Enzyme Technology
3 Dr. Manasi Mishra Biotechnology , Biochemistry Plant defense proteins and peptides, Plant bioactive molecules, Protein engineering, Botanical therapeutics manasi.mishra@mit
4 Dr.
, Biochemistry
Plant specialized
Biosynthesis and
Regulation for
production of value-
added products through
conventional and
5 Dr. Rehan Deshmukh Microbiology,
, Biochemistry
Electrochemical and
optical biosensor
development for
detection of bacteria and
viruses, Nanomaterials
synthesis; Real-time
PCR-based sensing of
6 Dr.
Biotechnology Stem cell biology, Bone
and Cartilage biology,
Regenerative medicine,
Tissue Engineering,
Biomaterial Scaffolds,
7 Dr.
Biotechnology Cancer cell biology, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, functional

8 Dr. Shikha Gaikwad Microbiology, Biotechnology

Bioprocessing of Bacterial metabolites (Biosurfactants, Melanin, Beta glucans) and its applications,

Biostimulants, and Biopesticides,

Plant and Microbial Interactions,

Integrated approaches for Disinfecting Water
9 Dr. Tejaswini Pachpor


Bioprocess Technology, Biosynthesis of value-added products e.g Bioethanol, Secondary metabolites using native yeasts.
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