Doctor of Philosophy or a Ph.D. in Life Sciences is a 3–5-year duration full-time degree. The course is focused on the study of living organisms including Biology, Evolution, Ecology and Neuroscience. Life Sciences is about the study of living organisms at all possible levels. Candidates who wish to pursue their doctorate in Life Sciences are required to study living organisms and microorganisms at the molecular and physiological levels.
The department of Life Sciences at GIET University has the vision to nurture science, knowledge and innovation among candidates, researchers and faculty. The department wishes to enhance human and environmental health through rigorous research and teaching. This will promote scientific education that will encourage the spirit of enquiry, multidisciplinary research, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Candidates who wish to enrol for a Ph.D. in Life Sciences at GIET University need to pass their M.Sc./MTech/Pharma or equivalent degree in Life Science or allied subjects. These subjects include Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Chemistry, Microbiology etc. A minimum of 55 per cent or a CGPA score of 5.5 on a ten-point scale is the minimum requirements.
Candidates who have cleared CSIR/UGC/JRF or GATE will be favoured and can sit directly for the viva.
Candidates during their Ph.D. will be exposed to several theories and skills required for pursuing a doctorate in Life Sciences. The department of Life Sciences at GIET University has a state-of-the-art laboratory where exercises and projects are carried out in agreement to industrial standards. The department also carries out several industrial visits, internships, interactions with experts on live industrial projects and so on.
The areas of research in Life Sciences include:
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
Genome replication and maintenance, RNA splicing, protein synthesis and folding, protein sorting, enzymology, metabolism, molecular modelling, drug design.
Cell division, cytoskeleton, cell motility, cell shape changes, protein sorting and trafficking, cell wall and cell membrane biogenesis, nutrients and growth control.
Gene expression and regulation, molecular evolution, network and systems biology, cell and tissue form and function, disease gene mapping, quantitative and analytical modelling.
Gene editing, hereditary, evolution, horizontal gene transfer, meiosis, recombination, DNA repair and replication, chromosome segregation, cell division, pathogenesis.
Developmental disorders, neuromuscular diseases, disease genes, genetic pathways of diseases, disease models, genomics, gene function, pathology relationship.
Immunotherapy, host-microbe and host-pathogen interactions, innate immunity, immune signalling
Horizontal gene transfer, microbial life cycle, biological niches, microbial development, chromosome structure, cell-cell signalling.
Synapse formation, maintenance and pruning, learning and memory, neuronal cell fate and diversity, diseases of the nervous system and so on.
After completion of a Ph.D. in Life Sciences, candidates have great career opportunities. They can work in the agriculture sector, animal care centres, Biotechnology industry, beverage industry, environmental protection agencies, food processing industries and so on.