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PhD Program

Research at CCMB can be grouped under the following broad themes:

We try to understand how cells come together to form a complex multicellular organism - what signals cells sense to know their fates, where these cues come from, and how they are encoded, stored and interpreted.

Cells work because of multiple classes of molecular machines working in them. We try to understand how the structures of these machines contribute to cellular processes and functions.

The genetic code holds information on the organisation and function of all living systems. We study the functional relevance of coding and non-coding regions of genomes in organismal development, health, and disease using various model systems.

We explore the mechanisms by which cells divide, differentiate, interact with their environment, and self-renew. These studies would lead to the development of novel approaches to address problems in human health.

Pathogens cause disease by subverting cellular processes of their hosts. We are elucidating the mechanisms by which various classes of microbes establish infection and ensure their survival.

Our conservation biotechnology program aims to provide insights on the protection and propagation of endangered wildlife, reveal aspects of animal behaviour, trace the evolutionary history of species, solve forensic cases, and help in early detection of wildlife diseases.

We use our understanding of plant genetics and physiology to develop crop varieties with enhanced traits such as higher yields and disease resistance.

The leads emerging from our fundamental research are being channelled into developing technologies for societal benefit.


  • Candidates with a Master’s degree in any branch of science or a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/ Pharmacy/ Medicine are eligible to apply.
  • Candidates in the final year of qualifying degree program are also eligible to apply. However, if selected, their selection will be conditional to completing the qualifying degree with the defined marks criteria.


  • Online applications will be screened and the eligible candidates will be called for a computer-based written test at one of their preferred centers among the 19 test centres across the country.
  • Candidates qualifying in the written test and having a valid fellowship* for pursuing PhD will be shortlisted to appear for interview at CCMB.
    * The eligible fellowships include national level fellowships (JRF/ SRF of CSIR, UGC, DBT, ICMR), DST-INSPIRE or any other equivalent fellowship for pursuing PhD. The fellowship must be valid till the time of joining.
  • Candidates with a BE/ BTech degree in Biotechnology or in any engineering discipline must have a GATE score of at least 85.0 percentile.
  • BPharm degree candidates must have a GPAT score of at least 85.0 percentile.
  • Candidates qualifying in both the preliminary and final interviews will be admitted into the PhD program
  • After completing the admission process, students are registered in the academic program linked to the Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR).


  • Candidates with lectureship only in CSIR-UGC (NET) examination or MSc/ MTech/ MPharm candidates with GATE/ GPAT will not be shortlisted for interview.
  • For inquiries, contact: academic17phd@ccmb.res.in