Faculty members at IBAB pursue their independent research programs in frontier areas of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, offering valuable opportunity for ambitious students to pursue a career in science through our PhD programme.

The institute has state-of-the-art infrastructure, including high-end equipment and computing resources for the use by researchers. Doctoral students at IBAB get high quality research training which includes course work, conference presentations in India and possibly abroad, scientific writing and publishing. Candidates can register for a PhD with either Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) or The University of Trans-disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology (TDU).

We welcome applications for the PhD programme from candidates who wish to join our research teams in the fields of

  • Cancer Biology
  • Computational Biology
  • Epigenetics
  • Genomics
  • Infectious Disease Biology
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Parasitology
  • Structural Bioinformatics
  • Structural Biology
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Systems Biology

The research fellows have full access to high end research facilities, which include cell and molecular-biology equipment, culture facilities, fluorescence microscopes, FACS, HPLC/FPLC and 2D electrophoresis systems, DLS, DDPCRs, NGS sequencing facility comprising a HiSeq 2500 Sequencer, HiScan Beadchip Scanner and other accessories and equipment needed for high throughput sequencing. The institute has dedicated research laboratories, and an animal house needed for translational research. In addition our reserchers have access to other high-end instruments such as confocal microscope, mass spectrometer, LCMS, robotic liquid handling equipment and other specialized facilities available at BBC (Bangalore Bioinnovation Centre) next door, which is part of the Biotech Park.

The institute is also equipped with high-end servers and high-performance computing clusters essential for research in big data and computational biology.


An opportunity to work in a truly multi-disciplinary environment, comprising mathematical biology, systems biology and experimental biology.

  • Candidates must have at least 55% marks in their MSc or equivalent degree in science/engineering/medicine. Candidates with MBBS or BDS or any undergraduate degree which is of at least 5 years’ duration are also eligible to apply.
  • Provisional admission is possible for candidates awaiting their final result.

Admissions are announced once or twice a year depending on open positions. Look out for announcements on our website regularly. Short-listed candidates will have a telephone/skype interview during the preliminary screening. Selected candidates will be notified to attend an entrance exam and/or an in-person interview at IBAB.


The candidate will be examined for basic scientific knowledge, research aptitude and communication skills. Shortlisted candidates with profiles matching the research interest of faculty members will be directed to the appropriate faculty. Admission to the PhD program will be based on mutual interest in a research area.



Candidates with their own fellowships are encouraged to apply, IBAB provides partial financial support to a limited number of candidates every year.

Fees for the PhD course:

Each PhD scholar has to pay the following fees:

  1. Research fee annually to IBAB, from the date of joining
  2. Coursework fees to IBAB, at the time of taking examinations.
  3. Fees specified by MAHE or TDU


All registered students need to undertake coursework worth 12 credits to continue their Ph.D registration.

Doctoral Advisory Committee:

A doctoral advisory committee (DAC) will be constituted for every candidate registered for a PhD. The DAC will evaluate the progress of the candidate every six months.

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