Department of Life Sciences

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Department of Life Sciences

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Prof. E. M. Shankar

Professor and Head
Infection Biology and Medical Microbiology
Email: shankarem@cutn.ac.in
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Dr. Jayalakshmi Krishnan

Assistant Professor
Vector Biology and Neuroimmunology

Email: jayalakshmi@cutn.ac.in
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Dr. Meganathan Kannan

Assistant Professor
Blood and Vascular Biology

Email: meganathank@cutn.ac.in
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Dr. Indranil Chattopadhyay

Assistant Professor
Cell and Cancer Biology

Email: indranil@cutn.ac.in
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Dr. Dinakar Challabathula

Assistant Professor
Plant Biology and Stress Physiology

Email: dinakarc@cutn.ac.in
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Dr. Latchoumycandane Calivarathan

Assistant Professor
Experimental Pharmacology and Endocrinology

Email: atchoumycandane
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Established in 2012, the Department of Life Sciences (DLS) offers two programmes, a 5-year-integrated MSc and PhD for aspirants of life sciences/biological sciences. DLS is supported by a team of faculty members who commit themselves to the highest standards both in academics and research. It represents one of the most vibrant and visible departments in terms of competition for admission among its aspirants, and the department boasts of its stuffy mural research grants, faculty ratio, internationally-trained faculty members with vast teaching experience, high-impact publications, and extra-mural research grants the faculty generate from various national and international funding agencies and also in terms of cutting-edge infra-structure facilities standing as a testimony to its success story as a department.

The vision of DLS is ‘to help students understand the diversity, formation and functioning of living organisms in order to conserve and coexist with nature’. The aim of DLS is ‘to provide a platform for the various interdisciplinary/ research oriented/advanced higher education in life sciences for translating the standards of personal and societal living’. The department was established with a mission of ‘ascertaining and broadcasting knowledge in life sciences through research and creative analysis, innovative teaching and learning and also to address problems affecting human health and world challenging environmental issues’.

Five-Year Integrated M. Sc. Programme in Life Sciences

The Life Sciences landscape today is marked by complexity and change, thinning new drug discovery, patents, generics and competitiveness. In today’s fast developing technology growing industrialization and modernization, Life Sciences hold a prominent place as few professions do. Life sciences are and will continue to remain one of the prospective professions. Life Science student require special kind of interest and aptitude to be successful. Commercial potential of Life Sciences is immense, since the scope of its activities covers the entire spectrum of human life and it draws on the capabilities and resources of the entire biological world and even beyond. Life Science is an important thrust area in Science and Technology. Five-year integrated program in Life Sciences at CUTN is an interdisciplinary Science that relies on Biology. Students will successfully learn fundamentals of Life Science, and other subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry during the first two years. From third year onwards, frontier areas such as Neurobiology, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and computational biology, Immunology, Developmental Biology, Biophysics, Molecular Biology, Animal Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Ecology, Biodiversity, Biology of Human Diseases, History and Philosophy of Science, Plant Biology, Cell Biology, and Microbiology will be introduced. At their final semester, students will be given a project by that they can have collaboration with both industry and reputed institutes across India. Manned by a pool of skilled professors, students will be trained on how to design experiments, data analysis and writing a manuscript. Their project work will be published in reputed journals in the field, by that they can avail international research opportunities at ease. Students will be motivated and guided for higher studies. They will also be informed about the competitive exams in their field of study. At the end when a Life Science student winds up the degree, the student’s capabilities and experience will span across in all verticals. The main objective of the course is to train Life Science students in theory as well as hands on experience in state-of-art techniques so at the end they will be invincible in this fast developing competitive global scenario.

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PhD in Life Sciences

The Life Sciences department of central university of Tamil Nadu consists of IMSc program and as well as PhD programme. The department aims to attract the most promising and outstanding students to enroll for PhD programme. The department offers challenging competitive and comprehensive PhD program for our students with an intension of making them to be leaders of the Life Sciences research at a global level. We aim at giving educational and career guidance to our PhD students. The department is looking forward to hear from highly motivated students who have zeal to do their research at CUTN. The PhD program at the department has started successfully in November 2014.

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