Molecular Biology

8/17/2013 Career

Molecular Biology is the branch of Biology that deals with the study of the
structure and function of living systems at the molecular level. The branch
focuses mainly on DNA, RNA, Protein Synthesis
and their regulatory mechanism. A molecular biologist aims to understand the
functions of cells at molecular level.

The academic programs include instruction on the molecular basis of gene
regulation in microbial and animal cells, the biological features of different
types of micro-organisms, the molecular basis for animal development, the
structure of animal cells and the functions of their internal
organelles, the molecular basis for
cancer and other diseases, the interaction of animal cells with micro-organisms
and viruses, and the application of
recombinant DNA techniques to problems in basic science and biotechnology.

Molecular Biology Eligibility Criteria

The programs in Molecular Biology are offered mainly at post-graduation level. A
candidate would be eligible to pursue
MSc in Molecular Biology if he/she has studied Biology at the Intermediate and
Graduation Level. A B.Sc. in Genetics, Microbiology, Zoology or Botany also
fulfill the eligibility criteria of
pursuing M.Sc in Molecular Biology.

In order to be eligible for carrying out research work in the field, one must
qualify the CSIR-UGC-NET exam or ICMR JRF examination with Life Science.
Engineering or B.Pharm graduates with Biotechnology as a subject of study,
having qualified in GATE examination with a minimum of 85 percentile may also
apply for award of Research Fellowship
subject to their qualifying in the written test/interview.

Molecular Biology Career Prospects

Since Molecular Biology is a rare field of Science, hence competition is
expected to be less as compared to other fields of basic and applied sciences.
However, the career is challenging and rewarding. Those who have sufficient
interests and relevant academic qualification can only make a career in
Molecular Biology.

Molecular and Cell Biologists find employment
opportunities in
research labs established by Government of India or in
the R&D departments of various private drug companies. They can work on
developing therapeutic drugs to working on stem cell research and in many other
areas within the medical development

A molecular and cell biologist may find themselves working on research that
involves cloning, sub cloning, synthetic RNA transcription, gene expression,
cell growth and development, cell and organelle structure and assembly, and DNA
dynamics and chromosome structure, and other types of laboratory work.

Recording and analyzing various types of data are important parts of working as
a molecular and cell biologist. Proper application of research to solve health
problems and cure diseases will also be an option for molecular and cell

Molecular Biology Pay Package

The salary of Molecular Biologists is satisfying both in government and private
sectors. However, private companies working on research and development (R&D)
for drug development offer more salaries and benefits to the professionals. The
average monthly salary varies between Rs 15, 000- Rs 30, 000.

Molecular Biology Institutes/Universities

The following institutes/universities in India are either offering academic
programs or carrying out research work in the field of Molecular Biology.

  • The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

  • University of Madras

    Courses Offered: Molecular Biology as an interdisciplinary subject at
    post-graduation level.

  • G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology

  • University of Delhi

    Courses Offered: MSc/MPhil/PhD in Plant Molecular Biology

  • Jawaharlal University, New Delhi

    Courses Offered: Direct PhD and Pre PhD in Molecular Medicine

  • Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology

    Thycaud PO, Poojappura

    Thiruvananthapuram - 695 014

    Kerala, India

    Phone: +91- 471-2341716, 2347975, 2348104, 2348753, 2345899

    Fax: + 91- 471-348096



  • Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology

    Hyderabad, AP

    Phone 040-27160222-31, 27160232-41 (India)

    Phone: +91-40- 27160222-31, 27160232-41 (International)


  • Institute of Microbial Technology

    Sector 39-A, Chandigarh - 160036 (INDIA)

    PH: +91-172-2695215, 2695225, 2636680 - 94 (15 Lines)

    Fax: +91-172-2690632 (Administration), +91-172-2690585 (Director)


  • Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

    P.O. - CIMAP, Near Kukrail Picnic Spot, Lucknow - 226 015, India

    Tel: +91-522-2359623

    Fax: +91-522-2342666



  • International Centre for Genetic Engineering and

    ICGEB Campus, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg

    110 067 New Delhi, INDIA

    Tel: +91-11-26741358, 361, 2360, 357

    Fax: +91-11-26742316


  • Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research

    Jakkur, Bangalore-560 064, India

    Ph: 91-80-22082900

    Fax: 91-80-22082766.



  • National Botanical Research Institute

    Rana Pratap Marg,

    Post Box No. 436,

    Lucknow-226 001, U.P, India

    Tel: +91-0522-2205831-35, Ext- 208, 209

    Fax: +91-0522-2205673


  • National Centre for Cell Sciences

    NCCS Complex, University of Pune Campus

    Ganeshkhind, Pune 411007, Maharashtra, India

    Phone: +91-20-25708000

    Fax: +91-20-25692259

    Gram: ATCELL


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