Call for Papers: Special Issue on Biology Beyond Boundaries (BBB)-2024 in Cell Communication and Signalling (IF 8.4)










About Us


Savitribai Phule Pune University (formerly University of Pune), one of the premier universities in India, is positioned in the North-Western part of Pune city. It occupies an area of about 411 acres. It was established on 10th February, 1949 under the Poona University Act. The university houses 46 academic departments. It is popularly known as the 'Oxford of the East'. It has about 307 recognized research institutes and 612 affiliated colleges offering graduate and under-graduate courses. According to Times Higher Education World University Ranking, Savitribai Phule Pune University has been ranked No. 2 among the universities in India. The university is NAAC re-accredited at A+ level and has status of university with potential for excellence by UGC, India. It is also DST-PURSE sponsored university.

About the Department

The Department of Biotechnology at Savitribai Phule Pune University, established in 1994, is a distinguished institution in the field of biotechnology education and research. It offers a comprehensive two-year M.Sc. Biotechnology program, supported by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, with admissions based on the competitive Graduate Aptitude Test in Biotechnology (GAT-B) conducted by the Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB). The department is well-known for its exceptional faculty members, who have excelled in various specialized branches of biotechnology and have a remarkable track record in conducting impactful research. They have engaged in collaborations with foreign laboratories, resulting in high-impact publications and national and international patents. Benefiting from strong connections with national institutes and industries in the Pune region, the department attracts meritorious students from all over India and abroad. These students consistently excel and secure prestigious fellowships, both in India and internationally. The department has availed significant financial support from various agencies, including DST, DBT, CSIR, UGC, and NRB, in the form of extramural grants, and has been part of key institutional programs such as UPE, DST-PURSE, DST-FIST, and RUSA. This funding has enabled the development of world-class infrastructure and provided an environment conducive to conducting cutting-edge research that addresses human health and societal needs.

Research Themes

Mitochondria, Cell Death, and Human Diseases

  • Mitochondrial dysfunction in human diseases
  • Cell death modalities in disease development and treatment
  • Mitochondrial genetics on disease susceptibility and progression
  • Mitochondrial dynamics in health and disease
  • Role of mitochondria in pathophysiology of cancer
  • Novel therapeutics targeting mitochondrial dysfunction and cell death
  • Mitochondrial biomarkers in diagnostics and prognosis
  • Clinical trials related to mitochondria targeting therapies
  • Emerging technologies in mitochondrial research
  • Computational Breakthroughs in Human Disease Management

  • Structural biology and computer aided drug discovery
  • Artificial intelligence in healthcare
  • Computational network biology in disease pathways
  • Machine learning and disease prediction
  • Imaging and computational diagnostics
  • Computers in genomics and precision medicine
  • Epidemiology and outbreak prediction modelling
  • Big data and healthcare integration
  • Data sharing and collaboration networks
  • Emerging technologies in computational biology
  • Basic & Clinical Research and Transformations in Healthcare

  • Bridging the gap between basic and translational research in patient care
  • Advances in pathophysiology of cancer & chronic disease management
  • Advances in cancer therapeutics
  • Clinical approaches for management of infectious diseases
  • Technology driven transformations in diagnosis and treatment
  • Global health disparities
  • Microbiome applications in clinical management
  • Mental health and well-being in the age of technology-driven society
  • Diagnosis, treatment, and management of rare and orphan diseases.
  • Advances in virology & vaccine development
  • COVID-19 pandemic and strategies for future pandemic preparedness.
  • Environmental factors on human health and potential interventions.
  • Chief-Patron

    Prof. Suresh Gosavi
    Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Savitribai Phule Pune University.


    Prof. Rajesh Gacche
    Department of Biotechnology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India
    Prof. Raymond B. Birge
    Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark, USA
    Prof. Dhyan Chandra
    Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, New York, USA

    Chief Guest of Inaugural Function

    Dr. Soumya Swaminathan
    Former Chief Scientist WHO, Former Deputy DG, WHO, Former DG, ICMR & Chair person of MSSRF.

    Keynote SPEAKERS

    Dr. Amel Kaara (MD, PhD),

    Massachusetts General Hospital &
    Harvard School
    of Medical Science,
    Boston, USA

    Dr. Douglas Wallace (MD, PhD),

    Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania,

    Prof. Raymond B.Birge

    Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health
    Sciences, Newark, New Jersey

    Prof. Stefan H. E. Kaufmann,

    Founder Director, Max Plank Institute
    for Infection Biology,
    Berlin, Germany


    Dr. Patric E. Duffy (M.D.),

    Chief, Section Pathogenesis and Immunity,
    Division of Intramural Research,

    Prof. Adrian Hill,

    Director, Jenner Institute,
    Oxford University, UK

    Dr. Elizabeth Unger

    MD. Ph. D., Cronic Viral Disease Branch,

    Dr. Robert A. Seder, (M.D.)

    Chief, Cellular Immunology Section, Vaccine Reserach Center,

    Dr. Mike McCune, MD PhD

    Head HIV Frontiers Program,
    Global Health Innovative Technology Solutions,
    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Professor of Medicine,
    University of California, San Francisco,CA, USA

    Dr. Peter Sebo,

    Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences,
    Prague, Czech Republic

    Dr. Amita Gupta,

    Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine,
    Baltimore, USA.

    Robert C. Bollinger,

    (MD, MPH), Raj and Kamla Gupta Professor of Infectious Diseases;
    John Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Prof. Barney S. Graham,

    Senior Advisor for Global Health Equity.
    Former Deputy Director of Vaccine Reserach Center,

    Dr. Leander Grode,

    Managing Director, Serum Life Science Europe GmbH,

    Dr. Filip Dubovsky,

    President, Reserach and Development, Novavax, Inc


    Prof. Dhyan Chandra

    Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer
    Center, Buffalo, New York

    Prof. Jerry Chipuk

    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,
    New York

    Prof. Natasha Kyprianou

    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York

    Prof. Vivek Mittal

    Weill Cornell Medicine, New York,

    Dr. Cole Haynes,

    UMass Chan Medical School,
    Worcester, MA, USA

    Prof. Doris Germain,

    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA

    Dr. Subhrajit Saha

    University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City

    Prof. Hideyuki J. Majima

    School of Allied Health Sciences,
    Walailak University, Thasara,

    Prof. Atan Gross

    Weizmann Institute of Science

    Prof. Rana Pratap Singh

    School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru
    University, New Delhi,

    Prof. K Thangaraj

    Director, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and
    Diagnostics (CDFD), Hyderabad, Telangana,

    Dr. Michael Wangler MD

    Molecular and Human Genetics,
    Baylor College of Medicine Houston, Texas

    Prof. V. Nagaraja

    Indian Institute of Science, Bangaluru,

    Prof Gopal C Kundu

    KIIT Bhubaneswar,

    Dr. Sagar Sengupta,

    National Institute of Biomedical Genomics "Kalyani, India"

    Dr. Swasti Raychaudhuri,

    Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology,

    Dr. Yogesh Souche,

    Deputy Director,
    SKAN Reserach Trust,
    Bengaluru, India.

    Prof. Mahitosh Mandal,

    Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.

    Dr. Dhanendra Tomar

    Department of Internal Medicine,
    West Forest University Winston-Salem,

    Dr. Pooja Jadiya

    School of Medicine, West Forest
    University Winston-Salem,

    Dr. Sudipta Basu

    Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, India

    Prof. Alokchandra Bharati

    Delhi University, New Delhi, India

    Dr. Mohan Wani

    Director, National Institute of
    Cell Science (NCCS),

    Dr. Lokendra Sharma,

    Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science-Lucknow,

    Nagireddy Putluri,

    Baylor College of Medicine,

    Prof. HA Nagarajaram,

    University of Hyderabad,

    Dr. Neera Tewari-Singh,

    Michigan State University,

    Dr. Puran Singh Sijwali,

    Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology,
    Hyderabad, India

    Dr. Sheela Godbole,

    National AIDS Research Research Institute (NARI),
    Pune, India

    Dr. Umesh Shaligram,

    Executive Director,
    Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd,
    Pune, India

    Prof. Keshav K Singh,

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham,

    Dr. Sharmila Bapat,

    National Center for Cell Science,

    Dr. Jomon Joseph,

    National Center for Cell Science,

    Dr. Aklank Jain,

    Central University of Punjab,

    Dr. Manas Santra

    National Center for Cell Science,Pune

    Prof. Birendra Mallick,

    Professor of Neurobiology, JNU New Delhi and Director,
    Amity Institute of Neuropsychology & Neurosciences,
    Amity, India.

    Dr. Dhanasekaran Shanmugam,

    Biochemical Division, CSIR-National
    Chemical Laboratoty,
    Pune, India

    Prof. Richa Rikhy,

    Chair Biology, IISER Pune,

    Registration fees*

    Registration type After 10th to 20th Jan 2024(INR)
    Student 3,500/-
    Postdoctoral fellow / Scientist / Faculty 5,500/-
    Foreign Delegates 15,000/-
    Corporate 15,000/-
    Students (In-house M. Sc. Students) 1,000/-

    *Excluding Accommodation Charges

    Prizes And Awards

    Type Award price(INR)
    Young Investigator
    (Postdoc and Faculty below 35 years)
    Oral Presentation
    (PhDs completed/pursuing)
    1st 2nd 3rd
    10,000/- 5,000/- 3,000/-
    Poster presentation
    (open to all)
    1st 2nd 3rd
    5,000/- 3,500/- 2,500/-

    Important Dates

    Online abstract and registration 26 October 2023
    Deadline for abstract Submission 10 January 2024
    Last date of regular registration 10 January 2024
    Deadline for late registration 20 January 2024
    Conference opening ceremony 29 January 2024
    Conference closing ceremony 31 January 2024

    Organizing Committee

    International Advisory Committee

  • Prof. Robert Naviaux, University of California, San Diego, USA
  • Prof. David Goodrich, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, USA
  • Prof. Atan Gross, Weizmann Institute of Science, ISRAEL
  • Prof. Jerry Chipuk, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA
  • Prof. Rajesh Agarwal, University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Center, USA
  • Prof. Suresh Joshi, Drexel University College of Medicine, USA
  • Prof. Shivendra Singh, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Prof. Harsh Pawar, Biomedical and Life Sciences, Lancaster, UK
  • Prof. Chinthalapally Rao, University of Oklahoma, USA
  • Prof. Rajeev Varshney, Murdoch University, Australia
  • National Advisory Committee

  • Dr. Shekhar Mande, Former DG, CSIR, India
  • Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan, National Research Professor AYUSH, India.
  • Dr. Mohan Wani, Director NCCS, Pune
  • Prof. Sunil S. Bhagwat, Director IISER, Pune
  • Prof. Wasudev N. Gade, Vice Chairman, Vishwakarma University, Pune.
  • Dr. Umesh Shaligram, Executive Director SII Pvt. Ltd
  • Dr. Sheela V. Godbole, Director, NARI & NIV, Pune
  • Prof. Pandit Vidyasagar, Prof. Emiratus, SPPU, Pune.
  • Dr. D. Mitra, Former Director, CDFD, Hyderabad
  • Prof. Raosaheb Kale, Former Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Gujarat
  • Prof. R. P. Singh, former Rector, JNU, New Delhi
  • Prof. Rakesh K Mishra, Director CCMB, Hyderabad
  • Prof. K. Thangaraj, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), Hyderabad
  • Scientific Organizing Committee

    • Prof. Smita Zinjarde
    • Prof. RN Gacche
    • Dr. Amul Sakharkar
    • Dr. Santosh Kathwate
    • Dr. Shilpy Sharma
    • Dr. Rajendra Patil
    • Dr. Vivek Vaish
    • Dr. Smriti Mittal
    • Dr. Amit Roy
    • Dr. Shadab Ahmed
    • Dr. Tuli Dey
    • Dr. Vaijayanti Tamhne
    • Dr. Geetanjali Tomar
    • Dr. Mamta Singhavi
    • Dr. Rajendra Shende
    • Dr. Sakayla Chavan
    • Dr. Harshada Sowani
    • Mrs. Manju Borate

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     Department of Biotechnology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, (Formerly University of Pune)
    Pune – 411007, INDIA