Building Bharat Boston Biosciences Program

Workshop on Synthetic Biology


January 21-February 2, 2019
Venue: IBAB, Bengaluru

The deadline to apply has passed.


Update: View the speakers and topics for the workshop here.


The aim of this course is to introduce talented Indian students to the emerging area of Synthetic Biology – a highly interdisciplinary area that envisages rational fabrication and re-design of naturally occurring biological systems for useful purposes through application of engineering principles. The two-week immersion course will introduce the students to some of the most exciting developments in this area, advanced techniques involved in genome engineering, and building metabolic pathways through didactic lectures and hands-on sessions.

The students are expected to stay on campus for the duration of the workshop. Travel and lodging costs for selected students will be covered.

This course has been made possible through a collaboration between The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University, the Harvard Global Research Support Centre India, IBAB Bangalore, and IISER, Pune. It is funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.

Doctoral, graduate and exceptional undergraduate students (with at least two years of study) from a science/technology-focused institution of higher education in India are encouraged to apply.

These instructions apply to non-Harvard candidates ONLY.

  1. Request an XID: https://xid.harvard.edu/xid-apps/displaySSCreateForm.do. You MUST do this in order to apply.
  2. Follow the instructions on the email sent by the XID system. If you do not see it on your inbox, please check your spam folder.
  3. Wait 24 hours after activating your XID, and then click here: https://carat.fas.harvard.edu/applicant/newApplication?fundingSourceId=7166
  4. Log in with your XID (you cannot use the “HarvardKey” option). You are now able to begin your B4 application.

The following documents are needed to complete the application:

  • One-page resume/CV
  • One to two-page statement of interest, in which you describe the rationale for pursuing this course and what you hope to gain from it
  • Academic transcript(s) or marks cards from higher secondary till the most recent academic course completed
  • Two letters of recommendation. (The letters are to be uploaded by the recommender.)

Please note:

  • The selection process will be highly competitive, with a class size limited to 25 students.
  • Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of faculty at Harvard, IBAB, IISER and other partner institutions in India. The decision of the panel will be final.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Do not write directly to Harvard faculty regarding the workshop and grant opportunities.

Savitha G Ananth, Program Manager


Last year I responded to an email about participating in a Workshop as part of a B4 Workshop in Healthcare and Translational Research in Bangalore, India at IBAB (Institute for Biotechnology and Applied Biotechnology). I was excited to take my first trip to India, but I had no idea how special participating in this Workshop would be. The competitively selected students and the local faculty were outstanding.  I’m certain I gained much more than I gave in terms of science, friendships and moments to enjoy in this life. I will long cherish the days I spent at IBAB.

Cynthia Casson Morton, William Lambert Richardson Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology and Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School.

View the workshop’s program schedule and list of speakers below: