Department of Animal Biology


Department of Animal Biology

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About Department:

The Department of Animal Biology, established in 1993 is under the umbrella of the School of Life Sciences for academic and administrative purposes. The Department offers M.Sc in Animal Biotechnology and imparts, in addition to the structured four-semester theoretical courses, hands-on training for the students of the course in state-of-art laboratory facilities. The department has an active PhD program with a current enrolment of 58 students.
The Department has a strong research program with infrastructural support from the Department of Science and Technology under Funds for Infrastructure in Science and Technology (FIST) program and under the UGC-CAS (Centre for Advanced Studies) program for the School of Life Sciences. DST-FIST is awarded for the second time for the period 2010 – 2015(Rs. 2.4 crores) after the first award for Rs. 65 lakhs (2003-2008). The Department possesses reputed faculty who have independent funding from various National (DST, DBT, CSIR, UGC, ICMR, DRDO) and International Funding Agencies and Biotechnology industries.

Programmes of Study:

M. Sc Animal Biotechnology: The curriculum of the course is a perfect mix of basic and modern aspects of Animal Biotechnology. The course syllabus is tailor-made to train the next generation scientists to pursue research in various aspects of the discipline. The four-semester program contains core courses in first two semesters and applied subjects in the third and fourth semesters. The elective courses, offered in the third and fourth semesters include Infection Biology, Cancer Biology, Aquaculture: Nutraceuticals & Pharmaceutical Applications, Cellular & Molecular Neurosciences, Blood cell development & disease, Vaccinology, Epigenetics & Nuclear Dynamics, Oxidative Stress and Antioxidants in Health & Disease etc. The students are required to take a total of 4 electives, with the freedom to opt for electives offered by other departments of the School. Modular practical courses conducted in the DBT-CREBB funded state-of-art laboratories make the Department of Animal Sciences an academic hub for pursuing teaching and research in various aspects of Animal Biotechnology. The project work, done in the third and fourth semesters for a total period of one year expose students to problem-oriented research work in a well-equipped lab under the supervision of a faculty.
Doctoral Program in Animal Sciences: The program requires the registration of the student under a faculty and is for a minimum of two years upon admission to the program. The program consists of compulsory course work in the first two semesters and a final submission of a thesis based on the experimental work done under an approved topic. Yearly presentation of the work completed is monitored by a Doctoral Committee consisting of three members, including the PhD supervisor. The total duration of the entire program is approximately 4 - 5 years.

Entrance Examination:

M.Sc Animal Biotechnology: An entrance examination is conducted for the selection of candidates to the program. The entrance examination consists of 100 compulsory objective questions of B.Sc. standard, covering all aspects of Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.
Ph.D. Program: An entrance examination is conducted for the initial screening, which is followed by an interview. Candidates qualified for JRF of CSIR-UGC /ICMR /DBT are exempted from the written test and are allowed to appear for the interview. The entrance examination consists of 75 compulsory objective questions of M.Sc. standard with emphasis in Animal Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Cancer biology, Immunology, Biochemistry, Physiology, infection biology, Neurobiology, Endocrinology, Reproductive biology, Developmental biology, Microbiology.

Infrastructural Facilities:

State-of-art facilities are available for the students in the Department of Animal Sciences and School of Life Sciences. The funding for the facilities has been through National funding for common programs like DBT-CREBB (DBT funded Centre for Teaching and Research in Biology and Biotechnology) and UGC-CAS (UGC funded Centre for Advanced Studies), in addition to several individual faculty projects. The Proteomics, Genomics and Metabolomics facilities in the School of Life Sciences include 2D electrophoresis, MALDI-TOF/TOF and Q-TOF, Real-Time PCR, Chip maker, Spot picker, microarray set-up, metabolomics facilities for the analysis of small molecules, including LC-MS-MS. The other common facilities include high speed refrigerated centrifuges, ultra-centrifuges, flow cytometer, spectrofluorometer, spectrophotometers, gel documentation system, phosphor-imager, HPLC, PCR machine, liquid scintillation counters, luminometer, oxygraph, bioreactors, French press, lyophilisers etc. In addition, the students have access to Central Instrumentation Laboratory of the University, which contains amino acid analyzer, scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope (TEM), atomic force microscope (AFM), SPR spectrometer, Confocal microscope etc.
The Department has instrument facility that includes flow cytometer, HPLC, gel documentation, PCR machines etc in addition to equipments within the supervisor’s laboratories. The Department also has cell culture, mosquito breeding, insect breeding and pathogen containment facilities. The Department will shortly be acquiring FACS facility funded by DST-FIST program. The Department has state-of-art laboratories (DBT-CREBB) for hands-on training for M. Sc students which are carefully planned into defined modules comprising of techniques in biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, protein purification, histology, genetic engineering, bioinformatics, immunology and mammalian cell culture.


Name of the Faculty: Mail Id: Contact No:
Prof. Reddanna Pallu 040 - 23134542
Prof. Aparna Dutta Gupta 040 - 23134560
Prof. Dayananda 040 - 23134578
Prof. Senthilkumaran 040 - 23134562
Prof. Manjula Sritharan 040 - 23134700
Prof. Jagan Pongubala 040 - 23134580
Prof. Anita Jagota 040 - 23134592
Dr. Sreenivasulu Kurukuti 040 - 23134534
Dr. Y Suresh 040 - 23134579
Dr. K Arun Kumar 040 - 23134530
Dr. Radheshyam Maurya 040 - 23134532
Dr. Arunasree MK 040 - 23134542
Dr. A Bindu Madav Reddy 040 - 23134542

HOD: JMR Pongubala


Contact Us

Animal Biology Office, Room No: S-6,
School of Life Sciences,
University of Hyderabad,
Gachibowli, Hyderabad, 500046.
Phone: 040-2313-4710

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