Dept. of Biotech. & Bioinformatics

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Dept. of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

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About Department:


The Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics was founded in 2008 with a vision to be recognized as an academic department of international reputation and to offer cutting edge, interdisciplinary and most-sought after courses in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. The department has ever since demonstrated an unfailing commitment towards research and man-power development in frontier areas of integrative biology.
The Department has been recognized as a centre of eminence in the areas of infectious diseases research at the interface of multi-omics with both theoretical and experimental approaches. A total of 13 independent research groups are active at the department studying molecular and cellular processes involved in health and disease with an emphasis on discovery of interventional molecules and identification of targets with respect to bacterial and viral infections, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Bacterial genomics, cellular biology, microbial biology, protein structure function studies, bioinformatics and computational biology constitute major skill domains of our research groups. In addition, the Department has an exclusive expertise in generation and analysis of high throughput genome sequence data of bacterial species and harnessing them towards discovery of new gene functions and pathways.
The faculty members at the Department are supported with several extramural grants and some are decorated with national and international recognitions. The Department actively participates in several international research student exchange and training programs with international agencies such as German Research Foundation (GRK1673), European Union (Marie-Curie IRSES), DAAD and Academia Sinica.
The research programs offered at the Department at the level of Masters (MSc Biotechnology and MTech Bioinformatics) are highly competitive and enjoy significant demand in biomedical, pharma and information technology sectors. A large number of students each year qualify for higher research programs within the University or elsewhere in India; a good proportion of meritorious students pursue further research in different laboratories overseas. The Department offers PhD degree in Biotechnology and an integrated MSc-PhD in Biotechnology and also participates actively in managing and mentoring the Integrated Masters course (IMSc) in Systems Biology.

Programmes of Study:


1. M.Sc. Biotechnology: This course was introduced in the year 1990 under the Nation wide post graduate program by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India.
This course is a four semester program with credit system of evaluation. The courses offered by the department during the four semesters are: Semester 1: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Analytical Techniques, Microbiology and Industrial applications, Genetics; Semester 2: Cell and Development Biology, Genetic engineering, Immunology, Biostatistics and Computer Applications, Bioporcess engineering and technology; Semester 3: Proteomics and Genomics; Immuno technology, Molecular Virology, IPR and Biosafety, 2 electives to be chosen by the students; Semester 4: Bioentrepreneurship and Communication skills. Electives as per the DBT revised curriculum will be offered to the students. In addition to the above the students are allowed to choose optional courses of their interest offered by the different Departments as well as other Schools in the third semester. Students undertake one year project work (part of third and complete fourth semesters) in one of the areas of the research in the Department.
Industrial visits: Students will be visiting biotech industries to learn various aspects of product development.
2. M.Tech Bioinformatics: (Sponsored by the UGC under Innovative program and approved by AICTE): M.Tech Bioinformatics is a state-of-the-art course, designed to train students in theory and techniques in genomics, proteomics, and computer aided modeling and drug design including hands-on practice using statistical packages such as R-package and SAS. The first batch of students has obtained attractive placements from reputed software and bioinformatics companies. The course is offered jointly by three Schools of the University viz., the School of Life Sciences, School of Chemistry, School of Mathematics & Computer Information Sciences, School of Physics and the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), Hyderabad.
Course Coordinating Committee:
Prof. M. I. Beg - Order Statstics (Department of Mathematics and Statistics, MCIS).
Dr. K. Lalitha Guruprasad - Structural Biology (School of Chemistry)
Dr. T. Sobha Rani - Bioinformatics, Machine learning techniques, Language processors (Department of Computer and Information Sciences, MCIS).
Dr. P. Ananta Lakshmi - Quantum Optics (School of Physics)
The scientists of CDFD participating in the course: Dr. Shekhar Mande - Structural Biology
Dr. Akash Ranjan - Computational and Functional Genomics
Dr. H. A. Nagarajaram - Computational Biology

The Course structure includes Computational Techniques, Proteomics, Basic Statistics, Basic Mathematics and Introduction to Molecular Modeling in the First semester; Genomics, Databases, Bioinformatics, Introduction to Molecular Mechanics in Second semester, Drug Design and Advanced Bioinformatics in the third semester. Students are encouraged to choose one elective course in second and third semesters from other Schools. The students will carry out a project work during 3rd & 4th semesters under the guidance of a faculty member either at University of Hyderabad or CDFD.
The programme also offers remedial courses in the first semester to bring all the new students, who may not have sufficient experience with computers or biology, to a common level.
3. Integrated M.Sc./Ph.D Biotechnology: This is a five year integrated course with option of exit by the student with M.Sc. Biotechnology at the end of 2nd year.
This course is a ten semester program with credit system of evaluation. The students will be doing a course work during first fours semesters and carryout research work from fifth to tenth semester. The courses offered by the department during the first four semesters are: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Analytical Techniques, Microbiology and Industrial applications, Genetics in the first semester; Cell and Development Biology, Genetic engineering, Immunology, Biostatistics and Computer Applications, Bioporcess engineering and technology in the second smestert; Proteomics and Genomics; Immuno technology, Molecular Virology, IPR and Biosafety, Research methodology, Scientific writing, Laboratory training in third semester, 2 electives to be chosen by the students; Bioentrepreneurship and Communication skills in fourth semester. Electives will be offered to the students in third semester. In addition to the above the students are allowed to choose optional courses of their interest offered by the different Departments as well as other Schools in the third semester. Students undertake thesis work (part of third and from fourth to tenth) under the supervision of a faculty member in the Department. Their research progress will be periodically advised by the doctoral committee. They actively participate in Journal clubs, research work presentation and submit monthly progress report of the research work. The research students have to present their research work in a comprehensive seminar before submission of the thesis.
4. Ph.D Biotechnology: The students carry out their work under the supervision of the faculty member and are periodically advised by the doctoral committee. They actively participate in Journal clubs, research work presentation and submit monthly progress report of the research work. The research students have to present their research work in a comprehensive seminar before submission of the thesis.

Infrasractural Facilities

The Department faculty is engaged in high impact innovative research in the frontier areas of modern biology. The faculty conducts their research with the support from several National and International funding agencies in the form of research grants. The faculty of the department is credited with several patents and research publications relating to biotechnology.
The Department has HIV culture facility, neuronal and neuroglial culture facility, and Stem cell culture facility. Further, several modern equipments such as multi-reader, electrophysiology set-up, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, PCR machines, HPLC, shaker, incubators, ELISA reader and washer, Gel documentation system etc.. The students have access to Bioinformatics infrastructure facility funded by the Department of Biotechnology; Govt. of India is well equipped. Students also have access to high performance computation facility and Centre for Molecular Simulation and Design for regular training as well as project works. Software training given to students in the lab include AccelRys, MAT Lab, SYBYL, SAS genomics, Gold etc. In addition, the students have access to the computation facilities at the Centre for DNA Finger printing and Diagnostics for teaching and project works.

Faculty:


Name of the Faculty: Mail Id: Contact No:
Prof. Anand K. Kondapi akksl@uohyd.ernet.in 040 - 23134571
Prof. P. Prakash Babu ppbsl@uohyd.ernet.in 040 - 23134584
Prof. Niyaz Ahmed A. S niyaz.ahmed@uohyd.ac.in 040 - 23134585
Prof. K. P. M. S. V. Padmasree kpssl@uohyd.ernet.in 040 - 23134507
Prof. JSS Prakash jsspsl@uohyd.ernet.in 040 - 23134505
Prof. HA Ngarajaram hansl@uohyd.ac.in 040 - 23134561
Dr. M. Venkataramana mvrsl@uohyd.ac.in 040 - 23134583
Dr. Vaibhav Vindal vvls@uohyd.ernet.in 040 - 23134589
Dr. N. Prakash Prabhu nppsl@uohyd.ernet.in 040 - 23134593
Dr. Sunanda Bhattacharyya sbtsl@uohyd.ernet.in 040 - 23134587
Dr. Insaf Ahmed Qureshi iaqsl@uohyd.ernet.in 040 - 23134588
Dr. G.B. Madhu Babu mgbsl@uohyd.ernet.in 040 - 23134594
Dr. Nooruddin Khan nksl@uohyd.ernet.in 040 - 23134590
Dr. Pankaj Singh Dholaniy pankaz.d@gmail.com 040 - 23134629

HOD: Prof. Anand K

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Contact Us

Biotechnology & Bioinformatics Office,
Room No: S-7, School of Life Sciences,
University of Hyderabad,
Gachibowli, Hyderabad, 500046.
Phone: 040-2313-4730

Email: office.dobb@uohyd.ac.in (or) akksl@gmail.com