M.Sc. Biochemistry: Students admitted to M.Sc have to carry out a course work of 4 semesters that include various courses: Intermediary Metabolism-1, Biophysical Chemistry, Computer Applications in Biology, Genetics, Microbiology (I semester), Intermediary Metabolism II, Enzymology, Molecular Biology I, Structural biology (II Semester), Basic Immunology, Molecular Biology II, Bioenergetics and Biomembranes (III Semester), Nutritional and Clinical Biochemistry (IV Semester). In addition, the Department also offers elective courses such as Endocrine Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Neurochemistry, Molecular Virology, Genomics and Proteomics (III semester) and Immunochemistry, Protein Phosphorylation and Signal Transduction, Genetic disorders, Protein-DNA interactions (IV Semester). In the first three semesters the students have a lab course on Biochemical techniques and have to carry out a project work in the second year (in the III and IV Semesters) that has to be defended before the Departmental Faculty. M.Sc examinations include three internal tests and a final test in each of the courses. While attendance of 75% is a must in each course, successful completion requires a minimum of 40% marks finally in each course. Ph.D. Biochemistry: Successful completion of Ph.D requires the students have to clear the course work of 12 credits, attend and participate in the journal club meetings, submit half yearly research reports before the doctoral committee members and have to submit the research work that requires to be defended in the presence of Departmental and School Faculty in the form of a pre Ph.D seminar prior to submission of their thesis. After submission of thesis and on receipt of the reports from external examiners, the candidate has to also defend his/her thesis after the reports before an external examiner. The Department also has recognized institutes such as the CDFD, NIN, NIAB, LVPEI, DRILS, as external institutes for Ph.D.
1. M.Sc. Plant Biology and Biotechnology: The course is a four semester programme that is evaluated based on credit system. A total of 11 core courses, four elective courses, three practical courses and a project have to be completed successfully by the students in the four semesters. The core courses offered during the four semesters are: Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Macromolecules Structure and Function, Microbiology (I Semester); Plant Physiology, Environmental Biotechnology, Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering, Plant Biochemistry (II Semester); Genomics and Proteomics, Plant Developmental Biology, Plant Biotechnology (III Semester). 2. M.Sc. Molecular Microbiology: The course is a four semester programme that is evaluated based on credit system. A total of 11 core courses, four elective courses, three practical courses and a project have to be completed successfully by the students in the four semesters. The core courses offered during the four semesters are: Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Macromolecules Structure and Function, Microbiology (I Semester); Microbial Physiology & Biochemistry, Immunology, Molecular Biology and Genetics Engineering (II Semester); Genomics and Proteomics, Bioprocess Engineering & Technology Processing, Microbial Metabolomics (III Semester). The students of the Masters programmes would have a lab in the first three semesters and in the four semester they undertake a project work under the supervision of a faculty member. 3. Ph.D. Plant Sciences: The Ph.D. programme requires a minimum of 2 years of residence from the date of confirmation of admission. The requirement for the award of Ph.D. includes the submission of a thesis on an approved topic of research under the guidance of a faculty member. The scholar presents the research work in a comprehensive seminar before the submission of the thesis and faces an oral examination in defense of the thesis. The average time required for Ph.D. is about 4 years. Candidates can also work for Ph.D. under the guidance of recognized research supervisors at the external centres recognized for this purpose. The candidates have to go through the same selection process, like the regular candidates, for this purpose.
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.
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.
Currently, the department is offering a 5 year Integrated Masters course in Systems Biology (IntMSc(Syst Biol)). This is offered in conjunction with College of Integrated Studies (CIS), University of Hyderabad. This course encompasses an interdisciplinary approach that is developed with changing nature of current biological research, wherein students are trained in analyzing complex molecular systems and high-throughput biological data. Many of the students of IntMSc(Syst Biol) are either placed in biologicals/pharma companies or pursuing their PhDs and beyond in the University of Hyderabad or other universities and research institutes in India and abroad. The current research interests of the faculty in the department are in the topical diverse areas of Systems and Computational biology, and selected ones are listed below: Biological networks Spatio-temporal dynamics of protein-protein interaction networks in human health and disease conditions. Disease Informatics & Biomarker discovery Prediction and modelling of disease causing mutations in human proteins. Organic volatiles (detectable in urine and saliva samples) based biomarker discovery for human communicable and non-communicable diseases. Identification of potential prognostic signature for predicting survival in cancers. Protein evolution, structure and interactions Evolution, Conformational landscape and functions of intrinsically disordered regions in proteins. Non-coding RNA biology Identification and characterization of novel long non-coding RNAs. Metagenomics Metagenome analysis of gut and root microbiota in healthy and disease conditions and also of soil bacteria found near industrial effluent treatment plants. Integration of high-throughput data Integration of various omics data for gene knowledge mining and improvement of genome annotation. The faculty members, in the past, have been the recipients of grants from the national agencies such as CSIR, DST, DBT etc., and have been part of long term national and international collaborative research grants (in collaboration with Rostock Medical Centre, Germany and University of Madeira. Portugal). Currently the department has received research support from INNO INDIGO- DST and DBT-Ramalingasami grant. The department is poised to grow rapidly and is optimistically looking forward to get associated with eminent professors/scientists at various stages of their career building.