Department of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

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.