Department of Bioinformatics

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About the Department

The Department of Bioinformatics in Pondicherry University was started as Sub Distributed Information Centre of the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India (DBT) in 1991. The mandate of the department is to train manpower and conduct research in various areas of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Recognizing the progress made by the Centre, DBT upgraded the Centre to a full Centre level in 2002 and several new positions were sanctioned and additional funding was allocated. The Centre was elevated to Department in the year 2021.

The Department was identified as a Centre of Excellence for Research and Training in the field of Bioinformatics by the Department of Information Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi from 2007 to 2013 and awarded a special grant of ` 3.69 crores. The Department has taken up several research projects and has offered modular courses in Bioinformatics under this Grant.

The Department started a M.Sc., program in Bioinformatics in 2007 supported by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under the scheme of “Innovative Programme – Teaching & Research in Interdisciplinary and Emerging Areas”. For advanced research in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, the Department started Ph.D. Programme in 2009. The Department also received UGC Special Assistance Program (SAP) at the DRS-I level in 2012 and was a part of DBT – BUILDER Program in 2010.The Department of Bioinformatics has received a grant of 1 crore under DST-FIST program for procuring sophisticated equipment in 2015.

The Department started an innovative M.Sc. program in Computational Biology fully funded by DBT in a network mode with Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai and Anna University, Chennai in 2010. This programme is first of its kind in the country and upgraded to M.Tech program in Computational Biology from 2014 in collaboration with Anna University, Chennai. The Department has also signed an MoU with Institute of Bioinformatics (IoB), Bangalore for collaborative research and Ph.D. guidance during the period 2013 to 2018. The Ph.D. students can visit these labs for collaborative research and the details are available at


All students, research scholars and faculty are provided round-the-clock computing facility. The Department has established a separate wet lab facility with sophisticated equipments. Most of the alumni have been placed in various leading research institutions and industries.

The Department has an excellent complement of teaching by the faculty who are involved in basic and applied research in different areas of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.  The Faculty have teaching/postdoctoral research experience in Indian and Foreign Universities/ Institutions.  Over the past few years, the Department has taken up research activities in the areas of genomics and proteomics, drug discovery and development, next generation sequencing, molecular evolution, systems biology, molecular modeling, structural biology, database development & Big data analytics etc., and several papers have been published in highly reputed International and National Journals. The faculty and students have received projects/fellowships from various funding agencies like Department of Biotechnology, Department of Information Technology, University Grants Commission, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-JRF/SRF, Department of Science and Technology, Bioinformatics National Certificate (BINC), DST-Innovation in Science pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship.

University supported the Department with a separate state of art building of about 35000 sqfts with complete UPS power back up for all rooms.  The building is having 3 computer labs, 13 Faculty rooms, 13 individual research labs for faculty, common wet lab, common instrument room, Library, class rooms and a seminar hall.


Vision and Message of Head of Department

Dr. P. T. V. Lakshmi

  • Professor
Office Contact Details



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Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Murali JPEG - Murali Ayaluru
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor

Officers & Staffs

Computer Information Scientist (SS)

Z. Olirvel

Ph : +91-413-2654 936
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A. Computers and Communication facility Tesla GPU server, Xeon Quad Core Servers (4 Nos.), Xeon Cluster Servers (3 Nos.), Itanium Server, AMD Opteron Server, Wipro Xeon Server, HP Workstations (5 Nos.), Silicon Graphics Fuel Machine, Apple iMac (2 Nos.), HCL Laptops (5 Nos.), HCL/HP Intel Core i5/Core 2 Duo Workstations (145 Nos.) – Works on both Windows and Linux Operating Systems. Modern computing facilities and round-the-clock internet connectivity are provided to the students to meet their academic and research needs. B. Wet lab The Centre has developed a separate wet lab facility. The lab is functional with the following equipment: SPR Biocore-3000, High performance Liquid Chromatography (AKTA-HPLC), UVVisible Spectrophotometer, ELISA Reader, Gel DocumentationvSystem, PCR Thermal Cycler, -80˚C Deep Freezers, -20˚C Freezer, Refrigerated Table Top Centrifuge, Quartz Distillation Unit, Water purification system, Bench To Freeze Dryer, Vertical Gel apparatus, Horizontal Gel apparatus, Western blot apparatus, UV illuminator, and pH meter. The Centre is having a cell culture facility. C. Software packages Schrodinger Glide, Discovery Studio 3.1, Amber 16, Autodock, Dock, Modeller, Gromos 96, V-Life, Whatif, EMBOSS, BioEdit, Phred, Consed, GeneScan, Statistica, MEGA, R and Kaspersky end-point serurity-10. D. Resources & Services A separate website, designed in-house and hosted in the web server, available at is being maintained by the Centre. Information about courses, admissions, syllabus, seminar notifications & various opportunities for traineeship/ studentship / JRF are updated periodically. Bioinformatics related tools can be downloaded from the site. In addition the centre has Domain Name Server (DNS), Database Server, E-Book Intranet Server, Proxy Server and Cluster Computing servers. E. Databases & Other information resources in the Centre Books Approximately 600 books available in the reference library of the Centre Journals Scientific American, Cell, Current Science Access to E-Journals University has access to UGC Infonet Journals, Science Direct, Blackwell Publishers, EBSCO Databases.
Molecular Evolution, Systems Biology, DNA-Protein Interactions, Comparative Genomics, Protein Structure Modeling, Molecular modeling, X-ray Crystallography, Drug Design, Cell Signaling, Single particle analysis, Medicinal Chemistry, Computational Biology, Molecular Biology.
Industry Placements
  • HCL Info Systems
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Molecular Connections, Bangalore
  • Institute of Bioinformatics, Bangalore
  • Protein Lounge, Bhubaneswar
  • Genemines, Chennai
  • BIOBASE Databases Indian Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore
  • Computational Research Lab, Pune
  • Jubilant Biosys, Bangalore
  • Wipro Technologies, Chennai
  • Schrödinger, Hyderabad
  • EnZene Biosciences Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore
  • ABLE C Drive, Bangalore
  • Persistent Systems Limited, Pune
Teaching/ Research Placements
  • Pusan National University, South Korea
  • Stony Brook University, New York
  • Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea
  • University of Madras, Chennai
  • Central Sericulture Research & Training Institute, Mysore
  • Institute of Microbial Technology Institute, Chandigarh
  • Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad
  • Alagappa University, Karaikudi
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • National Institue of Immunology, New Delhi
  • Kumaun University, Nainital
  • Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal
  • Amity University
  • Yeungnam University, South Korea
  • Maharshi Dayanand University, Haryana
  • Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • La Trobe University, Australia
  • Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Louisiana State University, USA
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • DBT – Bioinformatics grant (Continuing Scheme)
  • DBT – M.Tech. Computational Biology (Continuing Scheme)
  • UGC – Special Assistance Program (2012-2017)
  • DST-FIST program (2014-2019)
  • DIT – CoE in Bioinformatics (2007 – 2013)
  • DBT – Advanced P.G. Diploma in Bioinformatics (2001 -2008)
  • UGC – Innovative Programme-Teaching and research in Interdisciplinary.