of the program
Bioprospecting of Natural Products (Microbes, Flora & Fauna)
Almost 70% of the faculty in the department are into bioprospecting of natural products which includes microbes both bacterial and fungal strains from various habitats; flora includes both marine and terrestrial plants and lastly from fauna which includes insects, shrimps, birds and animals from different habitats. Some of the isolated leads are being checked for their role in various biological activities including epigenetic modulations.
"As part of the thrust on Plant Biotechnology, 30% of the faculty work on molecular markers for plant breeding and plant regeneration capacity, Optimization of tissue culture protocols for micropropagation of economically important and endangered plants; Establishment of cell and protoplast cultures for the production of bioactive metabolites. Construction of antimicrobial gene cassettes for enhancing disease resistance in crop plants is being studied. "
Cutting edge research in areas of Medical Biotechnology in our department covers both basic and applied research contributed by nearly 50 % of the faculty. The major thrust areas under Medical Biotechnology are (i) Stem Cell biology and its applications (ii) Nosocomial Bacterial Infections and Multiple Drug Resistance, (iii) Host-Pathogen Interaction and Immunobiology, (iv) PathoGenomics. (v) Biogenic Nanomaterials and their applications, (vi) Drug discovery and development and (vii) Probiotics in health and disease
Basic Science Research
"Nearly 30 % of the faculty are into research related to fundamental basic sciences. Research on Fungal taxonomy from various habitats has helped in identifying new species and genera. The fundamental research on epigenetic modulation and cancer biology has unraveled interesting findings and fetched in publications in highly rated journals "
Who can prefer this Course
Master’s degree in Agriculture/Bioinformatics/ Biochemistry/ Biotechnology/Botany/ Microbiology/ Veterinary Science/ Zo- ology or in any other related areas with a minimum of 55% of marks