Department of Biotechnology

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Created on Monday, 02 September 2013

Dr. Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya, Head
Department of Biotechnology,
Mizoram University.
Ph: 0389-2330859/2330861

About us
The Department of Biotechnology was established in the year 2007 with a view to initiate quality teaching and research in the field of Biotechnology. The department offers a two year M. Sc. Degree Course in Biotechnology and research programs leading to M. Phil and Ph. D degrees. Currently, the department has six regular faculty members engaged in teaching and research. To facilitate teaching-learning process and human-resource development in modern research areas of biology, two major facilities (Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility and Advanced State Biotech Hub) have been acquired and maintained by the department with the financial assistance from DBT, New Delhi. The Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility (BIF) is equipped with high/medium end servers and other computational facilities with 2 Mbps internet connectivity. This also acts as a medium to access 500 free online scientific journals through DBT- Digital e-library consortium (DeLCON) related to modern Biology and Biotechnology.The advanced state Biotech hub is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments that cater to the needs of students and the researchers from not only the University, but also nearby institutes/colleges. All facilities are always open to users.
     Most of the faculty members are well supported by research grants from national funding agencies, including DBT, DST, CSIR, ICAR, UGC and, Health Department of Mizoram Government. The research groups in the department regularly publish articles in high quality international and national journals. Over the years, continuous and commited efforts made by the department towards achieving academic excellency has resulted in 136 masters in Biotechnology, 6 with M.Phil. and 15 with doctorate degrees.

Aim: The department aspires to keep improving its infrastructure facilities, including instrumentation, research activities in the modern areas of integrative biology, and contribute to development of skilled man-power for upliftment of educational and socio-economic status of people in the region and the country as a whole.
Heads of Department from its inception:

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Period of Headship

Email address

Phone Contact

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Dr. N. Senthil Kumar, Associate Proffesor

March 2007-Feb 2013

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9436952574

2.

Prof. Satpal Singh Bisht, Professor

March 2013- Nov 2013

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Resigned from MZU

3.

Prof. N.Senthil Kumar, Professor

Dec 2013-Oct 2016

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9436952574

4.

Dr. J. Bhattacharya

Nov 2016-Present

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9436952573

Research Areas: The research groups in the department work broadly in five areas: plant biotechnology, applied microbiology, environmental biotechnology, human molecular genetics and microbial diseases and, computational biology. Specific areas of research are as follows:

Plant Biotechnology- Inventorization of plant genetic resources of NE India for improvement & sustainable production, Genetic characterization of banana of NE India, In vitro mass propagation local banana germplasm, In vitro mass production of Vanda coerulea (orchidaceae).
Applied Microbiology- Diversity of endophytic fungi and bacteria associated with traditional medicinal plants, Biosynthetic potential of endophytes, Antimicrobial compounds isolation and purification from endophytic actinobacteria, Plant growth promoting potential and DNA fingerprinting of endophytes.
Human Molecular Genetics and Microbial Diseases- Disease Genomics and Pathogen interactions; Mitochondrial and Nuclear gene mutations involved in Gastric and Breast Cancer in Mizo Populations, Cancer Mutation Screening; Anticancer activity of medicinal plants, Effect of lifestyle in the cause of cancer, Prevalence of Helicobacter pylori genotypes and their association with interleukin-1- beta in patients with gastritis from Mizoram.
Molecular Phylogenetics & Bioinformatics- DNA Barcoding and evolutionary history of various organisms, Whole mitochondrial genome sequencing of honey bees and butterflies, Metagenomics to understand the community composition and functional diversity in diverse ecosystems.
Environmental Biotechnology- Molecular basis of oxidative stress response and its interrelationship with other abiotic stresses in cyanobacteria, Impact of antibiotic pollution on aquatic cyanobacteria
Heavy metal pollution and absorption-based removal mechanisms.

Important Informations:


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New students

Admission to M.Sc./M.Phil./Ph.D. courses and appointment in projects are advertised on-line for new students to enter into the departmental programmes.

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Public

Research extension programmes, workshop, seminars/conferences carried out by the faculty members/department shall be made available time-to-time in MZU website

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Access to Journals

DBT, New Delhi has provided the DBT E- Library Consortium (DeLCON) which gives subscription to about 500 journals related to Life and Chemical Sciences. This facility is through the NKN - IP address and can be accessed throughout the University campus.

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Hygiene and cleanliness

Standard laboratory and biosafety protocols are being followed in all the laboratories of the Department. Also, the department participates in Swatch Bharat Abhyan on regular basis.

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Restrictions to enter certain lab/area

Only the well-trained personals/research students with requisite knowledge of handling sophisticated instruments and possessing know-how of standard laboratory and biosafety protocols are allowed to enter certain facilities.

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Appointments, office hour, lab hours/usage – for students – researcher- public 

Appointments may be made during office hours, i.e, from 9.0 am to 5.0 pm by calling the respective faculty members or staff.