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SCHOOL OF BIOTECHNOLOGY National Institute of Technology Calicut-673601, Kerala, INDIA
Profile and History The school of Biotechnology at National Institute of Technology Calicut is venturing into cutting edge science and technology through its teaching and research activisities. As such, biotechnology has evolved as an interdisciplinary area of science and technology having linked with many engineering fields like chemical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and so on. Highly qualified, motivated and dedicated faculty members and research scholars including the B. Tech students are engaged in quality research work in different areas, like neuroscience, cancer biology, bioprocess technology, fuel cell technology, plant biotechnology and genetic engineering. The school of Biotechnology at National Institute of Technology Calicut came into being as an independent entity in 2009. The school started its Ph. D. programme in 2009 itself and faculty members jumped onto the research arenas of cutting edge science and technology
Academic Programmes Doctoral degree programme Candidates with Master’s degree in biotechnology or life sciences can do research work under this programme leading to Ph. D. All the research scholars are entitled to receive stipend from Govt. of India once they join the programme. Generally, it takes 3 -5 years to get Ph. D. degrees after registration. Bachelor of Technology ( Biotechnology) Candidates with 10+2 after clearing AIEEE can join this programme like any other engineering programme. The interesting point of this programme is that all other engineeirng techniques will be used to unravel different biological phenomena and also to produce lot of essential products for medical science, food industry, agricultural needs etc.
Major research areas Dr. Md. Anaul Kabir Gene regulation in yeast, Protein folding in yeast and higher eukaryotes, Genomics and Proteomics of microbial organisms, Drug resistance in fungal pathogens. Dr. A Santhiagu Microbial production of useful enzymes, polymers, antibiotics and genetic manipulation, Novel Drud delivery systems, Biological evaluation of phytochemicals.
Major research areas Dr. Rajanikant G. K. • Neuropathology (Ischemic stroke, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Brain tumors) – disease mechanisms & therapy. • Mechanisms of skin repair and regeneration (Normal & infectious wounds, Burn injury, Diabetic ulcers). • Drug discovery & development – Herbal medicines, Synthetic compounds, Computer Aided Drug Design (CADD). • Novel drug delivery systems – Nanotechnology, Prodrugs, Biodegradable systems etc. Dr. Prem. Raj Pushparakan • Epigenetic regulation of intestinal alkaline phosphatase gene • . Role of lipophilic vitamins in gut metastasis • Novel anti-tubercular drugs through bio-pospecting
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Biotechnology laboratories 1. Microbiology laboratory 2. Biochemistry laboratory 3. Bioprocess laboratory 4. Molecular biology laboratory 5. Immunology laboratory 6. Plant biotechnology laboratory 7. Downstream processing laboatory
Extramural research funding Faculty name Funding agency Amount Status Dr. Md. Anaul Kabir DST 32. 32 lakhs Ongoing Dr. A. Santhiagu DST 17. 93 lakhs Ongoing Dr. Rajanikant G. K. DST 27. 0 lakhs Ongoing DBT 14. 0 lakhs Ongoing DBT 20. 0 lakhs Ongoing
Publications (2010 and 2011) Journal 11 National Conf. International Conf. 08 11
Conferences/Summer/Winter School/Short term Courses/ Workshops School of Biotechnology conducted the following programmes on its own and also in association with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in 2010 and 2011. 1. Biotechnology Teaching Excellence Program 2010 (BTEP 2010) 2. International Conference on Genomics and Proteomics 3. International Symposium on Biocomputing (ISB 2010) 4. Indo-US Workshop on Biocomputing (ISB-2011)
Ph. D. students Currently School of Biotechnology has 20 Ph. D. students pursuing their Ph. D. in the field of protein folding, gene regulation, overproduction of biologically products, drug design, neuroscience, caner biology, plant molecular biology etc.
Junior Research Fellows Three JRFs are currently working on different DST, DBT projects.
Post Doctoral Fellow One Post Doctoral Fellow is currently