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Laboratory infrastructure in the department consists of a variety of equipment and provide an array of facilities for both teaching and research purpose.  The various laboratories/facilities in the department include :
 
  • A genomics laboratory for work pertaining to genomics of human diseases
  • An Animal Cell Culture laboratory
  • A microbiology laboratory for research pertaining to basic microbiology, microbial technology etc. and for teaching purposes
  • A research laboratory for experiments pertaining to molecular biology and biochemistry
  • A bio-informatics laboratory for work pertaining to computational structural biology
  • A genetic engineering laboratory for both teaching and research purposes
  • A biotechnology laboratory for both teaching and research purposes
  • Facilities for growing and working with plants
  • Facilities for maintaining and working with stem cells
  • An Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory
  • A virology laboratory
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    While basic equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, pH meters, small centrifuges, laminar flow hoods, orbital shakers, incubators, ovens, autoclaves, heaters, stir plates, weighing balances, microscopes, computers etc. are present in a number of these laboratories, specialized equipment for high quality, cutting-edge research are also present and growing in number. These facilities include laminar flow hoods for animal cell cultures, CO2 incubators, HPLC, water de-ionization/purification system, plant growth chamber, visible and UV spectrophotometers, advanced PCR machines, QRT-PCR machines, hybridization oven, advanced table and floor top centrifuges, ELISA reader, cold room, gel documentation system, flow cytometer, servers for computational work etc. The department also has access to equipment in the central instrumentation facility provided by the institute which houses such instruments as HPLC, GC, AAS, spectro-fluorimeter, LC-MS, FTIR, DSC etc. 

    Awards

    "The student team of RightBiotic, under the guidance of Prof. Suman Kapur, has bagged the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award (GYTI 2015) under the category BIRAC-SHRISHTI (http://gyti.techpedia.in/project-detail/RIGHTBIOTIC-The-Fastest-Antibiotic-Finder/3048).The award ceremony was held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the award carries a cash prize of Rs 15 lakhs for the team to take their idea further for reaching the goal of a successful market product." 
     
    BITS Hyderabad RightBiotic team bagged the First Prize of Rs 5lacs at the ABLE (Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises) an initiative of DBT, GOI.  The contest is called BEST INDIA 2014, BEST standing for Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Student Teams under the mentorship of Prof. Suman Kapur.
     

    Achievements

    1. Dr. Jayati Ray Dutta serves as editorial board member for "Journal for Advanced Research in Applied Sciences" since November 2014. She is also a life member of European Federation of Biotechnology. 
    2. Prof. Suman Kapur is appointed as Shri B K Birla & Smt. Sarala Birla Chair Professor.
    3. From October 2013, Dr. P. Sankar Ganesh become an Associate Member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Florida, USA.
    4. Prof. S. Swaminathan has been invited to serve as a member of the Scientific Advisory Group of the Centre for Biodesign & Diagnostics, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India (August 2013).
    5. From March 2012, Dr. P. Sankar Ganesh has become Lifetime Member of the Society of Toxicology (STOX), India.
    6. Departmental DST-FIST Grant award received in 2012.
    7. Dr. Debashree Bandyopadhyay serves as a life-member of Indian Biophysical Society. She is also member of American Chemical Society, USA, since 2012.
    8. On December 2011, Dr. P. Sankar Ganesh has been appointed as the Editor-in-Chief of the Editorial Board of the GSTF Journal on Bioinformatics and Biotechnology (JBio).
    9. On May 2011, Dr. P. Sankar Ganesh received the Individual Developing Country Membership of International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), Vienna, Austria.
    10. From July 2010, Dr. P. Sankar Ganesh, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, has become the Technical Committee Member of the Collaborative Working Group on Solid Waste Management in Low- and Middle-income Countries, St. Gallen, Switzerland.

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