Established in 2001, the Department of Biochemistry and Bioinformatics offers M.Sc., M.Phil., and Ph.D. programs in Biochemistry and Bioinformatics. The curricula of M.Sc. programs are designed covering basics to advanced aspects imparting hands on experience in the respective fields to cater the needs of industry and research organizations.
The department has excellent infrastructure facilities like audio visual class rooms and well equipped spacious laboratories with state of the art equipment for an effective teaching learning process and research. The teaching-learning process is woven around project works, seminars, field work and industrial visits apart from generic theoretical issues. Our innovative teaching methodology and extensive wet lab practical training enable the students to qualify in CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET), ICMR, GATE, IARI, APSET Examinations etc. In a decade of its existence, the department produced 4 INSPIRE fellows funded by DST, presently working in different research organizations.
The placement record has been impressive with students joining reputed institutions like Bioserve, National Institute of Nutrition, Indian Immunologicals, ICMR, Dr. Reddys’ laboratories, Aurobindo Pharma, Institute of Life Sciences. A significant number of students are pursuing higher studies in advanced research institutions both in India and abroad. Another feather in the cap is the distinction of being the department with highest number of President’s Gold medal and two PG students won the Akkaneni merit scholarship.
The department embarked into research with bioactive compounds from Medicinal plants, Marine sources and Cancer biology as thrust areas. Faculty also carry out research actively in the following areas: Enzymology, Immunology, Plant biochemistry and biotechnology, Clinical biochemistry, Fungal biology, Structural bioinformatics, Genomics, Drug designing and Evolutionary bioinformatics.
Faculty with expertise and experience is a boon to the department. Faculty is NET qualified and has post-doctoral research experience and selected as INSA fellow too. Every faculty has experience in completing atleast one major research project funded by Government organizations. Twelve major and six minor research projects funded by Government research organizations like DST, DRDO, DBT, UGC and GITAM worth Rs ~ 2 crores were completed. Four major research projects funded by DBT, DST, CSIR and ICMR worth Rs ~ 75 lakhs are in progress. Presently, three Research Fellows, one Inspire Fellow and two Post-Doctoral Fellows (PDF) are working in the department. The faculty published 289 research papers in reputed national and international journals with an average impact factor of 2.59. Faculty also contributed 27 book chapters and 16 books. Thirty three Ph.D. and three M.Phil. degrees were awarded from the department and presently, 12 students are working for their Ph.D. degree.