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SCHOOL OF BIOTECHNOLOGY

National Institute of Technology Calicut

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. PremRaj Pushparakan




Epigenetic regulation of intestinal alkaline phosphatase gene


. Role of lipophilic vitamins in gut metastasis



Novel anti
-
tubercular drugs through bio
-
pospecting





Major research areas

Dr
.

R
.

Aswati

Nair





Functional

genomics

of

NBS
-
LRR

resistance






gene,

Secondary

metabolite

pathway







engineering,

Fungal

elicitor

identification

Dr
.

Suchithra

T
.
V
.



Microbiology
:

oxidative

stress,

antibiotic

resistance,





strain

improvement

of

industrially

important






microbes

and

microbial

fuel

cells

Dr
.

K
.

Rathinasamy




Cell

biology,

Cancer

research,

Apoptosis,






microtubule

cytoskeleton

and

the

mitotic

kinesins





interacting

with

the

microtubules





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

Dr
.

R
.

Aswati

Nair





DBT



21
.
01

lakhs


Ongoing





DST



16
.
85

lakhs



Ongoing


Dr
.

K
.

Rathinasamy




DB

T



19
.
56

laksh



Ongoing





DST



38
.
05

lakhs



Ongoing



Publications (2010 and 2011)

Journal


National

Conf
.


International

Conf
.



11



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





Equipment
-
Gel Doc

PCR Machine

Vacuum Evaporator