Department of Biotechnology Profile of the Department


Feb 12, 2013 (4 years and 6 months ago)



Department of Biotechnology

Profile of the Department
The Department of Biotechnology has successfully completed seven years existence. It
started with the establishment of two endowment chairs donated by Dr. Asish Kr.
Mondal, an NRI in memory of his parents, Sri Mrigendranath Mondal Chair for Professor
in Biotechnology and Sm. Saralabala Mondal Chair for senior research fellow in
The six batches of students passing M.Sc in Biotechnology from this Department have all
secured First class marks, a matter of pride for us. The alumni from our Department are
engaged in research leading to Ph.D degrees in major research establishments in India
(IICB, Bose Institute, NII, CDFD, ILS, IITs) and abroad. A few ex students have joined
Biotech industries in India (Chembiotech, Biocon, LabIndia). However, the rate of
growth of such industries has not kept up with the expectations form the promises of
DBT, Govt. of India has extended its support since it recognized our M.Sc
(Biotechnology) Course in 2006. 10 students are taken from the combined Entrance
Examination, conducted by JNU on all India basis, who enjoy studentship offered by
DBT and 15 students are selected from our own Entrance Examination held each year.
Two patents, a few publications and a DST project on Arctic Microorganisms are some
of the achievements of our Department. Besides teaching learning process for M.Sc
degree, research scholars working forwards their Ph.D degree are an essential part of our
Ranking of all the State funded Universities teaching post graduate courses in
Biotechnology in India by Biospectrum, a journal devoted to Biotechnology placed our
Department within the top twenty in the last two years.
Fulbright Exchange programme of USA selected our Department and Prof. Asis Das
spent one month Jan 16
to Feb 15
,2007 in our Department teaching the M.Sc students.
Prof.P.Roy was selected by National Centre for Antarctic & Oceanic Research, Goa to
participate in the expedition to Arctic region in August,2009.

Student’s Achievements for last three years:

Total no.
of students
Other jobs

Co-ordinator of DBT Programme for M.Sc Biotechnology : Prof. Pranab Roy
Personal Profile
Designation: Professor
Research Scholars: 8
Patents: 2
a) “An improved method of optimizing the process of fermentation in Black Tea
manufacture”, date of grant-27.04.2007
b) “A novel bacterium capable of degrading polychlorinated hydrocarbon”,
application number-1269/KOL/2006, date of application-23.11.2006

Research Interests: Plant Molecular Biology, Bioremediation, Nutraceuticals,

Cited in Who is Who in the World, published from USA (1997).

1. Biswas, B.B., Ganguly, A., Das, A. and Roy, P. (1974). Action of Indole Acetic Acid: A Plant Growth
Hormone on Transcription. In : Regulation of Growth Differentiated Function of Eukaryotic Cells
(G.P. Talwar ed.), pp. 461-477.
2. Basak, S., Roy, P. and Biswas, B.B. (1977). Interaction of Indole Acetic Acid and Abscisic Acid on
Transcription, Ind. J. Biochem. Biophys. 14: 149-152.
3. Roy, P. and Biswas, B.B. (1977). A receptor protein for Indole Acetic Acid from the plant chromatin
and its role in transcription, Biochem. Biophys, Res. Comm. 77: 1597-1606.Biswas, B.B. and Roy, P.
(1978). Plant growth substances as Modulator of Transcription. Subcellular Biochemistry. 5: 187-219.
4. Ghosh, P.K., Roy, P., Barkan, A., Mertz, J.E. and Weissman, S.M. (1981). Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.
(U.S.A) 78: 1386-1396.
5. Piatak, M., Subramanian, K.N., Roy, P. and Weissman, S.M., (1981). J. Mol. Biol.153: 589-618.
6. Cudny, H., Roy, P. and Deutscher, M. (1981). Biochem. Biophys, Res. Comm. 98: 337-345.
7. Roy, P., Cudny, H. and Deutscher, M. (1982). J. Mol. Biol.159: 179-182.
8. Roy, P. and Deutscher, M. (1982). E. coli exoribonucleases and their action on tRNA processing at the
Cold Spring Harbour Symposium on RNA Processing.
9. Roy, P. and Biswas, B.B. (1983). Studies on moderately repetitive sequences in plant genome at the
XV International Congress of Genetics, New Delhi.
10. Roy, P. (1984). Repetitive DNA from the plant Vigna radiata and its cloning in E. coli at the
International Symposium on Regulation of growth differentiation in normal and neoplastic cells,
University fo Pune.
11. Sen, S. and Roy, P. (1986). Construction of a genomic library from germinating seedlings of mung
bean (Vigna radiata), Biochem. Biophys. Res. Comm. 137: 788-794.
12. Bhattacharya, N. and Roy, P. (1986). Extrachromosomal DNA from a dicot plant Vigna radiata, FEBS
Lett. 208: 386-309.
13. Roy, P. and Bhattacharyya, N. (1987). Reiterated DNA sequences in the genome of mung bean and its
cloning. J. of Plant Physiol and Biochem. 14: 6-13.
14. Roy, P., Bhattacharyya, N. and Biswas B. B. (1986). Isolation, characterisation and sequencing of the
novel repetitive DNA from the mung bean (Vigna radiata). Gene 73: 57-66.
15. Nayak, K. K., Pandey, K. K. and Roy, P. (1988). Cloning of Streptomyces lividian tyrosinase gene in
E. coli. Ind. J. Biochem. Biophys. 25: 915-917.
16. Roy P., Pendse A. G. Nayak K. K. and Pandey N. K. (1988). Effect of salt and water stress on
germinating seedings and calli in rice and mustard. Proceedings of International Congress for Plant
Physiol., New Delhi, pp. 969-976.
17. Roy, P., Nayak, K. K. and Pandey N. K. (1989). Characterisation of novel yeast synthesizing melanin-
like pigment. J. of Gen. Microbiol. 135: 3385-3391.
18. Gurjar, A. S. and Roy, P. (1989). Effect of abiotiic stress on plants – A molecular approach. Proc.
Natl. Seminar ISPP, Bombay on Strat. Physiol. Regulation Plant. Productivity, pp 133-138.
19. Roy, P., and Sahasrabudhe, N. (1990). Asensitive and simple paper chromatographic procedure for
detecting neomycin phosphotransferase II (NptII) gene expression. Plant Mo. Biol. 14: 873-876.
20. Roy, P. (1992). Genomic amplification and expression of 8-endotoxin fragment of Bacillus
thuringiensis, Biochem. Biophys. Res. Comm. 187: 641-647.
21. Roy, P., Wil Bos, J. and Verbakei, J.M.A. (1993). Isolation of salt inducible gene and its molecular
cloning. Ind. J. Biochem, Biophys., 30: 139-143.
22. Tamhankar, S.A., Patil, B.G., Gupta, V.S., Ranjekar, P.K. and Roy, P. (1994). Characterisation of a
genomic clone of salt inducible gene in rich. In : Proceedings of DAE Symposium on Stress and
Adaptive Responses in Biological Systems, Baroda, March 1994, pp. 310-315.
23. Gurjar, A.S. and Roy, P. (1994). cDNA clones for salt inducible gene from mustard (Brassica juncea),
Ind. J. Biochem. Biophys., 31: 329-334.
24. Roy, P. (1995). Biotechnology and Biochemistry of Tea in Soc. Biol. Chemiis. annual meeting,
Lucknow, India.
25. Roy, P. and Gurjar, A.S. (1997). Molecular Biology of Salt stress in Plants in ‘Strategies for
Developing salt and drought tolerance in crop plants’, Oxford & IBH Publishing Co. pp. 393-402.
26. Tamuly, P. and Roy, P. (1996). Intracellular localizsation of PPO and peroxidase in tea leaves Two
Leaves & a Bud. 40
27. Roy, P. (1997). A modified Tocklai Fermentation Test, Two Leaves & a Bud. 41
28. Hazra, B., Sarkar, R., Bhattacharya, S. and Roy, P. (2002). Tumor or inhibitory activity of chicory
Root extract against Ehrlich ascites carcinoma in mice Fitoterapia, 73: 730-733.
29. Roy, P. (2003). Treatment of Municipal Solid Waste. Everyman’s Science, 38: 187-190.
30. Dey,K and Roy,P.(2009) .Degradation of Trichloroethylene by Bacillus sp.: Isolation strategy,strain
characteristics, and cell immobilization. Current Microbiol.59: 256-260.
31. Alfred Q.M, Bishayee K, Roy P. and Ghosh T (2009). A computational technique for prediction &
visualization of promoter region in long human genomic sequence. Jr. of Bioinformatics & Sequence
Analysis, 11: 011-016.
32. Das,J.,Chandra,I and Roy,P. (2010) In vitro regeneration of Hairy Root from Brassica nigra in
response to different PGRs. Asian Journal of Plant Sciences (published online).
33. Bengyella,L. and Roy.P. (2010).Evalution of antifungal potential of Ocimum gratissimum L. Leaves
extract on two seedborn fungi in Cameroon. Asian J. Biol.Sciences .In press.
34. Bengyella,L. and Roy.P. (2010).Engineered antimicrobial and pathogenesis related proteins weaponry
against phytopthora infestans in potato plant: A review Biotechnol. and Mol Biol.Review J. In press.
35. Agniswar Sarkar

and P. Roy (2010) “Study of Vibrio parahaemoliticus through ERIC- PCR and REP-
PCR for Development of Fish and Human Health Management”, Perspectives in Animal Ecology and
Reproduction, Daya Publishing House, New Delhi, INDIA. In Press.

Agniswar Sarkar

and P.Roy (2010) “Application of molecular technique for the study of Aeromonas
hydrophila for the development of fish and human health management”, Asian Journal of
Biotechnology. (Accepted and Noticed for Revision)
38. Srijata Mitra and Pranab Roy (2011).BTEX: A Serious ground water contaminant. Research Journal
of Environmental Sciences. 5(5), 394-398.

39. .Srijata Mitra, Kaushik Dey and Pranab Roy (2010).A Novel bacterium capable of degrading
trichloroethylene. Proc. National Seminar on Biotechnology and the Environmental Science at
NIT,Durgapur, India pp-105-111. ISBN: 978-93-80697-20-8
40. Dey,K and Roy,P (2011) Degradation of chloroform by immobilized cells of Bacillus sp in calcium
alginate beads. Biotechnology letter (online)

Project: A DST project sanctioned on 24.12.2010 entitled “Exploration of Arctic
microorganisms for production of industrial enzymes” in joint collaboration with
Microbiology Department, Burdwan University.
P.I-Professor Pranab Roy, Co-PI’s-Dr.Subhrakanti Mukherjee, Dr.Pradipta
Saha,Sabyasachi Chatterjee

Details of research scholars:

Name of Research Scholars
Area of Research
Mr.Koushik Dey
Lecturer in DCCS,Rajbandh
Miss Srijata Mitra
Endowment SRF
Miss Piyali Mukherjee
Miss Jayita Das
Plant Molecular Biology
Part time Fellow
Mr.Atanu Koner
Lecturer in Dept.of Biotech,B.U
Mr.Agniswar Sarkar
DST Rajiv Gandhi Fellow
Mr.Bengyella Louis
Plant Molecular Biology
Mr.Devraj Roy
Plant Molecular Biology
Part time Fellow
Mr.Joydeep Ganguly
Part time Fellow

Name: Amal Kumar Bandyopadhyay
Assistant Professor
Highest Degree and Research Experience:
PhD (Department of Chemical Sciences (MBU) Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Post Doctoral Research Associate

1. Department of Chemical Sciences (DCS), Molecular Biophysics Unit (MBU), Tata
Institute of Fundamental Research Mumbai, India
2. Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Chemistry, Rutgers, NJ, USA
Joined the Department of Biotechnology, the University of Burdwan in 2006

A. MSc
1. Chemistry of Biomolecules,
2. Biochemistry (theory and practical) ,
3. Medical Biotechnology,
4. Proteomics
5. Molecular Techniques in Biotechnology (Q-PCR,NMR and X-ray)

B. PhD
1. Structural Biology and
2. Biocomputing,
3. Molecular Dynamic Simulation for biological reactions.(theory and

Research Interest
Basic Research on Extreme and Mesophilic Proteins (Experimental Studies and database
Analyses of Atomic Structure and Sequences of proteins for Understanding Protein
Adaptation in Extreme Environments. Our preliminary studies on proteins show that
a. Fundamental Matrices of amino acids deviate from Universal behavior
b. Positional variation of amino acids play crucial role in structural
stabilization of extreme proteins w.r.t. its mesophlic counterparts
c. Prediction inaccuracy in secondary structure of proteins seems to be
an imposed law of natural evolution.
d. Chromophore forming loop of some proteins shows strict selectivity in
amino acids composition.
We are developing softwares using C-language, Unix (C- & B- Shell), and Gawk
for automated analysis of sequence and structure databases in these aspects.

Softwares developed in our Laboratory:
automated salt bridge analysis using Crystal Structure as input

Secondary structural propensity and variability determination from crystal
structure (Program has capability to Jump the chain

discontinuity and to correct other errors
structure files)
Physicochemical properties (25 kinds) and other 10 different sequence
properties determination
Generation of BLOSUM Matrices from many (>2000) sequence blocks.
Calculation and plotting of paired frequency, Obs. & Expected
probability from sequence block
Mass scale analysis of Local data bases of sequences

together prepare crystal structure for Steered Molecular
Dynamic Simulation in one step
Make crystal structure ready for MD calculation in one step

1) Bandyopadhyay, AK, Jain, V. and Nainawatee, HS. (1996), Biology and
Fertility of Soils,
, 189-192.
2) Bandyopadhyay, A.K. and Sonawat, H.M., (2000), Biophys. J., 79, 501-
3) Bandyopadhyay, A.K., Krishnamoorthy, G. and Sonawat, H.M., (2001),
Biochemistry, 20, 1284-1292
4) Bandyopadhyay, A.K., Krishnamoorthy, G., Padhy, L.C. and Sonawat,
H.M., (2007), Extremophiles, 11, 615-625
Research Project:
Research Project submitted to the DST (2010) on Bioinformatic Analysis on Extreme
Research Groups: Following research scholars joined in August, 2010.
Shamyashree Banerjee,
Lisa Banerjee ,
Nazmiara Sabnam ,
Sayantan Prodhan ,
Arnab Nayak ,
Pulak Das .
Manotosh Chatterjee (Project Student from MITS, Orissa)

Ties and Collaborations:
A. Dr. S. Chatterjee, ICMR, Virology Unit, Kolkata
B. Dr. S. Mukherjee, Department of Microbiology,
The University of Burdwan

Name : Dr. Indrani Chandra
Designation: Faculty (Contractual)
Area of Research :Plant Tissue Culture, Cytology
Assisting research in Plant Tissue Culture with Prof. P.Roy
Performed Refresher Course in Life Science conducted by UGC, 2007

Paper published in Books & Journals:
1.P Bhanja and Indrani Chandra . Micropropagation of Plants through Tissue Culture-Coccinia grandis A
case study. In Contemporary Thoughts in Plant Sciences,ed.ByP.K.Pal,pp.133-136,Academic Staff
College, B.U.April,1996
2.Indrani Chandra and P Bhanja. Study of organogenesis in vitro from callus tissue of Flacourtia
jangomas(Lour.)Raeusch through scanning electron microscopy.Current Science,Vol.83,No.4,25

3.J Das,I Chandra and P Roy. In vitro regeneration of hairy root of Brassica nigra in response to different
PGRs.Asian Journal of Plant Sciences 9(5):271-275,2010

Name-Sabyasachi Chatterjee
Designation-Faculty (contractual)
Research interest- Bioremediation, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Medicinal plants

Project: A DST project sanctioned entitled “Exploration of Arctic microorganisms for
production of industrial enzymes” in joint collaboration with Microbiology Department,
Burdwan University.
P.I-Professor Pranab Roy, Co-PI’s-Dr.Subhrakanti Mukherjee, Dr.Pradipta
Saha,Sabyasachi Chatterjee


1. Mukherjea K.K., Panda G., Chatterjee S. (2005); B  A Conformational transition of DNA under the
influence of a copper- cysteine: biophysical, spectroscopic and gel electrophoresis studies; TMC (30): 884-
“A survey on VAM association in three different species of Cassia and determination of

Antimicrobial property of these phytoextracts” published in Journal of Medicinal Plant
Research on 18
February, 2010.Available
online at
ISSN 1996-0875© 2010 Academic

3. Rhodotorula mucilaginosa isolate BUSCY1 26S rDNA gene, partial sequence(629)
was published in NCBI , accession no. GU074381.
4. Dual effect of VAM and Rhizobium on production of Indole Acetic Acid (IAA) in
roots and nodules of Vigna mungo published in Current Microbiology.

- Bioremediation Journal (Taylor & Francis publisher)

Name: Mr. Atanu Koner, M Sc ( Biotechnology)
Designation- Faculty (Contractual)
Teaching : Immunology ( Biotechnology as well as Microbiology Dept) and Animal
Biotechnology. ( Experience: Three years)
Research interest- Neutraceuticals, Animal Biotechnology.
Published paper : Isolation and charecterization of antimicrobial compounds from
chicory root.
Published abstract:1) Biotransformation of common antibiotics using eukaryotic
2) Detoxification of antibiotics visb-a-vis homoeopathic potency.


M.Phil, M.Sc., Adv. Diploma in Bioinformatics
Designation - Faculty (contractual)
Research interest- Computational Biology



“A Bioinformatic Approach to Understand the Relationships of Different

M.Phil in Environmenal Science (2007 – ’08)

Dr. Sudip Kundu., Reader,
Department of Biophysics, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, University of Calcutta,

Topic: “Tryptophan Biosynthetic Pathway Genes and Their Organization in Genome”.
Course: One year advanced diploma in Bioinformatics (2005 – ’06).
Supervisor: Dr. Somdatta Sinha, Scientist, Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology
(CCMB), Hyderabad.

Published abstracts :

1. “Bioinformatic Approach to Understand the Relationships of Different Microorganisms” in
IPCMB (04 – 06 December’08) at Bose Institute, Kolkata.
2. “The Relationships Of Different Microorganisms From Different Environmental Conditions
On The Basis Of Genes And Genomes” in the symposium “Theoretical and
Mathematical Biology” (21 – 22
Aug’09), IISER, Pune.
3. “Tryptophan Biosynthetic Pathway Genes and Their Organization” in the InCoFIBS
– 03
Oct’10), NIT, Rourkela, Orrisa.
4. “A Bioinformatic Approach to Examine Three nif Genes H, D and K” in the National
Seminar on Recent Trends in Biotechnology (11
– 12
Mar’10), Burdwan
University, Burdwan