Biotechnology

The Department of Biotechnology established in the year 1993. Since inception the Department has been creating manpower in diverse areas of biotechnology and is engaged in conducting research in frontier areas of the subject. The faculty members have been actively involved in teaching and research and have achieved accolades from various corners of scientific community. Many faculty members are also involved in the development of entrepreneurship in several potential areas of biotechnology in the North Eastern region. Over the last two decades, a number of research projects have been funded by DBT, DST, ICAR, MoEF, DRDO, UGC, ICMR, NMPB, SERB, GBPIHED, ASTEC and Govt. of Assam that have contributed to innovative research findings. Major funds for infrastructure development were received from DBT and DST (FIST Program) in the last five years.

The Department was established to develop highly trained professional in the field of Biotechnology and to create awareness among the society to harness the benefits of modern biotechnological innovation.

The objectives of the Department was to conduct academic programmes for Post Graduate courses (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) in Biotechnology through upgraded curricula for developing trained manpower in the priority areas of Food Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology, Cancer and Biomedical Research, Natural Product Chemistry, Microalgae, Bioenergy and Bioprospecting, Miocropropagation Technology, Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering, Neutraceuticals and Functional foods.

We carry out need-based research in different areas of Biotechnology and providing more impetus to areas like Bio-prospecting and bioassay of medicinal plants, indigenous fermented foods of the eastern Himalayan region, development of Biopesticides and Biofertilizers, In-vitro multiplication and conservation of rare and endangered plants of the Northeastern region, Microalgal diversity, Bioenergy and Bioprospecting, Petroleum Biotechnology, Cancer chemoprevention, Yeast quorum sensing and microbial signalling, Nutritive values in cereals and vegetables of Northeastern region, Stress physiology in plants and Plant Genomics. In addition, a rationale to develop a regional database for medicinal plants and microbes of Northeastern India and Assam in particular is envisaged.

Department of Biotechnology offers full time M.Sc. programme in Biotechnology. The course is completed in four (4) semesters with both theory and practical papers. The Department offers two (2) special papers in 3rd and 4th semesters in (i) Bioresource& Environmental Biotechnology (BEB), (ii) Food Biotechnology & Bioprocessing (FBB). The M.Sc. students undertake a 2-semester research project to orient them towards research in different areas of Biotechnology.

The Department offers programme of study leading to Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology. The Department has collaborations with IASST (Guwahati), NEIST (Jorhat), GMC (Guwahati), RMRC (ICMR, Dibrugarh), DRL (DRDO, Tezpur), TRA (Jorhat), IBS (Imphal) and many other institutes for providing Ph.D. degree. For enrolment as Ph.D. students in the Department the candidate should qualify the Centrally Conducted Entrance Test (CCE) conducted by the university in the months of February-March every year. The entrance test is based on Master level knowledge of Biological Sciences. Additionally the candidates may be evaluated on the basis of general aptitude in Science and relevant subjects of Science in the entrance Examination.

Faculty members of the Department are involved in various research and extension activities. The infrastructural facilities of the Department have been developed from extramural support received from UGC, DBT, DST, Govt. of Assam, DRDO and NMPB. Moreover, faculty members also support research activities through their individual research projects funded by national and international funding agencies.

Major areas of research in the Department are Plant and Animal Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology, Microbiology, Agricultural Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology, Medicinal Plants, Algal Biotechnology and Biofuels, Phytoremediation, Basic & Applied molecular Biology, Genomics & Proteomics.

The department provides facilities for research in Carbon Dioxide mitigation, Algal Biotechnology and Biofuel production. Research is being undertaken to find novel cancer chemo preventive agents from the medicinal plants/herbs used by ethnic tribal populations of the NE region against Cancer. Research is also being conducted to find plant varieties against biotic and abiotic stresses. Research being undertaken in the Department to utilize the vast microbial resources of the region for commercial and industrial applications. Biomedical research in the Department is being undertaken to find solutions for diseases like HIV and Liver diseases. Faculties are also involved in utilization of Plant resources to find phytochemicals useful as pharmaceuticals. Research in also being conducted in the field of Nano-Biotechnology

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Department of Biotechnology
Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam
Phone : +91-361-2700231
Email : biotechnology@gauhati.ac.in
Web   : gauhati.ac.in/technology/biotechnology

Professor

Arun Kumar Handique [ Dean of Faculty of Technology ] Head of the Department
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Plant Molecular Biology, Plant Biotic & Abiotic Stresses
arunkhandique@gauhati.ac.in

Assistant Professor

Debasish Borbora
MSc (Bangalore)
Cancer Biology & Microbiology
debasish.borbora@gauhati.ac.in

Assistant Professor

Hridip Kumar Sarmah
MSc (Tezpur) PhD (RGU, Arunachal)
Environmental Biotechnology, Microbial Biotechnology
hridip@gauhati.ac.in

Assistant Professor

Mohammad Imtiyaj Khan
MSc (Bharathiar) PhD (Mysore)
Biochemistry of Plant Pigments
imtiyaj@gauhati.ac.in

Professor

Mohan Chandra Kalita
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Plant Biochemistry & Biotechnology, Ethno-pharmacology & Human Diseases, Environmental Biotechnology & Bioenergy
mckalita@gauhati.ac.in

Assistant Professor

Pranjan Barman


pranjan.barman@gauhati.ac.in

Professor

Pratap Jyoti Handique
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) FLS (London)
Molecular Biology, Genomics, Plant Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology
pjh@gauhati.ac.in

Professor

Rupjyoti Bharali
MSc (JNU) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil(JNU)
Biochemistry & Cancer Biology
rupjyoti.bharali@gauhati.ac.in

Assistant Professor

Shiv Sunder Swargiary
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (JMI)
Immunology and Medical Biology
swargiary.ss77@gauhati.ac.in

Assistant Professor

Sujoy Bose
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (JMI)
Biology of Human Diseases - Cancer, Liver and HIV
sujoy.bose@gauhati.ac.in