Name of the organization
Given Approval : University Grants Commission.
Profile of the Department
Apart from general basic biotechnology, the Programme, Marine Biotechnology envisages marine environment as a rich source of biological and chemical diversity which has been the source of unique chemical compounds with the potential for industrial development as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, nutritional supplements, molecular probes, enzymes, new antibiotics against drug resistant microbes, fine chemicals and agrichemicals all of them have a potential multibillion dollar market value.
The syllabus of the Programme is so designed as to address the above aspects.
Besides regular class room teaching and practical’s, emphasis is made towards research orientation and hands-on-training in biotechnological and microbiological original work practice resulting in isolation and characterization of luminous bacteria, extremophiles, multienzyme producing marine bacteria etc., and developing suitable media so that students can pursue their own original potential when placed in industry.
The PG students, research scholars and faculty are encouraged to participate in National/ International scientific conferences, which quite often resulted in awards as best presentation.
The Department has so far conducted twelve National Level conferences/ Seminars/ Workshops in various aspects of Biotechnology and Orientation programmes for research and publications. The Department has, so far, provided short term project/ training for 72 students from 26 different Institutes from India and even abroad.
The Department provides limited full-time research fellowships for Ph.D. scholars.
The Department has full fledged infrastructure and equipment to meet the stated objectives.
Specialization of the Department : Core Theme of Research is Bioactive Molecules From Marine Resources”
Department’s Research Priorities: Enzyme Technology, Sea Food Microbiology, Marine Microbial Diversity, Extremophiles & Marine Actinomycetes, Luminescent bacteria, Fluorescent pseudomonads, Bioactive secondary metabolites from marine microbes, Marine Bioproducts (Bioplastics) & Bioprocess Technology
Dr M Jayaprakashvel
Head of the Department