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DEPARTMENT OF BIOTEHNOLOGY

The scope of biotechnology is never ending as the power to alter life has just seen its beginning. The field of biotechnology is steadily growing in India – we are among the top 12 destinations for biotechnology education in the world, and hold nearly 3% share in the global Biotechnology industry (Source : investindia.gov.in, 2021).

The Department of Biotechnology at JIIT, NOIDA, established in 2002, remains committed to provide innovative research-informed teaching and learning, and vibrant R & D environment. Faculty with rich research exposure in academia and industry both in India and abroad contributes to the department academic core.

In response to continuously evolving technology and industry needs, curriculum is designed to impart skill sets enabling adaptation to academia, research, and industry. The curriculum provides engineering interface and integrates core subject area knowledge with professional development; focusing on entrepreneurship, analytical and research skills. Students undertake basic courses in genetics, molecular biology, genetic engineering and plant and animal tissue culture as well as specialised courses such as genetic screening and personalised medicine, bioprocess engineering and industrial microbiology, immunotechnology, nanotechnology and biosensors, as electives. Two minor projects of duration of one semester and one major project of two semesters duration help the students in transforming their theoretical knowledge to practical applications (Detailed curriculum : http://www.jiit.ac.in/curriculum-structure-%E2%80%93-4-years-btech-biote...).

Flexible credit based systems and option to choose from diverse elective subjects provide a wonderful opportunity to the students to broaden their knowledge and also obtain  proficiency certificates in areas such as Industrial Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology, Plant and Microbial Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Environmental Biotechnology and Food Biotechnology. Students can also opt for Minor specialization in other branches of Engineering like Computer Science and Engineering and Information Technology, by opting for some extra credits.

The program is fully supported by excellent laboratories for all the core courses like Genetics, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Fermentation and Bioprocess Lab, Bioinformatics and some advanced laboratories such as Transcriptomics lab, Nanotechnology and Drug Delivery, Plant and Animal cell culture labs sponsored by external funding agencies. These labs are equipped with state-of-the-art instruments to encourage students to follow the trajectory of biotechnology experimentation during practical classes and projects. Institutional Bio-safety Committee (IBSC) and Institutional Ethical Committee (IEC) are in place as per mandatory requirement of Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, to generate awareness and monitor bio-safety aspects and regulations. (Link to Laboratories page: http://www.jiit.ac.in/biotechnology-laboratories)

THRUST AREAS OF THE DEPARTMENT

The departmental research is broadly segregated into two Centres as below:

  • Center of Excellence in Emerging Diseases

“Centre of Excellence in Emerging Diseases” addresses the questions of molecular mechanism/pathogenesis/host pathogen interactions of emerging and re-emerging viral (Chikungunya & Chandipura) and bacterial pathogens (Mycobacterium and others) and life style diseases such as obesity & diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular and CNS disorders using both wet laboratory and tools of computational biology/bioinformatics (genomics, proteomics and evolutionary approaches). Research emphasis is also on peptide based therapeutics, regulatory peptides, biosensor and ELISA based diagnostics, and drug encapsulated nanoparticles and nanoemulsions.

Thrust area includes

  • Disease and Omics Technology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

(Link to Centre organisation and activities: http://www.jiit.ac.in/sites/default/files/CEED.pdf)

  • Center of Excellence in Plant & Microbial Biotechnology

Plant & Microbial Biotechnology group addresses growing concern over environmental pollution, depleting natural resources and increasing demand of natural bio-products of therapeutic and industrial importance (food flavours-microbial production of Vanillin and probiotics; enzymes -Laccase, protease, tannase, polyphenol oxidase, keratinase from microbial sources, biosynthesis of chitosan, cellulose from microbial sources for bioprocess applications, bio-inoculants of plant and microbial origin for plant growth promotion and antibiosis, microbial remediation of organophosphate pesticides, biocatalyst for the removal of nitrogen and sulphur from petroleum products, phytoremediation of heavy metals-copper (Cu) and lead (Pb); screening for antimicrobial compounds-peptides/antibiotics).

Thrust area includes

  • Bioremediation
  • Bioresources
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Plant and Agriculture Biotechnology
  • Pro- and Prebiotics
  • Food Biotechnology
  • Microbial Biotechnology

(Link to Centre organisation and activities: http://www.jiit.ac.in/sites/default/files/PMB.pdf)

RESEARCH AND PUBLICATION SUMMARY

The research emphasis is reflected in the active doctoral program (66 students pursuing PhD and 37 completed), publications in international/national journals, and sponsored research projects totalling approximately INR-9.44 Cr from premier national funding agencies namely, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and Department of AYUSH.

Here is the research output from the last five years

Type of Publication

Count (Last 5 years)

International Journals

188

National Journals

8

International conferences

243

National conferences

15

Book/Book Chapters

36

GenBank Submissions

37

Patents

10

 

Publication profile of the department http://www.jiit.ac.in/sites/default/files/Publication%20Journals.pdf

Given below is a snapshot of the ongoing research projects ongoing in the department

 

Sr. No.

Title of the Project

Duration

Funding Agency

Sanctioned Fund (Lakh)

Investigator/s

 

1 Design and fabrication of amperometric enzyme sensors for the detection of parabens 3 years (from 19th July 2021) Department of Biotechnology, Government of India 34.77 lakh Prof. Pammi Gauba & Dr. Ashwani Mathur

2

Evaluation of the production strategies, nutritional value and therapeutic properties of probiotic Seabuckthorn juice

2021-2023

Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India and Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT), Egypt.

 

12 (from Indian Scientist only; Separate for Egypt Scientist)

PI: Prof. Pammi Gauba, Ashwani Mathur (India) jointly with Prof. Shoby El-Sohaimy, ARID Lands Cultivation Research Institute, SARTA City, Egypt

3

Nose to brain delivery of surface-modified drug loaded PLGA nanoparticles for management of Trigeminal Neuralgia.: Delhi, Grant Value: INR  lakhs, ()

 

2020-2023

ICMR

40.6

PI: Dr. Shweta Dang; Co-PI: Dr. Pammi Gauba. Co Pi: Dr Amit Tyagi, INMAS,

4

Evaluation of the heavy metals content in market samples of plant raw drugs used in Ayurveda.

2017-2021

AYUSH

41.1

PI: Dr. Pammi Gauba

5

Application of customized PGPM based formulations for reclamation of soil permeated with Organophosphate pesticide residues.

 

2017-2020

DBT

62.1

PI:  Dr. S Krishna Sundari

Co-PI: Dr. Sudha Srivastava

6

Investigating microRNAs as the Next Generation Therapeutic Targets in Diabetic Cardiomyopathy.

 

2018-2021

SERB-DST

40

PI: Dr. Vibha Rani

7

Developing Functional bacterial cellulose composites as immobilization matrix

2019-2021

Council of Science and Technology U.P

6.6

PI: Dr. Garima Mathur

Co-PI: Prof Pammi Gauba

8

Targeting biofilm formation by inhibiting Cysteine biosynthesis pathway enzymes in ESKAPE pathogens with natural products.

2021-2024

DST

42.30

PI: Dr.  Vibha Gupta/ Dr Prerna Diwan/Dr. Rakesh Kumar Gupta

9.

Exploring efficacy of plants and microbes for remediation of E-Waste Contaminated Soil.

2020-2023.

Ministry of Forest and Environment,

47.93

PI: Prof. Pammi Gauba, Co-PI: Dr. Shweta Dang.

10.

Building integrated pipeline for cancer genome analysis: Role of mobile genetic elements in cancers.

2017-2020

DBT

29.38

PI: Dr. Kamal Rawal

Co-PI: Dr. Sanjay Gupta

11.

Potentially novel carbohydrases (cellulase and related enzymes) for waste management from cultivable bacteria and functional metagenomic library of North East India biodiversity hotspot

2017-2020

DBT

22.21

PI: Dr. Indira P. Sarethy

 

Detailed description of externally funded projects executed by the department - http://www.jiit.ac.in/sites/default/files/Research%20Projects_biotech.pdf

Details of the ongoing and awarded PhD from the Department:

http://www.jiit.ac.in/sites/default/files/PhDCompletedBT.pdf

http://www.jiit.ac.in/sites/default/files/PhdOngoingBT.pdf

 

PLACEMENT STATUS

Competent curriculum and interaction with leading scientists from academia and industry through invited lectures, workshops and conferences ensures all-round development of the students. Our students continue to secure positions in graduate schools for MS/Ph.D at universities of international/National repute such as Max Planck Institutes, John Hopkins, Georgia Tech, Keck Graduate Institute, Penn State, IITs etc. among others. Many students have been selected in core biotechnology firms Panacea Biotech, Cadilla Biotech, Ranbaxy, and Premas Biotech Ltd.

 

 Table below shows the placement status of our students:

Batch

Total Participating

Students

Total No. of Offers

% of Total Offers

Absolute offers

% of absolute offers

2016-20

34

27

79%

24

89%

2015-19

72

57

79%

51

89%

 

MOTIVATION FOR COMPETITIVE EXAMS

As an activity of Capability Enhancement and Development Cell at our institute, departmental faculty and our curriculum supports students to ace the prestigious national and international examinations like GATE, CSIR-NET, ICMR, DBT-JRF, CAT, GRE etc. Following is a summary of our students who have bought us laurels in National and International Competitive Examinations in the past 5 years:

 

Examination Name

No. Of students qualified in past 5 years

GATE

32

CSIR – JRF

4

DBT-JRF

2

GRE

14

CAT

2

 

STUDENTS WORKING WITH BIOTECHNOLOGY COMPANIES

Biotechnology employers can come from diverse areas – small start-up firms pitching hydroponics, firms dealing with waste treatment and environmental engineering solutions, food and food processing firms, online education ventures, global pharmaceutical giants. Our students have placed in several well established biotechnology companies such as – TechSci Research, Nestle India, Unimrkt Research.

ALUMNI

The alumni represent the success stories of an educational institute. Each alumnus harbours a unique experience of and is a reliable knowledge source for current and prospective students. Our department continually engages with alumni for feedback on curriculum, guest lectures for students and trainings.

Distinguished Alumni: Click Here

STudent's Academic Enrichment Cells

  • A technical hub “RIBOSE” involves students in societal projects/events. In the past, the hub has organized difference technical events, quizzes, model making competitions and bio-entrepreneurship competition. Hub is also actively involved in organizing technical events during techno-cultural event of the institute ‘IMPRESSIONS’ and technical event of the institute ‘CYBERSHRISHTI’, where events ranges from model making competition to bioinformatics based technical events.

For details of student's activities, please visit Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RIBOSEjiit/

  • Students are encouraged to apply and undergo training in cutting edge technologies in biotechnology at institutes and laboratories of National and International importance as a Summer Internship.

For details of past Summer Internships undergone by our students click here: http://www.jiit.ac.in/sites/default/files/Bio_Industrial%20Training.pdf

ANNUAL EVENTS

  • Department of Biotechnology at JIIT annually organizes International Conference on Advances in Biosciences and Biotechnology (ICABB) in the month of January from 2017. The Annual conference brings together eminent speakers from academia, industry and research institutes, to engage in scientific discourses and share their ideas, knowledge, and experience with participating research scholars and students. This year we successfully hosted the conference in a virtual mode, with speakers from National Cancer Institute, USA, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain, IIT Delhi, NII, Delhi, AIIMS, Promega Corporations, USA, DY Patil University, Pune.  For an overview of the ICABB-2021 click here : https://icabbjiit.com
  • The department also organizes a Faculty Development Program, annually (since 2015), to motivate faculty members and facilitate augmentation of knowledge and skills. (Click here to see the brochure of FDP conducted in 2020 : Click Here)