Department Of Biotechnology
The Department of Biotechnology at JIIT research infrastructure and enabling facilities has contributed to its success in carving a niche for itself on the national biotech education map. The department has consistently maintained its ranking in top 5 biotechnology departments for education quality and research infrastructure amongst private institutions offering Biotech courses in India (Source: Biospectrum, a leading Biotechnology Magazine).The research laboratories operate in more than 800 sq. m. of combined laboratory space accommodating a core facility with high-end instruments and dedicated curricular and research laboratories to undertake research in priority areas of biotechnology with emphasis on applied research. The research efforts in subject areas of functional genomics, microbial biotechnology, bioremediation, evaluation of therapeutic properties of medicinal plants and nanotechnology application in Biosensor development., though at nascent stage, has resulted in project grants totaling approximately INR -176 Lakh (quarter-a-million dollar) in the past 2-yr. from premier National funding agencies of Govt. of India including Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Department of Science & Technology (DST), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), and AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
There is regular up-grading of state-of-the-art equipments in both core and enabling technologies for maintaining research training standards. The laboratories are compliant with the bio-safety norms and provide necessary equipments for biochemical, microbiological and molecular techniques such as protein expression and purification, electrophoresis studies, immuno-technology studies, DNA/RNA isolation, molecular cloning methodologies, PCR, functional genomics applications, cell culture technology, and bioinformatics software applications that constitute the methodological repertoire of biotechnology research. A plant tissue culture laboratory is equipped with automatic humidity and temperature control with required sterilizing equipments and incubation facility. An exclusive laboratory exists to study molecular mechanisms of evolution in model organism Drosophila malerkotliana. A cell culture facility equipped with a CO2 incubator, laminar flow, conventional and fluorescence microscopes serves research in evaluation of therapeutic properties of medicinal plants. Projects focused on molecular aspects of emerging viral diseases take advantage of a dedicated functional genomics laboratory with Bio-safety level-2 (BSL-2) provision. The Nanobiotechnology laboratory equipped with ultrasonic water bath and Backman Coulter ultracentrifuge supports research in nanotech applications in Biosensor development.