Our research covers the spectrum – from basic Survey to Production of scientific products.
Our breadth of expertise across our faculties is supported by deep disciplinary knowledge. We have significant capability in 6 major areas of research, as mentioned below
- Plant Biotechnology
- Animal Biotechnology
- Bioprospecting of Natural Pigments
The Department has a very well established plant biotechnology laboratory and the group is involved in pursuing research on fundamental and applied aspects of plant biology in various economically important plants. Our broad research goals are to establish the micropropagation protocols of various horticultural and medicinally important plants, marker assisted selection in various economically important oil yielding crops and evaluation of different elicitors for bio-priming of economically important crops against fungal and bacterial pathogen. So far two major research project and 5 minor research project has been sanctioned to the group members by government funding agencies (viz. UGC and GSBTM). The Department has published several research paper in the journals of International repute and is also offering a Career Oriented Programme (COP- a certificate course) in Plant Tissue Culture” to the students for enhancement of the skills and give them an opportunity to search the career prospects of Plant Tissue Culture. Currently three students has been registered for pursuing their Ph.D. degree (Saurashtra University) under the supervision of Group Leader Dr. Shivani Patel. The department has also organized several symposium/workshops and seminars on plant biotechnology in the past.
Department has well established Animal Tissue Culture facility where experiments related to all aspects of animal biotechnology can be conducted. The laboratory is equipped with state of the art facility which contains instruments like Class 2 Biosafety cabinet(ESCO), CO2 incubator(ESCO), Inverted Microscope(Invitrogen), Mini-Centrifuge, Multichannel micropipette(Thermo), Autopipette (Tarson), ELISA reader(Thermo), Pass-Box, Cryocanes and deep freezer. Laboratory is having separate areas like Storage room, Preparation room, Transfer room and Instrument room for easy functioning of Laboratory. Cell lines like HeLA and CHO are usually cultivated and maintained here for the experimental purpose.
Antimicrobial metabolites from Actinomycetes: The major activity is isolation and characterization of natural microbial products such as antimicrobial compound. We focused mainly on Actinomycetes as they are most potential candidate for antibiotic production. Several novel techniques has been develop for isolation of actinomycetes from terrestrial, marine as well as plant sources. Endophytic actinomycetes is one of the exciting resource for study of natural antibiotic against multiple drug resistant bacteria. Separation and purification of natural metabolites is one of the objectives of this group. In silico methods are under way to identify the potential target of purified antibiotic compound. Two research projects funded by University grant commission have been completed.
Nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary field which is an amalgamation of physics, material science, biology and chemistry. The department initiated its research in the field of nanotechnology in 2016. The major focus is on optimization of synthesis of various nanomaterials such as oxides of D block elements (Manganese, Nickel, Copper, Cobalt, Zinc etc.). These nanomaterials have been exploited for sustainable development by exploring their potential in bioremediation- azo dye degradation and heavy metal removal from waste water plants. Furthermore, we are working on green synthesis of nanomaterials to minimize the employment of chemicals which are detrimental for our environment.
miRNAs have been recognized as important regulatory factors in plant development. I am trying to explore the RNAi mechanisms operative in Jatropha curcas plants for lipid synthesis. The endeavour is to use this knowledge for crop improvement through employing RNAi based technology.
My scientific interests focus on range of issues related to bioinformatics. I am very much interested in molecular modelling of the structures of biomolecular complexes, molecular dynamics simulations, insilico approaches to drug target identification and drug design.
Bioprospecting of Natural Pigments
Natural dyes have been used long before the invention of Synthetic dyes and can be very effectively put into use in various techniques. Chemically prepared dyes have been proved hazardous to living organisms as some of them are carcinogenic and others can even cause cardiovascular diseases. Right from their production to their disposal they cause environmental issues. The naturally prepared dyes are far better in comparison to synthetic ones in terms biodegradation and also are devoid of any side effects and can be prepared easily by developing countries. The use of natural dyes has been a part of human life since ancient times. However, the synthetic (man-made) pigments completely substituted the natural pigments within a century, due to their lower prices and wide range of bright shades with considerable improved color fastness properties. The greatest source of natural dyes has been from the plant kingdom, notably roots, berries, bark, leaves and wood, but only a few have ever been used on a commercial scale. Synthetic dyes currently in the market for biological studies and in everyday life are toxic and lethal to the environment. Hence, to overcome the inadequacies of the synthetic dyes, a viable option is to replace them with the natural dyes, prepared from plant pigments. In our lab various projects on use of natural pigments were tested for its application in Biological methods, textile and food industry.
The Department of Biotechnology offers graduate, postgraduate and Ph. D programmes which imparts fundamental as well as real world problem solving approach to its students for the development and betterment of the society.
Over last decade the Department of Biotechnology has engaged students in various beneficial and innovative activities such as Lab to Land, Periodical Newsletters, Creative Assignments, STAR Projects, and Internship Programmes at campus, Earn While You Learn scheme, Research Proposal Writing and SOP preparation for various laboratory instruments.
The department facilitates students with an enormous infrastructure to enable nearly five hundred students each year to learn and explore various aspects of biotechnology with the aid of several sophisticated instruments and techniques.
We are pioneer in exposing students to Plant Tissue Culture, Bioinformatics and Animal Tissue Culture techniques in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. We motivate the students to aim for sustainable development by encouraging recycling of waste into useful products such as Recycled Paper and Flowers' preparation from agriculture waste.
CAREER GUIDANCE AND PLACEMENT CELL
Department of Biotechnology is proactively engaged in student placement and pre-placement training. Department has organized several pre-placement training programmes in association with training and placement cell of the institute. The institute has signed a MOU with MNCs like Zydus Cadila Healthcare Ltd., Ahmedabad for student training and placements. Many alumni of the department have served in these MNCs at high level positions for years which, have built reputation of this institute as epicentre of skilled human resource.
Major recruiters at Department of Biotechnology include Zydus Cadila Healthcare Ltd., Ahmedabad, Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Ahmedabad, Sun Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Baroda, Reliance Life sciences, Mumbai, TATA Consultancy (TCS) Ltd., Gandhinagar, Sarjan Biotech. Pvt. Ltd., Bhuj, Span Diagnostics, Surat, Excel Cropcare Ltd., Mumbai, Claris Pharmaceuicals Ltd., Ahmedabad, Amneal Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Ahmedabad, Enzene Bioscience, Pune, Adani Masala Pvt. Ltd, Rajkot, Oceanic food ltd., Jamnagar, GVK- EMRI, Ahmedabad and many more. Our students have also joined several academic organizations for teaching and research career. Department has catered the need of skilled human resource for industries and organizations from the sectors like Biopharmaceutical, Healthcare, Agriculture, Food, Environmental Management, Information Technology with more than 50% candidates opting for a career in industry and academics.
Placement records of PG Students:
To Higher Studies
or Family Business
|Competitive Exam Preparation||Job Seeker|
Contribution of department for the placement and training of students:
|YEAR||COMPANY||No. of Students Selected|
|2013-2014||Oceanic Food ltd., Jamnagar||1|
|St. Xavier College, Ahmedabad||1|
|Shree M. & N. Virani Science College, Rajkot||2|
|Glenmark Pharmaceutical Ltd||1|
|Somnath Academy, Gir Somnath||1|
|Sigma Educational Network, Porbandar||1|
|Balaji Wafers Pvt Ltd, Rajkot||1|
|2014-2015||Modi School, Rajkot||1|
|Civil Hospital, Lab technichian, Gandhidham, Kutch||1|
|Zydus Cadila, Ahmedabad||1|
|Sola Civil Hospital, Lab Technician, Gandhinagar||1|
|Dedicated Academy Pvt. Ltd, Rajkot||1|
|Sola Civil Hospital, Lab Technician, Gandhinagar||1|
|Zydus Cadila, Ahmedabad||1|
|Allen Career Academy, Ahmedabad||1|
|Amneal Pharmaseuticals, Ahmedabad||1|
|School of Science(SOS), Rajkot||1|
|2015-2016||R. K. University, Rajkot||1|
|Ishan Bio Pvt. Ltd., Ahmedabad||1|
|Swastik School, Rajkot||1|
|Anhox helath care, Rajkot||1|
|Dholakiya School, Rajkot||1|
|Dept. of Botany, Shree M. & N. Virani Science College, Rajkot||1|
|R. K. University, Rajkot||1|
|School teacher, Chotila||1|
|MSN Labs, Rajkot||1|
|2016-2017||Adani Masala Pvt. Ltd, Rajkot.||1|
|Sarvoday Science College, Rajkot||1|
|Gardi Vidyapeeth, Rajkot||1|
|Zydus Cadila Ltd, Rajkot||4|
|PGVCL, Govt. of Gujarat||1|
|Abott Ltd., Rajkot||1|
|Shree M. & N. Virani Science College, Rajkot.||1|
|Enzene Bioscience, Pune||1|
|Aastha Science School, Jasdan||1|
|Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Ahmedabad||01|
- Celebration of Gurupurnima : Exhibition/Competitions on “Importance of Guru in Life” – 27th July 2018
- GSBTM Crash Workshop for TY Students (Phase I) – 27th Aug to 1st Sep 2018
- GSBTM Crash Workshop for TY Students (Phase II) – 30th Oct to 4th Nov 2018
- GSBTM Crash Workshop On CSIR-UGC-NET/JRF (Phase II) : 1st to 6th December 2018
- GSBTM Crash Workshop for SY Students – 1st to 4th March 2019
- ATMIYA Scitech Utsav 2019