SRM University, Kanchipuram

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Department of Genetic Engineering


The world has come to realize the miracles of Genetic Engineering, in agriculture - higher yield and better varieties of crops, in medicine - diagnostics and cures that were only a dream a few years back. It's in the news. It's everywhere. It is the backbone of biotechnology. The opportunities for a genetic engineer in clinical and applied genetics today and in the future are boundless. Started in the year 2004, the department aims to produce genetic engineers who excel in the field of genomics and gene manipulation. Towards this end, the department has brought together state of the art laboratories and a highly experienced and dedicated team of faculty.

Courses Offered :

=> B.Tech Genetic Engineering
=> M.Tech Genetic Engineering
=> Ph.D Genetic Engineering

Faculty Research & Consultancy :

The department gives great importance to obtain externally funded research projects from India and abroad. Collaborative and interdisciplinary research is aimed at the areas of genomics, molecular diagnosis, bio-energy, plant, animal and microbial genetics. Faculty members are engaged in externally funded research projects, internally funded pilot projects and student projects.

Major Events & Achievements :

We have a major research project for isolation of all the genes that are involved in oil biosynthesis in Jatropha. This three year project is funded by the department of Biotechnology, Government of India. In addition, we are a partner in another research project on Rhizosphere Microbial Community for Sulfur Transformation in Rice. A national level training program on Gene Cloning Techniques and Automated DNA Sequencing was conducted by the department for college teachers from all over India. This training program was also completely sponsored by the department of Biotechnology, Government of India.

Careers :

A wide scope of 27 billion USD worth of outsourcing in R&D and 25,000 R&D based jobs are available for genetic engineers. Besides, a large number of students opt for higher studies in India and abroad (USA, UK, Sweden, Australia, Germany, Canada) directly after B.Tech.

Facility :

The department boasts facilities on par with western countries especially for undergraduate teaching and research. The department is well equipped to perform teaching and research in the fields of genetic engineering, immunology, bioseparation and genomics. The Genomics Lab is equipped with a 16-capillary Automated DNA Sequencing Machine from Applied Biosystems, PCR machines, Gene Pulser and other related equipment. Efforts are underway to add complete microarray platform to this lab. The curriculum provides hands-on experience to undergraduate students in molecular techniques, cloning strategies, sequencing and genome analysis, protein purification, hybridoma technology and microbial characterization.


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