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Department of Bioinformatics


Bioinformatics is the science of developing computer databases and algorithms for the purpose of speeding up and enhancing biological research. The Department of Bioinformatics was started in the year 2002 to facilitate the teaching and research in the interdisciplinary areas of Structural Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics, and to create an intellectual environment for interdisciplinary education and training. The department has a well equipped lab consisting of latest IBM machines loaded which complete bioinformatics workbench coupled with high speed Broad band internet connection, enabling effective use of biological software for research purposes. The Department is comprised of well experienced faculty members with research interests and expertise in Structural Biology, Molecular Modeling, Computer Aided Drug Design, Pharmacogenomics, Cheminformatics, Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Genomics, Proteomics, Bio-computing, Database & Software development. Moreover, the students can access hundreds of scientific journals on their lab desktop, subscribed by the university, which is essential for project work and subsequent Publication.

Courses Offered :

=> B.Sc Bio-Computing
=> M.Sc Bioinformatics

Thrust Area :

The Bioinformatics course provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge of methods to analyze and interpret the data generated by modern biology. This involves the appreciation of biochemistry and molecular biology, together with the techniques of IT and computer science that will prepare students for multidisciplinary careers in research. This course develops the computational and analytical understanding necessary as a platform for processing biological data. This course also demonstrates applications and worked examples in the fields of Bioinformatics and System Biology, integrating with student involvement through project work. Job prospectuses are in all sectors of biotechnology, pharmaceutical biomedical-science industries, hospitals and IT- Companies. Employment prospects are excellent and appear to be relatively independent of economic conditions. Bioinformatics is a wide-ranging subject and you can put it to use in many ways. Candidates with Master of Science in Bioinformatics, can move straight into the pharmaceuticals or food industry, or become an expert at a biomedical laboratory. Some of the specific career areas that fall within the scope of bioinformatics include, database-designer, clinical pharmacologist, informatics developer, computational chemist, bio-analytics, cheminformatician, biomedical computer scientist, geneticist, biostatistician etc.


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