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The Department of Bioinformatics was started in the year 2008 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 been nationally recognized by Department of Science and Technology, MoS&T, GOI under the schemes such as Fund for Improvement of S&T infrastructure in universities & higher educational institutions (FIST) - Level I for five years from 2017-2022 and Promotion of University Research and Scientific Excellence (PURSE) for two consecutive periods from 2011-2015 and 2016 - 2019).
The Department of Bioinformatics is offering two year M. Sc., degree course, one year M. Phil., course in Bioinformatics and one year Post Graduate Diploma in Structural Pharmacogenomics(PGDSP)-UGC Innovative Program. Doctoral programme leading to Ph.D. is also being offered in interdisciplinary areas in Bioinformatics at the department. The Department is comprised of well experienced faculty members with research interests and expertise in Small and Macro Molecule X-ray Crystallography, Structural Biology, Molecular Modelling,Computer Aided Drug Design, Pharmacogenomics, Genomics, Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Proteomics, Chemoinformatics, Bio-computing, Database & Software development.
Department faculties are having international collaboration with Osaka University, Japan, RIKEN Harima Institute, SPring-8, Japan, Institute for Protein Research (IPR), Osaka University, Japan, National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Taiwan, Nanyang Technological University for Research, Singapore, Konkuk University, Republic of Korea.
The department is undertaking research projects in the fields of Structural Bioinformatics, Structural Biology and Bio-computing funds from various agencies such as University Grants Commission (UGC), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Tamil Nadu State Council for Science & Technology (TNSCST) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
The focus of the Bioinformatics program is to train the next generation of bioinformatics researchers for academia and industry and also to meet demand from the, Structural Biology, Pharmaceutical, Biomedicine, Medical informatics and Biotechnology industries.
The M. Sc and M. Phil courses of bioinformatics includes the areas of development of new computational methods for studying organization and evolution of genes and genomes, Structural Biology, Experimental and Computational approaches to macromolecular structure, Molecular dynamics and simulation, comparative evolutionary genomics, Drug design & discovery, pharmacogenomics, algorithm development, database development, sequence analysis, data mining, Prediction and analysis of structure etc.
2 Years; M. Sc Bioinformatics (Regular Course)
Bachelor’s Degree in any Biological Sciences (Bioinformatics, Botany, Zoology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology etc) / Physics/Chemistry / Agricultural / Veterinary / Fisheries Sciences / Pharmacy / Medicine/ Engineering and Technology or equivalent Degree with at least 55% of marks in Part III.
1 Year; M. Phil Bioinformatics (Regular Course)
Master’s Degree in any Biological Sciences (Bioinformatics, Botany, Zoology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology etc) / Physics/Chemistry / Agricultural / Veterinary / Fisheries Sciences / Pharmacy / Medicine/ Engineering and Technology or equivalent Degree with at least 55% of marks.
Department of Bioinformatics is now broadening its scope to include a Ph.D program in Bioinformatics. To further strengthen teaching and research environment in the department. The mission of the Bioinformatics Ph.D Program is to prepare scholars to reach the forefront of leadership in the fields of bioinformatics, structural biology and computational biology and to integrate research and education on information technologies in biology, medicine, Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, Fisheries Sciences.
Post Graduate Degree in Bioinformatics or Biological Sciences (Life Sciences, Botany, Zoology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology etc) /Chemistry/Bio-Physics/ Veterinary Science / Agriculture / Fisheries Sciences / Pharmacy / Medicine or other related areas with not less than 55% mark in the aggregate is eligible for registration for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
CSIR/UGC-NET/SLET/DBT/ICMR/ICAR qualified candidates and M.Phil degree holders will be given preference and they are directly eligible for interview conducted by university. However, in exceptional cases, candidates without NET may be considered upon satisfactory performance in written test / interview conducted at the department/University.
The study of PGDSP includes the areas of development of new computational methods for studying organization and evolution of genes and genomes, computational approaches to macromolecular structure and dynamics and simulation, comparative evolutionary genomics, Drug design & discovery, pharmacogenomics, algorithm development, data base development, sequence analysis, data mining, Prediction and analysis of structure etc.
Post M.Sc. One year; Innovative Course Supported by UGC, Govt. of India
M.Sc., Life Sciences/ M.Sc., Agri/ Physics/ Chemistry/ M.Pharm., Pharmaceutical Biotechnology/ M.Tech., Bioinformatics/ M.Tech., Biotechnology/ Bioinformatics or any other course equivalent there to and must have obtained 60% marks at Post Graduation level.
Based on the percentage of marks in the PG. Qualifying Examination.
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The department currently uses the databases and resources that are freely (open access) available over the internet like NCBI, EBI, ExPASy, PDB, etc.,
Bioinformatics and Drug Discovery Society (BIDDS) is an Indian academic society for Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Drug Discovery. It has been registered under the rule 8 of the Tamil Nadu society’s registration Act, 1975. In recent days, bioinformatics has become indispensable in life science research. Buoyed by the success of rational drug design and the new challenges posed by the emerging resistant and infectious diseases has compelled the researchers to enhance bioinformatics application for accelerating drug discoveries. It is in this backdrop with the idea of establishing a stage for scientists, academicians, researchers and students that will bring them closer to discuss, find scientific solutions in designing new drugs using advanced computer aided technology, was proposed by Dr. S. Subbiah, Vice-Chancellor, Alagappa University at University’s Bioinformatics department during the 9th National symposium-cum-workshop on “Recent trends in structural bioinformatics and computer aided drug design”. The society will serve as a platform for dissemination of scientific knowledge and function as a central hub between bioinformatics, biological sciences and other allied life sciences.
BIDDS has been developed for the promotion of recent progress in drug discovery with the resource of bioinformatics. This society helps in discovering the scientific and academic efforts throughout the globe and recognizes the researchers and scientist bestowed with the awards and credits. Expertise and eminent scientist all over India can be found under a single platform via BIDDS. The members of society meet every year and organize conference, workshop, symposium and training for all upcoming researchers to achieve great success by meeting eminent scientist and industrialists. It will be endow with a global opening for the scientists and researchers to present their work and gain exposure. This helps to seek inspiration and support the young researchers to accomplish their aim for future exploration of their study.
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