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Facilities and Major Equipments


The Department has excellent facilities for teaching and research in Modern Biology and Biotechnology, namely, Animal and Plant Tissue culture facility, and Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering facility. We have a state of the art common Instrumentation facility, in addition to individual faculty-acquired special instruments through research grants (major equipments are listed below). Further, the Department faculty has access to sophisticated instrumentation facilities available at the nearby Institutes and Departments, such as, National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS), National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), National Institute of Virology (NIV) through collaborations. The Department has an excellent computer and network facility for the students. Besides, through mutual collaborative programme, we have access to the Bioinformatics facility at the Bioinformatics centre, University of Pune. Thus, the main thrust of the facilities is based on the faculty expertise available within the Department. We also have an in-house library facility, as detailed below.

Library

The Department has its own small Library, which caters to the immediate needs of the students as well as researchers. The library has, as of today, around 1000 books on basic physical and life sciences, besides Biotechnology per se. The emphasis is increasingly on the acquisition of reference volumes such as Methods in Enzymology & Advances in various subjects. Given the topics, Annual reviews are also being acquired selectively as also CRC Reviews. The journals available are, Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Structural Biology, Nature reviews on Drug Discovery, Trends in Biochemical Sciences, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., Science. J. Biosci., Current Sci., & Journal of Genetics. Further, the faculty and students have access to the University main library (Jayakar Library), and the libraries at Zoology, Bioinformatics Centre, NCL, NCCS and NIV.

List of major equipments

  • Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer

  • CO2 Incubators (#2)

  • Deep Freezer (-80C) (#2)

  • ELISA Reader

  • Fermenter

  • Gel Documentation System (#2)

  • HPLC-cum-Liquid chromatography system

  • Ice flake Machine (#2)

  • Laminar Air flow hoods (#7)

  • Luminometer

  • Lyophilizer

  • Microscopes: Dissecting, Compound & Fluorescence with Camera & Imaging system

  • PCR Thermal Cycler (#2)

  • Real time PCR thermal cycler

  • Refrigerated High Speed Centrifuges (#4)

  • Speed Vac Concentrator

  • 2-D gel electrophoresis system

  • Ultracentrifuges (#2)

  • UPS (20 KVA)

  • UV-Visible Double beam Spectrophotometers (#3)

  • UV Transilluminator

  • Water filtration system (#2)

  • Nanodrop Spectrophotometer

  • Flow Cytometer (Talli, Invitrogen)

Besides the above in-house equipments, instruments like, NMR (500 MHz), GC MS, HPLC, EM, Confocal microscope etc. are available in the Common Instrumentation Facility in the University.


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