DEPARTMENT OF BIOTECHNOLOGY

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The Department of Biotechnology, one of the vibrant departments of Kalasalingam University (KLU), had its humble beginnings in the year 2002 with its offering of a 4-year undergraduate program in Biotechnology. This young and academically active department has rapidly won many laurels to its credit. In 2004, the department moved to an independent three-storey building which houses its research labs, discipline-specific teaching labs, individual faculty offices and classrooms.  In 2006, the department was recognized as a research centre for pursuing doctoral programs.

Besides pursuing their regular academic activities, students are encouraged to participate in symposia and workshops. Our students have won many prizes in paper presentations and academic quiz competitions conducted at neighbouring colleges. Students are encouraged to take part in the on-going research activities of the department. Every year our students are selected for prestigious National Academy of Sciences summer fellowships and many have undergone summer training in premier laboratories in India.

The department has five independent teaching laboratories and a centralized instrumentation facility which house sophisticated equipment for the use of both the students and faculty. The equipment at the facility include fermentor, thermocycler, gel-documentation system, deep Freeze, liquid Chromatography system, Sonicator, UV-VIS Spectrophotometer, ultrafiltration unit and microplate readers.

In addition, the department has a 1000-sq. ft. research laboratory and a state-of-the-art animal cell-culture facility and Proteomics facility. These facilities have all the basic instruments needed for culturing animal cells, including an inverted microscope, a laminar air-flow system and a CO2 incubator and 2D Electrophoresis systems.

Our faculty members have diversified research expertise. They have been trained in premier institutions in India and abroad and a few of them have held senior positions in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. The faculty members of the department are actively involved in research and have ongoing projects funded by major funding agencies of the country.

VISION OF THE DEPARTMENT

Building an undisputed reputation as a frontrunner in teaching and research at the National and International levels

MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT

To provide well-crafted curricula in the various branches of Biotechnology and inculcate the requisite technical and research skills in students so as to render them employable in academia, and the process and health care industries, in the service of society