BIO-TECHNOLOGY

 

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  Laboratory

 

The department is well established with 11 spacious laboratories dedicated for both student and faculty research.

 

  • Microbiology Lab
  • Biochemistry Lab
  • Immunology Lab
  • Downstream Processing Lab
  • Bio Organic and Chemical Engineering Lab
  • Genetic Engineering Lab
  • Bioinformatics Lab

 

MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY LAB
Faculty in-charge: Dr. K. Kumaresan
The focus of the lab is to train students with basic microbiology techniques for microorganism isolation, characterization and propagation. As a part of biochemistry, the students are exposed to various biological reactions and pathways. The lab currently works on interdepartmental project with Mechatronics department on a project titled “Development of Novel Eco-friendly microbial controlled rice straw based mineral building materials” funded by KCT management for Rs. 1.7 L
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bt2 IMMUNOLOGY LAB
Faculty in-charge: Mr. P. Muthukumaran
The prime focus of the lab is to understand the basic human immune system and their interaction with various foreign substances. The lab also inculcates students in animal handling.
DOWNSTREAM PROCESSING LAB
Faculty in-charge: Dr. M. Shanmuga Prakash
To recover and purify the biomolecules from various sources using different unit operations. Currently, the lab works on “Anaerobic hydrogen and methane production process from organic wastes using novel membrane reactors” with a total funding of Rs. 2.10L by KCT.
Dr. M.Shanmugaprakash has filed an Indian patent on “Purification Of Protease Enzyme From Ananas Comosus By Three Phase Partition” Patent application No. 2946/CHE/2015. He has also completed a project – “A process development for purification of debittering enzymes based on aqueous two phase extraction” funded by DBT ( Fast track).The lab is actively involved in various consultancies including ultrasonic pretreatment of samples
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bt4 BIO ORGANIC AND CHEMICAL ENGINEERING LAB
Faculty in-charge: Mr. D. R. Manimaran
The heart of various biotechnology processes is unit operation and chemical engineering aspects. The lab facilitates students in understanding the various unit operations and also several industry based operations.
GENETIC ENGINEERING LAB
Faculty in-charge: Prof. N. Saraswathy
The lab aims in inculcating students about various basic genetic engineering techniques. The lab focuses on molecular characterization of microbes from various sources. There are five bacterial strains characterized and 16SrRNA sequences were submitted in NCBI – Genbank data. Currently, the lab works on a project titled “Detection of Bacteriophage Contamination in starter cultures in dairy industry using Nanopore sequencing” with a total funding of Rs. 2.07 L. Dr. N.Sarawathy also supports various consultancy works like Antibacterial testing of nano-finished cotton fabrics, Testing of anti-bacterial ability of Bamboo/cotton blend fabrics.
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bt6 BIOPROCESS LAB
Faculty in-charge: Dr. P.Ramalingam
The focuses of the lab are separation process, enzyme production and purification. Dr. P.Ramalingam has completed several projects successfully – Complete removal of recalcitrant dyes in textile effluents by organic solvents using multistage centrifugal extractor (Rs. 24.95 L) funded by DST- Water Technology Initiative. Currently, Dr. Ramalingam is working on the project – “Extraction of residual synthetic dyes from textile dyebath effluent using solvents in multistage centrifuge extractor” funded by DST. The lab also supports various consultancy works primarily focusing on Transesterification process, Testing of anti-bacterial ability in concrete cubes, Bioconcrete testing using bacteria. The lab also poses a 50 L – Pilot scale working fermenter (MODROBS) and a multistage centrifugal extractor.
MAMMALIAN AND PLANT TISSUE CULTURE LAB
Faculty in-charge: Dr. R. Baskar
The main purpose of establishing Mammalian Cell culture lab is to introduce the students to various techniques of culturing animals cells. The facility includes preparation room, two inoculation rooms separate for primary culture and cell lines and a common incubation room.
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bt8 P.G. PROJECT LABORATORY
Faculty in-charge: Dr. R. Baskar.
The lab primarily focuses on inculcating research environment for both UG and PG students. Currently, the lab is working on the project “Characterization and Immobilization of banana peel protease for incorporating in wound dressing material for genital warts” with a total funding of Rs.33.87L funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt., of India.

 

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