About the department

 

The world has come to realize the miracles of Genetic Engineering, in agriculture - higher yield and better varieties of crops, in medicine - diagnostics and cures that were only a dream a few years back. It's in the news. It's everywhere. It is the backbone of biotechnology. The opportunities for a genetic engineer in clinical and applied genetics today and in the future are boundless. Started in the year 2004, the department aims to produce genetic engineers who excel in the field of genomics and gene manipulation. Towards this end, the department has brought together state of the art laboratories and a highly experienced and dedicated team of faculty.

The department takes immense care to impart:

  • Knowledge in a highly interactive mode
  • Hands-on training in advanced molecular techniques
  • Cutting-edge research opportunities within the campus
Academics

Undergraduate

The B. Tech. program in Genetic Engineering comprises foundation courses in Biology and Engineering. Unique courses like Biology of Vectors, Recombinant DNA Technology, Gene Therapy, Genome Mapping, Stem Cell Biology and Microarray Technology are offered by experienced faculty.

Students' seminars and assignments are designed to be highly challenging, which paves way for the students to bring out their intellectual and interactive skills in analyzing scientific problems. The students are required to do research as part of their curriculum and submit a project report. Some of the research projects being carried out by the students are:

  • Sequencing of chloroplast genome
  • DNA barcoding of organisms
  • RNA interference in plants
  • Screening for LUX Genes among marine organisms
  • Molecular diagnosis of viral pathogens
  • Ultra-sensitive magnetic biosensor for cholesterol
  • Invitro Micropropagation of orchids
  • Production, purification and optimization of industrial enzymes
  • Study on plant metabolites for anti cancer activity
  • Direct bioethanol production from paddy straw
  • Purification of curcin from the seeds of Jatropha curcus
  • Drug delivery using polymers

Postgraduate

SRM is the only place in India where post graduate training in latest Genetic Engineering Technologies is provided at global standards. Specialization is offered in human genetics, medical genetics and plant genetic engineering.

Faculty

The department is supported by 11 full-time teaching faculty and 3 laboratory instructors. The faculty includes scientists with Ph. D. in genetic engineering, microbial technology, cancer biology and animal biotechnology, and bioengineers with expertise in protein engineering, enzyme scale up, bio energy and bioprocessing. The faculty shares with students their national and international expertise in research. Each faculty member serves as a staff advisor for about 10 students.

Faculty research & consultancy

The department gives great importance to obtain externally funded research projects from India and abroad. Collaborative and interdisciplinary research is aimed at the areas of genomics, molecular diagnosis, bio-energy, plant, animal and microbial genetics. Faculty members are engaged in externally funded research projects, internally funded pilot projects and student projects.

Major Events & Achievements

We have a major research project for isolation of all the genes that are involved in oil biosynthesis in Jatropha. This three year project is funded by the department of Biotechnology, Government of India. In addition, we are a partner in another research project on Rhizosphere Microbial Community for Sulfur Transformation in Rice. A national level training program on Gene Cloning Techniques and Automated DNA Sequencing was conducted by the department for college teachers from all over India. This training program was also completely sponsored by the department of Biotechnology, Government of India. A National Students Symposium in Gene Revolution and a National Conference on Plant Made Pharmaceutical and Industrial Proteins have also been organized. Four students were sent to University of California-Davis, USA for two semesters and for project work. One student has been sent to University of Warwick, UK for dual degree program - B.Tech. from SRM University and M.Sc. from Warwick. Students are also aspiring for a dual degree program between SRM University and the University of Wisconsin, USA.

Industrial connections

Senior persons from Metahelix Life Sciences, The Centre for Genomic Application, Vittal Mallaya Scientific Research Foundation serve in our Corporate Advisory Board. Students are sent for industrial training to Biocon, Reddy's Lab, Life Line Research Centre, Reliance Life Science, Life Cell, etc.

Careers

A wide scope of 27 billion USD worth of outsourcing in R&D and 25,000 R&D based jobs are available for genetic engineers. Besides, a large number of students opt for higher studies in India and abroad (USA, UK, Sweden, Australia, Germany, Canada) directly after B.Tech.