Department of Agril. Biotechnology and Molecular Biology

Students under Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India  quota are admitted in the PG programme through JNU competitive test conducted on all India basis. Seats under RAU quota are filled up through entrance test conducted by RAU, Pusa Bihar.

Ongoing Research Projects

S.No. Title Duration Funding Agency
I. Enhancement of Heat Tolerance in locally adapted wheat cultivars Bihar 4 Year RKVY
II. Spot blotch of wheat delivering resistant wheat lines and diagnostic and molecular markers for resistance. 3 Years CGIAR- Collaborative International Project
III. Deciphering Phytohormone signaling in modulation of resistance to Spot blotch disease for identification of novel resistant components for wheat improvement 3 Years CGIAR- Collaborative International Project
IV. Development of heat tolerant, high yielding and climate resilient wheat cultivars by utilizing genomics, molecular and physiological information and resources. 5 Years USAID
V. Development of Hybrid Rice 2 Years Non Plan, Govt. of Bihar

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Development of Hybrid Rice
A research project entitled Development  of Hybrid Rice for Bihar is being implemented in the Department of Agricultural Biotechnology & Molecular Biology. The research activities under the project entitled Development  of Hybrid Rice for Bihar include identification of sterility maintainers and fertility  restorers of cytoplasmic male sterility system; conversion of sterility maintainers into cytoplasmic male sterile lines; development and evaluation of experimental hybrids; identification of hybrids with acceptable grain quality and resistance to diseases and pests for commercial cultivation; standardization of seed production technique to enhance hybrid seed yields; molecular characterization of sterility maintainers and fertility restorers; validation and utilization of molecular markers for identification of fertility restorers; and genetic purity assessment of hybrid rice using molecular markers.
Heat tolerant  wheat
The research activities under the project entitled  Enhancement of Heat tolerance in locally adapted wheat cultivars of Bihar includes characterization of available germplasm for heat tolerance, validation of molecular markers reported to be linked with heat tolerance and incorporation of heat tolerance into locally adapted popular cultivar(s).
Spot blotch  resistant wheat lines
The research activities under the project entitled  Spot blotch of wheat delivering resistant wheat lines and diagnostic and molecular markers for resistance dentification of Spot Blotch resistant genotypes in agronomically superior backgrounds, validation of molecular markers reported to be linked with Spot Blotch resistance and identification of new diagnostic traits for resistance.
Identification of novel resistance components for wheat improvements
The research activities under the project entitled Deciphering Phytohormone signaling in modulation of resistance to Spot blotch disease for identification of novel resistance components for wheat improvements includes phenotyping of RILs with respect to Spot Blotch resistance under protected & unprotected condition, Seedling/ Seed screening for sorokiniana infection and characterization of sorokiniana isolates.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Molecular Biology Lab.-1 equipped with :  QIAxcel/ Thermo cycler/ Gel Documentation Unit/ Cooling Centrifuge/ ELISA reader/ Electrophoretic unit (vertical & Horizontal)/ Deep Freezer -800C/ Deep Freezer -200C/ Magnetic Stirrer/ Gel drier/ Digital balance/ Vortex/ UV-Trans illuminator/ UV-Torch/ Ice flaker/ Rocker (shaker)/ Micropipette/ Millipore water purification unit  Molecular Biology Lab.-2 equipped with :  Gel documentation unit/ UV-Spectrophotometer/ Refrigerated centrifuge/ Deep freezer (-800C)/ Vortex/ shaker/ Agitator/ Micropipette
   
Genetic Transformation Lab. equipped with:  Gene Gun/ Bioanalyzer/ Thermocycler/ Gel Documentation Unit/ Electrophoretic Unit/ UV Spectrohotometer/ Ice Flaker/ Laminar air flow/ Deep Freezer -800C/ Deep Freezer -200C/ Vortex/ Micro Pipette  Biochemical Genetics Lab. equipped with:  Thermocycler / Orbital shaking incubator / UV-VIS Spectrophotometer/ Spectro-colorimeter/ Deepfreezer/ Refrigerated centrifuge/ Gel Dryer/ Electrophoretic Unit / Conductivity meter/ De-ionizer
 
Plant Tissue Culture Lab. equipped with:  Laminar air flow/ Magnetic stirrer/ Millipore water purification unit/ Temperature control unit / Photoperiodic timer/ Air purifier Poly House / Net house
 
Bio-imaging Lab. equipped with: fluorescent microcscope with cytovision workstation, inverted microscope with micro-manipulator, stereoscopic microscope, fluorescent microscope with micro-photography attachment, binocular microscope with camera, etc.

FACULTY STRENGTH

S.No. Name Specialization Contact No. E-mail Id
1. Dr. H. Kumar
Professor & Head
Tissue culture and Biotechnology 9431254328 drharshkumar@yahoo.co.in
2. Dr. M. Kumar
Professor
Cell Biology and Biotechnology 9431834070 mithileshkumar.eecrau@gmail.com
3. Dr. V.K. Sharma
Assoc. Prof.
Genetics, Plant Breeding and Biotechnology 9934448965 vksharmarau@yahoo.com
4. Dr. Rajeev Kumar
Asstt. Prof.
Genetics & Biotechnology 9430801699 rajivkumarabmb@gmail.com

Guest Faculty visited

Name & Address Topic Year
Dr. P.C. Mishra, GNDU, Amritsar Protein structure prediction by bioinformatic tools 2014
Dr. (Mrs.) Rachna Hora, GNDU, Amritsar Tools for protein structure determination 2014
Dr. P.C. Mishra, GNDU, Amritsar Training on tools of bioinformatics 2014
Dr. Kulvinder S. Gill, Professor & the Vogel Endowed Chair in Wheat Breeding and Genetics Washington State Unilman, USA Development of Heat Tolerant wheat varieties. 2013
Dr. Chandan Shahi, Scientist, IISER, Bhopal Heat shock protein, Molecular Chaperons 2012
Dr. Intekhab Alam, Department of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics, Korea University Structural features of viral RNA Polymerase 2012
Dr. K.D.N. Singh, Professor & Head, Department of Mol. Biology & Genetic Engg., NDUAT, Faizabad Crop biotechnology 2011
Dr. M.K. Basu, NGO, Kolkata Biofertilizers Based Organic Farming 2011
Mr. S. F. D’Souza, Nuclear Agriculture and Biotechnology Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai Radiation Technology in Agriculture 2011
Dr. Mahesh C. Yadav, N.R.C., DNA Fingerprinting, NBPGR, New Delhi DNA Barcoding 2010
S.No. Name Career
1. Vandana BCIL Training, ASRB-NET, JRF, Pursuing Ph.D. in BITS, PILANI, RAJASTHAN.
2. Nand Kishore Sharma BCIL Training, ASRB-NET, working as SRF, NABI, MOHALI, PUNJAB.
3. Md. Zikurullah Shamim BCIL Training, GATE 2012, pursuing Ph.D. in , MNIT, ALLAHABAD
4. Smitha Sukumaran Nair BCIL Training, Working as Quality Control Manager, Dubai, UAE.
5. Shashi Bhushan BCIL Training, CSIR-NET, DBT-JRF, ASRB-NET, GATE-2012, Pursuing Ph.D. at , IIT, CHENNAI.
6. Panchada Demudu Naidu BCIL Training, ASRB-NET, Working as SRF in , Directorate of Oil Seed Research, HYDERABAD
7. Jagadale Mahesh Vasantrao Pursuing Ph.D. in AAU, Jorhat, Assam
8. Satish Kumar BCIL TRAINEE, Pursuing Ph.D., Central University, RANCHI
9. Ramchandra Choudhary ASRB-NET, GATE-2013, Ph.D., MPUAT, UDAIPUR, RAJASTHAN
10. Sandeep Kumar Suman Pursuing Ph.D. in RAU, Pusa
11. Sandeesha Kodru Ph.D., Central University, Hyderabad
12. Nitish Jangde Qualified GATE – 2013
13. Deepti SRF, BAU, Sabour
14. Pankaj Kumar SRF, BAU, Sabour
15. Neelmani Prakash Pursuing Ph.D. in RAU, Pusa