Bioinformatics

Department of Bioinformatics

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The Department of Bioinformatics was established in 2004 with financial assistance from UGC, under the Innovative Program scheme. Ours is the first institution to introduce Bioinformatics in this region. Chandigarh being a bioactive area, it is strategically located central focal point meeting the demands of three states. The department was set up with an aim for promotion and growth of Bioinformatics. The Department has been conceived with the ambitious objective of developing professional expertise and skilled manpower in Bioinformatics and related areas. The college is an apex institute in the area of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics and the aim and vision of the department of Bioinformatics is to provide a platform for students to gain an insight into Bioinformatics sciences and to utilize their skills in Agriculture, Biotechnology, Biomedical and Health care, R and D organization, Pharmaceutical and Software Development Companies.

Presently our Department is offering different courses in Bioinformatics at UG as well as PG level. The faculty is highly qualified and actively engaged in research activities. The Department is equipped with one wet lab, two Computer Labs with Internet facility and one Bioinformatics research facility.

The department has an intent to organize extension lectures, to promote the use of latest teaching aids to inculcate scientific temperament and to hold other activities to provide students with an opportunity for interaction and career upliftment.

Course offered
Courses Offered Duration Seats Academic Qualification Mode of admission
B.Sc. (Hons.) Bioinformatics 3 year(6 semester system) 25 10+2 Science Merit Basis (Best of three science subjects)
M.Sc. Bioinformatics 2 year(4 semester system 20 A Bachelor’s degree in Science (General or Honours) with Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Electronics, Genetics, Life Science, Mathematics, Mathematics & Computation, Microbiology, Physics, Statistics, Zoology, Agriculture, Computer Science, Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy and Veterinary Science with at least 50% marks (45 % for SC/ST/BC category) All India Entrance Test PU-C.E.T.(P.G.) + Merit (50% weightage to entrance 50 % weightage to qualifying exam)
Faculty 

 

Name & Email No. of Publications with ISSN number No. of Books with ISBN number Oral/
poster present-
ation
Conferences/
seminar
attended
Workshop attended Refresher/
Orientation courses /FDP attended
Area of Specialization
Mr. Varinder Kumar
contactvarinder@gmail.com
varinder@ggdsd.ac.in
1 01 6 13 09 01 RC
01 OC
03FDP
Molecular Modelling & PERL Programming 
Ms. Chander Jyoti
chanderjyotithakur@yahoo.in
01 01 06 04 2 FDP NGS Data Analysis
Dr. Ruchi Sachdeva
Ruchi.imt@gmail.com
02 02 03 02 FDP
Molecular
 
Modelling
 
CADD
Mr. Sandeep
Sandeep.5sep@yahoo.co.in
01 03 2 FDP Sequence Analysis
Ms. Gagandeep Kaur
gagandeepp90@gmail.com
01 Bioinformatics
Ms. Sarita
saritapoonia24@gmail.com
01 04 Bioinformatics 
Ms. Sheetal Sharma
sheetal.sharma.6@gmail.com
02 Programming Languages, DBMS, & Sybase 
Ms. Meenakshi Kondal
meenakshikondal3@gmail.com

 

02 03 Computer Programming & Organization 

 

List of Ongoing/Completed Research Projects By the Faculty
Name of the PI/ Co-PI Title of the Project Duration Funding Agency
Mr. Varinder Kumar Application of Bioinformatics in Detecting Molecular evolution and Phylogeny of snake venom protein of Indian Venomous Species 02 year UGC- New Delhi

 

INFRASTRUCTURE 
Core Facility Allied Facilities
UG Bioinformatics Lab Microbiology Lab
PG Bioinformatics Lab Biochemistry Lab                
Bioinformatics Research Lab Genomics & Proteomics Lab
Molecular Biology Lab Physics Lab
Laminar Room Chemistry Lab
UPS Rooms Digital Library 
Seminar Hall Centralized Instrumentation Lab 
  Information Technology Lab

 

Equipments 

A number of Basic Instruments are available for the carrying out wet lab experiments

UV-Visible Spectrophotometer
Blotting Apparatus
Gel Documentation System
Electrophoresis Apparatus
Incubators
Autoclave
Laminar Flow Cabinet
Refrigerators
Phase Contrast Microscope
Colony Counter Digital
Micro centrifuge
pH Meter
Colorimeter
Electronic Balance
Vortex
Filtration Assembly
Hot Plate, Incubator
Magnetic Stirrer
Freezer (-200 C)
Microwave Oven

 

Computing Facilities

Two Computer Labs with a server, required software and Internet Facility has been set up in the Department. Besides that central computing facilities are also available in the Advanced IT Block as well as Network Resource Centre within the campus itself, so that the students can access and browse through the latest Literature.

Hardware and Software

 

Hardware Quantity
Lenovo Desktop All in One (Lenovo intel i-7, 3.20 GHz) 30
Lenovo Desktops (Lenovo intel i-5, 2.50 GHz) 16
Lenovo Desktops (Lenovo intel i-5, 2.90 GHz) 10
HP Laptop (P-IV, 1.60 GHz) 02
DELL Laptop (i3) 01
Sony LCD Projector 01
Smart Board with Projector 01
Over Head Projector 01
UPS 20 kVA 01
HP Laser Printer (1020) 02
Cannon Laser Printer (1005 & D520) 02
Scanner (Scanjet) 01

 

 

Bioinformatics Software
DNASTAR (Sequence & Structure Analysis & Annotation Package)
Discovery Studio 2.1 (Drug Designing and Lead optimization Suit)
Gaussian09 & Gauss View05 (Electronic Structure Modelling Tool)
Molecular Modelling Tool – HYPERCHEM8.0
Statistical Analysis Tool – MINITAB 16.0
Sequence Analysis, Phylogenetic Analysis and Other Analytical Tools:
Accery’s GCG Package with 300 GB database installed locally on the server
Operating System    
Windows XP and 7, 10 Fedora Core/Red Hat  
MS Office    
MS Office 2010 MS Office XP & 2007 MS Office 2003 Server
Antivirus    
Norton 360 Total Security    
Other Tools & Software’s    
Oracle 9i Visual Studio 7.0 Corel Draw
Macromedia Studio 8.0, MX Dream weaver 8.0 Fireworks 8.0
C, Turbo C Active Perl, BioPerl FoxPro, XML
Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Fox IT Reader Adobe Acrobat 7.0

Department also has the rich collection of free bioinformatics software like Ligbuilder, Autodock, Modeller, MEGA, Hammer, Glimmer, Mummer, TreeView, Babel 2.0.0, Dragon, Chimara 5-0.1.3- beta, PhylPro, Phylip, PyMold, RasMol, SPDBViewer, Hex, Sequencer 4.6 Demo, Emboss 0.7 & 0.5, ISIS CHIME Draw 24, Ecell 3.1.103, Vcell, Gepasi etc.

 

Activities in session 2010-2016
WORKSHOPS ORGANIZED
Topic Duration & Date No. of Participants
Hands-on Workshop on Application of Programming Languages in Bioinformatics One Day
11th February, 2011
35
Workshop on “Bioinformatics: Applications and Challenges” One Day
21st January, 2012
75
Workshop on “Applications of SPSS in Bio-Medical Sciences” Five Days
February 18-22, 2015
70
Workshop on JAVA & PHP for Bioinformatics Data Analysis and Management One Day
21st January, 2012
30
Workshop on Next Generation Sequence Data Analysis and Structural Bioinformatics Five Days
February 18-22, 2015
35
Workshop on Molecular Biology and Immunology Techniques One Week
October 27 to November 01, 2015 
30
Workshop on Molecular Biology Techniques Five Days
February 04-06, 2016 February 12-13, 2016
33
SEMINARS ORGANIZED
Topic Duration & Date No. of Participants
Seminar on Application of Statistics in Biomedical Sciences One Day
Feb. 24th, 2011
124
LECTURES ORGANIZED
Topic of Talk Date(s)
Artificial neural network & pharmacogenomics 10.02.2011
Hands-on Workshop on Application of Programming Languages in Bioinformatics 11.02.2011
Application of Statistics in Biomedical Sciences 24.02.2011
Series of lectures on the concepts of Molecular Modeling and Pharmacoinformatics November, 2011 to March, 2012
Immunology and Cell Biology  
Hands-on Workshop on Genome Annotation, Data warehousing & Data Mining and Clinical Bioinformatics 21st January, 2012
Application of statistics in Biomedical Sciences 22nd February, 2012
Demonstration of SPSS statistical tool in the area of Bioinformatics and Biomedical Sciences 22nd February, 2012
Series of lectures on the concepts of Molecular Modeling and Pharmacoinformatics March, 2013
Role of bioinformatics in drug discovery process and pharmaceutical industry 15.10.2013
Usage of proteomics analysis tools at Expert Protein Analysis System (ExPASy) 16.10.2013
– Importance of analysis of 3D structure proteins in bioscience research
– Use of CHIMERA, a molecular modeling tool
19.10.2013
Bioinformatics: Its Prospects and Applications 22.01.2014
Microarray – Chip Technology 06.02.2014
JAVA & PHP for Bioinformatics Data Management and Analysis Feb. 14-15, 2014
Next Generation Sequencing: Future Perspective 18.02.2015
Biology Goes Digital: New Science of Genomics
Hand-on Session on Annotation & Analysis of Microbial Genome
18.02.2015
Ion-Torrent: Next Generation Sequencing & Software for Data Analysis 18.02.2015
Hands-on Session on Informatics for Transcriptome Analysis from Beginning to End 19.02.2015
Bioinformatics: Potato Research & Development 19.02.2015
Lecture on Network Biology using Cytoscape 20.02.2015
Analysis of Nucleotide Sequence: A Bioinformatics Approach 20.02.2015
Structure Based Drug Designing & Molecular Modelling 21.02.2015
22.02.2015
Hands-on session on Modeller, AutoDock & Post Docking Tools 21.02.2015
22.02.2015
NGS Down Streaming
Hands-on session on Sequence Assembly
21.02.2015
DNA Sequencing: The Next Generation
NGS Data Analysis: An Overview
21.02.2015
22.02.2015
Lecture Series on Molecular Modeling and Pharmacoinformatics March – April, 2015
Career Opportunity in Bioinformatics in India and Abroad March 2016
Next Generation Sequencing and Genome Data Analysis August 31, 2016
BIORHYTHM – SCIENCE FEST ORGANIZED
Topic Level Duration & Date Collaborating Departments No. of Participants
Science Fest BioRhythm 2011 – The New Dimension Inter-College One Day
Feb 26th, 2011
200
Science Fest BioRhythm 2013 – The New Dimension Inter-College &
University
One Day
Feb. 2nd, 2013
Botany,
Physics,
Zoology and
Chemistry
250
Science Fest BioRhythm 2014 – The New Dimension North Region One Day
Feb. 11th, 2014
Biotechnology,
Biochemistry,
Microbiology and
Botany
417
SOFTWARE TOLLS DEVELOPED BY THE STUDENTS
  • Phosphene – Protein Secondary Structure Prediction Tool
  • BIOVB – A Sequence Analysis Tool
  • AVERO – Patient Record Management System
  • ANALYTICA – Tool for analysis of Statistical, Mathematical and Biological Data
  • SAN (Search Analyze Navigate) – A web based nucleotide and protein sequence analysis tool.
  • SAT – Sequence Analysis Tool for biological sequences
  • Sequa Analyzer – A tool for nucleotide and protein sequence analysis
  • ProLoc – Protein Localization Prediction Tool
  • RNA PRE – RNA Prediction Tool

Phosphenes: Protein Secondary Structure Prediction Tool

BioVB: Sequence Analysis Tool

AVERO: Patient Record Management System

ANALYTICA: Tool for analysis of Statistical, Mathematical and Biological Data

SAN: A web based nucleotide and protein sequence analysis tool