Department of Bioinformatics


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.

Courses Offered Duration Seats Academic Qualification Mode of admission
B.Sc. (Hons.) Bioinformatics 3 year(6 semester system) 30 10+2 Science Merit Basis (Best of three science subjects)
M.Sc. Bioinformatics 2 year(4 semester system 40 A Bachelor’s degree in Science (General or Honours) with at least 50% marks (45% for SC/ST/BC category). Through C.E.T by P.U. + Merit (50% CET + 50% B.Sc.)
Name & Email No. of Publications with ISSN number No. of Books with ISBN number Oral/
poster present-
Workshop attended Refresher/
Orientation courses /FDP attended
Area of Specialization
Mr. Varinder Kumar, M.Sc
10 01 6 13 09 01 RC
01 OC
Molecular Modelling & PERL Programming
Ms. Chander Jyoti, M.Sc
09 03 10 06 06 FDP Genomic and Transcriptomic data analysis
Dr. Ruchi Sachdeva, M.Sc, Ph.D
07 02 07 02 02 Drug Designing, System biology & Genome Wide Studies
Mr. Sandeep, M.Sc
11 01 Book Chapter 05 14 09 07 FDP Non-Coding RNA, Peptide design and Machine learning
Dr. Navpreet Kaur, M.Sc, Ph.D
15 1 Book Chapter 07 11 03 1 FDP Biochemistry, Nanotechnology, Sensors & Immunology
Ms. Nidhi Kumari
Phd.,, M.Sc , (Hons)
07 04 (Book Chapters) 07 10 04 01 Genomics and Proteomics
Ms. Isha Goyal 03 01 Systems Biology
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
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

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

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 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
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.

Topic Duration & Date No. of Participants
Workshop on Next Generation Sequence Data Analysis and Structural Bioinformatics Five Days
February 18-22, 2015
Topic of Talk Date(s)
Next Generation Sequencing: Future Perspective 18.02.2015
Biology Goes Digital: New Science of Genomics
Hand-on Session on Annotation & Analysis of Microbial Genome
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
Hands-on session on Modeller, AutoDock & Post Docking Tools 21.02.2015
NGS Down Streaming
Hands-on session on Sequence Assembly
DNA Sequencing: The Next Generation
NGS Data Analysis: An Overview
Lecture Series on Molecular Modeling and Pharmacoinformatics March – April, 2015
Topic of Talk Date(s)
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
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
Topic of Talk Date(s)
Series of lectures on the concepts of Molecular Modeling and Pharmacoinformatics March, 2013
Topic Duration & Date No. of Participants
Workshop on “Bioinformatics: Applications and Challenges” One Day
21st January, 2012
Workshop on JAVA & PHP for Bioinformatics Data Analysis and Management One Day
21st January, 2012
Topic of Talk Date(s)
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
  • Bioinformatics club of the Department of Bioinformatics organized an alumni meet with Mr. Akshay Suhag, a graduate from the 2014-17 batch on Feb 27, 2023. Akshay Suhag has completed his master in Bioinformatics from Saarland University, Germany, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Single Cell RNA Seq Data Analysis and Multi-omics Data Analysis from the University of Bern, Switzerland.
  • Expert talks were delivered by Dr. Ritesh Kumar and Dr. Rishemjit Kaur, Principal Scientist, Centre of Excellence for Intelligent Sensors and Systems (ISenS), CSIR-CSIO, Chandigarh.
  • < li>COMPETITIONS – Powerpoint Presentation, Science Quiz and Poster Making were conducted on 29th March 2022. < li>One day educational visit to Next Generation Sequencing facility in the lab of Dr. Prateek Bhatia at the Advanced Pediatrics Centre (APC), PGIMER (Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research), Chandigarh.
  • A lecture on Education Opportunity in India and Abroad on 12 June, 2021 by Mr. Arun, Operations Manager for Delhi/NCR & Chandigarh, Jamboree India.
  • An educational visit to Central Research Institute (CRI), Kasauli on 05 Feb 2020. Students visited various places of the institute including National Bacterial Culture labs, Vaccination plant, Animal house and Pharmacovigilance department.
  • One Week Faculty-cum-Student Skill Development Programme on “Biological Data Analysis and Data Science” from February 27 to March 4, 2020 under the Rashtriya Uchchattar Shiksha Abhiyan, Chandigarh Administration.
  • National Science Day Celebration 2020 on the Theme ‘WOMEN IN SCIENCE’ on February 28, 2020.
  • A webinar entitled “How to Read Scientific Literature?” on 22 may 2020 in association with NCCS (National Centre for Cell Science) and IISER, Pune and Persistent Systems
  • A Science Quiz was conducted on 6 April, 2019. Students of B.Sc. Hons Bioinformatics and M.Sc. Bioinformatics participated in quiz completion. Top three teams were awarded by Dean Science, Dr. Sanjeev Soni.
  • Lecture on Genomic Medicine: Role of Bioinformatics by Dr. David W. Moskowitz, MD (Nephrologist)-Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of GenoMed, (a Next Generation disease management company) on July 13, 2018
  • NGS and Genome Data Analysis delivered by our department’s alumni, Mr. Rahul Sharma from Frankfurt University, Germany on 31-08-2016.
  • Hands-on-training on Molecular Biology Techniques-DNA Isolation, Gel Electrophoresis, SDS PAGE and ELISA on February 4-6th and February 12-13, 2016 for the students of B.Sc. (Hons.) Bioinformatics – III year and M.Sc. Bioinformatics II year
    Topic Duration & Date No. of Participants
    Hands-on Workshop on Application of Programming Languages in Bioinformatics One Day
    11th February, 2011
    Topic Duration & Date No. of Participants
    Seminar on Application of Statistics in Biomedical Sciences One Day
    Feb. 24th, 2011
    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
    Topic Level Duration & Date Collaborating Departments No. of Participants
    Science Fest BioRhythm 2011 – The New Dimension Inter-College One Day
    Feb 26th, 2011
    Science Fest BioRhythm 2013 – The New Dimension Inter-College &
    One Day
    Feb. 2nd, 2013
    Zoology and
    Science Fest BioRhythm 2014 – The New Dimension North Region One Day
    Feb. 11th, 2014
    Microbiology and
    • 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

    ASPPred: Antisepsis Peptide Prediction Server


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