About Department
Vision and Mission
Academic Program


The Department of Biotechnology is DST-FIST sponsored and is currently offering Ph.D. and M. Sc. Biotechnology programmes. These Programmes include well-designed theory and practical courses. Innovation-based training is the key to train students with a special emphasis on understanding the basic as well as modern concepts in biological processes for pursuing research in frontier areas of Biological Sciences. The Postgraduate Programmes equip students with deep theoretical as well as practical understanding of different aspects of Biological processes and promote them to take on an integrative approach for their studies and research.

Biotechnology has emerged as a major thrust in the field of science and technology having potential to boost the economy of several countries including India. The voice of global Biotechnology in 21st century is to transfer the bio-based technology from “Lab to Land and from Bench to Business” to bring the cost of bio-based commodities within the reach of common man. The courses in Department of Biotechnology are mainly related to recent and emerging trends in Biology but the students are also taught Biostatistics and Bioinformatics which enable them to analyse their data, draw meaningful conclusions and publish in reputed journals. The Programme equally gives emphasis on integrated approaches in the basic and applied biology viz. Olfaction, human health, recombinant DNA technology, transgenic development, bioremediation and informatics. Students work directly with faculty on real-world projects, gaining hands-on skills necessary to solve emerging problems.

Currently, departmental research is mainly focused in the areas of Cancer Biology, Autoimmune Diseases, Fungal Diseases, Lung Physiology, Behavioural and molecular Neuroscience, Immunology, Genetic Engineering, Stem Cell Therapy, Proteomics, Molecular Biology, Signal Transduction, Interferon (IFNs) Transcription Factors, Biochemistry of Fungal Pathogens and Genesis of Secondary Metabolites as well as Genetic manipulations of Plants which include Plant Tissue Culture and Molecular Marker Developments. Apart from above advantages, M.Sc. Biotechnology Programme prepares the students to be the leaders in research, policy and business.

The department of Biotechnology is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and equipment that provide a stimulating environment for teaching and research. The department of Biotechnology is actively involved in research by having the distinction of running more than 10 externally funded R & D projects sanctioned from various Government agencies.

Department Overview

Established in

(Initially named as Centre for Biological Sciences(Biotechnology) and since 2018 name changed to Department of Biotechnology

Employee Strength

Faculty- 06
Staffs - 02

Student Strength

Research Scholar & JRF-22
PG-Students - 74
MPhil/PhD Graduated - 04

Placement 2021
(Job, Higher Studies) 

x (tentative)

Publications, Books & Patent
(Last 5-Years)

Books -



Board of Studies (BoS)

BoS is a statutory body for each department/centre, primarily responsible for syllabus design and regular update. As described in the Ordinance section 25.10,

The functions of the Board of Studies shall be:-

  • To recommend to the School Board, courses of studies offered by the Department/Centre and continue updating syllabus;
  • To take all steps in accordance with the provisions of the Regulations about teaching and evaluation of various courses/programmes of the Department/Centre;
  • To recommend to the School Board measures for the improvement of teaching and research in the Department/Centre;
  • To constitute panels of experts to be considered for appointment as Examiners, Board of Examiners for various courses/academic programmes and M.Phil./Ph.D. thesis representing various specializations of Departments/Centres; and
  • To perform such other functions as may be assigned to it by the School Board, the Academic Council, the Executive Council and the Vice-Chancellor.

Department Committee (DC)

As enshrined in the Ordinace-26, the Department/Centre Committee (DC/CC) shall consist of the Head of the Department/Centre, as Chairperson ex-officio, and all faculty members of the Department/Centre.

26.2 The Department/Centre Committee shall have the following functions, namely–

  • To make proposals to the Board of Studies on academic programmes concerning teaching and research, and the creation, specialization and abolition of teaching posts;
  • To propose schemes for the maintenance and improvement of the standards of various programmes of study and research of the Department/Centre;
  • To apportion the teaching and co-curricular work of the Department/Centre among the teachers thereof and monitor the proper execution thereof;
  • To consider and decide on the assignment and utilisation of the space, equipment and other assets of the Department/Centre and other matters of general and academic interest of the Department/Centre;
  • To consider and recommend perspectives and major thrust areas for research and to propose research projects to be taken up by the members of the Department/Centre, individually/collectively;
  • To review and apprise the SRC/URC with the current status of research in Department/Centre;
  • To suggest to SRC/URC norms related to qualifications and research experience of a faculty to be recognized as a research degree supervisor and to constitute Department/Centre Research Degree Committee (DRC/CRC);
  • To suggest to University Admission, Teaching and Evaluation Committee (UATEC) on any issue related to admission, teaching, continuous evaluation in courses and students’ assessment of courses, offered by the Department/Centre to improve quality of education.
  • To constitute such Committee(s) comprising members of the Department/Centre, and if necessary external experts, for framing and implementation of rules and regulations related to admission, teaching, continuous evaluation, maintenance of students’ records including alumni affairs as well as promotion of research and development; and
  • To perform such other functions as may be assigned by the Ordinances or Regulations, or by the Vice- Chancellor/Dean/School Board from time to time.

Department Research Degree Committee (DRDC)

Departmental/Centre Research Degree Committee (DRDC/CRDC) deal with all matters connected with the Ph.D. Programme of the Department and report the matter to the University Research Degree Committee (URDC), as per University Ordinance-33. It consists of the Head of Department/Centre as Chairman and other faculties in the department.

Functions of DRDC/CRDC are as follows:

  • Allotment of Supervisor, Co-Supervisor, recording reasons for not admitting a candidate.
  • Recommendation for extension of time for submission of thesis
  • Recommendation to peruse a part of research outside the University
  • Approval of the Course Work
  • Assessment and Grading in Course Work
  • Monitoring the research progress of the candidate
  • Approval of Research plan proposal/language
  • Sanction of duty leave to the Ph.D. candidate
  • Assessment of Ph.D. work through pre-submission seminar
  • Maintaining the record of research paper publications of the candidate
  • 11 Recommendation of panel of experts for thesis evaluation
  • Assessment of revised thesis for satisfactory compliance, if any
  • Arrangement of Viva-voce in the absence of the supervisor
  • Recommendation to waive the Viva-voce

Research Advisory Committee (RAC)

A Research Advisory Committee (RAC) is constituted for every research scholar admitted in PhD programme. The Committee would guide the research scholar to develop the study design and methodology of research and to To periodically review and assist in the progress of the research work of the research scholar. The committee shall have also have power to recommend the co-supervisor and cancellation of registration


Continual innovation in education, research, creativity, promotion of entrepreneurship, transferring the bio-based technology from “Lab to Land” and to make it cost effective, for the benefit of transformation in society.

  • Ensuring inclusive, equitable and universal access of high quality education, and providing equal opportunities to all learners regardless of social or economic background.
  • To create conducive and collaborative academic environment for the all stakeholders.
  • Focusing on core disciplinary knowledge, industry oriented training including molecular diagnostics and drug discovery.
  • Encouraging interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary research, imparting students on technical, analytical, problem solving, leadership, interpersonal and entrepreneurship skills.
  • Inculcating academic skills, professional skills, vocational skills, communication skills and life skills among the stakeholders.

    • Objectives of the Program :
    • The two year (four semesters) Post-Graduate Programme has interdisciplinary approach with participation of faculties/researchers across the University with Choice based Credit System (CBCS). Hands-on training with professional and management skills are keys to our teaching pedagogy. This Programme focuses on responsibility building and ethics in research and policy. We are equally giving emphasis on integrated approaches in human health, transgenic crop development, environmental sciences and informatics. The course also comprises of project dissertation, presentation and comprehensive viva-voce as part of evaluation system. Students also visit major research institutes in the form of educational tour and Biotechnology industries to learn various aspects of product developments.
    • Program Outcomes :
    • The major goals of the Biotechnology Programme is to engage students by actively involving them in cutting-edge research.
    • Eligibility :
    • Bachelor degree in Biotechnology or any branch of Biological Sciences (Microbiology, Biochemistry, Bioscience, Environmental Science, Biomedical etc.), B. Sc. (Hons) in Zoology, Botany & Chemistry or B.Sc. three year pattern with any of the two subject among Zoology, Botany & Chemistry in 3rd year,B. Tech in Biotechnology. Candidates must have minimum of 55% marks for General/OBC candidates and 50% marks for SC/ST candidates in the qualifying degree.
    • Intake : 45
    • Objectives of the Program :
    • The Department of Biotechnology iscurrently offering PhD with diverse field of specializations including Neurobiology, Cancer Biology, Plant Biotechnology, Bioremediation, Infection Biology, Stem cell Biology, and Immunology.
      The syllabus was framed with a great care so that the theory, practical and tutorials would meet the requirement of such a challenging and demanding field. Innovation-based training is the key to train students with a special emphasis on understanding the basic as well as modern concepts in biological processes for pursuing research in frontier areas of Biological Sciences.
    • Program Outcomes :
    • Department of Biotechnology equip researchers with deep theoretical as well as practical understanding of different aspects of Biological processes and promote them to take on an integrative approach for their studies and research. The students are well trained for both dry and wet-lab techniques enabling them to better suit for different research laboratories and industries which look for personnel well-taught in programming languages, can do molecular modelling and also have abilities to work on bench producing raw data to analyse further using various Biotechnology tools.
    • Eligibility :
    • Master Degree in Biotechnology/ Pharmaceuticals Science/ Medical Science/ Agricultural Science/ Chemistry/Physics/ any branch of Biological Science (Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Human Genetics, Life Science, Bioscience, Environmental Science, Biomedical, Zoology, Botany) with a minimum of 55% marks for General /OBC candidates and 50% marks for SC/ST candidates in the qualifying degree.
    • Lab facility
    • Biotechnology Laboratory is equipped with state of the art technology and equipment that provide a stimulating environment for teaching and research. The list includes multiple Biosafety Cabinets, Laminar Air Flow, Autoclave, Water bath with wide temperature ranges, Dry Block Heater (Heating Block), Rotatory Shaker, Stackable Incubator Shaker, Cell Sonicator, Many types of Microscopes (Fluorescence, Inverted, Compound and Normal), various types of refrigerated Centrifuges, Nano Drop UV/VIS Spectrophotometer, ELISA Plate Reader, Spectrophotometer, Gradient Thermal Cycler, Real-Time PCR, UV/VIS Transilluminator, Gel Documentation Systems, Electrophoresis units (Horizontal and Vertical), Blot Transfer System, Deep Freezers (-200 C and -860 C), Ice-Flakes Machine, Cryo-Can, Lyophilizer, Complete Milli-Q Water System etc. Facilities for animal, plant and microbial culture work are also available.

    • Research Lab :
      • List of instruments in the Lab
      • Sl. No. Name of Instruments
        1 Weighing Balance Fine and Coarse
        2 Binocular Microscope
        3 Biosafety Cabinet
        4 Biosafety Cabinet (Rescholar)
        5 BOD Incubator
        6 Camera with accessories
        7 Centrifuge 5418
        8 Centrifuge 5418, Eppendorf
        9 Centrifuge 5418R, Eppendorf
        10 Chemi Doc MP system, Gel Documentation
        11 CO2 Incubator
        12 Cryo Can 1.6L, 10.5L, 20.5L
        13 Deep Freezer (-20⁰C)
        14 Deep Freezer (-86⁰C) Freezer
        15 Deep Freezer Voltas
        16 Digital Magnetic Stirrer Hot Plate Tarson
        17 Dual Adjustable Slab Gel Unit
        18 Electronic Balance
        19 Eppendorf PCR Machine
        20 Freeze Dryer (Lyophilizer)
        21 Gradient PCR Palm Cycler
        22 Heating Block
        23 Horizontal Electrophoresis Unit- Mini Sub Cell GT System
        24 Hot Plate
        25 Hybridization/Orbital Oven
        26 Ice Flacking Machine
        27 Imark Microplate Absorbance Reader with Microplate Manager software
        28 Incubated Shaker
        29 Induction Top
        30 Inverted Research Microscope with other accessories
        31 Laboratory Incubator
        32 Laminar Air Flow
        33 Magnetic Stirrer with Hot Plate
        34 Microprocessor-based pH meter
        35 Microscope Olympus
        36 Microwave Oven
        37 Mini Centrifuge
        38 Mini Spin
        39 NanoDrop UV/VIS Spectrophotometer
        40 Nucleic Acid Electrophoresis Unit (10x12 – 11x12 cm)
        41 Nucleic Acid Electrophoresis Unit (6.7 – 7.8cm)
        42 Orbital Incubator Shaker, Orbitek LETTH
        43 PH Meter
        44 Plant Tissue Culture Rack
        45 Proflex PCR System
        46 Projector Multimedia with accessories with screen
        47 Refrigerated High-Speed Table Top Centrifuge with Changeable rotor
        48 Refrigerated Microcentrifuge, Tarson
        49 Rocker/Rotary Shaker
        50 Sonicator
        51 Stereo Zoom Trinocular Microscope
        52 Table Top Refrigerated Centrifuge
        53 Thermal Cycler VERITY 96 Well
        54 Tissue Culture Rack
        55 Trans-Blot Turbo
        56 Transilluminator
        57 Trinocular Microscope
        58 UV-Vs Spectrophotometer
        59 Vertical Gel Electrophoresis Unit- Mini Sub Cell GT System
        60 Vortex Mixture
        61 Water Bath Shaker
        62 Water Bath, Low-Temperature Circulating.
        63 Water Purification System
        64 X-Cell Sure Lock Mini Cell
      • Lab staffs and their contact
      • Md. Irfan Ahmed Khan

        Technical Assistant

        : irfan@cub.ac.in

        Raj Kumar Sardar

        Laboratory Assistant

        : 0631-2229- 
        : rajkrsardar@cusb.ac.in 

    S.No. Research Scholar/JRF/Project staff Photograph Guide Academic Qualification Research Area Achievement/Award /Publication
    Dr. Durg Vijay Singh M. Tech Microbiology, Infectious disease biology GATE 2021 Qualified
    2 Anurag Sharma
    Dr. Nitish Kumar M.Sc Plant Biotechnology
    Dr. Rakesh Kumar M.Sc. Biotechnology Biopolymer and Biocomposites Publications :
    • Pandit, A., & Kumar, R. (2021). A Review on Production, Characterization and Application of Bacterial Cellulose and Its Biocomposites. Journal of Polymers and the Environment, 1-18.
    • Pandit, A., Kumar, R. (2020). Bacterial Cellulose: A Multifaceted Microbial Product. In: Arora PK (ed) Microbial Products for Health, Environment and Agriculture, Springer Nature. (Accepted)
    4 Priya Rani
    Dr. Rakesh Kumar M.Sc. Biotechnology Biopolymers Achievements: Qualified GATE 2019
    Publication :
    • Research Paper :
      • Rani, P., Yu, X., Liu, H., Li, K., He, Y., Tian, H., & Kumar, R. (2021). Material, Antibacterial and Anticancer Properties of Natural Polyphenols Incorporated Soy Protein Isolate: A Review. European Polymer Journal, 110494.
      • Kumar, R., Rani, P., Kumar, K. D. (2019). Soy Protein Isolate Film by Incorporating Mandelic Acid as Well as Through Fermentation Mediated by Bacillus Subtilis. Journal of Renewable Materials, 7(2), 103–115.
    • Book Chapter :
      • Kumar, R., & Rani, P. (2018). Mandelic Acid Incorporated Antimicrobial Soy Protein Film Fabricated by Solution Casting. In Advances in Polymer Sciences and Technology, 13-19.
      • Tian, H., Weng, Y., Kumar, R., Rani, P., & Guo, G. (2021). Protein‐Based Biodegradable Polymer: From Sources to Innovative Sustainable Materials for Packaging Applications. Bio‐based Packaging: Material, Environmental and Economic Aspects, 51-67.
    5 sushma kumari singh
    Dr.Jawaid Ahsan M.SC Neuroscience
    •CSIR JRF June 2017 AIR 53 •CSIR NET LS Dec 2016 (AIR 42) and Dec 2015 (AIR 33) •Qualified GATE 2014 ,2015 and 2016 •Qualified ASRB NET 2014
    Publications :
    • Rakesh Kumar*, Aditi Pathak, Priyaragini Singh, K. Dinesh Kumar (2021). In-situ production and collection of bacterial cellulose on jute and flax mats by static cultivation. Journal of Natural Fibers. https://doi.org/10.1080/15440478.2020.1870638
    • Priyaragini S, Rakesh Kumar (2019). Critical review of microbial degradation of aromatic compounds and exploring potential aspects of furfuryl alcohol degradation. Journal of Polymers and Environment. 27, 901–916. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10924-019-01416-z
    • Rakesh Kumar*, Puja Kumari, Priyaragini Singh, K. Dinesh Kumar Fabrication of poly lactic acid incorporated bacterial cellulose adhered flax fabric biocomposites (2019) Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology, 21:101277. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bcab.2019.101277
    • S Priyaragini, S Veena, D Swetha, L Karthik, G Kumar, K V Bhaskara Rao (2014).Evaluating the effectiveness of marine actinobacterial extract and its mediated titanium dioxide nanoparticle in the degradation of acid red-79 and acid red-80.Journal of Environmental Sciences.26:1-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1001-0742(13)60470-2
    • Priyaragini S., Sathish kumar S.R., Bhaskara Rao K.V. (2013).Biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles using actinobacteria and evaluating its antimicrobial and cytotoxicity activity. International journal of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. 5(2):709-712.
    • Book Chapter
      Priyaragini and Rakesh Kumar (2019) Pseudomonas species: Natural Scavenger of Aromatic compounds from Aromatic Compounds from Industrial Effluents. Microbial Technology for the welfare of Society, Springer, Singapore,17:273-287.
    7 shagufta zafar
    Dr. Krishna Prakash (Assistant Professor) MSc. Biotechnology Molecular Biology ICAR JRF 2019
    8 Nadra Sadaf
    nadrasadaf@cub.ac.in 3
    Prof. Dr. Rizwanul Haque M.Phil. Cancer biology and drug discovery Publications
    •  Sadaf, N., Kumar, N., Ali, M., Ali, V., Bimal, S. and Haque, R., 2018. Arsenic trioxide induces apoptosis and inhibits the growth of human liver cancer cells. Life sciences, 205, pp.9-17.
    •  Sadaf, N., Ahsan, J., Ahmad, S. and Haque, R., 2015. Mitochondria: a key player in stem cell fate. Cell Biol., 3, p.31.  Haque, R., Chaudhary, A. and Sadaf, N., 2017. Immunomodulatory role of arsenic in regulatory T cells. Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders-Drug Targets (Formerly Current Drug Targets-Immune, Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders), 17(3), pp.176-181.
    9 Anushree
    Dr. Jawaid Ahsan M.Tech Behavioural Neuroscience
    10 Archana
    Prof. Rizwanul Haque MSc Cancer Biology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics CSIR-UGC-NET-JRF December 2017
    CSIR NET LS June 2017
    CSIR NET LS December 2016
    GATE, March-2017
    BCIL-BITP (2015)
    IAS,INSA & NASI Summer Research Fellowship (2014)
    Young Scientist Award at 5th India International Science Festival- Young Scientist Conference 2019,Kolkatta,India. Sponsored by GOI.
    • Rizwanul Haque*, Archana Chaudhary, Nadra Sadaf. Immunomodulatory role of arsenic on regulatory T cells. Endocr Metab Immune Disord Drug Targets. 2017 Aug 17. doi: 10.2174/1871530317666170818114454. Impact Factor- 2.413, ISSN:1871-5303.
    • Archana Chaudhary, Rizwanul Haque*. Promising Therapeutic Targets to halt the Global Pandemic of SARS CoV-2. International Journal of Applied Biology and Pharmaceutical Technology 11 (2020): 144-159.
    • Archana Chaudhary, Rizwanul Haque* (2020) Therapeutic Role of Arsenic Trioxide in Cancer Protection. Arch Med Vol.12 Iss.4:14.
    • Archana Chaudhary , Rizwanul Haque* (2021) The healing art of arsenic in various malignancies .N.Kumar (ed),Arsenic Toxicity : Challenges and Solutions. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-33-6068-6-12
    • Book- Archana Chaudhary and Rizwanul Haque.(2017).Lambert publishers. Effect of arsenic on T cells in Rheumatoid Arthritis.978-3-330-06769-1
    • Abstracts/conference/Presentation
    • •Archana Chaudhary, Neeraj Kumar Rai, Ankita Kumari, Ashutosh Kumar, Rizwanul Haque* Mechanism of Telomerase Regulation in response of arsenic in Liver Cancer. Paper Presentation at 5th India International science Festival, young scientist conference, Kolkata, India 5-7th Nov 2019.
    • •Archana Chaudhary, Nadra Sadaf and Rizwanul Haque* Effect of Arsenic on Tcell by Modulating Foxp3. Poster Presentation at 1st International Conference of Human Implications of Biotechnology, Central University of South Bihar, Patna Feb 2016.
    • •Archana Chaudhary, Nadra Sadaf and Rizwanul Haque* Modulation of FoxP3 expression in T cells by Arsenic treatment. Poster Presentation at 42nd Annual Conference of the Indian Immunology Society, Immunocon 2015 October 9-11, 2015 at the RMRIMS.
    • Contact details-archanabtn@cusb.ac.in,archana7893@gmail.com
    11 Pritom Biswas
    Dr. Nitish Kumar MSc (Botany) Plant Biotechnology Biswas, P., & Kumar, N. (2021). Application of Nanotechnology in Crop Improvement: An Overview. In Crop Improvement (pp. 211–224). CRC Press. https://doi.org/10.1201/9781003099079-15
    • Project
      • Dr. Nitish Kumar PI, SERB (2020-;  Lacs) 
      • Prof. Rizwanul. Haque PI SERB (2020-;  Lacs) 
      • Dr. Durg Vijai Singh, PI, DBT  (2020-;  Lacs) 
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    Department of Biotechnology

    • Present Head
    HOD Name Period Contact Image
    Prof. Durg Vijai Singh (27.08.2021-Onwards) Contact : +91 - 631-2229-
    Email: dvsingh@cusb.ac.in
    • Former Heads
    1. Prof. Rizwanul Haque (20.07.2018-26.08.2021)
    Office Staff Email Id Contact Image
    Manish Raj, UDC +91-9122446390 manishraj@cub.ac.in