Bioinformatics Centre

The Bioinformatics programme was initiated at JNTBGRI in 1998 by the launching of a Sub-Distributed Information Centre, as part of the Biotechnology Information System Network (BTISNET) project program of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. The program was initially aimed to establish computer and communication infrastructure facilities for promoting biotechnology based R & D. Recognising the importance of biodiversity informatics on fulfilling the main objectives of JNTBGRI i.e., to prepare a comprehensive information system on the plant genetic diversity of the country particularly of the Kerala State and novel discoveries in plant science, the Institute has established the Bioinformatics R & D facility with financial support from DBT in 2002 at Saraswathy Thangavelu Centre of JNTBGRI, Puthenthope, Thiruvananthapuram. Since its inception the centre has been focused on biodiversity database organization and currently JNTBGRI websites providing largest amount of authenticated quality information on biodiversity.

India has endowed with rich source of medicinal plant diversity and vast traditional knowledge system related to the use of medicinal plants against almost all diseases so far reported. However, till now only 1% of the total estimated medicinal plant species have been subjected to scientific validation. In this backdrop, the centre has also focused on virtual screening of plant derived molecules for validating the efficacy of the plant derived drugs used in traditional medicine.

Area of Specialization

Biodiversity Informatics and virtual screening of plant derived molecules for drug discovery.

Objectives

  • To make a comprehensive database of the plant genetic resource of Kerala.
  • Promoting Bioinformatics education and human resource development.
  • Development of computational tools to solve biological problems.
  • Validation of the efficacy of plant derived traditional drugs using bioinformatics tools

Current area of Research

  • Development of plant diversity databases
  • Bioprospecting of medicinal plants used in Indian systems of traditional medicine for snake anti-venom, hepatoprotective and ant-tuberculosis drugs.
  • Integration /interlinking of bioinformatics resources

Achievements

Developed 18 database / incorporated data of about 3400 plants; published six papers in peer reviewed journals, 38 papers in seminar/workshop proceedings, 4 training manuals, 3 chapters in books and one booklet, 4 brochures; produced 71 M.Sc./M.Tech. /M.C.A dissertations and provided six months training to 24 students; organized 14 short term training and trained about 270 personnel and organized 7 National seminars; bioinformatics facility is regularly used by 300 staff of JNTBGRI and other institutions.

Collaborative works/ initiatives

The centre joins with apex centre and developed the web portal system for BTISNET Publications and Library resources and BTISNET web portal site.

 

Research team

 

Dr. S. Sreekumar
Scientist  & Co-coordinator
Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Division
Phone: (O)0471-2753050
Fax: 91(0) 472 – 2869646
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Dr. C.K.Biju
Scientist B
Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Division
Phone:(O)0471-2753050
Fax: 91(0) 472 – 2869646
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Mr. M. Raveendran
Senior Scientific Assistant
Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Division
Phone:(O)0472-2869226
Fax: 91(0) 472 – 2869646

 

Research Students

 

Nisha N.C. – JRF
Nisha has been doing Ph. D. on the topic “Validation of anti-snake venom activity in selected medicinal plants” under the guidance of Dr. S. Sreekumar and Dr. P. N. Krishnan. She is registered for Ph.D. in the University of Kerala under the Faculty of Science (Botany) and availing INSPIRE Fellowship offered by Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.

 

Nisheeda Basheer A – JRF
Nisheeda Basheer has been doing Ph. D. on the topic “In vitro mutagenesis and somaclonal variant selection in Plectranthus vettiveroides” under the guidance of Dr. S. Sreekumar. She is registered for Ph.D. in the University of Kerala under the Faculty of Applied Science (Biotechnology) and availing Fellowship offered by Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India.

 

Deepa V – JRF
Deepa has been doing Ph. D. on the topic “Bioprospecting of selected medicinal plants for viper anti-venom drug” under the guidance of Dr. S. Sreekumar. She is registered for Ph.D. in the University of Kerala under the Faculty of Applied Science (Biotechnology).

 

Sony Thomas – JRF
Sony Thomas has been doing Ph.D. on the topic “Documentation and preparation of database on the foliar fungi of sacred groves in Eranakulam, Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram districts in Kerala State” under the guidance of Dr. Hosogoudar and Dr. C. K. Biju. He is registered for Ph.D. in the University of Kannur under the faculty of Botany.

 

Safeer P.M – JRF
Safeer been doing Ph.D. on the topic “Studies on enhanced production of root biomass and secondary metabolites in Plectranthus vettiveroides (K.C. Jacob) N.P. Singh & B.D. Sharma”under the guidance of Dr. P. N. Krishnan and Dr. K. Satheeshkumar in the University of Kannur under the faculty of Life sciences.

 

R & D Supporting staff

Sawmiya Das
Data Entry Operator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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