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Bioinformatics centre a profile

Bioinformatics Centre- A Profile

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY

Commissioning of the Centre 1992-93

Phone : +91 413 2655212 Fax : +91 413 2655211/265E-mail : [email protected] webpage: http://www.pondiuni.org/bioinformatics.html

Centre website: http://bicpu.edu.in


About university

About University

  • Pondicherry University is a Central University established by an Act of Parliament No. 53 of 1985 fully supported by the University Grants Commission.

  • Pondicherry University was the first to provide the students with the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS)

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


School of life sciences

School of Life Sciences

  • The University is organized at several levels for efficient functioning (Schools/Departments/Centres).

  • The School of Life Sciences comprises the following Departments / Centres viz., Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Department of Biotechnology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Department of Ocean Studies & Marine Biology, Centre for Pollution Control & Energy Technology and Bioinformatics Centre.

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Bioinformatics centre

Bioinformatics Centre

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Personnel

Personnel

  • Teaching

    Coordinator Prof. P.P. Mathur

    Reader1 No. (Vacant)

    Lecturer Dr. D. Sundar

    Lecturer 1 No. (Vacant)

    Temporary Faculties 3 Nos.

  • Technical

    Information Officer Mr. M. Sundara Mohan Technical AssistantMs. V. AmoudaComputer Operator Mr. E. Selvakumar

    Computer Operator Ms. N. Shanthi

    Data Entry Operator 1 No. (Vacant)

  • Office

    Attendant Mr. T. Gopy

  • Temporary positions

    DBT-JRF1 No. (Vacant)

    DBT-Traineeship2 Nos. (Vacant)

    DBT-Studentship2 Nos. (Vacant)

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Activities

Activities

  • Teaching

    • Regular M.Sc Program in Bioinformatics

      (applied to UGC)

    • Advanced PG Diploma in Bioinformatics (since 2001)

  • Training

    • Regular Training Programs (Short term & Long term)

  • Research

    • Molecular Dynamics simulation of Human Transferrin

    • Protein Engineering of DNA-binding Proteins

    • Database and Software Development

  • Extension

    • Development of E-Learning modules in Bioinformatics

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Teaching program

Teaching Program

  • The Centre has been offering an Advanced Post Graduate Diploma Course in Bioinformatics since the Academic year 2001-2002 with the support from Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi

  • The students are selected through a competitive examination conducted at the All India Level in 14 Centres in the month of June followed by a personal interview

  • Only those candidates who have Master’s degree in any branch of Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology/ Biotechnology/ Biochemistry/ Biophysics/ Microbiology/ M.B.B.S/ Life Sciences/ Botany/ Zoology are currently eligible to join the Advanced PG Diploma program in Bioinformatics.

  • A sum of Rs. 5000/- per month is offered as a stipend to the selected students.

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Students placements

Students Placements

  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

  • HCL Technologies Limited

  • Institute of Bioinformatics, Bangalore

  • Protein Lounge, Orissa

  • Central Sericulture Research & Training Institute, Mysore

  • Vector Control Research Centre, Pondicherry

  • Orissa Agricultural University, Orissa

  • HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar

  • University of Madras, Chennai

  • Pondicherry University, Pondicherry

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Training program

Training Program

  • Training Programs (Short term)

    The Bioinformatics Centre regular short term training program every year during Jan-Feb. We have so far conducted 18 National Level Seminars / Workshops / Training Programs since 1991.

  • Training Programs (Long term)

    The Centre accepts students who have qualified the DBT-Junior Research Fellowship All India Examination for the Ph.D. program in Bioinformatics.

    DBT has sanctioned two positions each for Traineeship and Studentship in Bioinformatics every year. The students selected under these two schemes will be awarded a stipend of Rs. 5000 per month.

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Forthcoming seminars

Forthcoming Seminars

  • National Seminar on "Intellectual Property Rights in Bioinformatics & Biotechnology" to be organized by our Centre during September 15-16, 2005.

  • National Seminar on "Advances in Nanosciences and Nanobiotechnology" to be organized by our Centre during December 05-06, 2005.

  • National Seminar on "Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics" to be organized by our Centre during February 15-17, 2006.

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Infrastructure hardware

Infrastructure- Hardware

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Infrastructure hardware1

Infrastructure- Hardware

  • Workstations

    25 Workstations Intel Pentium IV with Dual Operating Systems (Red Hat Linux 9 & Windows XP Professional). All workstations are connected with a domain name server on Windows 2003 server.

  • Printers

    HP 4600 DN Color Laser, HP 2200DN Laser printer, HP 1150 Laser Printer, HP 4P-Laser printer, HP Inkjet 5748, 810 & 670 C

  • Accessories

    Sony DVD Writer, HP CD-Writer, HP Scanner, Modem, Infocus LCD Projector, Kodak Digital Camera, Sony Internal Cd-Writers, Web Camera, Toshiba Multifunctional Copier, Toshiba Multifunctional Fax and Hitachi Hi-Fax, Uninterrupted power supply (10 KVA – 1 no. & 5.0 KVA- 2 nos., 0.6 KVA UPS – 4 nos.)

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Infrastructure software

Infrastructure- Software

  • Academic Licensed

    Amber- Molecular Dynamics simulation

    AutoDock- Molecular Docking (Flexible Ligand docking)

    Dock- Molecular Docking (Rigid docking)

    GROMOS96- Molecular Dynamics simulation

    Modeller - Homology Modeling

    Phred, Phrap, Consed - Sequence Analysis

    Whatif- Protein Structure Modeling & validation suite

  • Vendors Licensed

    Insight II 2005(single user with 5 years term license)

    Affinity, Discover Bundle, Biopolymer, Homology, Ludi

    DS Modeling Suite 1.5(single user with 5 years term license)

    Visualizer, Project KM plus, Analysis, Biopolymer, CHARMm, Delphi, LigandFit, Ligand Score, Ludi, Modeler, MS Search, Protein Families, Protein Health, Protein Similarity Search

    Trends Micro's Enterprise Solution (Neat Suite)

    Endnote

    Statistica

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Infrastructure software1

Infrastructure- Software

  • Academic free & Open Source suites

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Infrastructure communication

Infrastructure- Communication

  • Internet

    A 4 Mbps (Megabit per second) leased circuit Radio Link Internet connectivity from the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), Pondicherry provides round the clock internet access.

    The computing facilities in the Bioinformatics Centre are available to the students round the clock on 24 hours/day, 365 days/year basis.

  • Intranet

    All the buildings in the Campus are interconnected through a Fiber Optic backbone with CISCO switches and routers. The connectivity to workstations is using UTP Cable ensuring a dedicated 100 Mbps bandwidth at desktop level.

    The intranet acts as a platform for Internet, UGC-Infonet, Library services and University automation functions

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Bioinformatics centre library

Bioinformatics Centre Library

  • The INFLIBNET Centre, Ahmedabad is providing access to the scholarly e-journals under UGC-Infonet E-Journals Consortium. As part of the consortium, access to the Electronic databases/ Journals of the Science Direct is also provided through the campus-wide Intranet to our Bioinformatics Centre.

  • The Central Library of Pondicherry University has a collection of over 96821 books and several scientific journals.

  • The Bioinformatics Centre subscribes to several important Journals like Bioinformatics, Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (JBCB), Briefings in Bioinformatics, Nature, Nature Structural Biology, Science, Scientific American, Linux for You for its departmental library. The Bioinformatics Centre library holdings include Books (300) and Journals (8).

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Bioinformatics centre e library

Bioinformatics Centre e-Library


Collaborating department

Collaborating Department

  • The Centre has a close collaboration with the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology within the School of Life Sciences.

  • This Department is recognized for special funding under DST-FIST program and has also attracted extramural funding worth several lakhs.

  • The Departmental Faculty has established research collaborations with foreign investigators as well as with the Bioinformatics Centre in teaching and wet-lab research.

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Infrastructure wet lab

Infrastructure- Wet Lab

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Bioinformatics centre a profile

Infrastructure- Wet Lab

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Research collaborations

Research Collaborations

  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

    Protein engineering of DNA recognition motifs, artificial ZF-transcription factors/repressors and in particular Zinc Finger Nucleases (ZFNs) to target and achieve highly efficient and permanent genome modification of plants and mammals including the humans.

  • Anna University – Chennai

    Molecular Modeling & High Performance / Cluster Computing

  • Central Leather Research Institute – Chennai

    Molecular Dynamics Simulations

  • Kern Labs Private Limited, Chennai

    Development of e-learning modules in Bioinformatics

  • Possible collaboration with Ecole Superieure De Physique et Chimie Industrielles, Paris, France

    Prof. Brigitte Quenet

    Neural Networking (Formal modeling with multistate neurones and multidimensional synapses)

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Research collaborations1

Biogrid India

Our centre will be soon connected to Biogrid (a Virtual Private Network of the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India) enabling access by student and scientific community from across the country. It is envisioned that the Biogrid will span all the 60+ Bioinformatics centres of the Department of Biotechnology with Gbps bandwidth and 10+ Teraflops of computational power..

Research Collaborations

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Research focus

Research Focus

  • Database & Software Development

    • EST & SNP database

    • Analytical tools for Genome analysis

  • Molecular Modeling studies

    • Molecular Dynamics simulation of human serum Transferrin as a heavy metal transporter – an approach for targeted drug delivery

  • Protein Engineering of DNA-binding Proteins

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Research publications 2004

Research Publications (2004)

Swarnalatha, M., Jutur, P.P., Amouda, V., Mathur, P.P., A.R. Reddy (2004) Prediction of Transcriptional Regulation by Dlx and Msx homeodomain proteins. Online J. Bioinformatics 5: 132-145.

Mathur, P.P. (2004) Bioinformatics: From Pre-Genomic to Post-Genomic Era, Advanced Biotech. 3:27-31.

Kumaran, K. and Mathur, P.P. (2004). Computational analysis reveals potential vaccine candidates for SARS Coronavirus, Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Conference conducted by the Institute of Infocomm Research, Singapore, January 2005.

Sundar D, A.D. Bosley, A.B. Abulencia, S. Chandrasegaran and M. Ostermeier (2004). A bacterial one-hybrid selection system for interrogating zinc finger-DNA interactions. FASEB Journal 18(8): C174.

Kandavelou, K., M. Mani, Sundar D. and S. Chandrasegaran (2004). Engineering and applications of chimeric nucleases. In: Nucleic Acids & Molecular Biology, Vol. 14, A. M. Pingoud (Ed.). Restriction Endonucleases, pp. 413-434, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, Germany.

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


Bioinformatics centre a profile

Research Publications (2005)

Mani, M., K. Kandavelou, Sundar D. and S. Chandrasegaran (2005). Design, engineering and characterization of zinc finger nucleases for gene targeting. Biochemical & Biophysical Research Communications 335: 447-457.

Sundar D., A.D. Bosley, A.B. Abulencia, S. Chandrasegaran and M. Ostermeier (2005). A bacterial one-hybrid selection system for interrogating zinc finger-DNA interactions. Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening (in press).

Kandavelou, K., M. Mani, Sundar D. and S. Chandrasegaran (2005). “Magic” scissors for genome surgery. Nature Biotechnology 23(6): 686-687.

Sundar D., Kandavelou, K., M. Mani, M. Porteus and S. Chandrasegaran (2005). Zinc finger nucleases: custom-designed molecular scissors. Nucleic Acids Research (Invited article, submitted)

Amouda, V. Shanthi, N. and Palanivelu. K (2005) Aspect-Oriented Programming: A new approach for biological database, Advances in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (submitted).

Arul Prakasam, P., Lakshminarayanan, S., Selvakumar, E. and Mathur, P.P. (2005). Three Dimensional Structure of Human 15-Lipoxygenase predicted by homology-based modeling - a potential target for atherosclerosis and cancer. Journal of Molecular Modeling (submitted).

Balamurugan. R, Selvakumar, E. and Mathur, P.P. (2005) Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Human Serum Transferrin as a heavy metal transporter - An approach for targeted drug delivery. Journal of Molecular Modeling (submitted).

BIOINFORMATICS CENTRE SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY


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http://www.bicpu.edu.in

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Bioinformatics centre a profile

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