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MIZORAM UNIVERSITY, MIZORAM


About the Bioinformatics Centre
 

The Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility (BIF) was established by the DBT, Government of India in the year 2008 and the facility is housed in the Department of Biotechnology, Mizoram University. This centre falls under North Eastern State Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility. This facility has high/medium end servers and state of the art desktop machines and software. The centre continue to spread awareness and knowledge sensitization by imparting hands-on training in the areas of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology to strengthen research activities by using Bioinformatics and Biotechnology tools to the students from various Schools, Colleges, Universities,  it also organizes national and international conferences, workshops, seminars, lecture series of eminent scientists to provide scientific platform to the students and teachers to have interface with recent trends in Bioinformatics and Biotechnology. Apart from that it fosters partnership, collaborative research, industry institute partnership and entrepreneurship development to achieve better research outputs leading to applied and product based science.

 

Area of Specialization:

    • Molecular Markers and Molecular Phylogenetics
    • Metagenomics
 
Objectives

To develop and become a full-fledged teaching and research centre, which can excel in the field of biotechnology to cater the needs and challenges of the region and the country as a whole.

 
Achievements at a glance
 
  • Bioinformatics Centre, Mizoram University was established in 2008 under the BIF financial assistance of Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India.
  • The centre is equipped with two high end servers and connected with high speed broadband internet, backed up with uninterrupted servo stabilized power system.
  • The centre facility is not only utilized extensively by the staff and students of Mizoram University but also used by the nearby colleges and schools.
  • So far, the Centre has published more than 30 papers in reputed journals and organized more than 20 National workshop/ training programs.
  • The Centre has conducted workshops for Research scholars, Ph. D students and faculties on areas like Molecular modeling, Molecular Phylogeny & evolutionary biology, DNA & Protein Sequence analysis, computational biology, functional annotation and biodiversity database development etc.
  • The BIF centre has been conducting introductory workshops for School students as well.
  • Invited guest lecturers in Bioinformatics and Biotechnology have also been conducted to cater the needs of students.
  • Till date more than 20 postgraduate students (in-house and from other universities) have completed their dissertation/ project work under the centre.
 
Current area of research

 

  • Comparative Genomics and Mitogenomics.
  • Metagenomics
  • Molecular Markers, Molecular Phylogenetics and DNA Barcoding.
  • Bioprospecting of plant bioresources for novel products/ genes/ metabolites and micro-propagation & genetic improvement through biotechnological approaches.
  • Microbial exploration; Plant - microbe interaction and effect of abiotic stress in microorganisms.
 
Database Developed

 

  • A Database on “Butterflies of Mizoram” was developed using VB 2008 and SQL server 2005 (Client-Server technology).
  • A Database on “Snakes of Mizoram” was developed using PHP, Apache and MySql Server (Web -Server technology).
  • A Database on “Banana of North East India and Medicinal plants of Mizoram” is under development using PHP, Apache and MySql Server (Web -Server technology).
  • PROT-PROP: A Java- application to predict the subcellular location of a protein based on physiochemical properties. This can be accessed from: www.mzu.edu.in/schools/biotechnology.html
  • GC-Graphing: A Java-application to plot GC contents of Intergenic and Intragenic regions of genome. This can be accessed from:   www.mzu.edu.in/schools/biotechnology.html
 
Inter Institutional collaboration

Institute

Research Topic

Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore

Molecular Phylogenetics

Natural History Museum, London

Environmental Metagenomics

Assam University, Silchar
and PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore

Anti-cancer protein and their  over-expression.

Mizoram State Cancer Institute, Mizoram ; University of Kolkata and ACTREC, Mumbai

Cancer Genomics

Manipur University, Imphal and
NERIST, Arunachal Pradesh

Banana diversity and characterization

 
Contacts:

Name of the Coordinator

Dr. N Senthil Kumar, Professor

Name of the Co-coordinator

Ms. Esther Lalnunmawii, Assistant Professor

Postal Address

Department of Biotechnology
Mizoram University, Aizawl, Mizoram – 796 004

Phone Number

0389 – 2330861, 09436352574

Email

nskmzu@gmail.com
mizoramuniv.btisnet@mail.nic.in

Website

http:/www.mzu.edu.in/


About the Institution
 

Mizoram falls under the ‘Eastern Himalayas’ & Aizawl is the state capital. It is situated at an altitude of 900 meters above sea level. The importance of this region at the global stage can be vouched from the fact that the region lies within the Indo-Burma mega diversity hotspot. The total area of Mizoram is 21,087 km2, the majority of it being forest cover.
Mizoram University was established as a Central University by an Act of Parliament of India on 25th April 2000 and started functioning from 2nd July 2001. Prior to this, the University inherited from North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) had functioned as Mizoram Campus for 24 year since 1979. The main campus of Mizoram University rests on a plot of land measuring 978.1988 acres with its lush green scenic hills, at Tanhril, a village in the western outskirt of Aizawl City. It is now undergoing a sea change, and has embarked on various programmes/schemes in terms of academic, administrative and infrastructural development.
The University Library System consists of a fully automated Central Library and computerized Bibliographic information is accessible through Campus network (Intranet) using Web OPAC, automation of Examination and Finance Sections, as well intra campus network and Internet facilities are also available.
        The University offers M.A., M.Sc., M.Com., M.S.W., M.B.A., Mass Communication, Library and Information Science, B.Tech in Information Technology, Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, M.Phil and Ph.D courses. The University also has the distinction of having unique departments like the Department of Horticulture, Aromatic and Medicinal Plants (HAMP), the Department of Environmental Sciences, and the Department of Extension Education & Rural Development. There are 28 affiliated colleges and 1 constituent College “Pachhunga University College” under Mizoram University.
         The Administration is also taking steps to fulfil the pending objective of making the university campus eco-friendly and self sufficient in power by generating solar energy of 1.5 megawatt.
For more details visit www.mzu.edu.in

 
Infrastructure facilities

Computer & Communication facilities:
1 High end server HP Proliant ML 370G5, 1 Mid range server HP Proliant ML 350G5, 20 HP Desktops, 2 Apple Macintosh Desktops, 1 Laptop HP ProBook 4320s, 1 HP Colour DeskJet Printer L7380, 1 HP LaserJet printer 2015N, 1 Xerox Copier Toshiba E-Studio 166., The computers are connected to the internet (2Mbps) by WiFi with adequate power backup (6 KVA UPS).
Commercial Software packages
Biosuite, Sigma Plot, Genious Pro, PAUP, Microsoft Windows Sever 2008, SQL server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, NTYSys-pc.

 
Recent publications

 

Thangjam, R. (2012) In vitro regeneration and Agrobacterium tumefaciensmediated genetic transformation of Parkiatimoriana (DC.) Merr.: a multipurpose tree legume. ActaPhysiologiaePlantarum 34:1207-1215.

Thangjam, R. (2012) Genome characterization of banana genetic resources of Mizoram, India. Science Vision 12 (1): 1207-1215.

Thangjam, R. (2012) Sulphur free-radical reactivity of thioproline and crude extracts of Parkiatimoriana (DC.) Merr. Environmental Engineering 17(S1): S9-S13.

Thangjam, R. (2012) Biotechnological Methods for Sustainable Utilization of Banana Genetic resources of Manipur, India. Biodiversity status and conservation strategy with special reference to Northeast India, (Book).

Lalrotluanga, Lalchawimawii Ngente, Senthil Kumar , N. And Gurusubramanian G. (2012) Insecticidal and repellent activity of Hiptage benghalensis L. Kruz (Malpighiaceae) against mosquito vectors. Parasitology Research, 111:1007-1017.

Zothansanga Ralte, Gurusubramanian G. and Senthil Kumar N. (2012) RAPD-PCR characterization of Bacillus thuringiensis soil isolates from Mizoram with insecticidal activity against Culex tritaeniorhynchus. International Journal of Fundamental & Applied Sciences, 1(3), 55-60.

Brindha, S.K., Sangzuala Sailo, Senthil Kumar, N. and Gurusubramanian, G. (2012) Prop: J-Tool to Predict the Subcellular Location of Proteins Based on physiochemical Characterization. Interdisciplinary Sciences: Computational Life Sciences 4:1-6.

Vikas Kumar Roy, N. Senthil Kumar and G. Gurusubramanian (2012) Proteins – structure, properties and their separation by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Science Vision 12(4):170-181.

Pranjal K, Brindha S, Soundararajan K, Senthil Kumar N (2012). Analysis of aminoacids pattern in receptor tyrosine kinase using Boolean Association Rule. Bioinformation 8(8): 342-345.

Thangjam, R. (2013) DNA Barcoding as a tool for rapid identification of plants: a case study in banana family (Musaceae). Bioresources and Traditional Knowledge of Northeast India (Book) 21-24.

Thangjam, R. (2013) Genetic diversity among edible banana varieties found in Mizoram, India. Bioresources and Traditional Knowledge of Northeast India (Book) 55-59.

Thangjam, R. (2013) Evaluation of genetic diversity and approaches for conservation of conservation of Parkiatimoriana (DC.) Merr. Environment, Biodiversity and Traditional System (Book) 283-288.

Rita Zomuanpuii, Lal Ringngheti, Brindha, S., Gurusubramanian, G., Senthil Kumar N. (2013) ITS2 characterization and Anopheles species identification of the sub-genus Cellia. Acta Tropica 125, 309-319.

Senthil kumar, N., Gurusubramanian, G. and Murugan, K. (2013) Joint Insecticidal Action of Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki with Annona squamosa L. and Prosopis juliflora Swartz DC on Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) (Lepidoptera:Noctuidae). Proceedings of the Zoological Society, Kolkata (DOI 10.1007/s12595-013-0059-2).

Brindha, S., Zothansanga, Ajit Kumar, P., Vineet Kumar, M., Biku, M.C., Bhim, P.S., Gurusubramanian, G.and Senthil Kumar, N. (2013) Characterization of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1 class proteins in relation to their insecticidal action. Interdisciplinary Sciences: Computational Life Sciences 5: 127-135.

 
Faculty members

Name

Designation

Prof. N. Senthil Kumar

Professor

Dr. Th. Robert Singh

Assistant Professor

Dr. J. Bhattacharya

Associate Professor

Dr. B. P. Singh

Assistant Professor

Dr. H. Lalhruaitluanga

Assistant Professor

Ms, Esther Lalnunmawii

Assistant Professor

Dr. K. Syed Ibrahim

Research Associate

Mr. Thokchom Lellel

JRF

Mr. Ravi Prakash Yadav

JRF

 

 

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