Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Tezpur University focuses on emerging areas of basic and applied life sciences
and creates trained manpower in the fields of molecular biology and biotechnology
Name of the Department: Department of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
Courses: MSc and PhD in biotechnology
Coordinator: Dr Ashish K Mukherjee
Address: Tezpur University, Napaam, Sonitpur-784 028, Assam
The Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MBBT) at the Tezpur University was established in 1997.
The department is recognized by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government
of India, and granted accreditations for the post-graduate program.
The department offers two-year MSc in molecular biology and biotechnology, five-year integrated MSc in bioscience
and bioinformatics and PhD in molecular biology and biotechnology. There are 11 faculties in the department who
are taking care of teaching as well as research activities.
The Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility (BIF) at the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology was
established in 2007 under the Biotechnology Information System Network (BTISnet) scheme of the Department of
Biotechnology, Government of India to promote innovation in teaching biology through bioinformatics. The goal
of this facility is to expose students and researchers to use bioinformatics in solving hard core biological
The bioinformatics facility at MBBT provides awareness about bioinformatics and its usefulness in the field of
biological sciences, stimulates interest in students to undertake research in advanced methods in the field of
modern biology, assists the teaching activities of biology and its allied areas of the host institute as well
as the neighboring institutions, and provides laboratory support for students/researchers and computation
facility to faculty and technical staff of the institute.
In the academic year 2009-10, many students from this department have qualified in GATE, DBT-JRF, ICMR -JRF
and UGC-CSIR NET exams. Most of the passed out MSc and PhD students from the The Department of Molecular
Biology and Biotechnology are pursuing higher studies (doctoral and post-doctoral research) in some of the
premier research institutes/universities in the country and abroad. In addition, many students have secured
jobs in R&D sectors of industries as well as in scientific institutes as scientists, and as faculty members
in many reputed universities and colleges all across the country.
Since June 2007, the department has published 21 research papers in national journals and 31 research papers
have been published in international journals. The department has filed four biotech-related international
patents so far. Between 2007 and 2010, the department has developed two biotech-related products that were
subsequently transferred to the industry.