Department of Bioinformatics

Vision:

The department of Bioinformatics was established in the year 2002 and it is the first undergraduate program in Bioinformatics in Asia. Enormous data, generated from Genomics, Transcriptomics and Proteomics experiments need to be stored, analyzed and interpreted. However, the research institutes and industries across the world were running short of experts in these fields. The department gives priority to the students' skill development in these demanding areas. The focused area of the department is Biomathematics, Biostatistics including R language, Computer programing including scripting languages, algorithms, Database Management, Website development, Genomics, Transcriptomics, Proteomics, and Computer aided drug discovery. The sixth semester of the course is dedicated to Bioinformatics research project, which is carried out in the department or other national and international research laboratory. As the outcome of students' research projects, many research articles have already been published in reputed national and international journals, as chapters in book, and a few others await future publications.

Introduction:

Department of Bioinformatics at Christ College, is one of the recognized nodal centers of Bioinformatics Lab, approved by Gujarat State Biotechnology Mission (GSBTM), Govt. of Gujarat. The department, also, is one of the recognized departments to conduct the Skill development program: Post Graduate Diploma in Computational Biology (PGDCB) course, by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India. The department organizes various workshops, expert lectures, training programs, etc. to groom students' all-round development. Notably, the department has organized two national level Bioinformatics & Cheminformatics workshops, sponsored by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) & Dept. of Biotechnology (DBT, Govt. of India), which were the first of their kind all over the country as far as the field of Cheminformatics is concerned.

Best Practice:

The best practice of the department is Youth Contest. Department initiated this practice in the year 2013-14. The contest aims at developing students as responsible citizens of the nation. The contest is held with a view to achieve following objectives:

  • To make students realize their own potential
  • To make students understand their role as leaders and change makers
  • To create awareness about the problems prevalent in society and their solutions and to make students understand importance of contributions of all in the development and betterment of society
  • To develop and promote social leadership
  • To promote Swami Vivekanand’s teachings in life

Additional Features of Department:

Many of the students have presented research papers in various National and International conferences, have attended Nobel laureate conclaves and have been inspired by interacting with them. Students visit various research institutes and industries across the country as part of their studies to gain practical knowledge. The alumni of the department are well placed in world-class institutes and companies.

Major Events Conducted by the Department::

  • Industrial visits
  • Video lectures of Scientists
  • Review Article Presentation
  • Personality development workshops
  • Research article presentation
  • Workshop- Reference Manager
  • State Level Workshop on Neo4j – A Graph platform for the life scientists
  • Webinar on CLC Genomic Workbench
  • One-day State Level Seminar on Structure and Ligand Based Drug Discovery
  • Alumni interaction
  • Two days State Level workshop on Computer Aided Drug Discovery
  • National Workshop on Advances in Computer-Aided Drug Design and Discovery

Opportunities:

Bioinformatics solve complex biological problems through information technology. In this era, it is a highly demanding field as it save time and money, and streamline Biological research. The successful candidates can get job in Software, Pharma, Chemical, Life science, Genomics, Transcriptomics and Proteomics companies and Research Institutes.

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