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Department of PG Studies and Research in Biotechnology

The department of Post-Graduate Studies and Research in Biotechnology was first established as the 'Department of P.G Studies and Research in Life Science' on 1st January 1992 at Bhadra Reservoir Project (BRP). During March, 1996 it was shifted to the Jnanasahyadri campus at Shankaraghatta. Considering the global and national trend of giving importance to the advanced and applied disciplines, the University decided to convert the department into the Department of Biotechnology. During the year 2000-2001 the department of life science was re-designated as the 'Department of Biotechnology'. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), New Delhi provided infrastructural support of Rs. 22.00 lakhs.

The department has qualified and dedicated faculty along with equally young guest faculty. The faculty have excellent research exposure with International Post-Doctoral fellowships and recognised with research awards. During the year 2004-05, the Department started a Master Degree programme in Bioinformatics, first of its kind in the entire Karnataka state. The M.Sc Bioinformatics course remained till 2011-12. The alumni of this department have joined for research in reputed research institutes in India and abroad. Several of them are very well placed in multinational Biotech Companies. The research profile has progressed significantly over a period of 15 years. Primarily the research is focused on a major thrust area Bio-prospecting Medicinal Plants. The research is mainly concentrated on the micropropagation, phytochemistry and pharmacology of medicinal plants along with In silico approaches in drug designing and drug targeting. In addition, the other areas focused are genomics & proteomics, plant genetic engineering and agricultural entomology.

After the commencement of the Biotechnology programme the department made significant progress both in academics and in research. Several students after completing the M.Sc have joined for research in reputed research institutes in India and abroad. Few of them have joined multinational Biotech Companies. In the department, thus far more than 20 research students have been awarded the Ph.D degrees in various aspects of Biotechnology under the guidance of permanent faculties. Still many are working. Since 2006-07, the department is also offering the M. Phil course.

The department faculty have published research papers in high impact factor journals of international repute in collaboration with many research institutes. The faculty have received research grants from various funding agencies such as University Grants Commission, New Delhi, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), New Delhi, Department of Science and Technology New Delhi (DST) and Medicinal Plants Board, New Delhi. The department has always given prime importance to the local needs and hence established a Centre for Plant Tissue Culture Production of Banana plants on commercial basis with a financial support from the Kuvempu University with a vision to support the small farmers of the region. This facility is first of its kind in any traditional universities of Karnataka. Hundreds of farmers from weaker sections are getting healthy, disease free Banana plantlets in subsidized rates. During 2014-15 the Biotechnology department in collaboration with other Biological Science departments has taken a lead in receiving a major Infra-structural BUILDER Project grant of Rs. 4.50 Crores from Department of Biotechnology (DBT) New Delhi on the thrust area Bio-prospecting Medicinal Plants of Western Ghats Region.

Programms Offered

Sl No Programmes Nature & Duration Eligibility Intake
1 M.Sc., Biotechnology CBCS, Two-year, Four Semesters B.Sc degree of Kuvempu University or UGC recognized University with any three of the following options; Biotechnology, Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, Biochemistry/ Microbiology/ Sericulture/Computer Science or B.Sc Biotechnology with any other two optional papers, B.Sc. Agri., B.Sc Horticulture, B.Sc Forestry, B.F.Sc and B.V. Sc are also eligible 44
2 Ph. D Full-time : 3-5 Years
Part-time : 4-6 Years
MSc., with minimum 55% from any UGC recognized University 3 / Asst. Professor ,4/ Assot. Professor,8 / Professor Guide


Prof. Krishna V

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Department of PG Studies & Research in Biotechnology
Kuvempu University
Jnanasahyadri, Shankaraghatta-577451
Shimoga Dist., Karnataka State, INDIA

Teaching Faculty of Biotechnology in Kuvempu University

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    Prof. Krishna V Professor

    Qualification:M.Sc., Ph.D,
    Area of Specialisation: Plant Biotechnology, Phytochemistry, Plant Taxonomy & Pharmacology

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    Dr. Riaz Mahmood Professor

    Qualification:M.Sc., Ph.D,
    Area of Specialisation: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Genetic Toxicology, Animal Biotechnology, Pharmacognosy

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    Prof. Ramachandra Y. L. Professor

    Qualification:M.Sc., Ph.D,
    Area of Specialisation: Immunotechnology, Microbiology, Phytopharmacology and Omics

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    Manjunatha H. Associate Professor

    Area of Specialisation: Biochemistry and Systems Biology

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    Dr. Santhosh Kumar H S Assistant Professor

    Qualification:M.Sc (Biochemistry), Advanced Diploma in Bioinformatics, Ph. D (Biochemistry),
    Area of Specialisation: Biochemistry and Bioinformatics

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    Dr. Kumaraswamy H M Assistant Professor

    Qualification:M.Sc., Ph.D,
    Area of Specialisation: Cell Signalling, Medicinal Plants, Anti-cancer Therapeutics

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    MR. SHASHIKUMAR R Guest Lecturer

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    MR. SHARATH B.S Guest Lecturer

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    MR. SANTHOSH K.H Guest Lecturer

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Research Project of Biotechnology in Kuvempu University

Sl No Title Funding Agency Principal Investigator Co-Investigator Amount Status
1 Production and supply of Tissue Culture Plantlets of Banana var. Putta bale to the rural farmers DBT Dr. B Tippeswamy 3200000 Ongoing
2 Bioprospecting of Medicinal Plants of Western Ghats, Karnataka (BUILDER Project) DBT Prof. Riaz MahmoodProf. M KrishnappaProf. J NarayanaProf. Nagaraja 44983600 Ongoing
3 Ex-situ conservation, mass production of phytochemicals from the in vitro cultured cell lines and evaluation of antiarthritis activity of Delonix elata (L.) Gamble DST .. 600000 Ongoing
4 Ex situ conservation and bio-prospecting of an romatic medicinal tree- Litsea glutinosa C.B.Rob UGC .. 700000 Completed
5 Production and supply of Tissue Culture Plantlets of Banana var. Putta bale to the rural farmers DBT Prof. J Narayana 1899995 Completed
6 Proteomics and In-silico Drug Designing studies on Hepatoprotectivity of phytoconstituents of Flaveria trinervia against alcohol induced liver cirrhosis UGC 1100000 Completed
7 Evaluation of anti-oxidant and gastric anti-ulcer property of Mesua ferrea Lin. DBT Prof.V Krishna 1151000 Completed
8 Mushroom Biotechnology intervention for socioeconomic upliftment of SC /ST farmers of Malnad region of Karnataka DBT Prof.V Krishna 1426000 Completed
9 Evaluation of antiarthritic property of bioactive constituents of Embelia ribes UGC Prof.V Krishna 913997 Completed
1 Studies on antioxidant, antimutagenic and Anti-cancer properties of Clerodendrum Infortunatum. L and Xanthium strumarium UGC New-Delhi Prof. Riaz Mahmood - 1014558 Completed
2 Bioprospecting Medicinal Plants of Western Ghats DBT-New Delhi Prof. V. Krishna Prof. Riaz Mahmood 450 on going
3 Bioprospecting Medicinal Plants DST-FIST Prof. Riaz Mahmood - 40 Completed
1 Evaluation of Antioxidant and Anti-gastric ulcer property of Mesua ferrea Linn. DBT, New Delhi Dr. Manjunatha H. Prof. Krishna V. 1151000 Completed
2 Molecular mechanisms of combined inhibitory effect of dietary curcumin and capsaicin on endotoxin induced inflammation DST-SERB, New Delhi Dr. Manjunatha H. Nil 1200000 ongoing
3 Studies on the endotoxin neutralizing protein interaction network with anti-inflammatory UGC, New Delhi Dr. Manjunatha H. Dr. Kumara Swamy B E 873500 Completed
1 Acetogenins Modulate ATM Signalling in Nicotine induced Chemoresistance in Pancreatic Cancer. DST Mrs.Meghana P Nil 2370000 Ongoing
2 Embelin Can Modulate Ataxia-Telangiectasia Mutated (ATM) Signalling In Nicotine Induced Chemoresistant Pancreatic Cancer DST-SERB Dr.Kumaraswamy H.M Nil 5210554 Ongoing
3 Evaluation of Antiarthritic Property of the Bioactive Constituents of Embelia ribes Burm. UGC Dr.Kumaraswamy H.M Prof. V . Krishna 914300 Completed
4 Design and development of tumor targeted Embelin loaded nanoparticles. VGST-SMYSR Dr.Kumaraswamy H.M Nil 500000 Ongoing
Sl No Faculty Name of the Supervisor Name of the Ph.D. Scholar with Aadhaar number/Photo ID Mode of Ph.D. Registration Number Date of Registration Research Topic Likely date of completion of Ph.D Availing Fellowship Funding Agency of Fellowship
1 Prof. Krishna V Deepti V Patil .. 0000-00-00 Phytochemical and pharmacological investigations of Delonix elata 0000-00-00 0
2 Prof. Krishna V Santhosh Kumar J U .. 0000-00-00 DNA barcoding for the assessment of species in admixture of herbal raw drugs trade in Karnataka 0000-00-00 0
3 Prof. Krishna V Arunodaya H S .. 0000-00-00 Micropropagation and Pharmacological screening of Phytochemicals of Litsea glutinosa C.B. Rob. 0000-00-00 0
4 Prof. Krishna V Shashi Kumar R 03/12/2012 0000-00-00 Micropropagation and evaluation of Glmercular protective activity of Musa species Monthan cultivar Karibale. 0000-00-00 0
5 Prof. Krishna V Nagabhushan 08 0000-00-00 Evaluation of phenotypic traits and germplasm assessment of Finger millet cultivars using microsatellite markers 0000-00-00 0
6 Science Dr. Riaz Mahmood SHARAT KUMAR. P 967079330503 Full Time 14 2013-12-16 "In-Silico Structural and functional analysis of Enzymes With Special reference to Insecticide Resistance" 2018-12-01 NO -
7 Science Prof. Ramachandra Y. L. SOUMYA, C Part Time 18/16-12-2013 2017-12-16 Molecular characterization of Heliminthosporium pathoveurs affecting Zea mays in Karnataka 2017-09-30 NO ---
8 Prof. Krishna V Sudhesh L Shastri 248 0000-00-00 Micropropagation and Pharmacological investigations of Mammea suriga Kosterm. 0000-00-00 0
9 Science Manjunatha H. Sharath B S 978569742060 Full Time 249 0000-00-00 Drug target identification through dynamic of protein interaction network analysis using VEGF induced monocytes 0000-00-00 YES Devaraj Urus
10 Science Manjunatha H. Thriveni V 276786848037 Full Time 250 0000-00-00 Studies on anti-inflammatory potency of dietary curcumin and capsaicin 0000-00-00 YES Devaraj Urus
11 Science Dr. Riaz Mahmood Mr. Bhimanagoud Kumbar, 419336421339 Full Time 252 2015-01-12 Cloning and Characterization of antifungal gene from Bacillus subtilis isolates. 2019-01-12 NO -
12 Science Manjunatha H. shivananda kandagalla 525257469197 Full Time 254 0000-00-00 Identification of drug target using protein interaction network of TGF-beta induced epithelial to mesenchymal transition[EMT] 0000-00-00 YES Devaraj Urus
13 Prof. Krishna V Ravi Kumar S 336 0000-00-00 In Vitro production of phytochemicals and screening of anticancer property of Bridelia scandens Wild. 0000-00-00 0
14 Science Dr. Kumaraswamy H M Sandeep Kumar Jain R Full Time 337 2016-03-14 Evaluation of Bioactive Principles from Garcinia talbotii Raizada. for their Therapeutic Potential 2021-06-30 NO Lady Tata Memorial Trust
15 Science Manjunatha H. Umme hani 423229959538 Full Time 338 0000-00-00 Studies on the effect of epigallocatechin on the Hsp90 mediated inflammation 0000-00-00 YES WOS-A DST DELHI
16 Science Dr. Kumaraswamy H M Meghana P Full Time 339 2016-03-14 Investigation and Screening of Bioactive ConstituentsFrom Artabotyrs odoratissimus R.Br. 2019-06-30 YES DST- WOSA
17 Science Prof. Krishna V Mr. Girish Kumar K Full Time 493 0000-00-00 Micropropagation and production of disease resistant of Musa accuminata var. Putta bale against Fusarium oxysporum F.sp. cubense caused panama disease in the farmyards of shivamogga dist 0000-00-00 YES -
18 Science Dr. Kumaraswamy H M Samartha J R Full Time 543 2018-12-27 Phytochemical profiling and Investigation of therapeutic value of wild vegetables Indigenous to Agumbe Rain Forests 2022-12-27 YES nil
19 Science Dr. Kumaraswamy H M Prashanth N Full Time 792 2018-02-14 Investigation of Therapeutic effect of Evodiamine on nicotine induced DDR in pancreatic cancer 2021-02-02 NO DST-SERB
20 Science Manjunatha H. Prathima R 499063059878 Full Time BT-20 0000-00-00 Studies on the anti-inflammatory activities of extract from mesus ferres linn. 0000-00-00 YES National fellowship for ST student
21 Science Dr. Riaz Mahmood Rizwana Abid 525853427001 Full Time BT: 04(89) 2012-03-27 Phytochemical Characterization and Evaluation of Cardio protective properties of Cassia fistula Linn. 2017-12-25 YES UGC, Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minorities
22 Science Prof. Ramachandra Y. L. SUPRIYA KAPIL. SHETTY THENEKAR Part Time BT:06(91) 2012-03-27 Isolation, characterization and evaluation of a phytoferritin for the treatment of anemia 2017-09-12 NO Not applicable
23 Science Dr. Santhosh Kumar H S Mrs. Jayashree C. S. Part Time XX-XX 2018-02-12 “Genome-wide Analysis of Protein domain landscape of few Pneumonia causing Bacteria” 2023-02-12 NO self financed

Workshops/Seminars/Conferences organized and Funding Agency:

Title Level Year Funding Agency
Refresher course National Level 2002-03 UGC
Workshop in Genetic Engineering for Kuvempu University college teachers Regional Level 2003-04 University
National workshop in Bioinformatics for University and College Teachers National Level 2004-05 University

Future Expansion/Diversification Plans:

Plan of action of the department for the next five years
To send individual research proposals to various funding agencies
To send proposal for SAP to UGC., DBT, DST, CSIR
The department established a commercial tissue culture laboratory for the benefit farmers of Kuvempu university jurisdiction. The important cash crops like banana, vanilla and endemic medicinal plants are propagated through tissue culture method and sell to the farmers at low prizes.

Placements :


Placement record of the past students and the contribution of the department to the student placements.

  • 10 students are appointed in Central labs
  • 10 students are appointed in Central labs
  • 25 students are self employed and established research labs
  • 04 students are moved to higher studies to USA
  • 10 students are pursuing higher studies in India