Department of Biotechnology

The Department of Biotechnology at UAS, Dharwad was established in 1998. It was supported by the fore-thought of the Vision Group on Biotechnology, Government of Karnataka to set up the state-of the-art molecular biology laboratories in 2002. It gained a status of an institute (Institute of Agri-Biotechnology, IABT). The overall objective is to impart high quality education to the masters and doctoral students through hands-on research projects leading to dissertation. This is achieved through excellent faculty with finest exposure in the discipline and the state-of-the-art facilities. The student intake is 20 masters and 5 Ph. D. per year. M. Sc. programme is also supported by DBT-JNU. Students who have passed out from this Department are excelling in academics and other areas nationally and internationally. A few courses are being offered for undergraduates and diploma students. PG Diploma in Plant Genetic Engineering is also being offered at the Department.

In addition, development of biotech-based technologies for the farmers through various ad hoc projects (DBT, DST, ICAR, Indo-Japan collaborative project, DRDO, BRNS etc) is also an important mandate. These components of teaching and research programs are being implemented by the teachers/scientists with high academic qualification, expertise and experience.

Several novel genes have been cloned and expressed for various trait improvement. They include the genes coding for cry, glucanase, chitinase, DREB, lectins etc. They have been transferred to various model and commercial crops to develop transgenics, which have been characterized for events and expression of the genes. The Department has also developed Bt brinjal in six varieties. Promoter-probe vectors with xylanase and gfp reporters have been constructed and validated. Considerable efforts have also been made to develop gene-silenced plants for various traits. Now the Department is also engaged in genome editing in various crops. Monoclonal antibodies have been produced by phage display technology against various antigens by cloning and expressing the respective genes. Ds tagging for generating insertional inactivation tagged and activation tagged mutants have been developed for the functional genomics in sorghum.

PG Programmes in the Department


PG Students admitted in last five years

Sl. No.Course No.2018-192019-202020-212021-222022-23
1M.Sc. (Agri.)19134114


1Dr. Narayan MogerProfessor and HeadMolecular Biology & Biotechnology Bio-safety, IPR and Bioethics Immunology and Mol. Diagnostics
2Dr. Spurthi N. NayakAssistant ProfessorMolecular Biology & Biotechnology, Genomics, Bioinformatics
3Dr. Basavaraj BagewadiAssistant ProfessorPlant Molecular Biology
4Dr. Ravikumar HosamaniAssistant ProfessorMolecular Biology & Biotechnology Plant Tissue Culture and Genetic Transformation, Principles of Biotechnology, Molecular Cell Biology  

Supporting Staff:

Sl NoNameDesignation
1Mr. SanjayKumar V. TuramariLab Assistant
2Mr. Addivappa DoddawadFarm Labour
3Mr. G. M. MallurMessenger
4Dr. Mallik M.Project Coordinator, BIRAC
5Ms. Meenakshi N. MohiteProject Assistant, BIRAC
6Ms. Asha U. ShaikhOffice Assistant, BIRAC
7Dr. Shreya  M. JoshiPost Doctoral Innovation Fellow, BIRAC

B.Sc. Agriculture (Hons.) courses

Sl.NoCourse No.Course TitleCredits
1BTH 302Fundamentals of Plant Biotechnology2+0
2BTH 311Micropropagation Technology (ELECTIVE)1+1

B.Sc. Agriculture Business Management (Hons.) courses

Sl.NoCourse No.Course TitleCredits
1BTH 302Fundamentals of Plant Biotechnology1+0
  • Sc. Community Science (Hons.) courses : NIL
Sl. No.Course No.Course TitleCredits

B.Tech. Food Technology (Hons.) courses

Sl. No.Course No.Course TitleCredits
1BTH 102 Fundamentals of Food Biotechnology1+1

Experiential Learning Modules offered : NIL

Sl. No.Course No.Course TitleCredits

M.Sc. Agriculture in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Sl. No.Course No.Course TitleCredits
1MBB 501Principle of Biotechnology3+0
2MBB 502Fundamentals of Molecular Biology3+0
3MBB 505Omics and Systems Biology2+1
4MBB 504Techniques in Molecular Biology0+3
5MBB 591Master’s Seminar0+1
6MBB 599Master Research0+27
7MBB 503Molecular Cell Biology3+0
8MBB 508Introduction to Bioinformatics2+1
9MBB 513Immunology and Molecular Diagnostics3+0

Ph.D.  in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Sl. No.Course No.Course TitleCredits
1MBB 601 Plant Molecular Biology3+0
2MBB 602Plant Genome Engineering3+0
3MBB 691Doctoral Seminar 0+1  
4MBB 699Doctoral Research0+66  
5MBB 603Plant Omics and Molecular Breeding3+0
6MBB 608Computational and Statistical tools in Biotechnology2+1

Ongoing Externally funded ad hoc Projects:

Sl NoName of Adhoc ProjectPI/Co-PIDurationFunding AgencyProject Outlay (Lakhs)Objectives of ProjectExpected Outcome
1DBTBUILDERUniversity of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) Dharwad -Inter discip linary Life Science Program for Advanced Research and EducationDr. Narayan Moger (Coordinator), All faculty from Dept. are PIs5 yearsDBT, N. Delhi 649.441. To enhance the post-graduate education in life science departments 2. Molecular breeding and next-generation technologies for crop improvement 3. Plant microbe interaction and soil and plant health management  Development of markers based on base substitutions and repeat element variatio  
2Development of ImmunoRapiDot kit for early detection of pathogens in cropmanagement.Dr. Narayan Moger (PI)2 yearsRKVY, Govt. India65.00Cloning and expression of Papaya Ringspot Virus coat protein gene (PRSV-CP)Production of single chain fragment variable (scFv) antibodies against Papaya Ringspot Virus coat protein.Development of ImmunoRapiDot kit
3Development of transgenic chilli resistant to Chilli leaf curl virus using CRISPR-Cas9Dr. B. Bagewadi (PI)3 yearsDBT, N. Delhi38.00In-planta transformation of chilli with two other CRISPR-Cas9 constructs targeting Rep and coat protein genes of ChLCV and transfer to greenhouse for hardening Screening of To and T1 plants andconfirmation of transgenic chilli lines expressing for Cas9 and sgRNA expressionTesting for transgenic chilli plants for virus protection using either agrobacterium based virusinfectious clones and/or by whitefly transmission in the protected greenhouse
4Evaluation of rabi sorghum lines with enhanced terminal moisture stress tolerance for Northern Dry and Northern Transitional Zones of Karnataka with farmers participationDr. B. Bagewadi (PI)2 yearsRKVY, GoI, New Delhi51.50Development of sorghum genotypes with enhanced moisture stress toleranceSorghum genotypes tolerant to terminal  moisture stress condition
5BIRAC – Empowering Youth for Undertaking Value Added Innovative Translational Research (EYUVA) Centre at UAS DharwadProf and Head3 yearsBIRAC E-YUVA, DBT N. Delhi236.00To facilitates the startupYoung motivated student for entrepreneurship
6DBT-supportedM.Sc.Agr. Biotechnology. DBT,N.DelhiProf and Head2006 till nowDBT N. Delhi160.00Imparting biotechnology education to the PG studentsM.Sc. degree

Major Projects completed (Last five years):

S.NName of Adhoc ProjectPI/Co-PI/AssociateDurationFunding agencyProject OutlayObjectives of ProjectMajor Outcome
1Identification and molecular characterization of novel salt resistance genes from halophytes and their functional analysis in agricultural cropsDr. Narayan Moger2 yearsRKVY 60.00Isolation and molecular characterization of salt resistance genes from halophytes and their functional analysis in agricultural crops. 2. Exploration of halophytes for economic utilization and Bioamelioration of salt-affected soils of irrigated ecosystemThe present project concentrates on crop management approach which includes breeding for salt-tolerance and screening of better performing crops / varieties under salinity stress conditions.  
2Isolation and purification of salt tolerance genes from marine microorganisms and their functional studiesDr. Narayan Moger3 yearsDST, N Delhi27.00Isolation and molecular characterization of salt resistance genes from halophytes and their functional analysis in agricultural crops.  The present project concentrates on crop management approach which includes breeding for salt-tolerance and screening of better performing crops / varieties under salinity stress conditions.
3Genetic dissection of heat tolerance using bulk-segregant RNA sequencing (BSR-seq) in groundnutSpurthi N. Nayak3.5 yearsDBT, GoI37.32 lakhsTo identify the differentially expressed genes/ genomic regions that confer high temperature stress toleranceIdentification of DEGs for heat tolerance and deciphering the mechanism of heat tolerance in groundnut genotypes
4Hypergravity as a novel tool for enhancing germination and seedling vigor in selected cropsDr. R R Hosamani3.5 yearsDST, N Delhi    38.001) To determine the intensity and duration of hypergravity treatment that can induce better germination and seedling vigor 2) To assess a) the impact of hypergravity on germination and seedling vigor b) to elucidate the molecular basis of altered traits .A novel screening approach using hypergravity can be a potential, simple and cost-effective method that can be used for crop improvement.
5Identifying the genomicregions and genes for droughtandheattoleranceingroundnut,NASF,ICAR,New DelhiDr. Ramesh Bhat3.0 yearsICAR, New Delhi78.00Identifying the genomicregions and genes for droughtandheattoleranceingroundnutMajor Outcome???
6A strategy to exploit genomicselection for achieving highergenetic gains in groundnut”under Joint call for proposal on”Pulses and Oilseeds ResearchInitiative (PORI)”  Dr. Ramesh Bhat4.0 yearsNewton-BhabhaFund , DBT-BBSRC, DBT,N.Delhi46.93genomicselection for achieving highergenetic gains in groundnutMajor Outcome???

Technologies Developed:(Last Five Years)

Sl. No.TechnologyName of the Scientist
1DBG 3, a backcross line of JL 24 and DBG 4, a backcross line of TMV 2 using MABC.Dr. Ramesh Bhat


Sl. No.NameInstituteAwardYear
1Dr. Spurthi N. Nayak  Vision Group of Science and Technology (VGST),Government of KarnatakaAward for Research Publications (ARP) for 2019-20Presented on 29-04-2022

Facilities/ Field Laboratory/Fertility Laboratory

LaboratoriesPG Seminar hall
Molecular Biology LaboratoriesBIRAC- E YUVA centre
Common Instrumentation facilityBIRAC centre
Incubation facility for startupsDBT-support PG program
Green housesBioinformatics facility and e-LAB
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