Bioinformatics at IISR
The Bioinformatics activities in India was initiated in 1987 with the establishment of a National Bioinformatics Network known as Biotechnology Information System of India (BTIS) by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT
), Government of India.
It is a distributed information network comprising of 10 Distributed Information Centres (DICs) and 50 Distributed Information Sub-Centres (DISCs). The 'Distributed Information Sub-Centre' (DISC
) at Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR
) was launched on 18 January 2000 and has emerged as a lead centre in agriculture bioinformatics. The Bioinformatics Centre at the IISR provides an environment for collaborative interdisciplinary research in Bioinformatics.
It aims to bridge the gap between the wet-lab and in-silico analysis by actively promoting collaborative projects between agricultural scientists and Bioinformaticians. This centre is actively engaged in research activities, bioinformatics and computational support to the various research projects of the Institute and also is instrumental in imparting the Bioinformatics knowledge and training to students and scientists. Today the centre possesses excellent infrastructure including HPC facility for NGS data analysis. During the last 12-13 years, the Centre has conducted more than 25 training programmes in which more than 375 researchers were trained in frontline areas of Bioinformatics. As on today, the Centre has developed 21 databases and 15 software tools which are made available online. Besides, the Centre has trained 26 Bioinformatics post graduates and supported 33 MSc students to do their bioinformatics project under the studentship program. The Centre has already produced one Ph.D. thesis and currently two more are pursuing their doctoral studies.
The main thrust areas of our research are spices biodiversity informatics, developing computational tools for molecular analysis, Bioinformatics approach in basic research and digitizing the biochemical and molecular information of spices, pathogens & pests. Read More