Department of Genetics

1. About the Department

The origin of Genetics Department at the Osmania University can be traced to the Vice-Chancellor Dr. D.S. Reddy’s inspiration, foresight and academic leadership. Osmania University thus became the first in the country to start an academic department exclusively devoted to the discipline of Genetics in 1966.

 

For the past three decades, the department has been imparting post-graduate education in wide-ranging areas of Genetics from microbe to man with very modest infrastructure. During this period revolutionary development in Genetic analysis with greater sophistication represents one of the foremost achievements of 20th Century with wider ramifications to human health, agriculture and industry for the 21st Century.

 

Keeping pace with the advanced knowledge, the Department has been updating the curriculum from time to time. Indeed institute of Genetics-Hospital for Genetic Diseases (situated at Begumpet, Hyderabad), Department of Microbiology, Osmania University and Centre for Plant Molecular Biology, Osmania University are only the offshoots of this Department.

 

 2.  Faculty Details

 

Sl. No 

Name Designation Field of Specialization

1.

Dr.T.Padma Professor Molecular analysis of human diseases gene mapping and Genetic counseling

2.

Dr.P.Hanmanth Rao Professor Population Genetics & Biometry

3.

Dr.S.Y.Anwar Professor Cytogenetics Plant bredding, Plant  tissue culture

4.

Dr.P.B.Kavi Kishor Professor Plant physiology, Plant tissue culture  Plant molecular biology, Plant biochemistry, Bioinformatics

5.

Dr.K.Prabhakar Rao Professor Molecular genetic aspects of some diseases and Animal with special reference to Mt-DNA

6.

Dr.Mohd. Ishaq Asso. Professor Genetic predisposition to autoimmune  and Common diseases

7.

Dr.D.Manohar Rao Asso. Professor Genetics and plant breeding, Plant tissue culture, Biopesticides and Molecular Biology

8.

Dr.S.Vishnupriya Asso. Professor Human cytogenetics, Oncogenetics genetic counseling, Molecular genetic Analysis of Human Diseases.

9.

Dr.N.Pratibha Asso. Professor Genetics of peptic ulcers Rheumatoid arthritis, Eye diseases Cardiomyopathies

10.

Dr.L. Ananda Reddy Asst. Professor Mutation breeding plant tissue culture Biochemical genetics

11.

Dr.M.Sujatha Medical Officer Mental retardation, Neural tube defects Cardio Vascular diseases, Eye diseases

 

3.  Academic Programs

 

Courses Offered

Approved Intake

M.Sc. Genetics

(25)

M.Sc. Biotechnology

(25)

Ph.D. Genetics

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4.  Facilities Available

Laboratories

  • Animal Genetics

  • Human Genetics

  • Immuno Genetics

  • Molecular Genetics & Genetic Engineering

  • Plant Genetics  

Equipment

  • –86oC Freezer

  • UV-VIS Spectrophotometer

  • Thermocyclers

  • Scintillation Counter

  • Microfuges

  • Laminar Flows

  • Refrigerated Chromatography Cabinet

  • Gel Electrophoretic Units with Power Packs

  • Muffle Furnace

  • Micro Oven

  • Gyratory Shakers

  • Incubator Shakers

  • Heating Blocks

  • Refrigerated High Speed Centrifuge

  • ELISA Reader

  • Computers with Printers

  • Millipore Water Purifying Unit

  • BOD incubator

  • HPLC (Fast System)

  • Fluorescent Microscopes Inverted Microscope, Phase contrast Microscope

  • CO2 Incubator

  • UV-Tran illuminator

  • Western Blotting Apparatus

  • Stand by Diesel Generator

  • Animal House Facilities

  • Glass House with temperature, Humidity and Light Control

  • Auto Radiography Facilities

  • Photography Facilities (dark room)

  • Drosophila Culture Facilities

  • Net/Green House Facilities

  • Farm Facilities with a Tractor, Van, Bullock Cart, Pump Sets etc.

Computer Facilities and  Internet

There are seven computers right now in the Department for use with internet and E-mail facilities.

 

Library

Following is the list of journals available in the Department.

  • Genetic Abstracts

  • Trends in Genetics

  • Indian Journal of Experimental Biology

  • Current Science.

Total No. of Books : 2150

 

5.  Activities and Achievements during 2001-2002

  • National Symposium on “Changing Horizons in Genetics and Human Welfare” Conducted under the UGC-SAP (DSA) Programme during 30th and 31st December, 2001.

  • Seminar on “Machine Learning and Functional Genomics” By Dr.Tanvver Syeda, IBM Almaden Research Centre, San Jose, California, USA Date:23-6-2001, Venue : Department of Genetics, Osmania University.    

  • Seminar on “EST Approaches : Base for Expression Analysis” Dr.N.Sreenivasulu, IPK, Gatersleben, Germany, Date : 14-8-2001, Venue : Department of Genetics, Osmania University.

  • Seminar on “Functional Genomics

6.  Employment Opportunities

Openings for candidates from the Department Post-Graduate students and Ph.D. degree holders have openings in the following:

  • Degree Colleges.

  • Hospitals.

  • Diagnostic Centers.

  • Private Research Institutes like Dr. Reddy’s Research Foundation, Biotechnology.

  • Plant Tissue Culture Companies like Srinivasa and Srinivasa Agro biotech, Dabur Research Foundation.

  • Hybrid Seed Production Companies, Mahyco Research Foundation, Hindustan Agri Genetics.

  • National Research Institutes such as BARC, Indian Institute of Science, Directorate of Rice Research, Central Silk Research Institute, ICRISAT etc.

  • Most of the students are taking up post-doctoral research and other jobs in countries like USA, Canada, France, Singapore  and Germany who have been subsequently absorbed there in higher positions.

7.  Institution and Industry interaction  

  • Consultancy is being offered for pre-natal diagnosis of congenital diseases.

  • Consultancy to the Biotech and Tissue Culture Companies. At present, free consultancy is being offered to the Tissue Culture Companies such as Srinivasa and Srinivasa Agrotech, Sri Agritech Farmers Training and Research Institute, Hyderabad.

  • Clean and Green Program surrounding the  Department of Genetic

  • Publication of the Journal-Plant Cell Biotechnology and Molecular Biology.

  • Generation of Course content for computer Based Training Programme for Post Graduates on Tissue and Cell Engineering.

8.  Future Plans for Research

 

Plant Genetics

In plant sciences, future research will be focused on the cloning of important genes associated with salt tolerance, drought tolerance, photooxidative stress, insect tolerance etc. Isolated genes will be transferred to crop plants like Niger, cowpea, Cajanmus, rice and thus efforts will be made for the production of transgenic plants. Attempts will also be made in future to micro propagate  medicinally important  plants and for the production of secondary plant products using hairy root cultures. Efforts will also be made for the identification and development  genetic analysis of thermo sensitive mutants and other genetic stocks in the improvement of rice varieties. An endeavor will be made for gene transfer through wide hybridization for pod borer (Helicoverpa) resistance in pigeon pea.

 

Human Genetics

Gene mapping and mutation screening of human diseases such as congenital hearing impairment, eye diseases (cataract, retinal diseases, glaucoma etc.,) Cancers, cardiovascular disorders, metabolic disorders and mental retardation. Genetic and  molecular analyses of duodenal ulcers and causative factors. Use of Fluorescence in situ hybridization techniques for diagnosis of genetic diseases. Prenatal diagnosis and genetic counseling. studies on genetic susceptibility to diabetic nephropathy.

 

Animal genetics and genetic toxicology

To develop animal models / drosophila and mice for human diseases. Molecular genetic aspects of diseases with respect to mt-DNA