csir laboratories for Biotechnology

India has lots of CSIR laboratories for the various branches of science and technology. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Laboratories are autonomous institutes that were established by the Government of India for boosting the research and development activities in India. CSIR Laboratories works in a wide range of science and technology subjects such as physics, chemicals, drugs, biotechnology, nanotechnology, environmental engineering, mining, aeronautics, etc.

Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary branch of science that mainly deals with Biological and Chemical subjects. There are lots of CSIR Labs for Biotechnology scholars or students where Biotechnology students can involve in the various Biotechnology projects that are running in that laboratories.

These Biotechnology related CSIR laboratories work in various aspects of Biotechnology such as Genomics, Molecular biology, Environmental biotechnology, Agriculture Biotechnology, Biomedicine, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Bioinformatics, Drug Research, Microbiology, Plant genomics, Microbial Genetics, Protein science, Fermentation technology, etc.

Importance of CSIR Laboratories in Biotechnology Sector

CSIR Labs provides cutting-edge R&D and technology to the academics and commercialized industries in the various fields to the development of the Indian economy. There are 38 CSIR research labs in India and more than 18 CSIR research labs works on Biotechnology related research topics in which more than 10 CSIR labs work in the core Biotechnology subjects.

  • CSIR Labs are mainly responsible for all research and development in the field of Biotechnology in India.
  • CSIR Laboratories offers various Biotechnology courses for the Biotechnology students.
  • CSIR labs provide various types of job opportunities for the Biotechnology scholars like JRS, SRF, scientists jobs in various Biotechnology-related subjects.
  • CSIR labs also provide variously training to the Biotechnology students and organizes workshops for the skill development of the students.
  • CSIR-NET is collectively the organized entrance exam for all students in which selected students  get scholarships for the Ph.D. programs in various CSIR laboratories.
  • CSIR labs also offer various types of scholarships for the Life Science and Biotechnology brilliant students for pursuing further studies in their choice of fields.

List of CSIR Labs for Biotechnology

India's CSIR laboratories have 17th ranking in the world in research and development in Asia. CSIR labs and IITs are the main pioneers of India’s intellectual property movement. Here we listed the names of CSIR laboratories that playing important role in the Biotechnology sector development in India. 

In this list, some CSIR labs are purely dedicated to core Biotechnology subjects, some work on the related fields of Biotechnology, and some CSIR labs are interdisciplinary in nature that works in the Biotechnology areas also.

  1. Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad
  2. Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow
  3. Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore
  4. Central Institute of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow
  5. Central Salt Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI), Bhavnagar
  6. Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Delhi
  7. Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT), Palampur
  8. Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB), Kolkata
  9. Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad
  10. Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM), UT of J&K
  11. Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehradun
  12. Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR), Lucknow
  13. Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), Chandigarh
  14. National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow
  15. National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune
  16. National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur
  17. National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram
  18. North - East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST), Jorhat

1. Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad

CCMB is a core Biotechnology CSIR Laboratory that works in maximum aspects of Biotechnology. Its research multi-disciplinary areas of Biology. The major research area at CCMB is Biotechnology, Biomedicine, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Biophysics. It works on projects related the DNA Fingerprinting, Molecular Diagnosis, Genetic diversity, etc. It has world-class research facilities, infrastructure, equipment, and skilled manpower. 

It works on the following research areas.

  • Developmental Biology
  • Structural Biology
  • Cell and Stem Cell Biology
  • Genomics and Epigenetic Regulation
  • Microbes and Biology of Infection
  • Wildlife Conservation and Ecology
  • Crop Improvement

Biotechnology Course at CCMB

  • Ph.D. in Biotechnology

Training Programs for Students

CCMB also provides various training programs for the Biotechnology students under the following heads.

  • Skill Development Program (SDP) in Biological Sciences
  • Project-based Research Training Program
  • Dissertation Research Training Program

2. Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow

Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow is among the top-rated CSIR Laboratories in the Biotechnology categories. This lab's major aim to discover and development of new drugs. It works on organic and medicinal chemistry, Disease biology, Natural products, Pharmacology, Molecular and Structural biology, Toxicology, Pharmacokinetics, Cancer, Microbial infections, etc. CDRI Lucknow has well-developed research labs with world-class facilities and infrastructure for students and working professionals.

CDRI currently researching under following fields.

  • Malaria and Other Parasitic Diseases
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Viral Infections
  • Cancer Biology
  • Neuroscience & Ageing Biology
  • Cardiovascular System Disorders
  • Bone Health and Metabolic Bone Diseases
  • Reproductive Health Research
  • Pre-clinical Studies

Course Offered for Biotechnology Students

  • Ph.D. in Chemical & Biological Sciences

For the Life Science and Biotechnology students, it offers a Ph.D. course. It runs winter and summer PhD sessions in which students can take admission in January and August respectively.

Training Programs for Students

CDRI Lucknow, for the Life Science and Biotechnology scholars and students provide the following training and scholarships.

  • Advanced Training Program for the employees of R&D Institutions/Industry/ Government etc.
  • Skill Development Program for Postgraduate Students
  • Training for Scholarship Awardees

3. Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore

Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore mainly works on the development of food products and processes. It deals with in-depth R&D activities in the food science and technology. It works in food-related areas like agricultural products, post-harvest losses, and shelf-life studies, up-gradation of traditional food, basic research related to food additives, flavors, colorants, pre, and probiotics, physical properties of foods, micronutrients, food toxicity and safety, food microbiology, food biotechnology, food chemistry, enzymatic and molecular biology, bioactive materials, food packaging, GM food analysis, etc.

Food Technology is also an inter-disciplinary subject that requires various interrelated departments to work together for getting optimum results. 

CFTRI Mysore works in the following areas of food science and technology.

  • Engineering Sciences
  • Technology Development
  • Translational Research
  • Food Protection and Safety

Biotechnology Course offered

  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Bioscience, Biotechnology, Microbiology.

Training Programs for Students

CFTRI Mysore runs various regular training programs under the skill development program for the students and scholars. It offers training under the following categories.

  • Short Term Courses
  • Skill Development Programme
  • Workshops / Cluster Development

4. Central Institute of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow

CIMAP Lucknow is a frontier premier multidisciplinary research institute of CSIR that major focus on aromatic and medicinal plants by cultivation, chemical characterization, bio-prospection, extraction, and formulation of bioactive Phyto-molecules. CIMAP has very good infrastructure, space, Lab facilities for its research work.

CIMAP Lucknow is a very famous CSIR Laboratory plays a vital role in the research in selected medicinal and aromatic plants, conservation & utilization of genetic resources of medicinal and aromatic plants,  plant genomics and biotechnological improvements, Plant tissue culture technology,  Bioprospection, development and up-scaling of processing technologies, etc.

CIMAP Lucknow's main research areas are listed below.

  • Agronomy
  • Soil Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Crop Protection
  • Genetics & Plant Breeding
  • Plant Biology

Courses for Biotechnology Students

CIMAP offers a Ph.D. program for Biotechnology students under the CIMAP-JNU Ph.D. program in Biotechnology/ Genomics/Plant Tissue Culture/ Bioinformatics/Plant Physiology/ Metabolomics/ Biochemistry /Microbiology etc.

Training Programs for Students

CIMAP Lucknow runs various skill development programs for Biotechnology, Biology, and Life Science students, and scholars. It offers training under the following categories.

  • Training
  • Internship
  • Workshops
  • Skill Development Programme

5. Central Salt Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI), Bhavnagar

CSMCRI mainly does research works in Inorganic chemicals like common salt, industrial salt, iodized salt, low sodium salt, etc. But here we will mention its Biotechnology related research works. It works on Bio-salinity, restoration of the ecology of wastelands and saline lands.

It's Applied Phycology And Biotechnology Division focuses mainly on the various topics of biotechnology such as Genetic engineering of the crop, Biochemical and molecular systematics, Biofilm formation and bacterial quorum sensing, Metabolic engineering,   Genomics, and Metagenomics, etc.

Training Programs

CSMCRI provides the following types of training to the students at its campus.

  • Summer Training
  • Dissertation
  • Internship programs

6. Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Delhi

IGIB Delhi is a core Biotechnology CSIR laboratory that works in the major areas of the Biotechnology subjects like Genomics and Molecular Medicine, Structural Biology, Environmental Biotechnology,  Genome Informatics, Proteomics, Allergy, and Infectious Diseases,  Gene Expression Profiling & Comparative Genomics, etc.

Its major research areas are listed below.

  • Genomics and Molecular Medicine
  • Cardio-Respiratory Disease Biology
  • Chemical and Systems Biology
  • Informatics and Big Data
  • Integrative and Functional Biology

Courses for Biotechnology Students at IGIB

It provides the Ph.D. degree under the AcSIR program in various Biotechnology subjects such as genomics, molecular medicine, chemical and system biology, bioinformatics, and proteomics.

7. Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT), Palampur

IHBT Palampur, Himachal Pradesh is researching mainly on the different aspects of Himalayan Bio-resources and modern biology. Its main research areas are Conservation Biology Cell and Tissue Culture, Plant Virology, Floriculture tea sciences, Pesticide Residues, Diagnostics, biotechnologies, and natural plant product Genomics, Proteomics, Natural Products Chemistry, Agro-Chemicals, Chemical Engineering, etc.

IHBT Palampur's main mission is to discover, develop and commercialize processes and products from the Himalayan bioresources for human welfare. Institute has well-developed laboratories, remote sensing, and mapping facilities, pilot plants for nutraceuticals development, infrastructure, and a highly-skilled scientists team that focuses on bioresources for boosting the Indian bio-economy.

IHBT Palampur's major research areas are listed below.

  • Agrotechnology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Technology
  • Environmental Technology
  • Dietetics & Nutrition Technology
  • Nutraceuticals and Nutritionals

Course for Biotechnology Students

IHBT Palampur also provides a Ph.D. degree in Biological and Chemical Sciences course under the AcSIR scheme for Biological and Life Science students.

Training Programs

It also provides various training, projects, workshops under the skill development programs in the areas of Agrotechnology, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Biodiversity, Chemical Sciences, etc.

  • Training
  • Projects
  • Workshops
  • Skill Development Programme

8. Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB), Kolkata

IICB Kolkata was established as the Institute of Experimental Medicine that carries out basic biomedical research and now focussing on research on diseases of national importance and of global interest. It focuses on the natural products of medicinal, development of innovative immunoassay technique, gene regulation of hormones and their action, biological and industrial value, and synthetic duplication of products of interest, investigation of the molecule basis of pathogenicity, the cellular and molecular basis of brain development and genesis, development of tissue-targeted drug-delivery systems, etc.

It is working on the major areas of the Biotechnology core subjects. Its broad areas of research are given below.

  • Cancer Biology & Inflammatory Disorder
  • Cell Biology & Physiology
  • Infectious Diseases & Immunology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Organic & Medicinal Chemistry
  • Structural Biology & Bioinformatics

Course for Biotechnology Students

IICB offers a Ph.D. degree in Biological and Chemical Sciences for Life Science and Biotechnology students.

Training Programs for Students

The IICB Kolkata provides various types of training to Biotechnology students under the following heads.

  • Summer Training
  • Internship
  • Dissertation Work
  • Skill Development Program

9. Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad

IICT Hyderabad is the oldest CSIR laboratory that researches in areas of basic and applied chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, bioinformatics, Biology, Biotechnology, etc.

It involves the research & development of technologies related to Pesticides, Drugs, Organic Intermediates, Pharmaceuticals, Fine Chemicals, Fluoro Organics, etc. It focuses on the research on Natural Products Chemistry, Bioinformatics, Biology, Biotechnology, Molecular Modelling and Combinatorial Chemistry, Nanotechnologies, Integrated Pest Management, Lipid Sciences and Technologies, Biotransformation, Bio-chemical, Environmental Engineering Sciences, Chemical, and Engineering Sciences, etc.

IICT Hyderabad's major research areas and departments are listed below.

  • Analytical and Structural Chemistry
  • Applied Biology
  • Catalysis and Fine Chemicals
  • Energy and Environmental Engineering
  • Lipid Science and Technology
  • Natural Products & Traditional Knowledge
  • Fluoro-Agrochemicals
  • Organic Synthesis and Process Chemistry
  • Polymers & Functional Materials
  • Process Engineering and Technology Transfer

Course for Biotechnology Students

IICT Hyderabad offers the following types of Ph.D. degrees for Life Science students under the AcSIR scheme.

  • Ph.D. (Science): Chemical & Biological Sciences
  • Ph.D. (Engineering): Chemical Engineering

Training Programs for Students

IICT also provides various dissertation training to life science graduates and postgraduate students.

10. Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM), Jammu

IIIM Jammu is a premier institute of CSIR that is dedicated to mainly the research of drug discovery. It discovers new drugs from natural products that either be of plant and microbial origin. It uses biotechnology techniques to develop medicines, drugs, and products of high value for the national and international markets.

Its major research work-related to Agrotechnology of medicinal & aromatic plants, biological screening, bioprospecting microbial biodiversity useful enzymes, fermentation technology, bioinformatics, molecular biology & gene cloning, identification or authentication of medicinal plants, pharmacology phytochemical, etc.

IIIM Jammu focuses on the following key areas of research programs.

  • Natural Products & Medicinal Chemistry
  • Plant Sciences and Agrotechnology
  • Fermentation Technology
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Formulation & Drug Delivery
  • Inflammation-Pharmacology
  • Cancer Pharmacology
  • Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, Toxicology, and Formulation

Course for Biotechnology Students

IIIM Jammu offers Ph.D. degrees for Life Science students under the AcSIR scheme in the various research areas of Biotechnology.

Training Programs for Students

The IIIM Jammu provides training to the Life Science and Biotechnology students under the following heads.

  • Training
  • Skill Development Program

11. Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehradun

IIP Dehradun mainly deals with research-related work on the development of processes and products for the petroleum refining and petrochemical industries. It also provides training of personnel in oil and petrochemical industries and assisting in the formulation of standards for petroleum products.

Biotechnology-related research works at IIP Dehradun are Biofuels such as Biodiesel from vegetable oil, Waste oils and fats, Bio-ethanol production from Biomass and Bio-Jet Fuel development from Non-Edible Oil.

12. Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR), Lucknow

IITR Lucknow is a pioneer Institute of CSIR that is a leader in all type of toxicology research related to human health and the environment. The institute's major aims are to evaluate the safety of chemicals used in industry, and agriculture. It provides a platform to the public and entrepreneurs to solve queries and concerns regarding the safety of chemicals, additives, and products that are used in our daily life.

It works on Neurotoxicology, immunotoxicology, cardiovascular toxicology, developmental toxicology, pulmonary toxicology, environmental health, ecotoxicology, phototoxicology, epidemiology, environmental carcinogenesis, environmental monitoring, and environmental biotechnology, etc.

IITR Lucknow broad research areas are given below.

  • Nanomaterial Toxicology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Food, Drug & Chemical Toxicology
  • Regulatory Toxicology
  • Systems Toxicology & Health Risk Assessment

Course for Biotechnology Students

IITR Lucknow provides a Ph.D. degree under the AcSIR scheme in biological and chemical sciences in their research areas.

Training Programs for Students

IITR Lucknow provides various training for the Life Science and Biotechnology students under the following head.

  • Workshops
  • Short-term training
  • Dissertation

13. Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), Chandigarh

IMTECH Chandigarh ranks in the top CSIR labs under the Biotechnology category and its major research works related to Biotechnology, microbe-related biotechnology, and modern biological sciences. IMTECH Chandigarh has the Microbial Type Culture Collection and Gene Bank (MTCC) that supply authentic microbial cultures to research institutions, universities and industries.

Its researches on Molecular biology and Microbial Genetics, Fermentation technology, applied microbiology, cell biology and immunology, immunity and infectious diseases, protein science and engineering, protein design, and engineering, yeast biology, microbial systematics, bioinformatics, bioactive and enzymes for biotransformation, the exploitation of microbial diversity, etc.

IMTECH Chandigarh major research areas are listed below.

  • Antimicrobial Research
  • Virology
  • Microbiome
  • Biotherapeutics and Metabolics
  • Microbial Type Culture Collection
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Diagnostics
  • Bioinformatics and Big Data Analytics
  • Screening Platforms
  • Genomics and Structural Biology
  • Instrumentation & Core Facilities
  • Medicinal Chemistry

Course for Biotechnology Students

IMTECH offers Ph.D. program to the Biotechnology and Life Science students under the AcSIR scheme in the maximum areas of research in Biotechnology and Microbiology.

Training Programs for Students

It provides research training to the Life Science and Biotechnology students under the following heads.

  • Dissertation Program
  • Workshops
  • Skill Development
  • Summer Research Fellowship Program

14. National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow

NBRI is a major research institute of CSIR in Lucknow that researches in the field of taxonomy and modern biology. Its research topics are conservation and conversion of non-crop plant, Plant-based Herbal Formulations, Nutraceuticals, Plant Biotechnology, Biomass Biology, Biodiversity, Plant Molecular Biology & Genetic Engineering, Tree Biology,  Biofertilizer, Bioinformatics, Taxonomy, Environmental Sciences Biofuel Eco-Restoration, Conservation Biology, Floriculture, Biology of Lower Plants, Environmental Monitoring, Phytochemistry, Agrotechnologies, Ethnopharmacology, etc.

NBRI Lucknow's major research areas are listed below.

  • Plant Diversity, Systematics, and Herbarium (PDSH)
  • Pharmacognosy, Phytochemistry, and Product-development
  • Plant Ecology and Environment Technologies
  • Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • Plant Genetic Resources and Improvement
  • Botanical Garden Plant Conservation and Agrotechnologies

Courses for Biotechnology Students

NBRI Lucknow provides a Ph.D. degree under the AcSIR scheme and from different other universities to the Life Science and Biotechnology students.

Training Programs for Students

NBRI provides training to the Biotechnology and Life Science students under the following heads.

  • Short-Term Training Programme
  • Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP)

15. National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune

NCL Pune is broadly research in the chemistry and chemical engineering field of science and technology. It's major research topics are Catalysts, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biochemical Engineering, Biotechnology, organic chemical technology, and polymers, etc.

It has good infrastructure and facilities for measurement science and chemical information. At NCL Pune there is a National Collection of Industrial Microorganisms (NCIM) that has microbial culture repository of industrially important microbial culture stock. It has a collection of almost 5000 microorganisms, including Bacteria, Fungi, Actinomycetes, Yeasts, and Algae.

Its broad areas of research are listed below.

  • Analytical Chemistry & Materials Characterization
  • Material Science and Engineering
  • Biochemical and biological sciences
  • Energy & Environmental Engineering
  • Mathematical & Computational Modeling

Courses for Biotechnology Students

It provides the following degree for the Life Science and Biotechnology students.

  • MTech-PhD
  • Ph.D. (Sciences)
  • Ph.D. (Engineering)

Training Programs for Students

NCL Pune provide internship to the Biotechnology and Life Science.

16. National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur

NEERI Nagpur is a pioneer research laboratory in the field of environmental science and engineering. It is focusing on various environmental issues like water supply, sewage disposal, communicable diseases, industrial pollution, and occupational diseases.

NEERI works on pollution monitoring, Industrial waste minimization, and cleanup, developing green technologies for the environment, environmental nanotechnology, genomics-enabled environmental biotechnology, the vulnerability of water resources, etc.

Its major research areas are divided into the following heads.

  • Air Pollution Control
  • Strategic Urban Management
  • Environmental Material
  • Environmental Virology
  • Health and Toxicity
  • Legal and Environmental Policy
  • Chemical and Hazardous Waste Management
  • Sophisticated Environmental Analytical
  • Waste Reprocessing
  • Waste Water Technology
  • Water Technology and Management

Courses for Biotechnology Students

NEERI offers Ph.D. Program under AcSIR scheme in Physical, Biological, and Chemical Sciences or Technology to the Life science and Biotechnology students.

  • Ph.D. (Science)
  • Ph.D. (Engineering)
  • Integrated Dual-Degree PhD

Training Programs for Students

NEERI provides training to the Biotechnology and Life Science students under the following heads.

  • Training Programs
  • Skill Development Programme

17. National Institute of Interdisciplinary Science & Technology (NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram

NIIST Thiruvananthapuram works in the areas of Agro-processing, Microbial processes, Chemical Sciences, Materials Science, and Environmental Technology. It is CSIR's interdisciplinary science and technology research lab that working in various scientific disciplines.

The research topics are Chemistry of Natural products, Bioactive compounds from natural sources, agro-processing and specialty agrochemicals, Biochemicals and enzyme engineering, wastewater technology, low-cost building materials, oxide fine ceramics, simulation of processes, metal alloys and composites, etc.

Its major research areas are given below.

  • Agro-Processing and Technology
  • Microbial Processes and Technology
  • Chemical Sciences and Technology
  • Photosciences and Photonics
  • Materials Science and Technology
  • Environmental Technology

Courses for Biotechnology Students

NIIST offers Ph.D. Program to the Life science and Biotechnology students under the AcSIR scheme in its research areas.

Training Programs for Students

NIIST provides training to the Biotechnology and Life Science students under the following heads.

  • Short Term Training Programs
  • Project Work
  • Skill Development Courses

18. North-East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST), Jorhat

NEIST Jorhat works in multidisciplinary R&D relevant to India and for North Eastern Region especially. It is one of the multidisciplinary laboratories of CSIR that focuses to develop indigenous technologies by utilizing the immense natural wealth of India.

Its research on the topics of Biotechnology, Natural Products Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Medicinal, Aromatic & Economic Plants, Geosciences, petroleum & Natural Gas, Applied Civil Engineering, Material Science, Coal, Cellulose Pulp & Paper and Utilization of Mineral Resources.

The R&D activities of the NEIST divided into the following heads.

  • Advanced Computation and Data Science
  • Biological Sciences and Technology
  • Chemical Sciences and Technology
  • Engineering Sciences and Technology
  • Geo Sciences and Technology
  • Material Sciences and Technology

Courses for Biotechnology Students

NEIST offers Ph.D. Program under AcSIR scheme in many research areas of Physical, Biological, and Chemical Sciences or Technology to the Life science and Biotechnology students.

Training Programs for Students

NEIST provides training to the Biotechnology and Life Science students under the following heads.

  • Summer or Winter Training Programs
  • Project Work
  • Skill Development Programme

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