About the Institution

ACBR Library has excellent collections of textbooks and reference books. Besides this, many noted Professors and students have donated books to the library. This collection of books is available for both students and faculty members. A book bank facility is also available at ACBR.

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Center for Biomedical Research (ACBR) came into existence in March, 1991. The mandate of the Centre is high quality postgraduate education and research in Biomedical Sciences. The institute also has provision for doctoral and postdoctoral training to young scientists at the start of their research career to gain the skills and insights in frontier areas of biomedical sciences. During the last two decades the Center has grown to have strength of 220 comprising faculties, students, Ph.D scholars and supporting staff. ACBR presents a unique amalgamation of basic and applied research in the field of human health and disease, which is first of its kind in the Indian University System. The Center possesses a unique structure having an interdisciplinary, goal oriented approach with an objective to meet the high standards of research and teaching in Biomedical Sciences. Specialised laboratories, rather than conventional departments, are the fundamental units of the ACBR. Typically headed by a senior faculty, the lab may include several other faculty and scientists from neighbouring institutes such as IGIB, INMAS, DIPAS, VPCI, ICPO, AIIMS etc. in addition to postdoctoral fellows and Ph.D. students, who share common scientific interest and teaching at the Center. This structure provides flexibility and enhances the opportunity for wide intellectual interaction and collaboration and minimizes the administrative traffic that may impede university life. The post graduate teaching program is dedicated to educating a carefully selected group of students considered as potential leaders in their area of specialization. Students associate with a faculty/scientist-scholars, all actively engaged in research, and learn primarily through a combination of courses, discussion groups, tutorial guidance, and apprenticeship in research laboratories.

About the Bioinformatics Centre

Bioinformatics Facility was created at ACBR in the year 2003 with purchase of Molecular Modeling software Insight II, GCG, TSAR from Accelrys. Later on, since 2006 the facility is being funded and supported by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India. The primary objective of this facility is to promote biology teaching and understand its different aspects computationally through bioinformatics. It provides services to the host faculty and other neighbouring institutions of higher education in terms of Internet connectivity, retrieval of online and offline biological databases, bioinformatics software and tools for facilitating biological research particularly in the area of sequence and phylogenetic analysis, database development, molecular modeling and drug design, etc. We also periodically organize hands-on trainings on various aspects of application of bioinformatics tools and molecular techniques in biological research. ACBR since 2008 has consecutively organised workshops for the better understanding of different modules of drug design tools. These workshops trained number approximately 150 participants from different universities over the period of time in the field of bioinformatics and its applications in computer aided drug design.

Objectives

The primary objective of this facility is to promote biology teaching and understand its different aspects computationally through bioinformatics. It provides services to the host faculty and other neighbouring institutions of higher education in terms of retrieval of online and offline biological databases, bioinformatics software and tools for facilitating biological research particularly in the area of mining genomes and functional analysis, database development, molecular modeling and drug design and other fields of Bioinformatics.

Academic Programme at ACBR

The Masterís & Ph.D. program of ACBR provides an unparalleled opportunity for highly self-motivated independent minded young scholars to acquire superb academic training, while participating as colleagues in research of fundamental importance. Prospective students should develop a commitment to a career in scientific research. Admissions to this program are granted on the basis of test conducted on all India basis, followed by interview and group discussion. Students are selected, given an opportunity to explore the research interest before selecting their field of research in specific laboratory. Under the M.Sc.-Ph.D. Combined Program in Biomedical Sciences students usually spend the first two years in both course work and the laboratory, and the remaining years predominantly pursuing their thesis research.

  • M.Sc.-Ph.D. Combined Degree and M.Sc. Degree Program in Biomedical Sciences
  • Ph.D. Programme

Achievements at a glance

Achievements of the ACBR students

M.Sc-Ph.D Combined Degree Program in Biomedical Sciences being an interdisciplinary course we have surveyed the background of students who qualify the admission criteria of the Centre as a reflection of the effectiveness of the selection procedures practiced at the Centre. It is observed that students with various backgrounds at the undergraduate level satisfy the selection criteria. The students of ACBR have consistently performed extremely well at the level of University and National level examinations.

The ACBR offers a unique research program in the multidisciplinary area of Biomedical Sciences. More than 126 students have completed their Ph.D from ACBR since 1998. The Ph.D students have done exceptionally well so far. More than 210 publications (Last five years) have ensued as a result of the research work being carried out. This work has been published in several prestigious journals such as Blood, Cancer Research, Molecular Pharmacology, Journal of Bacteriology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, New England Journal of Medicine Biochemistry, Journal of Medicinal chemistry, Nucleic Acids Research, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Phytomedicine, Journal of Chemical Information and Molecular Modeling, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Tetrahedron, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry.

Almost all the students who complete their Ph.D. at ACBR pursue post-doctoral research in India or abroad. Several students have joined teaching positions at various universities and some have chosen to join pharmaceutical companies as research scientists. ACBR has successfully fulfilled its mandate of human resource development so far and continues to aim higher each passing year.


       
Year of Course Commencement : 1998 (M.Sc.-Ph.D. Combined Programme in Biomedical Sciences)
Research Publications (Total in Last 5 years) : 212
Publications involving Bioinformatics work : 26 (BIF)
Patents & Technologies Transferred: Patents Granted = 2
Technology transferred = 1
Patents Filed = 14
Details of funding (Ongoing projects)
    Number of Projects ongoing: Govt. Agencies : 60
Total Grant = Rs. 13.49 CRORES
    Research projects completed
    (2009-2013)
Govt. Agencies: 20
Total Grant = Rs. 3.76 crores
Ph. D. Students (last 5 yrs) Completed : 51, Ongoing : 48
M.Sc. Students (last 5 yrs) completed approx. 210, continuing 76