Department of Biotechnology

Head of the Department

Kerkar Savita S.

Year of establishment : 2003
Office Phone : 0832-6519279
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About Us

The Department is one of the pioneers in Marine Biotechnology research in the country and since the year 2008 has had the added distinction of being DST-FIST sponsored.  


Thrust areas

Study of agarases, xylanases, lipases and proteases of special characteristics of commercial importance from marine microorganisms. Biodiversity & ecology of hypersaline and sulphate reducing bacteria. Processes for preparation of toxins and other bioactive substances from bacteria and higher marine organisms. Biodegradation of oils spills and tar balls by selectively developed, genetically superior, marine microbial consortia. Establishment of methods to assess risks due to recombinant DNA in marine environment.
During the third and fourth semesters, the students undertake independent research projects as part of the curriculum. Summer training (4-6 weeks) is mandatory after completion of the second semester and the students are placed by the Department in R&D laboratories of nationally recognized institutes and industries. 


Academic programmes leading to a Degree / Diploma / Certificate :

Programme Intake
M.Sc.BiotechnologyTime Table | Syllabus 20
M.Sc. (Marine Biotechnology)Time Table | Syllabus | Revised Syllabus 20


Name Designation Areas of Interest
Barros UrmilaAssociate Professor.
Ghadi Sanjeev C.ProfessorPolysaccharide degrading enzymes from marine bacteria, Prokaryotic and eukaryotic marine viruses, Medicinal plant, Metagenomics of marine bacteria.
Kerkar Savita S.ProfessorBacterial diversity and bioprospecting bioactive metabolites in hypersaline environment, Probionts in aquaculture, Bio geochemical processes in mangrove ecosystems and marine salterns, Bioremediat
Muraleedharan U.DProfessorBiochemistry (Enzymology); Biological oceanographic Processes

Other information

Since its inception in 1988, the M.Sc. Marine Biotechnology programme has been funded by the Department of Biotechnology (Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi), placing Goa University in an enviable position among the top DBT centres for M.Sc Biotechnology, on par with Universities such as Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, M.S. University, Baroda, Banaras Hindu University, Pune University & Madurai Kamraj University, in terms of receiving continuous funding from the DBT for the M.Sc Programme. Students taken in for the programme are nationally selected through the Combined Entrance Examination in Biotechnology conducted by the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Students qualifying through this Entrance Examination receive a studentship of Rs. 1200/-p.m. during their M.Sc. course.
The University has close interaction with the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa for teaching as well as research. The students get the opportunity to hands-on working experience aboard Research Vesels on scientific cruises. The Department has also introduced a unique course in Scuba Diving.

Almost 90% of our postgraduate students qualify for the CSIR/UGC fellowship and some of them secure a very high ranking at the GATE examination. This is in addition to their achievements at the DBT and ICMR fellowship examinations. The placement profile of each outgoing batch has also been excellent, with the students successfully gaining positions in nationally as well as internationally renowned institutions.