Bioinformatics facility – DBT BIF Centre

DBT-BTISnet, Misinstry of Science & Technology sponsored

Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility

Holy Cross College for Women, Tiruchirappalli.

Inception of the centre & its progress:
The Bioinformatics centre at Holy Cross College was established in 2006 with financial support from Government of India, Ministry of Science and Technology, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), New Delhi. The Centre offers M.Sc. Bioinformatics & PG Diploma in Bioinformatics Courses from its inception in addition to M.Sc, M.Phil and Ph.D Programs in Biotechnology. Since its inception, the main attention of the Centre is to set up strong bioinformatics programs that have started generating high impact publications and development of manpower in the area of Bioinformatics. The Centre offers these computational facilities to the users from the nearing Institutions and Universities. The Centre is highly accessible round the clock with internet facility with to the faculty, research scholars and students. The staffs of the Centre in co-ordination with the staff of the Research Department of Biotechnology perform research as well as impart the knowledge of computational biology to the students. So far the centre has organized more than 21 workshops for the faculty, scholars and students from different institutions.

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Proteomics, Genomics, Protein-Ligand interaction, DNA-Protein interaction,

DNA-Drug interaction , Molecular Modelling,  Molecular Dynamics simulation,  Computational Biology, Cancer informatics, Systems Biology,

Construction of Metabolic pathways, Database and software development

Area of Specialization

Screening of phyto-drugs for their biological activities such as antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial and anti-cancer.

Facilities (BIF-I & II laboratories)

  • HP server
  • 30 personal computers
  • WiFi internet facility
  • Tools & Software – Schrodinger, Accelrys Discovery Studio, Accord Excel, Geneious, Insight II, TSAR.


 Year  Co-ordinators Specialization
 2006-2014  Late. Dr.P.Daisy,

Associate Professor & Head,

Department of Zoology, Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

daisy  Phytotherapy & CADD
 2014-till            date Dr. M. Rajalakshmi

Assistant Professor in Zoology,

Co-ordinator of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

lakshmi  Phytotherapy, stem cell therapy & CADD


Major Activities

  • Screening and identifying targeted biological activities of phytochemicals.
  • Conducting Training & Workshops for Life Science faculties and research scholars on Bioinformatics.
  • Hands on training on “Basics of Bioinformatics” final year UG students of the department of Physics, Chemistry, Botany & Biochemistry.
  • Implant training on Bioinformatics for students from other institution.
  • Providing lectures and trainings on bioinformatics for other Research Centres as Resource persons.

Database Maintained





Ph.D scholarsof the Department and scholars from different departments and institutions are interested and privileged in utilizing the facility for their in-silico research work, as a part of their Ph.D studies.

Major Core Practical& Theory papers are offered to B.Sc Biochemistry, M.Sc. Biotechnology & Bioinformatics, M.Phil and Ph.D Biotechnology students.

UG students of Life Science departments are offered with a theory and practical paper on ‘Basics of Bioinformatics’ as extra credit papers.


The BIF-Centre is made open for academicians and researchers from other Institutions or Centres with feasible charges. Queries regarding the services and charges can be clarified by contacting the co-ordinator of the centre. Processing of the work depends on the queue.

Workshops and demonstrations:

The Centre organizes two regular Workshops annually. In addition hands-on trainings, workshops and demonstration sessions on online and commercial tools for basic bioinformatics, molecular modelling, molecular docking, computer-aided drug designing and their application in research will be organized upon request for Schools, Colleges and faculty members of other institutions also.

Contact details:

Dr.M.Rajalakshmi, Co-ordinator

Assistant Professor of Zoology,

Co-ordinator, Biotechnology & Bioinformatics, DBT-BIF Centre

Holy Cross College (Autonomous),


Tamil Nadu, India.