Coordinator - Dr. L. UMA

Director, National Facility for Marine Cyanobacteria
Coordinator, Bioinformatics Centre
Chair, School of Marine Sciences
Professor, Department of Marine Biotechnology


The Bioinformatics Centre at Bharathidasan University is an offshoot of National Facility for Marine Cyanobacteria (NFMC) sponsored by DBT Govt of India is exclusively started as a Sub Centre -Distributed Information Centre (Sub-DIC) to work on the primordial organism the cyanobacteria, since its inception 2001. These photosynthetic ancestor bridges the gap between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, which inhabits all illuminated environments from Tundra to hot springs and fresh water to marine ecosystems. Cyanobacteria, in addition of fixing carbon dioxide, they also fix nitrogen. They are capable of serving as food, feed, fertilizer, fuels, fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals and also help in the abatement of pollution and contribute significantly to green, white, blue, yellow, red and grey revolutions. Amazing versatility of cyanobacteria has attracted a large number of scientists around the world.

The Centre has good infrastructure facility, which supports NFMC and Department of Marine Biotechnology and other life science students of University in Bioinformatics. The centre conducts National level workshop annually, which adds up the knowledge and man power to the field of cyanobacterial Bioinformatics. NFMC and sub DIC together had done a pioneering work in marine cyanobacteria and cyanobacterial Bioinformatics and been an eye-opener for cyanobacterial research in India, other than biofertilizers.
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