Division of Bioresource and Biotechnology

Research activities in this division are focused on innovative and high-end research emphasizing on efficient utilization of marine aquatic resources for development of effective and alternative therapeutics against agents affecting human health. Apart from supporting an enormous biodiversity, marine ecosystem is a source to many bioactive compounds with anticancer and antimicrobial properties. It also serves as alternative source of energy (biofuel from microalgae). However, despite the potential, marine exosystems and marine organisms remain largely unexplored, understudied, and underutilized. Research areas include: understanding various aspects of marine ecosystems and bioresources, exploring the marine microbes and their potential in different bioprocesses, the marine plants and animals and their products as future drugs for humans, and aspects of marine environmental health management through integrated and multidisciplinary approaches.